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I-LABS and the Natural-Born Genius of Babies

During infancy, when our brains are the most flexible, babies learn rapidly and effortlessly. And they learn best from us, their loved ones. That is just one of the many findings of the UW’s internationally renowned Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS).

Body Maps Pave the Way for Connecting

Some of the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Science’s (I-LABS) latest discoveries lay the groundwork for an exciting path: understanding the role of touch in a baby’s life.

Gaze Here, Learn More Language

Andrew Meltzoff and colleagues at the University of Washington I-LABS have shown that gaze following helps babies build language and other cognitive skills by shining a sort of “social spotlight” on what’s important.

'Mother's Milk' for the Baby's Brain

In one of Discover magazine’s top science findings of 2014, I-LABS scientists reported that months before babies utter their first words, their brains rehearse the motor actions that go into producing speech.

Raising Resilient Kids

by Jan Faull

We've all heard about remarkable children who live through such adverse life experiences as poverty, abuse and neglect and emerge unscathed. What is it about these children that allows them to prevail emotionally through whatever punches life throws them, and what as parents can we do to cultivate such resiliency in our own children?

Play With Your Baby

by Mary Alice Long

New parents can learn and grow right along with their children by being fully present and playing. Parenting is a profound responsibility. Parents can maintain a balance between the challenges and joys of parenting by remembering that play is the essence of true learning.

Grin and Ignore It

by Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW

Positivity is contagious! How focusing on the positive encourages good behavior in our kids.

Unplugging Power Struggles

by Jan Faull, M.Ed.

One element of self-esteem is power.  All children need power; this need can be satisfied through control, decision-making and choice. This does not mean children can overpower others but instead have a personal sense of power where they control some aspects of their lives.

Toys & Games for Babies/Toddlers

by Janelle Durham

Play time offers our children the chance to explore their world, to figure out how their bodies work, to learn how to use tools to accomplish cool things, to practice interacting with others, to learn the value of trial and error, to learn how to make decisions, to learn about cause and effect and the consequences of their actions.

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