Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect life course trajectories, for good or for ill. In this session, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get "under our skins" to affect learning, health, and social outcomes. This knowledge has profound implications for all of the policies, programs, and professionals that support children, adults and families.
Through attending this session, participants will learn:
• How brain circuits are formed and mature, and how social interactions are critical to this process
• How toxic stress derails healthy brain development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on later learning, social, and health outcomes
• How this science can be used to build the foundations of resilience in children, adults, and families