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We all know the importance of “The Formative Years” that span the ages of 0-7 years of life, a time when the brain experiences its greatest development and growth in terms of intelligence, personality, and social and emotional health. There are numerous articles about these years that address such topics as the stages of child development, the role of parents, caregivers, family, teachers, the value of early childhood education, quality health care, good nutrition, play and more. However, in these same articles, there is little mention of the child’s developing brain that operates in the “Theta” state from the last trimester to around 7 years of age.
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“If you can dream it, you can do it,” … is a quote widely attributed to Walt Disney. While the sentiment is apt and inspiring, Disney didn’t say that. Disney archivist, Dave Smith, explains that…”the phrase was actually coined by a Disney employee for the Epcot ride Horizons, in the 1980s”, according to Gizmodo. Sounds inspirational though, doesn’t it?
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