Brain Awareness Week—March 2004

Focusing On Early Childhood

Children with Brain Erasers
Children with Brain Erasers

Dr. John Boughter Teaching About Brain Builders
Dr. John Boughter Teaching about Brain Builders

Children Coloring Brain Picture
Children Coloring Brain Picture

Child care providers, teachers, social workers, and other early childhood professionals explored "What Makes a Child's Brain Healthy" at a two-hour public forum on brain development sponsored by the University of Tennessee Neuroscience Institute. The forum helped shed light on how the brain is affected by insults like drugs or alcohol and what enriched environments can do to the developing brain. More than 100 participants at the forum received continuing education credits.

To promote Brain Awareness Week, the institute's director and a representative from the Shelby County Health Department appeared on Memphis television, and e­mail invitations were sent to contacts provided by the Community Institute for Early Childhood. As a follow­up to the forum, University of Tennessee neuroscientists visited several public schools and local colleges and gave presentations on various aspects of the brain and nervous system.