How Babies Learn: use-it-or-lose-it from Natl Assn for Education of Young Children

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Newsletter |

How babies learn: use-it-or-lose-it

Article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Researchers now know that early movement experiences are essential to the neural stimulation needed for healthy brain development. There is a “use-it-or-lose-it” principle at work in the keeping or pruning of brain cells; movement can promote more connections in the brain. At birth, an infant’s brain, it turns out, is chock full of brain cells called neurons. Over time, each of these brain cells can form as many as 15,000 connections (synapses) with other brain cells. And it is during the first three years of life that most of these connections are made. Synapses not used often enough are eliminated. On the other hand, those synapses that have been activated by repeated early experiences tend to become permanent. And it appears that physical activity and play during early childhood have a vital role in the sensory and physiological stimulation that results in more synapses (Gabbard 1998). Read more…

Make an appointment with Janelle to observe together your baby’s movement.  Janelle will explore with your baby: supporting what he or she has already learned and also stimulating missing ingredients for their personal development. She will pass on techniques that speak your baby’s kinesthetic language, deepening your connection while influencing the breadth of possibilities we wish for our children at the beginning of their life.  Appointment can be in your home or Child’Space Seattle studio.  Contact Janelle at 206.354.9433 or email:

My daughter’s feet were curved inward her first year and Janelle showed me some exercises to do with her to coax them toward extending out more. She’s now running around like crazy. Janelle deeply enjoys children and exhibits remarkable gentleness with them.  Sara Koenig

Janelle is a truly gifted teacher and I highly recommend her! Her work with my son, who was one-year old at the time, was remarkable. My son had a stroke at birth that caused him to have limited movement of his left side, poor head control, low tone, and delayed motor skills. He made phenomenal gains during each visit with Janelle. Our son’s movement quality was much improved, his head control significantly improved, and he gained new movement patterns following each session with Janelle. The results he gained with Janelle were far greater than any gains he made with other practitioners (PT,OT, chiropractor, osteopath). He is now a typical 4 1/2 year old kiddo who is running, jumping, climbing, sliding and more.  Jen Kraft, Physical Therapist


Understanding, Experiencing, and Influencing our Baby’s Development from Birth to Walking
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1:00-4:00pm $70

When we teach, support, and attend to our children with internal understanding and experience we are most effective. In this workshop you will deepen your skills in identifying the developmental sequence from birth to walking by experiencing and embodying it yourself. You will also learn hands-on techniques to support development in babies during this critical window of learning, when all their systems are developing simultaneously: motor, emotional, balance, sensory, speech, and social.  Your touch and pace will become more refined and receptive as you learn ways to influence more possibility at the beginning of life. This workshop is for parents and caregivers of infants. Read more..

Workshop is held at Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Ave N, Seattle 98133