Category: Rejuvenating

Spotlight on middle childhood: Rejuvenating the ‘forgotten years’ (part 6)

Middle childhood: Where to begin? The implications of neural plasticity, as they relate to moulding human development are far-reaching. They prove that the developmental process is initiated by genetics, but shaped by experience, making middle childhood a prime period to impact future change in a child’s life. The investments made during this period can yield […]

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Spotlight on middle childhood: Rejuvenating the ‘forgotten years’ (part 5)

Cognitive and social development  Middle childhood is when children transition from dependent preschoolers to young individuals with an active role in their family and community structures. Their thoughts become more abstract, their behaviours and emotions more controlled and their decisions more independent. It is during middle childhood when neurons responsible for cognition, language and social […]

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Spotlight on middle childhood: Rejuvenating the 'forgotten years'

Spotlight on middle childhood: Rejuvenating the ‘forgotten years’ (part 4)

The self-esteem gained from sport can also secondarily strengthen academic performance. However, this is not the only mechanism by which sport and academics are linked. Studies have shown that physical activity produces growth factors and proteins that protect and stimulate the brain, and improve memory, concentration and attention. This finding is supported by research from […]

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Spotlight on middle childhood: Rejuvenating the ‘forgotten years’ (part 3)

Physical literacy When you compare six and 12-year-olds as they throw a ball, you will notice that the younger child demonstrates significantly more extraneous movements, whereas the older child is more precise and purposeful. This is because through middle childhood, children develop increased physical abilities that parallel the process of synaptic pruning. This is why […]

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