Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a St. Louis-based organization dedicated to providing the information, support, and encouragement new parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
PAT needed to develop two training videos, one for educate parent educators and an alternate version for parents themselves, on the role of neuroscience in early childhood development. These videos are used as part of the Foundational Training Curriculum for parent educators, as well as within the Parent University course on child development, and are not posted publicly.
The animated videos walk viewers through the earliest years of a baby’s life with an emphasis on the prenatal environment and its role in rapid brain development during neurogenesis. Viewers learn about the different types neurons (nerve cells), their different parts, how they communicate with one another, and how they transfer orders back to the brain. They learn about positive reinforcement, safe exploration through climbing, and, of course, the importance of a well-balanced diet.
Parents are able to see that the environment they build, the encouragement they give, and the healthy choices that they make really do matter.