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The Developing Brain: Birth to Age Eight

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The Developing Brain: Birth to Age Eight

Marilee Sprenger

Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: December 20, 2013 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483329758 | Print ISBN: 9781412955355 | Online ISBN: 9781483329758 | Publisher:Corwin Press

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Chapter 3: The Three-Year-Old Brain

The three-year-old brain Adam ( Figure 3.1 .) has a talent for altering the truth. He lies. But not well. He will insist that he did not drink the soda from the empty glass in front of him. Although he exaggerates and makes up information that he shares as true, he is irresistible to his mom and dad because Adam is deeply in love with them. He will spontaneously show his affections. Adam's preschool teacher is pleased with his progress. He is beginning to interact with others in his class. Like most three-year-olds, Adam likes routine at school. His teacher uses many procedures and rituals that the children respond to. When given directions at home or school, Adam is now able to follow them as long as they contain no more than two or three parts: “Go upstairs, get your pajamas on, and brush your teeth.” Adam will be able ...

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