How Can Developing Cognitive Abilities Help a Child Later in Life? - Cognitive Functions
It is essential that a child develops good cognitive abilities from the very beginning of their lives. In this article we talk about the cognitive functions of a brain and how it impacts a child's brain at a former and a later stage.
Four essential cognitive functions of a brain are as follows;
What is perception?
A one of an experience that is driven by your senses is what we call a perception. It is built around what you see, feel, smell, taste and how your actions respond to what your senses perceive. Perception is one of the main cognitive functions of the brain. It challenges one's mental capabilities just by identification, organization and better interpretation.
Why is it important to develop perception from a very early age?
Perception helps an individual witness thing outside the conscious awareness. The perceptual systems that exist inside of the brain enable people to encounter all the things they are surrounded by although the sensory information is never complete and constantly changing. When the child witnesses the visual and auditory perception at an early stage he is more likely to develop a better sense of the world around them. They think more, they critically analyse more things around them and they usually start exploring and thinking out of the box.
Shedding a light upon attention
Attention being the second important cognitive ability could be defined in two different ways. There is an attention that comes from an outside source, for example the attention that a child requires (love precisely), and then there is the attention that an individual's brain can consciously create by concentration and awareness in their surroundings.
Usually due to the lack of the attention that a child gets, behavioral changes can be noticed. Lack of attention can cause a child to adopt aggressive violent behavior, intervention Strategies must be at hand to address and control the violent behavior that the child may adopt due to lack of attention.
However, this attention refers to the attention that initially helps children to concentrate and get aware of the things around them.
What can a good Attention span benefit a child with?
When it comes to talking about the attention that a child has, it is important to realize that the attention span of a child is normally 2-3 minutes. Although normal attention spans are expected to increase by age it is beneficial for the child's strong cognition to increase activities that would contribute to increased attention span.Some of the activities that your child can adopt to increase their attention span include:
- Games that can help a child focus a lot
- Activities that encourage a conclusion
- Giving them breaks between tasks
- Concentration Exercises
- Activities that are age appropriate
- Fixed Screen Time
- Sleep and Nutrition.
If you have a toddler whose attention span needs to be fixed, encourage them to engage in some toddler activities that connect with the aforementioned activities to help them build their attention span.
The importance of memory
Memory is one of the most essential cognitive abilities that needs to be enhanced at a very early age. A child sustains memory from the very start but it often depends on the surroundings how it is sustained later in their life. Memory is a process or structure that are involved in storing the following retrieval of information.
Help a child build good memory
There are numerous ways in which a healthy memory can be developed. Healthy memory helps
increase focus, keep a conscious sight of things that you already acknowledge making you smart about things, it helps a lot with learning and exploring new things, reduces the need for Machines around you and lives better in all terms because one knows better. How can you attain healthy memory, however is the real question, by:
- Working on your visualization skills.
- Learning from whenever it is possible
- Trying games that acquire visual memory
- Playing card games
- Reading daily - Multisensory Learning as an effective strategy for teaching reading
- Try to absorb smaller bits of information at a time
- Make connections
- Socialise more
- Multitask and explore new places
Don't let the curiosity in you die
Curiosity is the basic element in an individual’s brain that pushes them to reason things and perceptions around them. Reasoning is associated with thinking, intellect, conclusions and craving for a new set of ideas to solve existing problems, or at least that problems a kid forms in their mind. It's normal and healthy if your kid reasons every set of information you throw at them.
Types of reasoning - What is best for practice
There are three types of reasoning
- Inductive reasoning: Which indicates that conclusions are mere likely. It is constructed around the observations that are limited in scope moving from specific to general. Conclusion formed by inductive reasoning doesn't usually come off as logical.
- Deductive reasoning: Exhibits guaranteed conclusions. They start with general ideas and form a conclusion and conclusions are most likely to be true.
- Abductive reasoning: Suggests one to take their best shot! Escalating the tendency of sharp cognitive ability.
Thus, abductive reasoning could potentially be the best reasoning method but it really depends on the situation.
A Child Brain - Enhancing The Cognitive Abilities
Learning Sensory Integration Basics is the best way to help your child develop a succeeding mindset in life and more so the practice may even help them succeed. Skills that help a child to think, learn, read, remember, pay attention, and solve problems must be encapsulated from an early stage to ensure that their cognition is developed. Healthy decision making, morality, practicing justice and most importantly wisdom can just be attained if a child has a sharp brain.
Sharp brain doesn't mean that they are active in academics but creating tolerance and acceptability to have your child be smart about anything and everything is knowing that their cognition is polished.
Let your child think out of the box and have a big brain energy to make a healthy living.