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Inside the first grader's brain

What insights can neuroscience offer parents about the mind of a first grader?

By Hank Pellissier

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Calm the storm

Patience, patience. Dramatic six-year-olds can be exasperating, but imagine what they're experiencing. In Your Child’s Growing Mind, by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., she notes that, "Neuropsychologists talk about the 'five-to-seven shift' because so much change occurs in the brain during these years. One study found that a specific area involved with language and spatial awareness had changed 85 percent between ages six and seven in one girl's brain."

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Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer whose fiction and essays have been been widely published and anthologized. A former columnist for Salon and SF Gate, he is a regular contributor to h+ Magazine.

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