On March 15, more than 100 people from around the Memphis community gathered for Brain Awareness Night, hosted annually by the Urban Child Institute and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Neuroscience Institute. This year’s event, featuring speakers Dr. Pat Levitt and Dr. Eraina Schauss, focused on the topic of childhood resilience.

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Understanding Temperament

Temperament can be defined as the way a young child acts and responds to different situations, caregivers, and strangers. It’s apparent from birth, and it’s unconnected to the kind of parenting we receive or the environment in which we live.

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Why is this so important? Social and emotional development begins in the first year of life, so it is strongly affected by a baby’s relationship with parents and caregivers. Social and emotional skills help your child become a healthy, happy, well-adjusted child.

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What exactly is social and emotional development? It’s the change over time in the way children react to and interact with their social environments. A child is not born with the ability to identify his emotions, control his impulses, or understand his place in the social world.

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