3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development


Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

This video is part three of a three-part series titled “Three Core Concepts in Early Development” from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation.

Also from the “Three Core Concepts in Early Development” Series

1. Experiences Build Brain Architecture:

2. Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry:

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  1. Christina Reynolds says

    I think my mom has this

  2. Michele Huppert says

    What is the copyright on your videos on this channel? Can they be embedded in my teacher-developed online ck12.org textbook that I am using with my own students?

  3. Porschen Hund says

    I think it is not unique to children.

  4. Wendy Carrington says

    This is an excellent video to use for professional development. It is brief and to the point.

  5. bringurkid2work arbeitbringurkid2work says

    Great Video Proof. Emphasized importance of this video being watched by any and all caregivers. And importance of daily watching of Mr. Fred Rogers' Neighborhood reruns. Miss you, Mr. Fred Rogers!

  6. Bambi Pardis says

    Montana your child recienant parents need to be investigated for beer alcohol to their WIC checks fine them big time and casino gambling sitting on their fat asses montana zap the social security offices

  7. Logan Gomez says

    As a future developmental delay specialist, I will address learners' individual needs.

  8. EartheeStephie says

    This information needs to known, educated and prevented….

  9. Leighton Julye says

    toxic stress


    Laughter is the best medicine for a happy and healthy life.


    Breath,live,laugh and be happy.


    Yogi loves this mind development video.

  13. protorageautosport says

    How can u get the study?

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