Human Development Module 1

What struck me most while reading the first few chapters of Brain Matters and completing the assignments for module one was how much there is left to learn about the brain. Chapter one discusses the history of brain scans and the evolution of our knowledge about the organ. It showed progression and improvements over time of the way we determine information regarding the brain. At first, scans were vague and gave us little information, now they are more complex and we are able to gain more knowledge with each study. We still don’t know everything about the brain and all it’s functions. There are many diseases and disorders that stem from imbalanced or improper brain function, yet we haven’t found the sources of the problem for most. The more we are able to study the brain, the more likely we will be to help those who suffer from these neurological disorders.

I recently enrolled a young girl in my preschool class who has been diagnosed with autism. I work tirelessly her therapist to help her be successful not only in my class but in her daily life. We try and develop social skills, communication skills, and academics, but it is a struggle for her each day. Autism is something that many scientists have studied over the years and yet, neither a cause nor a cure have been discovered. I see how frustrating it can be for many children to not only keep up academically with their average developing peers, but often to simply function normally in their home lives. I look forward to the day that we have enough knowledge about the brain to help those who suffer from disorders such as autism.

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