The Wonder Year – 1st year & shaping the brain





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This image shows a profile of a baby gazing out with the text "THE WONDER YEAR - First Year Development & Shaping the Brain" indicating an educational theme.

You will gain a real insight into how Orson’s interactions with those closest to him, really supports his learning and development as we expand on what is behind simple, everyday events. Sensitive filming throughout the first year enables you to witness the attachment relationship grow and develop between Orson, his mother and his close family members. The warm and loving relationships he experiences is evident.

We take an in depth look at all key stages of his development, covering topics such as early brain development, understanding a baby’s needs, parents’ or carers responsiveness, relationships and emotional attachments, how a baby begins to explore their world and develop a sense of curiosity, communication, attention, gesturing, object permanence, learning, play and exploration. With clear commentary, animations of brain activity and interviews with Maria Robinson – the theory jumps into life in an engaging and comprehensive way.

  • Understand and study the crucial stages of development and learning that take place in the first year of a baby's life
  • Gain a fascinating insight into how one baby grows and changes during his first year
  • Learn how the brain develops during interactions between baby and primary carers
  • Study what an attachment relationship looks like and how it develops
  • Learn about the importance of social interactions from birth

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  • This longitudinal study allows in depth study of each stage of development
  • Link theory to practice easily by observing what theories actually look like in everyday situations
  • The ability to re watch as often as needed leads to further in depth study
  • Chapter structure lends itself perfectly for use in presentations, seminars and lectures
  • Compliments in house training, 1-2-1 supervision training and CPD
  • Great for inspiring group discussions amongst staff teams
  • Encourages thought and reflection on current practice
  • Perfect resource for working with parents
  • Great for supporting fostering and adoption
  • The chapter structure offers flexible learning at a time and pace convenient to you


Introducing Orson and his family

Meet baby Orson and his family

What can Orson do at birth?

In this chapter we look at the development of Orson’s senses, what he can see, hear, taste and smell. We examine his in built reflexes of sucking, rooting, startle and we also explore how Orson recognises Mum and Dad.

How does experience shape the brain?

We take an in depth look at the biological development of the brain in relation to Orson’s experience of the world, this explanation is accompanied by animations that help to visually describe the changes and development taking place.

Early experiences, care routines & socialising.

The importance of understanding a babies attempt to signal what they need from us and how this links to their emotional development.

Communicating, babbling, smiling & copying.

Attunement and how it supports communication, including clear examples of motherese – laying the foundation for language development.

Strength, co-ordination, space and movement

How Mum and Dad encourage and support Orson’s physical development together with  information about what’s happening in the brain.


Interest in objects, reaching and grasping.

With Orson’s increased physicality, we look at how he is beginning to explore the world around him as his hand eye coordination develops too. Maria Robinson explains what physiological changes are taking place in the brain.

Feeding, new tastes and textures.

As Orson begins to experience food for the first time, we look at how best to introduce process of weaning, from a practical, emotional and social point of view.

New noises, laughing, games and gestures.

In this chapter we examine how experience directly affects brain development and look at the crucial role the primary carer has in shaping this development.

Attachment, feeling safe and secure

Examine the secure loving attachment between Orson and Mum. See how a secure attachment really supports and is integral to healthy development and how his emotional development is becoming regulated.

Myelination, emotions and learning

Brain development at this age and how this links to emotional development and learning abilities. Development of learning and concentration through play with objects in a treasure basket.


Communication, joint attention and gesturing

Example of new emerging social skill – joint attention – as Mum reads a book to Orson. We look at the cues Mum picks up on in the way Orson communicates his thoughts and needs.

Object permanence and separation anxiety

Why babies and young children love repetition so much and how repetition really supports brain development. How does recognition of what is familiar and expected, affect responces when the unexpected happens, when Mum leaves and new faces appear.



Gestures, social referencing and empathy

We look at how with an attuned relationship and secure attachment, Orson and Mum are able to communicate with each other and how this relates to developing skills of empathy. This is linked to his  ability to now be able to check with his mum about her reaction to things that are happening.


Problem solving and schemas

Starting to solve problems as he plays and experiments. How he repeats behaviours in different contexts in a schematic way.

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