This video demonstrates the important relationship between brain development and early childhood experiences. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that the things we experience in the first years of life affects how our brains are built. Healthy, positive interactions between children and caregivers create sturdy brain architecture and a strong base that can support more complex structures later life. In contrast, adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect, and violence can disrupt brain development. The toxic stress resulting from these experiences can have long-term negative consequences on both physical and mental health. See www.albertafamilywellness.org/resources for more videos and information.