KVC Hospitals Neuroscience Initiative & Healthy Brain Development
At KVC Hospitals, we focus on ensuring all children have the ability to develop healthy brains. Our programs, treatment, and innovations are built upon strengthening a brain’s architecture through positive interactions. Find out more about the programs we’re developing and the neuroscience initiative in the resources below.
KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital uses multiple treatment approaches to help children understand their own brains, actions, and responses to situations. In the Learning Lab, children and teens utilize various activities to strengthen their brains.
The ability to manage our emotions, remain calm and overcome tough situations is often the result of brain development in early childhood. The extent to which our childhood was healthy and supportive — or not — can affect a child or teen’s level of physiological brain development and our ability to handle life’s challenges long into adulthood. In the Learning Lab, Emotion Regulation (ER) drills are often used to help develop skills to better manage emotions.
The MakerSpace for Social Innovation is an activity for KVC Hospitals employees to create tools and activities that they can use during their work with children and teens in care to help educate, connect and learn about the brain. The tools and activists created are all founded in science around topics like brain architecture, serve and return, toxic stress, executive function, and resilience. Learn more here.
- Find Your ACE Score in Kansas City-Wide Initiative
- Understanding the Link Between Adversity and Resilience
- How Exposure to Violence Changes a Child’s Brain, and How You Can Help
- Protecting and Transforming Childhood
- Brain Science-Infused Policies Achieve Healthier Outcomes for Children and Families
- Children May Not Remember Trauma, But Their Bodies Do
- 5 Things Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health
- Healing From the Life-Long Effects of Childhood Trauma
- Addiction Is Not A Moral Failure…It’s a Brain Disorder
- The Brain Can Change… And That Changes Everything
- The Biological Consequences for Children Living in Poverty… and What We Can Do
- How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
- KVC Selected for International Brain Science Initiative