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Dopamine and children

Friday, July 05, 2013

with the population of children that I work with, I couldn't help but think of them when reading about this dopamine. apparently children raised in a stressful, abusive environment have been shown in studies to have low dopamine levels. Many, most, if not a percentage in the mid 90's, of the children we work with have some type of attachment disorder.

So many things are out there on this reactive attachment disorder, and one thing that has come to light as I have been reading up on dopamine, is that children with attachment disorder probably have low dopamine. Dopamine can be release from physical and or rewarding activity, and food. SO, if you work with children that need to attach more, love is great, but showing love through physical activity, like, play, for example, will release dopamine and help them to attach. So, throw a ball around, play tennis, go hiking, take them swimming or on a bike ride. Have fun with them, get their little brains to release dopamine. Give them sweets, but make it healthy! Fruit smoothies, watermelon etc! Play board games with them, do something new and fun where they have to learn, like put put, or batting cages, or a new card game. Make it new and fun. So much that is valuable in life has to be done on purpose, don't just leave life to chance or how you feel. be purposeful in what you do, a little bit every day and then build on the habit :)

Blessings to you, I provided some links so that maybe, someone else reading this would be able to find some freedom in unlocking how our brain trains us.
~Christina
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