My blog will focus on how brain injury could affect in doing my activities for Early Childhood Education considering its possible damage to some major part of the brain such as the: cerebellum, hypothalamus, and hippocampus. I will describe the function and importance of each brain area in doing my activities and explain how brain damage could seriously affect my ability to perform my activities.
- The cerebellum is belong to major structure of the human brain located behind the top part of the brain stem. According to Wood, Wood, Boyd, Wood & Dasmarais (2017), cerebellum has left and right halves that connected to Pons area. Cerebellum brain area is essential to my activity as it coordinates skilled movement; regulates muscles tone, posture, and motor activities ( p. 36, fig. 2.5). When the cerebellum gets damaged due to brain injury:
- experience lack of motor coordination and loss of balance which is very detrimental in the taking care of children.
- impossible for me to attend to their needs which naturally demands physical attention.
- the loss of balance might lead me to fall on a child or injure myself
- difficulty in kneeling down to children’s level, bending down to pick up toys on the floor, reaching out to feed the child with special needs, and assist and engage in their gross motor activities like; kicking the ball, running, and jumping.
2. The hypothalamus is located “below the thalamus and weighing only about 56 grams and it is known as the master of regulator. Hypothalamus is very essential into my work because it regulates hunger, thirst, sexual behaviour, and a wide variety of emotional behaviours such as happy, sad, anger. Additionally, it also regulates body temperature; when I am feeling warm or cold, and also regulates waking up and sleeping pattern ( Wood et al.. p. 37) When hypothalamus got injured and damaged it affects my activity in the centre:
- suffering from possible fatigue and weakness due to low adrenal function.
- trap in an eating disorder instead of engaging with children.
- low sexual hormones may lead me to have a very unstable mood.
- irritable and impatient due to lack of energy which could greatly affect my performance.
- it will also affect my ability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationship with children, families and staff.
3. “The hippocampus is a structure in the limbic system that plays a central role in the formation of long- term memories” (Wood et al., p. 39) such as telephone numbers, names of persons, places, including past knowledge and experiences. When hippocampus injured, a person would not be able to remember the recent information. However, the person can still retrieve the memories stored from the past. (Wood et al.,2017, p. 39). How hippocampus affect my activity?
- difficulty in remembering the name of the new child instead calling his/her of another child’s name from the previous class.
- difficulty coping up with the daily lessons, reviewing the children of basic skills just recently taught.
- difficulty in responding to the children’s immediate needs and requests.
- difficulty to individualize their specific needs, that wil lead to inappropriate interventions which might be health threatening, like offering the wrong medicine.
In conclusion, brain injury that end up damaging any of the 3 areas of the brain mentioned above will certainly affect the physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral functions of the human body. The consequences of the impairment may lead to major changes in the person’s life. With brain injury, it would be impossible for me to carry out meaningfully my previous tasks with the children.
Wood, S. E., Wood, E. G., Boyd, D., Wood, E., & Desmarais, S. (2017). The World ofPsychology (8th Canadian Edition). New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.
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