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How Every Child can Thrive by Five

“What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?” asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers.

Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children’s healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She’s joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

The talk seeks to raise awareness around the critical importance of brain development in the early years of a child’s life as well as the impact it has on their future. It highlights the tangible benefits of positive, reciprocal “serve and return” interactions on a child’s lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, with the objective of empowering and motivating parents, caregivers and members of the community to engage more meaningfully and often with children.

Watch the TED Talk by 7-year-old Molly Wright