Pay attention to me

Attention isn't just nice, it's necessary for normal brain development. Without the right kind, infants grow into troubled teens and adults.

Attention isn't just nice, it's necessary for normal brain development. Without the right kind, infants grow into troubled teens and adults.

Danielle Goodwin is a peer counselor for parents. She brings her own life story to that work. She was often neglected by her mother, a drug user. She was abused by a succession of men. She lived on the streets. She was pregnant at age 14. She had five kids before court ordered counseling helped her turn her life around. Crosscut writer Stacey Solie tells Danielle's story in a four-part series on the effects of childhood neglect on the developing brain.

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University of Washington Assistant Psychology Professor Kate McLaughlin's work is at the cutting edge of new research on how abuse and neglect shape the human brain.

If you prefer reading to listening, you can download a transcript of the podcast. But before you do either, check out the entire Neglected Brain series: Part 1Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.


This conversation was produced by Katy Sewall and Steve Scher for Crosscut. To read all Crosscut's Kids@Risk coverage, go here.

Photo of tot in the tunnel courtesy of Theodore Scott/Flickr.

  

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About the Authors & Contributors

Steve Scher

Steve Scher

Steve Scher, former host of KUOW-FM's Weekday, is currently a Scholar in Residence at Town Hall and host of Crosscut's "Elephant in the Room" podcast.