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"From the Ted Talk by Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages"

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But 60 years of rresaceh has dateentsomrd that separating children from their families and placing them in large iintiusttons seriously harms their health and development, and this is particularly true for young babies. As we know, babies are born without their full muscle development, and that iundlecs the brain. During the first three years of life, the brain gorws to its full size, with most of that growth taking place in the first six mntohs. The biran develops in response to experience and to stimulation. Every time a young baby learns something new — to focus its eyes, to mimic a movement or a facial expression, to pick something up, to form a word or to sit up — new synaptic conocneitns are being built in the brain. New pnerats are astonished by the rapidity of this learning. They are quite rightly aamezd and delighted by their children's cleverness. They communicate their delight to their children, who respond with sleims, and a desire to achieve more and to learn more. This forming of the powerful attachment between clhid and parent provides the building blocks for physical, social, language, cognitive and psychomotor development. It is the model for all frtuue relationships with friends, with partners and with their own children. It happens so naturally in most families that we don't even notice it. Most of us are urawnae of its importance to human denepomlevt and, by extension, to the development of a helahty society. And it's only when it goes wrong that we start to realize the importance of families to children.

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But 60 years of ________ has ____________ that separating children from their families and placing them in large ____________ seriously harms their health and development, and this is particularly true for young babies. As we know, babies are born without their full muscle development, and that ________ the brain. During the first three years of life, the brain _____ to its full size, with most of that growth taking place in the first six ______. The _____ develops in response to experience and to stimulation. Every time a young baby learns something new — to focus its eyes, to mimic a movement or a facial expression, to pick something up, to form a word or to sit up — new synaptic ___________ are being built in the brain. New _______ are astonished by the rapidity of this learning. They are quite rightly ______ and delighted by their children's cleverness. They communicate their delight to their children, who respond with ______, and a desire to achieve more and to learn more. This forming of the powerful attachment between _____ and parent provides the building blocks for physical, social, language, cognitive and psychomotor development. It is the model for all ______ relationships with friends, with partners and with their own children. It happens so naturally in most families that we don't even notice it. Most of us are _______ of its importance to human ___________ and, by extension, to the development of a _______ society. And it's only when it goes wrong that we start to realize the importance of families to children.

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  2. brain
  3. development
  4. amazed
  5. institutions
  6. connections
  7. grows
  8. research
  9. unaware
  10. includes
  11. months
  12. child
  13. demonstrated
  14. future
  15. healthy
  16. smiles

Original Text

But 60 years of research has demonstrated that separating children from their families and placing them in large institutions seriously harms their health and development, and this is particularly true for young babies. As we know, babies are born without their full muscle development, and that includes the brain. During the first three years of life, the brain grows to its full size, with most of that growth taking place in the first six months. The brain develops in response to experience and to stimulation. Every time a young baby learns something new — to focus its eyes, to mimic a movement or a facial expression, to pick something up, to form a word or to sit up — new synaptic connections are being built in the brain. New parents are astonished by the rapidity of this learning. They are quite rightly amazed and delighted by their children's cleverness. They communicate their delight to their children, who respond with smiles, and a desire to achieve more and to learn more. This forming of the powerful attachment between child and parent provides the building blocks for physical, social, language, cognitive and psychomotor development. It is the model for all future relationships with friends, with partners and with their own children. It happens so naturally in most families that we don't even notice it. Most of us are unaware of its importance to human development and, by extension, to the development of a healthy society. And it's only when it goes wrong that we start to realize the importance of families to children.

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