Mirror neurons and the importance of books
LANGUAGE AS A TOOL TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHILDREN
Mirror neurons are special nerve cells in the brain that make humans compassionate and responsive creatures. These cells react not only when we experience suffering, pain or joy ourselves, but also when we perceive these sensations in someone else through verbal and non-verbal communication. An important way to develop these is through shared books and stories.
From birth, humans are equipped with mirror neurons but the ability to reflect does not develop on its own. A child needs a partner and communication which is understood by them. A story with diversity sensitive characters and content can provoke thoughts and discussions with the child. In toddlers, it is the family who activates the possibility of mirror actions. The child must first learn to understand and feel the feelings of others. Researchers assume that mirror neurons are fully developed between the ages of 3 and 4 years. From this point on, child has their own, independent view of the world.