Practice Brief: The Adolescent Brain:  Primed for Learning (downloadable PDF)

Practice Brief: The Adolescent Brain: Primed for Learning (downloadable PDF)

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The last region of the brain to finish developing is the prefontal cortex, which is the seat of executive function skills, helping us plan ahead, consider risk and reward, regulate emotions, and control impulses. Because it is under construction, the adolescent brain is exceptionally sensitive to experience, making adolescence an incredible “window of opportunity” for learning and growth. Author, Erin Walsh explains how we as adults can help teens during this time of growth.