A student from Queensland, Australia, Molly Wright is an advocate for early childhood development. She is one of the youngest people ever to give a TED Talk at the age of seven.
The talk aims to raise awareness surrounding the critical role brain development plays in a child's early years and the impact it has on their future. It emphasizes the tangible benefits of positive, reciprocal "serve and return" interactions throughout a child's life, empowering and motivating parents, caregivers, and community members to engage with children more frequently.
By highlighting the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior, and well-being, Wright explains how parents and caregivers can help kids grow to their full potential by age 5. 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.)