In the second episode of Life at 1 we see how children tackle the ordinary and extraordinary challenges life throws in their paths. In the process, we investigate some of the hottest topics in child development.
Young couple Jenny and Bryan Masche try for three years to have a baby without success, then after fertility treatment, discover they are expecting sextuplets. They are shocked, scared and elated at the same time. Their religious beliefs do not allow them to reduce the pregnancy, so they embark on a momentous journey to parenthood and to join an elite club with just a handful of members - the mother and father of live sextuplets.
What if it were possible to turn back time? Could it be that we have the power to think ourselves young again? That's the extraordinary claim of an experiment first conducted 30 years ago and recently restaged with six of the UK's best loved celebrities.
Imagine if we really understood the secret worlds of our children's minds as they develop. What impact do parents, teachers and the outside world have? How, and in what way are Australian children unique? How do you give a child the best chance at life?
Learn how remarkable talents can emerge as a result of disability or trauma, not just in birth, but even quite late in life. George Widener is autistic, but he knows the day of the week for any date in history and thousands of years into the future with lightning speed. He is a prodigious savant, one of about a hundred people in the world with a serious disability but also a seemingly superhuman mental power.
Marc Yu is a seven-year old like no other. At the age of two he heard 'Mary had a little Lamb' at a birthday party, pulled himself up to a piano and played it back flawlessly. A year later he was playing Beethoven from memory. Little is known about the brains of gifted children, but Harvard neuroscientist Gottfried Schlaug, studied the brains of gifted musicians to find they are physically different, specifically adapted for music.