About Us

Brain Insights was founded as a result of an inspired moment that provided an incredible passion to promote the potential within every child

My Story of Inspiration:

As a freshman in college I had not yet chosen a profession. In meeting with my adviser on a Friday at the end of the first semester, she told me I had to choose a major by Monday. Of course I then spent the weekend thinking about which career would be the most interesting. Then on Sunday morning, as I was watching a children’s choir with my family, the following thought came to me:

“All of the adults influencing the lives of these children don’t know all they could know to help them become all that they have the potential to become!”

It is not easy to adequately convey in words how in that one second, I became truly and extremely inspired. It was in that moment I knew I wanted to learn everything I could to help children develop to their fullest potential, and I wanted to positively help in their development as early in their life as possible. In that one moment I was incredibly motivated to make a difference for all children and that single thought has guided my life to this day.

At that time, when I knew I wanted to help children as early as possible, the scientific research on early brain development wasn’t available. The technology was not yet advanced enough to demonstrate the extraordinary effects experiences have on developing brains in the early months and years of life. When I was working on my degree, what we knew about how children learned was based primarily on behavioral studies and theories. So we didn’t have evidence to show that these early childhood years were the most critical for the most positive long term outcomes. Now we do! When scientific brain research was revealed, I could not have been more enthused. I became filled with a passion to share this information with EVERYONE ... EVERYWHERE!!

We are so extremely fortunate to have scientific research providing us with the understanding of what most positively influences the early brain development and self perception of young children. And it really isn’t complicated. Having this understanding eases the minds of parents and professionals working with children.

Understanding early brain development provides a wonderful confidence in knowing you are doing what is best for the full potential of the children in your life. And you get the "aha" insights that simply make life with children easier.

Brain Insights was created from my heart to share this incredibly important information in everyday language. It also provides easy implementation ideas for you to influence the best outcome for your child while enjoying fun and loving moments that ultimately create invaluable memories together!

With genuine love,


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My deepest heartfelt desire is for EVERY child to develop fully knowing they are a beautiful individual meant to shine their unique brilliance!

Founder Deborah McNelis, M.Ed

An early brain development specialist passionately empowering parents and professionals with critical information on human potential. She is the award-winning author of the unique and beautiful Brain Development Series of pocket/purse sized brain activity packets (in English or Spanish) and Naturally Developing Young Brains. McNelis' pioneering work to create clear understanding of the experiences children need and deserve is profiled regularly in a wide range of media platforms including radio shows, books and periodicals.

Deborah is committed to supporting collaborations among human development professionals and corporations in addition to working with parents. She has developed of the "Creating Great Community Connections" presentation among many others. She also collaborates with Redleaf Press to publish brain development packets for early childhood professionals. Her resume of presentations for professional conferences includes: The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The National Family Literacy Conference, The International Nanny Conference, Parenting 2.0 International Summits, National Association for Family Childcare and keynotes for The Poverty Conference at the Medical College of WI. and The Helen Bader Foundation. She also has conducted corporate workshops with clients such as Kohl’s and Kimberly Clark.

We Have Been Successful in Increasing the Understanding of Early Brain Development Since 2008

Frequent Users of the Neuro-Nurturing Interaction packets are:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Social Service Professionals
  • Educators
  • Medical Professionals
  • Business Executives
  • Community Leaders
  • Students
  • Agency Directors
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Early Childhood Centers
  • Foster Parent Services
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Home Visiting Programs
  • Nature Centers
  • Children's Museums etc.

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 Email to deb@braininsightsonline.com or use the email button at the bottom of the page (below the social networking buttons) to contact Deborah!