Engage in Conversation...Science Proves it Stimulates the Brain!

Recently, I attended a professional development seminar where a study was referenced indicating that turn-taking in conversations with children stimulates their brains more than only being “talked to” with enriched vocabulary. Click here for the article and video from MIT News.

Since my background is in speech-language pathology, this study naturally drew my attention as I recalled writing goals and objectives targeting “turn-taking skills” for children with special needs.  Thereafter, my thoughts led me to the amount of ongoing research today surrounding the effects of screen-time on child development, particularly language and social development.

This summer, while in the midst of camps, baseball, vacations, and poolside fun, keep in mind how simple it can be to stimulate your child’s brain by engaging in thoughtful conversation along the way.  Click here for suggestions of screen-free activities that create opportunities for conversations from Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.  Have a great summer!

"Lunch and Learn" about ADHD Topics

ADDitude Magazine and website has wonderful resources to parents and teachers of students with ADHD.  Their articles and webinars have provided a wealth of information to me as a parent and professional who works with students who have ADHD.  I frequently put webinars from additudemag.com on my calendar, and when the timing works out, I have a "lunch and learn" session in my office.  My hope is that you might find the time to enjoy and be empowered by the information presented in these webinars/podcasts.  Here are a few examples:

This link is a reference for ALL webinars/podcasts that you can search for your topic of interest: http://www.additudemag.com/webinars/