Adolescence has been described as a “normally abnormal stage of life.” This workshop, based on Dr. Walsh‘s best selling book, explains what happens to the adolescent brain on the path from childhood into adulthood, going beyond the well-known issues of hormones and peer pressure. Revealing the latest scientific findings in easy-to-understand terms, Dr. Walsh shows why moodiness, quickness to anger, willingness to take risks, miscommunication and other familiar teenage behaviors are so common. He shows parents and anyone who works with youth how to use this information to understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids.
The workshop will cover:
* Why do they act that way? A tour of the adolescent brain.
* Critical role of “connection” for student achievement.
* The “sweet spot” of stress – the harm of too much or too little.
* Strategies to engage disengaged students.
* How adolescents deal with anxiety and depression.
* Executive function and grit – what it is and how to foster it.
* The iBrain – technology’s promise and peril.
* The importance of nutrition, exercise and sleep.
Dr. Walsh’s books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program.
Intended audience: Parents and educators of 6th -12th graders
IMPORTANT LOCATION/PARKING INFORMATION: West Auditorium is located on the 2nd floor of Stevenson’s West Building. Park in Lot B and enter at “The Point” on the west side of the parking lot. Use first set of stairs closest to this entrance to go up to the West Auditorium.
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