A sneak peek…

A sneak peek at my upcoming presentation…

How might the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help?

Presentation FlyerSome of the questions I hope to answer:

  • How do my child’s innate qualities (genetics) interact with the environment both pre-adoption and post-adoption? 
  • What can (or can’t) I do to change the impact of negative early life experiences?
  • Are there specific parenting or teaching strategies I can use to help my child be more successful?

A quick outline:

  • Part 1: The Developmental Science
    • A quick science lesson in genetics, epigenetics, plasticity and critical periods in brain development, and neural pathways for stress response.
  • Part 2: Brains and Stress
    • A closer look at how the brain responds to stress and the impact this has on children who are internationally adopted.
    • Learn about the role of the prefrontal cortex in the stress response.
  • Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation
    • Examine how the prefrontal cortex may hold the key to intervention strategies to help children who struggle.
    • Executive functioning is critical to self-regulation and higher-level thinking and current research is studying how executive functioning interventions are improving outcomes for children.
  • Part 4: Now What? What parents, teachers, and therapists can do to help in everyday life.
    • Practical guide for parents about the development of executive functioning and self-regulation skills, including a range of parenting techniques that can be used during every day routines and tasks.

Interested in learning more?  Join me this Thursday, August 27th, 6-8pm, for a free presentation. 

Click on the flyer above for all the details.

RSVPs are greatly appreciated to help me plan.  Email at occuaptionaltherapy@paigehays.net or reply on facebook.