The Making of a Presentation

I work hard when I create my parent education presentations.  I love sharing my knowledge and experience with parents to empower them to help their children.  Learning requires the brain to be active and participating in the material, so my goal is to find ways to engage everyone in my classes.

I wanted to share a bit today of the process of creating my newest presentation:

What Everyone Should Know About Early Child Development and the Brain

I am very excited to offer a new presentation this fall (Oct 12th, 6-8pm in Apple Valley) that is going to be highly engaging and interactive.  I can’t take the credit for creating the activity, it was created by The Brain Architecture Game in conjunction with Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child.  In the process of creating this presentation (using research evidence from Harvard’s working papers about brain development), I got to have some fun playing the Brain Architecture Game myself.

Step 1- Collecting the supplies to build my “brain”

Step 2- Building a brain!   There was rolling dice and drawing of cards involved, but I am going to keep some this part a bit of a mystery, but let’s just say it challenged my visual-spatial skills a bit!

Step 3- Evaluating how success the brain I build becomes.  I made several, with varying levels of success (some stood well, others were tippy, and some fell completely over).  This game made me think in-depth about the factors that influence the development of the children I work with (and my own children).  It showed factors that we can control and things that are out of our control (that game isn’t always fair, but neither is real life).

brain architecture game

But most import, the process of build this brain engaged me as a learner.  By the end of the game, I could understand the key concept in a very tangible way (and will remember them as well) because of the interactive task.  I would love to challenge you as well at this task- come join me Oct 12th, 6-8pm in Apple Valley!



Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.