Parenting Speaker Series Presents Dr. JoAnn Deak

March 16, 2017

Wednesday, April 5 at 7 PM
Dr. JoAnn Deak 
A Look at the Current Brain Research: Important Windows of Neuro-sensitivity in the First Decade of Life

In the last several years, there has been a burgeoning of research looking at readiness from a neurological perspective. The defining question: Are there areas of the brain that are most malleable or plastic during a particular age range? The answer to that question has been gaining more and more clarity to the point that the research is providing critical direction in child development. There are really two magic decades, which span critical periods of brain development. This workshop looks at the first magic decade: What are those areas of the brain that have critical time periods for use during these first ten years of life? Most importantly, what does this mean to parents, caregivers, and educators about structuring the environment and experiences of children during the birth to 10 magic decade?

Dr. JoAnn Deak

JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents, and teachers in their roles as guides or significant ‘brain sculptors’ of children.

Dr. Deak began her career as an educator, where she learned the complexity of dealing with the many brain and motivational patterns represented by the diverse students in her classes. In the 1980’s Dr. Deak began consulting with schools in Ohio and participated in a six-week study with Harvard and a team of researchers. Following that study, Dr. Deak joined Laurel School as the Director of the Lower School and Director of the Middle School. She left Laurel in 1999 to expand her consulting role with parents, schools and other organizations nationwide and internationally.

Dr. Deak is the author of four books, The Driver’s Manual for Your Adolescent Brain (Little Pickle Press, 2013), Your Fantastic Elastic Brain (Little Pickle Press, 2011), How Girls Thrive (Green Blanket Press, 2010), Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters (Hyperion, 2002). 

The Léman Manhattan Parenting Speaker Series brings internationally renowned experts in child development to speak to our local community. We invite you to a series of talks that address the complex issues facing today’s parents.

This session will take place at the Léman Manhattan Upper School, 1 Morris Street, New York, NY. Tickets are complimentary for Léman families and $25 for each event for the general public. Seating is limited.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM and sessions will take place starting at 7 PM.

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