Announcing the Léman Parenting Speaker Series

September 20, 2016

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. 

All sessions will take place in Léman's Lower School, 41 Broad 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.

Tickets available here.


2016-2017 Speaker Series

Monday, October 24 at 7 PM
Dr. Michael Thompson
It’s a Boy: Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen

Parents of boys often find themselves bewildered or frustrated by certain aspects of boy development: their little-boy anger, their inattentiveness in elementary school, their lack of motivation in middle school or their reluctance to talk to their parents during the high school years. In this funny and reassuring talk, Dr. Thompson addresses the greatest worries that parents of boys have from infancy through high school, distinguishing between what is normal boy development and those behaviors that are worrisome.

Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM
Dr. Ron Taffel

Childhood Anxiety in Everyday Life: Realistic Techniques to Lessen Stress in Our Kids (and Ourselves)

Today children of all ages are growing up in a complex world that often feels scary, overwhelming, and unpredictable. Coupled with intensifying social and academic pressure, they may show signs of stress and anxiety that affect everyone in your family. Join Dr. Ron Taffel to learn what you can realistically do to diminish anxiety in your child’s everyday life and your own. Because of his extensive and unparalleled real-life experiences with today’s kids and parents, Dr. Taffel will offer hands-on techniques that consistently work throughout the different stages of childhood. This will be an evening that promises to be calming, informative, and inspiring.  

Monday, January 30 at 7 PM
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age 

The focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly playing on devices, texting their friends while going online to do homework, and parents working online or using social media around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Dr. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. Easy access to the internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children and Dr. Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.

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?


Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

He is the author of nine books, including the New York Times best seller, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999), which he co-authored along with Dan Kindlon. His third book on the psychology of boys, entitled, It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled “Raising Cain” that was broadcast nationally in 2006.

Dr. Ron Taffel

Dr. Ron Taffel is considered one of the most electric and practical child-rearing experts in the country. He is the author of eight books, including Parenting by Heart, When Parents Disagree, Nurturing Good Children NowThe Second Family and Childhood Unbound, and has written over 100 articles on family life and clinical issues.

Dr. Taffel has done consultations and workshops in over 30 states across the country. He has consulted at schools, churches, synagogues, hospitals, and community centers in dozens of states. In New York City, Dr. Taffel has worked closely with numerous private and public schools, as well as many nursery and pre-schools in the tri-state area.

Dr. Taffel presently serves as Chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, one of the largest and most respected treatment and training centers in NYC, serving over 600 clients a week with a faculty and staff of several hundred professionals.  For decades he's had an extensive private practice specializing in families, kids of all ages and parents. And with his wife Stacey, he has raised two children here in NYC. 

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and award-winning author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (HarperCollins). Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development.

Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Chestnut Hill, MA. She is also Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital.

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). 

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