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BBB Webinars

 

From time to time, Better Brains for Babies sponsors or co-sponsors webinars to educate the public about issues related to brain development.

Upcoming Webinars

We do not currently have a webinar scheduled. We will update this section as new webinars are added.

Archived Webinars

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date: September 29, 2016

 

Description:
Autism is the fastest growing disorder in America. (CDC, 2014)  On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at 18 and 24 months of age, but for many children it is not diagnosed until 3 to 5 years of age or later.  This session helps to understand the basics of ASD and brain development.  In addition, to recognizing the role of early detection as a key component to enhancing a child’s potential which means earlier access to intervention to all those diagnosed to lead productive, inclusive, and fulfilling lives.


Presenter: Shaneshia Roberson, Professional Development Specialist at Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers in Atlanta, and co-leader of Better Brains for Babies.

 

Level: Beginning (intended for people who are just learning about brain development, or want a review of basic concepts)

 

 

 

Shifting the Paradigm: Preventing and Addressing Childhood Toxic Stress at the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Levels

Date: May 3, 2016

 

Description: Early life toxic stress, such as childhood abuse, neglect, and serious dysfunction are common, interrelated exposures that are associated with multiple risk behaviors and adverse health outcomes starting in adolescence, going into adulthood. For over 20 years, data from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, an epidemiological study, has demonstrated the relationship between these childhood toxic stressors with negative health sequelae throughout the lifespan.  The aim of this session is to provide an overview of the ACE Study findings and present a theoretical framework for the prevention of childhood toxic stress at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, as well as present current efforts that apply the framework.

 

Level: Intermediate (intended for people who already have a strong educational background in child development, and want to apply that knowledge to more complex concepts)

 

 

Supporting Executive Functioning in Infants and Toddlers

Date: September 24, 2015

 

Description: According to the Cognitive Complexity and Control (CCC) theory, the growth of executive function can be understood in terms of age-related growth in children’s ability to solve complex problems. Acquiring the early building blocks of executive functioning skills is one of the most important and challenging tasks of the earliest years. Having the right support and experiences from birth is essential for the successful development of these capacities. The aim of this session is to provide the latest evidence and knowledge related to infants and toddlers’ capacity to develop the capacities they need to support early and later executive functioning.

 

Level: Intermediate (intended for people who already have a strong educational background in child development, and want to apply that knowledge to more complex concepts)

 

 

Light Up Your Baby’s Brain Through Language Play and Engagement

Date: June 5, 2015

 

Description: Rich early experiences matter for infants, because they have a decisive impact on the architecture of the brain and the extent of future learning capabilities. Have you ever wondered how to best support infant language development in ways that support a baby’s rapidly growing and absorbing brain? This session focuses on how high-quality language experiences build important brain connections; lays the groundwork for the acquisition of complex language skills; and helps you learn how to "light up their brains" for present and future learning success. Whether you would like to learn more about language and the brain, or just need a refresher on the best ways to support language development, this webinar has information to help you.

 

Level: Beginning (intended for people who are just learning about brain development, or want a review of basic concepts)

 

 

The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development

Date: July 21, 2014

 

Description: Why do teenagers act the way they do? Some of the reasons for common adolescent behaviors, such as risk-taking and making less-than-wise decisions sometimes, relate back to their brain development. The prefrontal cortex, which controls higher-order thinking abilities, is not fully developed until very late in adolescence. Understanding adolescent brain development and finding ways to help teens develop good decision-making skills are important ways that adults support healthy adolescent brain development. In this introduction to adolescent brain development, we will focus on the development (and under-development) of various parts of the brain, the ways this brain development affects behavior, and ways to support adolescents as they finish the crucial period of brain development.

 

Level: Intermediate (intended for people who already have a strong educational background in child development, and want to apply that knowledge to more complex concepts)

 

 

Toxic Stress and Brain Development: Why It Matters and What Adults Can Do

Date: March 18, 2014

 

Description: Stress is a part of life, but too much stress can have long-term negative effects on children's brain development. Buffering young children from toxic levels of stress is an important way that adults support healthy brain development. In this introduction to toxic stress and the brain, we will focus on how the brain responds to stress, the potential negative effects of chronic stress, and ways that adults can reduce the effects of stress on the developing brain.

 

Level: Intermediate (intended for people who already have a strong educational background in child development, and want to apply that knowledge to more complex concepts)