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Self-Reg Global Webinar: Brain Development & The Early Years (Part 2)

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Learn with the experts on Self-Reg; Dr. Shanker and Dr. Hopkins; as they take a Self-Reg lens to the latest research on Brain Development

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The fifth webinar in our 2021 Self-Reg For A Just Society Series!

Purchase the individual event tickets here or if you are interested in great savings with our Season Pass, please check out our Webinar Series Page.

Brain Development & The Early Years (Part 2)

Missed Part 1? Purchase the bundle ticket and get access to the recording of the part 1 webinar and access to part 3 in June and part 4 in July!

Note: Descriptions and event pages for June and July will be coming shortly!

A Self-Reg Global Webinar

Building a Better Brain

Join Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins on Friday, May 28 as they continue their webinar series, “The Road to Self-Reg.” In this talk, Stuart reflects on his experience working with ECE organizations around the world twenty years ago. Everywhere he went, the emphasis was on “stimulating the child”: e.g., with colourful posters and up-tempo music. It was clear that some of the children were benefitting from this sensory influx, and equally clear that a good many were not.

Dr. Shanker will kick off this half-day session looking at where the “stimulation theory” came from: namely, neuroscience and randomized control studies looking to counteract the effects of “under-stimulation” in children from low-income families. The more scientists analyzed this data, however, the more they began to realize that there was a very different factor at play: namely, the impact of excessive stress. And that, we were soon to learn, was a universal phenomenon.

The deeper question here is: Why were scientists, educators, and parents all so preoccupied with “building a better brain”? That is a question that takes us back to the issue that we looked at last month: the reason why the paradigm-revolution in which Self-Reg is based is so important.

Topics will include:

• the animal research origins of the Enriched Environments (EE) theory

• the commercial impact of the EE paradigm

• The impact of EE on ECEs and parenting advice

• Reframing the significance of the “stimulation” research

• And finally, the relevance of this issue for the universal pre-K programs being considered today in both Canada and the US

As always, Susan Hopkins will follow with a workshop that helps participants assimilate lessons learned and reflect on their implications for parenting, caring and educating today’s young children in all their diversity and complexity.

Meet the Presenters:

Read more about Dr. Shanker and Dr. Hopkins here

Event Timing:

  • 9:00 - 9:15 - Welcome
  • 9:15 - 10:30 - Keynote with Dr. Stuart Shanker
  • 10:30 - 10:45 - Break
  • 10:45 - 12:00 - Workshop with Dr. Susan Hopkins

Access to live event and recording:

Life can be unpredictable at times and we completely understand that attending a live event during the workweek is something we can't all commit to. So, whether you can join us live on May 28th or would like to join in at a time that better suits you, we have you covered. We do encourage you to join live to get the full experience and engage in the interactive portions of the workshop but all those who sign up for this workshop will be able to view the material until the end of August 2021.


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  • Up to 48hrs before the event start - 95% refund (Self-Reg Global will retain 5% to cover admin and payment processing fees).
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We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

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