The Southfield Center for Development of Darien will host four presentations centered on current research into attention and learning.
The lectures will take place at 85 Old Kings Highway North, Darien.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the topic will be "Attention Span: Educational and Social Implications throughout Development." Timothy Heitzman, pediatric neuropsychologist, will review different aspects of attention, discussing how it develops throughout childhood and adolescence, the role that this plays in academic and social success, and the nature of attention within the neuropsychological profiles of children with developmental disorders.
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the topic will be "The Top Ten Strategies for Parenting Children with ADHD." Susan Bauerfeld, licensed clinical psychologist and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder coach, will present current thinking on the issue of ADHD. The presentation will provide an overview of ADHD beyond the diagnosis as well as discuss the essential steps, tools, skills and perspectives needed to help your child thrive.
On Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the topic will be "The Medication Dilemma: What Science Tells Us about Medication and ADHD." Alan Wachtel, executive director of Family Health Associates based in New York City and White Plains, will discuss the various medical options that exist for children with ADHD and associated disorders, and will present a discussion of the factors that can assist a parent in making this decision. Wachtel will help parents to develop a reasoned understanding of the different facets of the medication decision.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the topic will be "Working Memory: The Hidden and Essential Ingredient in Learning and Attention." Christopher Bogart, the Southfield center's executive director, will discuss the current research on working memory, often referred to as the "search engine" of your brain. Bogart will discuss the ways that working memory affects all learning tasks and will present some research documenting how working memory can be enhanced.
Admission is free but reservations are requested by calling Christi Zacarola at 203-202-7654 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.