WCCA presents workshop on infant, toddler brain development

BRATTLEBORO — Windham Child Care Association and Vermont Birth to Three present “0-3 Brain Development, Part 1” with Scott Noyes on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at WCCA, 130 Birge St.

Noyes, of Empowering Programs, is an award-winning author and educator who says he has been working, playing, writing, and talking about children for 30 years. He teaches a graduate-level course in challenging behaviors and an undergraduate course in positive discipline.

Noyes' first book, “Positive Discipline That Works!” is in its fourth edition. His second book, “Intentional Language,” was released in 2003. His newest reader, “This Child is Driving Us Crazy What Should We Do?” helps adults develop effective behavior plans for feisty children.

In a program announcement, WCCA says Noyes will discuss current research on infant and toddler brain development at the Sept. 20 seminar, which aims to give parents and childcare providers practical guidance.

Understanding the differences between stressed and unstressed brains, boy brains and girl brains, and sensitive periods and critical periods, provides for lively discussions, Noyes says.

He'll take up whether listening to Mozart makes children smarter, what the deal is with “Baby Einstein” videos, whether brain toys and early academic exposure “works,” whether telling a child she is smart helps make her intelligent, and why empathy matters to the developing brain.

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