This workshop will be divided into 3 parts: 1. Keeping the Brain and Mind Healthy which will explore exercise, nutrition, arts stimulation and Language development 2. Challenges to Brain and Mind Health: Attention, Focus, Brain injuries, alcohol and drugs, physical and mental illness, violence and abuse 3. Strategies for building Healthy Brain and Mind: Mindfulness, Purposeful teaching of thinking and cognition, social relationships and healthy Emotions and strategies for Healthy well being. Many children lead very unhealthy lives due to brain and cognitive dysfunction. What can be more important to the future of humanity than helping our next generation develop their minds in a healthy way. Educators and parents must cultivate healthy minds that are thoughtful, focused on their own and others mental, physical and spiritual health as well as the health of other living creatures and the environment locally and around the world. We must cultivate minds that work to improve the welfare of all its citizens. Educators want to see children happily playing outdoors, making friends, eating healthy food and having purpose, drive , motivation and exuding the qualities of honesty and integrity. Instead we are currently bombarded with images of children who are dishonest and lack integrity, who are self absorbed, who abuse their bodies, have little to no moral or empathetic capabilities. The goal of the workshop is for the attendee to leave with an extended tool kit of resources that begin supporting all children regardless of where they live in the world.
Marcel Lebrun, Plymouth State University, USA
Stream: Special education
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