The brain is vital to our existence. It controls our voluntary movements, and it regulates involuntary activities such as breathing and heartbeat. The brain stores our memories, enables us to feel emotions, and gives us our personalities. In short, the brain dictates the behaviours that allow us to survive and makes us who we are. All our experiences, thoughts, actions and emotions constantly change the make up of our brain.
In order to understand our behaviour it is necessary to consider the makeup of the brain. For decades scientists maintained that once the brain’s physical connections were completed during childhood, the brain had become hardwired and remained like that for life. Now, thanks to the latest imaging technologies and brilliant clinical research, we now have proof that development is a continuous, unending process. The key to individuality, however, is not to be found in the overall organisation of the brain, but rather in the fine tuning of the underlying networks. In particular, it is about the balance between our natural, instinctive reactions and our considered responses to everyday situations.
This seminar will cover:
The importance of neuroplasticity and the brain in understanding learning differences – life long or not?
How can current academic interventions improve by including cognitive intervention programs in the classroom
Review of neuroscience research being conducted on the Arrowsmith Program at the University of British Columbia and Southern Illinois University.
“When it comes to children with learning difficulties, we are all responsible. A key to helping these children is to improve cognitive functioning and bring school success and a happier life within their grasp.” Howard Eaton, Brain School, 2011.