Brain Development in the New Millennium

Parkside Community School - Austin Texas Montessori School

Tuesday, September 24th, 6:30-8:00pm
Presented by Dr. Linda Swank
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The development of the New Millennial Brain is very different from the development of human brains in the past. Archeologists estimate that modern humans have been on the Earth for about 200,000 years. For most of that time, humans interacted closely with the rhythms of nature. Even our public school schedule was designed in the 19th-century to accommodate morning chores and harvest schedules.

Our New Millennial Brain children are being exposed to very different types of stimulation and interactions. The World Wide Web became available to the public in 1991, and the iPod and iPad revolution occurred as the New Millennium dawned. We now have a video gaming culture that is even more popular than TV. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Fund, young people now spend more than 7.5 hours a day on smart phones and computers and watching television.

As the human brain develops continually from the time the child is in utero into the 20s, how does all this “wired” Interaction wire our children’s brains? And how do we entice our techie kids back to nature to ensure development of a well- balanced brain?

We’ll examine possible explanations for the motor development of our children being almost two years delayed as compared to children of 50 years ago, resulting in sensory integration deficits and a possible increase in autistic-like behaviors.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss these important issues in an open forum format, and offer helpful ideas and solutions for all parents of New Millennial Brain children.



About Linda K Swank, B. A., M.A., M. Ed., PhD, CCC-SLP:

Swank Enrichment Center
Dr. Swank received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology followed by a Masters Degree in Special Education Administration from Wichita State University. Dr. Swank received her Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, the nation’s premier research program in Child Language Development, Language Disorders and Life Span Studies.  Dr. Swank taught for several years at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia prior to returning to Wichita State University, as Chairperson of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Dr. Swank is a published author in several peer-reviewed journals. Her passion is diagnosing an individual and designing individualized and customized therapies to accelerate acquisition of needed communication skills in all four modalities of listening, speaking, reading, and written expression. She is the co-author of the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Skills (PALS) Assessment that is the tool the commonwealth of Virginia uses to screen and identify children who are at risk for oral and written language delays such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Dr. Swank also has expertise in auditory/language processing deficits that relate to oral and written language disorders.

Parkside Community School
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Eric and Stacy Aronson