at at the Savings Bank Theater, Wakefield High School.
Dr. Jayne Singer will be speaking on Touchpoints: Birth-6. The presentation will be directed towards parents and educators who have or work with children ages birth-6. Dr. Singer is a clinical psychologist for the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital and the Clinical Director of the Child and Parent Program in the Developmental Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital.
According to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician emeritus and founder of the Touchpoints Center, "Touchpoints" are defined as predictable times in early childhood, when a child's behavior regresses and temporarily falls apart before a new spurt in cognitive, motor, or emotional development allows the child to reorganize himself at a higher level of complexity. During these times, the child may become difficult to understand, and the family may become confused by the child's behavior. These are perfect opportunities for educators and parents to get to understand the child at a deeper level, help parents predict their children's future patterns and emerging skills, help parents understand how those skills may impact children's daily routines, and help parents think about potential solutions in advance so that they will be able to respond to their children's new patterns accordingly.
Doors will open at 6:15 and the lecture will run from 7:00 - 8:30. Wakefield Public School Teachers will be admitted free of charge if they present their Teacher ID. Sponsors for this event include Wakefield Parent Partnership, Wakefield Public Schools, Canterbury Children’s Center, Wakefield Rotary, The Family Resource Network (NSSFN), and the Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition. Books on related subject matter will be on sale at the event.