Renowned children's advocate Dr. Jean Clinton will be speaking in Weyburn on May 15.
Clinton is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuro-Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Intersectoral Committee and the Weyburn Early Childhood Network, Clinton will be making three separate presentations in Weyburn.
Two day time sessions will be held at McKenna Hall. The morning session, "The Adolescent Brain", runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The afternoon session, "The Early Childhood Brain", is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Both sessions will benefit anyone who has an interest in the well-being of children, youth and families, such as parents, caregivers, counsellors, educators, family support workers, health professionals, interventionists, librarians, literacy coordinators, parent mentors, program managers, town/city /RM councillors and other community leaders. For more information or to register for the daytime sessions, please call Regional KidsFirst at 306-453-2071 or email sc...@regionalkidfirst.ca.
There will be a $20 charge to cover lunch and nutrition breaks. Registration deadline is May 9.
In addition to the daytime sessions, Clinton will also be giving a special presentation for parents from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Haig School.
Clinton is a mom who believes that all kids are our kids. "Building Better Brains" will provide information to help parents and caregivers give infants and toddlers the best start in life. The parent session is FREE of charge and FREE child care will be provided for this session only. If child care is required please call 306-842-2812 prior to May 9.
Clinton's special interest lies in brain development, and the important role that relationships play in brain development. She champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children and youth needs and voices are heard and respected. She has authored papers on early childhood development, poverty, infant neglect, children's mental health, resilience and adolescent brain development. Despite all these great achievements, Clinton will tell you that her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of five great kids who range in age from 19 to 29 years.