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Educational Neuroscience Symposium

Educators, parents and the community at large want nothing more than for our students to feel successful and excited to learn, and to understand the importance of their education. Our students want to feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into our classrooms each day. Underneath all behaviors, words and experiences there sometimes lies a six letter word that literally can change us for a lifetime. What is trauma? When we hear this word, we tend to think of severe neglect or abusive experiences and relationships. This is not necessarily true. A traumatized brain can also be a tired, hungry, worried, rejected, or detached brain expressing feelings of isolation, worry, angst, and fear. In youth, anger is often the bodyguard for deep feelings of fear. Trauma-filled experiences can be sudden or subtle, but the neurobiological changes from negative experiences cause our emotional brain to create a sensitized fear response. 

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2018 Applied Educational Neuroscience Fall Conference

September 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Shelton Auditorium, South Campus, Butler University
Objectives of the conference:
  1. Educators will come away with a deepened understanding of how brain development is affected by adversity and how we can use brain aligned strategies to prime the brain for regulation and cognition.
  2. Educators will come away with a plethora of brain aligned strategies that address brain stem, limbic system and cortical functioning addressing regulation and attachment.
  3. Educators will come away with an understanding of how the framework of applied educational neuroscience looks in districts, schools and classrooms.


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Lori DesautelsContact Information:

Lori Desautels, PhD