Conference to focus on early brain growth

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LEWISTON – The Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Inc. has announced its 19th annual conference on Friday, May 5, at the Ramada Inn. Ross Thompson, Ph.D., will present “Early Brain Development: Implications for Parents, Practice and Policy.”

Thompson is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and a contributor to the document, “From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development.”

He has written, “A growing body of scientific evidence tells us that emotional development begins early in life, that it is a critical aspect of the development of overall brain architecture and that it has enormous consequences over the course of a lifetime. These findings have far-reaching implications for policy makers and parents, and therefore demand our attention.”

A panel of Maine experts will respond to Thompson’s ideas. Panel members are Sheryl Peavey, director of Early Childhood Systems Initiative; Steven Rowe, attorney general; Carolyn Drugge, director of Office of Child Care and Head Start; and Laurie Bertulli, director of Child Development Services.

For more information and/or registration, contact Debbie Nugent Johnston at 375-8184 or DebraNJ@AOL.com. For information about the association, see www.infantmentalhealth.org.

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