Teacher, author will present about infants

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AUBURN — The Maine Association for Infant Mental Health will offer a conference on understanding how young children’s play and storytelling help them connect to the events, people and ideas in their lives.

“In The Voices of Young Children: How Play and Story Create a Nurturing Ground For All” will be presented on Friday, May 7,  by Vivian Gussin Paley, a world renowned author and kindergarten teacher for 37 years.

She writes and teaches about the world of young children, examining their stories and play, their logic and thinking, searching for meaning in the social and moral landscape of classroom life. In addition to the presentation, a panel comprised of a home visitor, a grandparent and a clinician, moderated by John Hornstein, Ed.D. of Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, Mass., will discuss the use of play and stories across various settings.

The conference will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn. Preregistration by Friday, April 30, is required. For more information or to register, go to www.infantmentalhealth.org or contact Debra Nugent Johnston at 375-8184 or debranj@aol.com.

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