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Mind Positive Parenting speakers will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with warmth, humor and practical advice to meet your group's needs. Topics range from the importance of play for infants’ and toddlers’ brain development to the mysteries of the adolescent brain. Our speakers will give your audience the information and tools they need to help kids thrive in the 21st century. Contact us for a speaker today. We’ll answer your questions.

Brain science:

New! Gearing Up: Fostering Executive Function in Children and Youth

Parenting With the Brain in Mind: What Science Tells Us about Raising Smart, Healthy Kids

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain

The Brain Goes to School: What Science Tells Us About Student Achievement

Brain Fitness for Career Success

The Addicted Brain: The Neuroscience of Addiction and the Implications for Recovery

Digital media:

From Online Safety to Digital Citizenship: Parenting in an Online World

Jolts and Tricks: Unpacking the Power of Media

What Everyone Needs to Know About Video Games

Do We Really Need to Be Concerned About Media Violence? Cutting through the hype

Child development:

No, Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It

New! The Character Challenge: Nurturing Resilience and Citizenship in 21st Century Youth

Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

It Depends: The Answer to Almost Every Question About Managing the Challenging Behaviors of Young Children

Customize it! Our speakers will work with you to meet the specific needs of your audience.


Gearing Up: Fostering Executive Function in Children and Youth

A growing body of research shows that the brain’s “executive functions” are foundational for school success and life competency. Yet self-discipline, which is twice as strong a predictor of school success as intelligence, is eroding while the number of students with signs of “chronic partial attention” is exploding. How do we motivate young people to develop self discipline, focused attention and other “executive function” traits in a culture that poses unprecedented challenges. Dr. David Walsh will describe those challenges, but, more importantly, provide practical strategies for assuring that 21st century youth develop the executive function traits that will ensure their success and happiness.

Parenting With the Brain in Mind: What Science Tells Us about Raising Smart, Healthy Kids

How can we foster imagination and creativity?

What foods are brain foods?

How can I raise my child’s IQ?

Why is exercise important for brain growth?

Is technology re-wiring kids’ brains?

How can US kids catch up with kids in other countries on those international tests?

Dr. Dave will answer these questions and many others in a workshop based on his newest book, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Healthier, Brighter, and Happier. Internationally renowned psychologist, best selling author, and in-demand speaker, Dr. Dave will translate the latest findings from brain science into practical strategies that parents, teachers and anyone concerned about kids can put to use immediately.

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh (author)


Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain

Adolescence has been described as a "normally abnormal stage of life." This workshop, based on Dr. David Walsh's best selling book, explains exactly what happens to the adolescent brain on the path from childhood into adulthood. Revealing the latest scientific findings in easy-to-understand terms, our speakers show why moodiness, quickness to anger, willingness to take risks, miscommunication and other familiar teenage behavior are so common-all are linked to physical changes and growth in the adolescent brain. This workshop goes beyond the well-known issues of hormones and peer pressure. We also shows parents and anyone who works with youth how to use this information to understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids.

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh (author), Erin Walsh, Michael Mann


The Brain Goes to School: What Science Tells Us About Student Achievement

Recent discoveries in brain science are revolutionizing many fields, including education. Best selling author and international speaker Dr. Dave Walsh connects the dots between brain science and the classroom to show how educators can improve students’ concentration, boost their energy, and enhance retention and creativity. From keynote addresses to full day trainings Dr. Walsh brings science to the art of teaching. Topics include…..

  • Focused versus reactive attention
  • Concentration
  • Working memory and learning: “The Rule of Seven”
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Self discipline: the key to school success
  • Brain food
  • Exercise as a brain booster
  • Rested brains work better
  • Technology and the brain

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh


Brain Fitness for Career Success

We all know how important cardiovascular fitness is for our physical health. Now science has uncovered the secrets to brain health that make us smarter, happier, more alert and energetic. Dr. David Walsh will show you

  • How to improve your “focused attention” and concentration to improve productivity and performance.
  • How diet, exercise, and sleep all affect thinking, mood, and energy.
  • How to hone speaking and communication skills and strategies for maximum effect.
  • How the “Rule of Seven” is the key to sharp thinking and problem solving.
  • How to keep the aging brain sharper than the young ones.

This cutting edge workshop can be tailored to fit the needs of your company or professional group from keynote speech to full day training. You and your colleagues will leave with a personal brain fitness plan for higher productivity, increased job satisfaction and a better team performance.

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh


The Addicted Brain: The Neuroscience of Addiction and Implications for Recovery

How is addiction connected to the brain’s primary mission of keeping us alive? How does addiction “hijack” the brain? Why do addicts continue to seek the drug even as the rewards diminish? How can knowledge of the brain help recovery? Dr. Dave Walsh will explore these questions and more as he connects the dots between cutting edge neuroscience and chemical dependency treatment.

Participants will be able to…

  • Describe the reward circuits of the brain.
  • Name the neurotransmitters playing lead roles in addiction.
  • Distinguish the “seeking brain system” from the “reward brain system.”
  • Explain what addiction and post-traumatic stress have in common.
  • Explain how brain science can be integrated into treatment.

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh


From Online Safety to Digital Citizenship: Parenting in an Online World

** This presentation can be tailored to address issues relevant to young people in the elementary years or adolescence depending upon your group.

Welcome to parenting in Web 2.0. The Internet, social networking, cell phones, video games and other digital innovations are game changers in our work and family life. We see examples in our kids every day as they multi-task, play on-line video games, create their own YouTube videos, text their friends and post on their Facebook pages. Our speakers will explain how technology is changing the ways that kids learn and socialize. We will also describe both the amazing opportunities associated with growing up in a digital world and the things to watch out for. Parents will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to maximize the benefits while avoiding the pitfalls of the online world. Our speakers will answer important questions like:

  • Are kids really good multi-taskers?
  • Is Internet addiction real?
  • How can we address cyberbullying?
  • Is texting connecting us or disconnecting us?
  • What can young people do to become good, caring digital citizens?

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh, Erin Walsh, Michael Mann


Jolts and Tricks: Unpacking the Power of Media

** This presentation can be tailored to address issues relevant to children in early childhood, middle grades, or adolescence depending upon your group.

Whoever tells the stories defines the culture. That isn't new. What is new is that we have delegated more and more of the storytelling function to mass media. Some media take the art to new heights. Too many, however, specialize in dishing out stories of violence, sex, and humor. Given that young people today spend over 53 hours a week in front of screens, it is more important than ever that we have critical conversations about the powerful role of media in our lives.

In this presentation, our speakers combine the latest discoveries in brain science with up-to-date research and data to explore how media shape norms, attitudes and behaviors. In addition to the opportunities associated with growing up in the 21st century, we will explain how the forces that drive media content don’t always have the best interest of our families and communities in mind. Our speakers will pay special attention to how media influence child and adolescent development during important “windows of opportunity” where young can develop the capacity to be critical consumers and creators of digital media.

This workshop can be tailored to address specific issues including:

  • Youth culture and self-perception
  • Psychology of advertising
  • Violence and aggression
  • Body image
  • Sex and sexual risk behaviors
  • Health and wellness
  • School climate

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh, Erin Walsh, Dr. Doug Gentile, Michael Mann



What Everyone Needs to Know About Video Games

Video games are as much as part of 21st century kids' lives as television was for previous generations. Dr. Douglas Gentile is one of the world's leading scientists on the effects of gaming--both positive and negative. He explores topics as varied as games-as-teachers to the impact of virtual violence to the growing problem of video game addiction. He describes five ways that video games affect players and peers into the future to see where electronic games are going. He also provides practical advice for parents, teachers and other adults to supervise game playing.

Speakers: Dr. Doug Gentile


Do We Really Need to Be Concerned About Media Violence? Cutting Though the Hype

Everyone has an opinion about how media violence influences (or fails to influence) children's aggressive attitudes and behaviors. Dr. Douglas Gentile is one of the world's leading scientists on the effects of media violence on children, adolescents, and adults. Science provides an alternative to opinion, and Dr. Gentile demonstrates how the science has documented four major effects of media violence, how large an effect it is, and what we can do about it.

Speakers: Dr. Doug Gentile


No, Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It

Self discipline is twice as strong a predictor of school success as intelligence. Powerful cultural messages that scream “More, Fast, Easy, and Fun” are making it difficult for children to develop the skills of self discipline. The result is a growing epidemic of Discipline Deficit Disorder, or DDD, with symptoms including distraction, disrespect, impatience, sense of entitlement and self centeredness.

Based on Dr. Dave's best selling book, our speakers explain that regaining the ability to set limits is not only important for our kids’ well-being but essential for improving classroom performance and ensuring our country’s economic future. Parents, educators, and community leaders across the country are engaged in crucial conversations about how to effectively teach children and youth how to say no to themselves so they can be successful in school and life.

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh (Author), Erin Walsh, Mike Mann


The Character Challenge: Nurturing Resilience and Citizenship in 21st Century Youth

Fostering honesty, integrity, respect, courage, compassion and kindness in our youth is more important than ever. We cannot leave the development of character up to chance. Instead, these skills must be practiced and nurtured. Our speakers will describe the neurological basis of character skills and the main challenges to building them. They will explore the impact of media, stress, and praise on the development of the skills students need to succeed in school and life. Using brain science, stories, and humor, our speakers will share strategies for fostering resilience and citizenship.

Speakers: Dr. Dave Walsh, Erin Walsh



Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

In infancy and early childhood, “mental health” is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development and is essential for healthy brain development. This includes the child’s developing capacity to regulate and express emotions, develop close, secure relationships, and explore the environment and learn, all within the context of his or her family, community and culture. Recognizing the importance of these early relationships, this training offers an understanding of the underlying principles and strategies of infant and early childhood mental health which promote healthy relationships between parents/caregivers/teachers and the child that are necessary for optimal development.

Speakers: Michele Fallon


It Depends: The Answer to Almost Every Question About Managing the Challenging Behaviors of Young Children

Advances in the understanding of brain development and social-emotional development offer us a useful perspective on promoting young children’s emerging capacities for the regulation of arousal, emotion, attention and behavior. This training offers a perspective on the underlying principles of interpreting and responding to the often challenging behaviors of toddlers and preschoolers as well as strategies for promoting emotional literacy and the development of self-regulation.

Speakers: Michele Fallon