AASS - Autism Advisory & Support Service
The Developing Brain: Impact on Anxiety, Autism & Depression
25 July 2019, 8.30am-3.00pm
Liverpool Catholic Club, 458 Hoxton Park Rd, Prestons
Presenter: Nathan Wallis.
The last twenty years has seen an explosion of brain development research. Advances in medical science mean we have learnt more about brain development and functioning during this period than all of our collective knowledge up to this point. Much of the public discussion during this time has related to new knowledge in the area of infants' brains.
However, just as many amazing new discoveries relating to brain development and functioning have also been made relating to the year’s from childhood right through to late adolescence. These findings often contradict many of the long-held practices that helping professionals, teachers and parents have viewed as best practice. The result is that there is now a large gap between how people ‘think’ the developing brain functions and what neuroscience research has actually shown to be the case. An understanding of this knowledge will help to guide our practice to better meet the developmental, educational and social needs of the children and adolescents we work with.
Some of the key areas Nathan will discuss Include:
- What is known about changes that occur in the frontal cortex and the implications on the biological workings of the brain?
- What the research has shown about the ideal physical, emotional, educational and social conditions under which the developing brain functions at its best.
- What impact does the human stress response system and neuroscience have on children and young people with anxiety and depression?
- What are the implications of this knowledge for our professional practice with children and adolescents?
- What approaches and interventions work best from a neuroscience perspective and how can we guide behaviour change in a way that acknowledges and utilises the unique workings of the developing brain.
Nathan will break this down into easy to understand language and share the techniques being used to teach young people how to manage their own stress, anxiety and depression.