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May 29, 2015

Topic - Gifted Children.  I get these “Can I just ask you a question?” phone calls and most of them focus on the needs of gifted and academically talented kids.  

Public schools offer little in the way of programs to encourage these students and parents want to know “What else is there?”  

One of the most...


May 28, 2015

Topic - Brain Pruning.  Your brain has pre-set periods where it kills off parts of itself. It’s called “pruning” and it happens off and on from birth to early adolescence.  

This process is critical to brain development because it destroys the rarely-used connections and streamlines paths for electrical impulses....


May 27, 2015

Topic - Dopamine and Motivation.  So, what’s the deal with ADHD and motivation?

Dopamine is responsible.

The architecture of the ADHD brain causes reduced levels of dopamine which is the brain’s pleasure chemical.  It’s involved in many brain functions like motivation, memory, behavior, thinking, attention, sleep,...


May 26, 2015

Topic - Miracles.  To quote Einstein, “There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as if nothing is a miracle.  The other is as if everything is a miracle”.  

You encounter miracles every day.  

Recently, I sat next to a woman who was nearly 9 months’ pregnant.  She was focused on the lecture and I was...


May 25, 2015

Topic - Reactive Attachment Disorder.  During the first year of life, a critically important part of a baby’s brain is turned on if baby’s basic needs are met quickly and competently.

Baby also needs consistent interactions with mother to develop its brain.  

The right orbital frontal cortex allows us to have...