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Attention, Memory and Classroom Engagement, PK-12

Date: Saturday - April 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Rye Country Day School

3 Grandview Avenue, Rye, NY 10580     Map
Speaker: Ned Hallowell
Grades PK - 12

Check in and continental breakfast and lunch will be in the Middle/Upper School Dining Room.

Workshop in Lecture Hall

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Helping Children Find Focus in a Scattered World

Technological innovation has changed our world more profoundly than anything since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press.  This change has brought both spectacular progress and devilishly complex problems. Children in today’s world suffer from constant distractions and interruptions: various tones chiming all around, rampant “screen-sucking,” and connections to technology 24/7.  New patterns of behavior are now epidemic, i.e., a students are communicating via text or are so attached to the video games on their iPhones or tablets that they cannot focus, get their homework done or study for tests.  As a result, teachers and parents are increasingly wrestling with the issue of what to do about what’s happening and the impact of electronic devices on growing minds and their inability to focus.

This is the modern context in which children operate. Whether it is school, extracurricular activities or the various demands placed on students’ time, the end result is the same. They can’t focus on anything anymore at school or at home, and it’s taking its toll on their performance and sense of well-being.  Dr. Hallowell has termed this effort to multitask “attention deficit trait.” Unlike attention deficit disorder, which he has studied for years and has a neurological basis, attention deficit trait “springs entirely from the environment,” Without a system or a plan, students can spend a day or an entire month without spending ten minutes actually thinking.   

Based on his book Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive, Dr. Hallowell will

  • offer practical strategies on how to help your students focus and take back control of their time, use electronic devices responsibly and reestablish the human connection that is all too often missing
  • address “Attention Deficit Trait” and provide steps on how to help your students find their rhythm, slow down and stay focused
  • introduce what he calls “the Cycle of Excellence” – a five step plan that draws on his own work to help others bring out the best in themselves, their children or their employees:
    • Connect
    • Play
    • Practice
    • Mastery
    • Recognition

Edward Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston, New York City and San Francisco. These Centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families.

A specialist in learning differences, Dr. Hallowell’s ground-breaking books, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, co-authored with Dr. John Ratey, brought Attention Deficit Disorder to the general public and have sold millions of copies. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a “disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments.

He is also a revered authority on lifelong personal betterment and fulfillment and has authored 19 books on various psychological topics including the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness, how to manage your “crazybusy” life; how to deal with worry, how to forgive and how to run organizations so that every employee achieves at his or her peak performance. Dr. Hallowell’s forthcoming book, Driven to Distraction at Work, details how to focus in the modern, highly charged and distracted workplace. It will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2015.

Corporate audiences actively seek his counsel on how to better optimize their employees' performance and business strengths. Dr. Hallowell's passionate on-site presentations are tailored to provide creative and reproducible Competitive Edge strategies based on industry research, his own experience helping people maximize their potential for more then 25 years, and the brain science detailed in his book SHINE – Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People. .

Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure, appearing on every major TV show including Oprah, Dr. Oz, 20/20 Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes, CNN, The Today Show and Good Morning America. He has been interviewed for The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the Los Angeles Times, and many other leading publications.

Dr. Hallowell lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue, a social worker, and their three children. His greatest love is doing whatever they want to do and spending one summer month at the aptly-named Lake Doolittle, where they connect and slow down.

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Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS members - $175.00
  • Non-members - $210.00

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $195.00
  • Non-members - $230.00

Significant volume discounts for sending more than 3 participants in a single transaction.

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