GLEN ELLYN – The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families will present “Parenting Young Children to Thrive: Healthy Body and Healthy Brain” with Dr. Jess Shatkin at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St.
How can parents and guardians best nurture, protect and guide children while working to meet their physical, mental and emotional needs? Shatkin will deliver evidence-based strategies and offer updates on the science of child development and balanced parenting. He will discuss the importance of sleep, physical activity and healthy nutrition; the role that trauma and mental illness play in the lives of many children; the strategies that work to prevent mental and emotional distress; and how much technology is too much.
On Nov. 13, Shatkin will present “Born to be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Keep Them Safe” at noon at the Marquardt School District 15 Administration Center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights.
The program will be repeated at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Glenbard North High School, 990 N. Kuhn Road in Carol Stream.
A health expo showcasing more than 20 organizations will begin at 6:15 p.m. before Shatkin’s presentation. In addition, a community conversation with Glenbard clinicians will follow the program.
Shatkin will explain why young people make dangerous choices and will offer solutions that work. He will address why “scared straight” adult logic and draconian punishments don’t work; why the teen brain is born to be wild; and the surprising roles of brain development, hormones, social pressures, screen time and other key factors that influence a teenager’s drive to explore and take risks.
Shatkin is a professor and physician. He leads the educational efforts of the Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where he supervises the training programs in child and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics.