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Seminar focuses on brain development

"Making Connections: Early Brain Development -- Play, Learn and Grow," will be held Monday, April 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the New Richmond High School Auditorium.

A second seminar is scheduled Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-8 p.m. at the River Falls High School Auditorium. Admission is free at both events and there is no need to pre-register. Space is limited.

The free seminar is hosted by the St. Croix County Early Childhood Interagency Council and will feature Jeanne Erickson, director of Project Babies and a renowned speaker on braid development in children birth through adolescence.

"The work of a child at any age is play," Erickson said. "Play, along with deliberate and meaningful experiences with others, helps a baby's brain grow and develop to its potential."

Erickson will be the keynote speaker at the seminars and will provide the tools parents need to nurture their child's brain development. The seminar will focus on windows of opportunity including when vision emerges and how to enhance the brain's connectors; emotional development, speech, gross motor and fine motor brain development. Parents will also learn how to nurture their child's brain development by focusing on the quality of time they spend with their child rather than simply focusing on the quantity of time they spend with their children.

"Research on early childhood brain development is clear -- positive experiences during the early years profoundly influence a baby's development," Erickson said. "Take action now before that window of opportunity is closed."

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