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Brain Development and Success for Children

My child is having trouble in school: 
What should I do?

How can the stages of brain development help me understand my students better?

What does media use do to my child's brain? 
How should I manage it?

The other kids make fun of my reading: 
Can you help me?

Can I make my child smarter? 

Meet Jane Healy
These questions are some of the many I've tried to answer during my decades as an educational psychologist, learning specialist, teacher, Mom and Granny.

Making Brain Research useful to parents and teachers.
My professional passion has been to make sense of new brain research and use it to help students, parents and teachers.   What we do to and for children, their experiences at home and school, are so important!  They shape the way each child's brain develops, and they set a pattern—positive or negative-- for lifelong achievement. My newest book, Different Learners, explains how a child's daily experiences even influence genes associated with learning problems!  Fortunately, I can also suggest positive steps for prevention and treatment of those problems.

Like almost every parent and teacher I've ever met, I care deeply about kids.  I want them to be successful—not only in school, but as caring, competent, and self-fulfilled individuals. Yet in my books I describe an alarming disconnect between our hopes for our children and common lifestyle habits that work against their healthy intellectual and personal development.  Being a parent or teacher today is a really tough job!   I hope I can help make it easier and—above all— take the time to enjoy the astonishing process of a child's development.


Professional Background:
Jane Healy is a teacher, author, and lecturer who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a M.A. from John Carroll University, a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Dr. Healy has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, BBC, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development.  Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Lessons from her family:
Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now from 6 grandchildren!).