Pennsylvania 2021 Early Intervention and Family Support Program Virtual Event
CHANGING MENTAL MODELS, CHANGING SYSTEMS
Joshua Sparrow, MD, DFAACAP, Executive Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Sparrow will take a look at mental models, how our automatic thinking and our social networks reinforce them, and how we can use deliberative thinking to see beyond our mental models to new solutions, new ways of thinking and being. In today’s world of clashing mental models, we need more than ever to be able to look carefully at our own way of thinking. Dr Sparrow will invite participants to explore common ground with those who think or seem to think differently.
The Importance of Our Stories in Collaboration and Family Engagement
Bethany Van Delft Moffi – Comedian, Storyteller, Parent Advocate
Bethany Van Delft Moffi, mother of two children, comedian, storyteller and Parent Advocate uses humor and family stories to highlight the importance of storytelling and collaboration. Participants will learn from family stories how to further inclusion and support meaningful, real life
Understanding the Impact of Poverty and Disparities on Families and the Community
Veirdre Jackson, EdD., Living Strong Consulting, LLC
This session allows participants to reflect on how their own experiences shape the lens we gaze through at others. Participants explore topics such as race, equity, poverty, inclusion and bias and how they intersect with childhood trauma. Participants examine ways in which to plan supportive environments for diverse children and families impacted by the allostatic load of embedded social inequities. Emphasis is placed on the importance of enlisting and including families in the process. Engaging content identifies barriers and strategies to supporting family-teacher interactions/ communication and examines how the program climate does/ does not utilize impact sensitivity with children and families experiencing poverty and adversity.