Cost: FREE Stress is a part of life, but too much stress can have long-term negative effects on children's brain development. Unfortunately, many children enter the foster care system because of stressful circumstances. Some of their behaviors, attitudes, and ways of interacting are directly related to the level of stress in their brain. Foster care staff and foster parents need to understand what toxic stress looks like, and to know how to buffer these children from toxic levels of stress in order to support healthy brain development.
In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn How the brain responds to stress The three different levels of stress Warning signs and potential effects of toxic stress on the brain Specific sources of potential stress among children in the foster care system Strategies adults can use to buffer young children from toxic levels of stress
Presenter The presenter is Dr. Diane Bales, Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia, and co-leader and content expert for Better Brains for Babies.