Closing the Gap: Advocating for Brain-Based Learning

presented by Nicole Sergent & Lacy Morise

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The brain and its coordination with the body is a major player in how a young child learns. Despite the medical research that proves this fact, American children are often taught with strategies that do not take this into consideration. The result is a generation of children who are over-stressed, anxious, unhealthy, and ill prepared to succeed in future endeavors. As therapists, we can support parents and educators in closing the gap between what our children need to learn and the most effective ways to teach them, incorporating their physical, social, and emotional needs. At the same time, based on this research, we can strengthen the quality of our own therapy intervention. In this lecture, participants will obtain a thorough understanding of how brain based, movement, and sensory-rich learning affects positive outcomes for children. Research and theory will be shared.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Nicole is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth To Three Program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Nicole's. Out of this passion, Nicole and colleague Lacy Morise, CCC-SLP formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Sergent and Morise provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development. Nicole also enjoys freelance writing on Milestones & Miracles' blog and for other publications that focus on child development.

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  • Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC/SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Lacy is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth To Three Program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Lacy's. Out of this passion, Lacy and colleague Nicole Sergent, MPT formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Morise and Sergent provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The State of Education

    1. The State of Education

    This chapter will give background information that sets the stage for this lecture focusing on life for a typical American student and factors that influence their education.

  2. The World at a Glance

    2. The World at a Glance

    Exposure to how other countries tackle universal challenges within education and diverse viewpoints towards educational models can enhance therapists’ ability to support school staff. In this chapter we will look at how the United States compares to other countries in terms of approach and education and associated success.

  3. Factors That Influence Learning: What can't be changed

    3. Factors That Influence Learning: What can't be changed

    There are several factors that educators and therapists are unable to directly change yet they still have a strong influence on how a child learns. In this chapter we will explore those factors and learn what we should consider when applying them to daily practice.

  4. Factors That Influence Learning: What CAN be changed

    4. Factors That Influence Learning: What CAN be changed

    This chapter will cover brain-based facts that affect learning that therapists and educators have the opportunity to change through purposeful and research-based intervention.