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Friday, October 26 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
VIRTUAL 308. Adolescent Touchpoints: Keeping Parents and Teenagers Connected AVAILABLE

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The Touchpoints model of development, originally described by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. and his collaborators as a roadmap to early childhood, has applications to later development as well. The challenges and opportunities of adolescent touchpoints are more varied in their pace and sequence than those of infancy. Nonetheless, key events can be identified which, through regression, anxiety, and even panic in both adolescent and parent, bring about developmental accomplishments needed to propel the adolescent toward adulthood. The driving forces for growth include predictable physiological and cognitive changes, as well as external influences, including reflectors and reinforces of the adolescent’s new attributes. Qualitative changes occur as the adolescent bring to bear new skills and capacities on changing needs and demands.

Educators and healthcare professionals can help adolescents and their parents welcome adolescence as an opportunity for growth, rather than fearing it, by joining them in preparing for the signs of change, and by anticipating stressful times to come as catalysts for development.

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Joshua Sparrow MD

Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center & Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Brazelton Touchpoints Center/Harvard Medical School

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Inclusion Collaborative

The Inclusion Collaborative of Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) promotes a culture that values all children by strengthening, sustaining, and ensuring inclusive practices. We believe every individual regardless of abilities and disabilities has the right to full access to quality inclusive learning and community environments... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT

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