Unleashing the Power of Children’s Play

[amazon asin=0465025994&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn
Topic: Unleashing kids’ instinct to play
Issues: How play makes kids happier, more self-reliant, and better students for life; play’s crucial role in children’s intellectual, social, and emotional development; how play has changed in today’s tech-filled world.

Developing Creative Thinking

[amazon asin=B009V3KFFC&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest: Susan Marcus, author of The Missing Alphabet.

Topic: Developing creative thinking in kids.

Issues: The myth that some kids are born more creative than others; the impact of technology on creativity; the sensory alphabet (line, rhythm, space, movement, texture, color, shape, light, sound).

Creative Thinking + Managing Autism + Brain Training

[amazon asin=B009V3KFFC&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest: Susan Marcus, author of The Missing Alphabet.

Topic: Developing creative thinking in kids.

Issues: The myth that some kids are born more creative than others; the impact of technology on creativity; the sensory alphabet (line, rhythm, space, movement, texture, color, shape, light, sound).


[amazon asin=1849058172&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 2: Michael Chez, author of Autism and Its Medical Management .

Topic: How parents and professionals can use medical knowledge to better understand autism.

Issues: What is autism? Why autism is more common today than in previous generations; relevant medical interventions; using medication and other therapies to treat and reduce symptoms of autism.


[amazon asin=B0067NCR1E&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 3: John Medina, author of Brain Rules.

Topic: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school.

Issues: Exercise boosts brain power; Repeat to remember—remember to repeat; sleep well, think well; male and female brains are different.

Genius in Every Child

Guest 1: Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius in Every Child.
Topic: Encouraging character, curiosity, and creativity in children.
Issues: How focusing on character, curiosity, and creativity at a young age lights the path to a successful life and academic achievement; how parents and teachers can build self-worth and confidence; the importance of allowing children to take on challenges, learn from disappointment, and take on responsibility.

Encouraging Character and Curiosity + Navy Chaplains

Guest 1: Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius in Every Child.
Topic: Encouraging character, curiosity, and creativity in children.
Issues: How focusing on character, curiosity, and creativity at a young age lights the path to a successful life and academic achievement; how parents and teachers can build self-worth and confidence; the importance of allowing children to take on challenges, learn from disappointment, and take on responsibility.

Guest 2: Chaplain Dale White, CAPT, Operations Officer, Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains. Additional Resources:

Revenge of the Nerds? Social Rejection Could Spark Creative Thinking

If you’ve got a nerdy kid (and I mean that in the nicest possible way)–or you yourself were (or are)  a bit of a nerd, this will come as good news.It’s not just in movies where nerds get their revenge. A new study by a Johns Hopkins University business professor finds that social rejection can inspire imaginative thinking, particularly in individuals with a strong sense of their own independence.

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