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Lifelong Effects: The Nervous System and the First Years of Life

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Date: Friday, March 22, 2013

Course #: W711

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $90.00

Credit Available: 0.3 CEUs; 3 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 1.25 credential hours in the area of Atypical Child Development, 0.75 hours in the area of Typical Child Development, and 1 hour in the area of Intervention


The physical body’s response to negative circumstances and experiences is the focus of this workshop. For very young children, whose bodies and minds are growing and developing, a well-tuned stress response system is vitally important. Recent research has confirmed that stressful experiences in the first years of life have lasting effects even on adult outcomes. Young children with high levels of early stress often experience impaired behavioral and emotional development, as well as numerous health consequences later in life, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Participants in this workshop will discuss the ways in which professionals can responsibly and carefully apply these findings to their work with very young children.


Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Rosinia has more than 25 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy. A specialist in serving the needs of children birth to age three and their families, she also has extensive experience working with school-aged children and young adults. An Erikson alumna, she holds a master's degree in early childhood education and a doctorate in child development. Her expertise is in neuroscience with a particular interest in sensory processing, the role of emotions, and the impact of relationships on the developing child. She enjoys a national reputation as a speaker and consultant. She is president of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc., a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals, and kids with their optimal potential.

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