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Adephi University to Host "Celebrate Families and Children" with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow on October 19, 2007
Garden City, NY
September 5, 2007

Dr. Lynne Elkin
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
Dr. Joshua Sparrow
Adelphi University's Institute for Parenting will host a professional development event, "Celebrate Families and Children," on Friday, October 19, 2007, from 9:00 AM. to 4:00 PM, in Adelphi's Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 313, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The event is aimed at early childhood educators, child care providers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, and all other professionals whose work impacts the lives of families and children. Pre-registration is required.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton is a pioneer in the field of child development and the founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children’s Hospital Boston. His foremost achievement in pediatrics is his Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), called "The Brazelton." It is used worldwide, clinically and in research, to assess the physical and neurological responses of newborns, their emotional well being and their individual differences. In 2002, Dr. Brazelton was awarded the World of Children Award for his achievements in child advocacy.

Dr. Brazelton will give a lecture, "Touchpoints in Development: A Model for Early Intervention," outlining opportunities for clinicians to help parents and children through difficult phases of development. Participants will gain an understanding of the various biobehavioral shifts, also known as touchpoints, which occur throughout the childhood as they relate to psychological and socio-emotional development and those factors that impact healthy development. In addition, the lecture will describe several predictable touchpoints for each stage of development as they relate to crying, sleep, feeding, and autonomy, among others.

Dr. Joshua Sparrow
Dr. Joshua Sparrow is a board certified child, adolescent, and general psychiatrist. He serves as director of special initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and supervisor for outpatient psychiatry services at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Sparrow's work with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center has included consultation on child development and parenting to the Harlem Children's Zone and to American Indian Early Head Start Programs. He has also served as a consultant to parents and schools in New York City in response to the September 11th disasters. He has co-authored eight books with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and authored a weekly New York Times syndicate column, "Families Today." He has lectured nationally and internationally on child and adolescent development. His media experience includes ABC World News, Boston Globe, CBS Early Show, Child Magazine, and the Today Show, among others.

Dr. Sparrow will give a lecture on "Infant and Toddler Emotional Competence: The Basis of Learning from the Beginning of Life." His lecture will cover the factors that affect the development of this competence. Emotional competence at all ages is indexed by a child’s ability to express and to control a wide range of emotions in order to achieve their goals of communicating with people, playing with objects, and acting on ideas. From the beginning of life, parents and professional caregivers can support the efforts of infants and young children to master the challenges of self-regulation, sensory processing, and social interaction-understanding themselves and others; as these are the most basic building blocks for successful learning can only be constructed within the context of children’s relationships.

To register or download a brochure, please visit For more information about the event, please contact Marcy Safyer, at 516.877.3060 or

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Schools of Nursing and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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