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Expert sheds light on childrens brains
Workshop offers information about development
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Better Brains for Baby workshop
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
How much: Free
Contact: 770-532-3311

If you’ve ever questioned just what has gotten into your child, the folks at the Spout Springs Library may have an answer.
On Thursday, the library will host a Better Brains for Baby workshop.

The free event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. is ideal for parents, caregivers and any other adults interested in the well-being of children, said Katy Hendricks, library youth services supervisor.

The workshop will be a cross between an anatomy and psychology lesson.

“The presentation goes through what is physically happening and what you can expect to see from your child behaviorally during each development phase,” Hendricks said. “Sometimes parents can have unrealistic expectations of what their child should, or should not be doing at certain ages. This well help them better understand what is happening.”

The workshop will be conducted by Trudy Friar of Better Brains for Babies, an organization “dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children in Georgia.”

Better Brains is a collaboration of public and private entities, including the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The goal of the organization is to “maximize Georgia’s brain power.”

According to the Better Brains experts, an individual’s brain isn’t fully developed until he or she reaches late adolescence, which leaves an ample amount of time for caregivers to help children reach their full, mental potential.

The event is open to the public and the formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, Hendricks said.

Thursday’s workshop will be the second visit Friar has made to the Flowery Branch library.

“I was lucky enough to be here for her first visit,” Hendricks said. “It was really a fascinating look at brain growth and development. I had no idea how things developed in the brain. It was really an eye-opener.”