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Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD


Ben Powers


Best Practices for Nurturing Every Child’s Unique Neurodiversity

Wed, Nov 8, 7PM PT (Virtual via Zoom)

Our children’s brains are developing and changing everyday. An understanding of the current science and innovations in brain research in regard to neurodiversity across all children has never been more crucial or accessible. Renowned expert Dr. Fumiko Hoeft will walk us through the multi-faceted impact of biological, social and cultural influences on learning and learning outcomes, and impart her wisdom on successful strategies to help our children maximize their unique strengths, motivation and resilience as they navigate the classroom and home.
Don't miss this special talk, relevant for any parent, educator, or anyone else interested in neurodiversity and current best practices underlying learning.

About our speakers

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and cognitive neuroscientist. She is Campus Director of University of Connecticut (UConn) Waterbury; Director of BrainLENS Lab at UConn and UCSF; Professor of Psychological Science, Education, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at UConn; the Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at UConn; and Adjunct Professor at UCSF. Dr. Hoeft has conducted research on learning and brain development, with focus on literacy and dyslexia, as well as the science of resilience for over 20 years. Her work has been widely covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, The New Yorker, and Scientific American. She has served on many boards at organizations including the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the Center for Childhood Creativity.

Benjamin Powers, DBA, is a practitioner, researcher, and advocate who works with students with dyslexia and ADHD. He serves as Executive Director of The Southport School and CoLAB in Connecticut.  He is a thought leader in the education of students with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia, and ADHD. Powers holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Grenoble Ecole de Management where his research focused on the self-esteem and self-efficacy perceptions of adolescents with dyslexia and ADHD to understand the impact those personal-level variables have on social-emotional well-being and career intentions. His interests include developing collaborative, community-based, and scalable implementation models for Executive Function, Structured Literacy, and Assistive Technology programs, especially across LD/ADHD, bilingual, bidialectal, and underserved communities. In addition, he is President of The Dyslexia Foundation, an Affiliated Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, and Director of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub in New Haven, Connecticut. He serves on various not-for-profit boards to support and empower the needs of all learners.

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