Dr. T. Berry Brazelton “America’s Pediatrician” to Speak at Sarah Lawrence College on May 8

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician, author and nationally recognized expert on young children and Dr. Joshua Sparrow, child, adolescent and general psychiatrist, author and child development expert, will speak at Sarah Lawrence College on Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m. During their presentation entitled “Touchpoints: A Developmental and Relational Model for Working With Children and Families,” Dr. Brazelton and Dr. Sparrow will discuss the issue of preparing children to be successful academically, in ways that respect and nurture the whole child.

The event, which coincides with Westchester’s Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, is being sponsored by the Child Care Council of Westchester, The Guidance Center, and Sarah Lawrence College. The lecture will be held in the Reisinger Concert Hall and will be followed by a book signing. This event is open to all parties interested in early childhood concerns (professionals, providers, parents) and costs $25 per person. Register by e-mail: agelles@tgcny.org  or call 914-636-4440, ext 240. On site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Dr. Brazelton’s concept of “Touchpoints” reaches out to early childhood educators, early interventionists, as well as health care and social service providers. It is a proven way of understanding and participating in early childhood and family development. This approach empowers early childhood professionals and parents to discover new ways of working with children, guiding them through children’s predictable crises (touchpoints).

“Child care experts in the County are becoming increasingly concerned about the intrusion of heavy academics into early childhood environments—in part because of pressures on schools and parental anxiety about their children’s well-being,” says Child Care Council Executive Director Kathy Halas. “Many parents, out of concern for their children and relentless exposure to marketing pressure, are asking child care programs to utilize dittos and rote memorization,  assign homework, and issue report cards, often at the expense of more appropriate and effective approaches to early learning. We encourage everyone who has a child or a role in caring for children to come hear Dr. Brazelton and Dr. Sparrow speak about what it takes to prepare the whole child for school success.” 

“At The Guidance Center we are passionate about teaching and supporting early childhood social/emotional learning because it is so important in laying a vital foundation for children and families,” says Amy Gelles, Executive Director of The Guidance Center.

This event, part of the Westchester Child Care Provider Appreciation Day designated by Westchester County Executive Andy Spano, recognizes the work of Westchester County child care providers, which benefits Westchester’s economy.

Dr. Brazelton is renowned as the author of the best selling Touchpoints books, a weekly New York Times Syndicate column, “Families Today” and as the host of the Emmy-winning cable television program What Every Baby Knows that ran for twelve years. He has been described as "America's most celebrated and influential baby doctor since Benjamin Spock."  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.