According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave,solve problems and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. Studies show that brains continue to mature and develop throughout childhood and adolescence and well into early adulthood. Therefore, the teen brain works differently from adults when they make decisions or solve problems.
Join us for this presentation for an overview of various aspects of adolescent brain development research and hear tips for applying this information in youth programming to enhance positive outcomes for kids. Attendees will learn ways to structure opportunities and interaction in their programs that:
• encourage cognitive development;• help youth recognize risks and opportunities; and
• minimize factors that inhibit brain development.