Brains on Fire: How Gifted Brains Learn

Conference welcomes Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide

TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Gifted thinkers have been described as having "brains on fire" because of widespread brain activity associated with higher order thinking. Yet too frequently, bright students with learning problems are overlooked in school. Although their gifts may compensate enough to avoid identification; they may not be enough to avoid emotional problems and academic underachievement.

In this fascinating presentation, Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide will offer a detailed review of the typical neurodevelopment of bright and gifted children and the blessings and burdens that frequently accompanies their increased sensitivities and enhanced thinking and memories.

The Eides will highlight recent advances in neuropsychology that have increased our understanding of the paradox of the talented child who struggles with learning. These findings raise important issues about how such children should best be identified, accommodated, and educated to reach their potential.

    Who:      Sponsored by JVS Toronto;
    What:     JVS Toronto's 3rd Annual Ruth Borchiver Memorial School
              Psychology Conference
    When:     Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Where:    Columbus Centre: Sala Caboto Banquet Hall, 40 Playfair Avenue,

Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide are leading researchers and clinicians on learning disabilities and the authors of the critically acclaimed, The Mislabeled Child. They are strong advocates for neurologically-based approaches to learning differences and are co-directors of a national clinical practice specializing in 'Neurolearning'. The Eides lecture throughout North America to school psychologists, educators, physicians and parents.

JVS Toronto is a non-profit organization that was founded over 60 years ago to assist Jewish immigrants in finding employment after World War II. Today, the organization works with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds with diverse needs. JVS Toronto helps clients identify their strengths and goals, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school, work and life. Since 1947, this remarkable organization has enabled over 500,000 people to fulfill their potential.


For further information: For further information: Abby Robins, Director of Communications and Marketing, JVS Toronto, (416) 787-1151 ext. 276 (office), (416) 277-3340 (cell)

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