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“All of our parents were completely engaged during the lecture and found it very impactful for them as to how they would approach parenting their teens in this time of technologically-driven culture. We (parents) are still talking about the presentation.”




We work with parents, professionals, and schools to spark understanding of brain development and stitch insight to practice. Your time and attention is precious. Parent engagement nights and professional development days shouldn’t just be check-the-box events, they should be informative, practical, and moving. Let us know how our guest speakers can add value to your work helping kids and teens thrive.

Screen Time Topics

It's Complicated: Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health

Is Facebook depression real? Is social media use contributing to teen anxiety? Or is social media actually connecting and inspiring us? In this interactive and energizing presentation, our guest speakers cut through conflicting messages to explain how technology is impacting mental health. You will leave understanding the key ingredients for digital wellbeing as well as practical tools and strategies to reduce risks and nurture digital strengths.

Babies, Brains, and Digital Media: Tech in Early Childhood

The youngest among us are no strangers to digital technology. One-third of children under three years of age go online daily and 28% of children under two have televisions in their bedrooms. Families are getting conflicting advice about the impact of these technologies– on one hand companies promise that media can boost their children’s intelligence while on the other America’s pediatricians urge parents to limit screen time in the early years.

In this workshop, our speakers explore the latest research on the power and impact of screen time in early childhood and shares the ingredients that young children need to thrive in a world dominated by screens. Using stories and warm humor, our speakers help parents or professionals identify ways to use technology and media to support children’s learning and development.

From Online Safety to Digital Wellbeing

While news headlines suggest that media and technology are either good or bad for children and youth – evidence suggests that they are powerful. The good or bad depends upon how we use them. In this interactive and energizing presentation, our speakers use brain science, stories, and humor to explain how technology is changing the ways that kids grow up, socialize, and make decisions.

Talking to kids and teens about online safety is important, but not sufficient, for preparing them to thrive in a digitally connected world. Our speakers will help you reclaim your role as media mentor in children’s lives. Media mentors build digital citizenship skills, leap across digital divides, and model digital wellbeing. This workshop can be tailored to includes the following topics:

  • Racism and hate speech online
  • The protective power of media production
  • Cyberbullying and sexting
  • Over-use and addiction
  • Focus/attention/multitasking
  • Monitoring and trust

iBrain: Learning in the Age of Distraction

One of the most precious and valuable resources that children and teens have today is their attention. In this energizing and engaging presentation, our guest speakers explore the brain science of attention, memory and multitasking in the context of a digitally connected world. Learn more about the distraction economy, the seeking brain, and practical strategies for building focus as children shift their attention between homework, YouTube, texting, and each other.

Brain Science and Social Emotional Development Topics

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain

Based on the best selling book Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain, our speakers explain exactly what happens to the adolescent brain on the path from childhood into adulthood. Revealing the latest scientific findings in easy-to-understand terms, our guest speakers show why moodiness, risk-taking, and miscommunication are so common – all are linked to physical changes and growth in the adolescent brain. Using this information, you will learn three ingredients for working with or parenting adolescents in ways that build on their strengths and gives them the support they need to grow into capable and caring adults.

Stress and the Brain: Raising Resilient Kids

As a culture, we are obsessed with stress. You can buy stress busters, stress exterminators, and stress eradicators. Yet stress is a part of life. New experiences, transitions, real and perceived danger, academic pressure, and unknowns can all evoke feelings of anxiety in children and youth.

We know that too much stress impacts health and shapes the brain’s developing architecture. Yet learning how to handle appropriate stress is a healthy and normal part of development. Kids who haven’t had practice handling stress or taking responsibility for their actions can become more anxious and risk averse. By overprotecting them, we inadvertently make them more vulnerable.

Using warmth, stories, science, and humor, our speakers will explain the impact of stress on the brain and share practical strategies for  resilience.

  • Executive function development
  • Exploring sources of stress including racism, sexism, and other -isms
  • Protective power of relationships and systems change

Disrupting Gender Bias in Children

In many ways, children today are growing up in a world with more expansive understandings of gender than generations before. At the same time, studies show that rigid gender roles continue to be engrained in our expectations, language, and culture. This isn’t without consequence for kids, as decades of research link belief in rigid feminine and masculine norms to lower health, education, and economic outcomes. Many researchers think about gender norms as a “gateway belief system” for children, meaning that when a child internalizes them it negatively impacts other areas of their life as well. Children begin learning these norms right away, influenced not only by family but also by cultural institutions, media, advertising, political coverage, and social observation.

So how can parents and educators tackle rigid gender norms and create a different future for our kids? We translate the latest research in child development into easy-to-understand language to help families see how children “learn gender” and internalize gender bias. Using warmth, interaction, and humor, our speakers help families and educators identify doable and concrete strategies for disrupting rigid gender norms at home and at school.

Setting Limits and Avoiding Power Struggles

It isn’t easy to figure out how to set limits with our kids. This workshop explores why they are critical to children’s healthy development and identify practical strategies for setting boundaries in ways that help kids manage big feelings, build self control, and understand their impact on others. Using stories, warmth, and humor, our guest speakers will facilitate a session where everyone leaves with more practical tools in their parenting toolkit.

The Addicted Brain

How is addiction connected to the brain’s primary mission of keeping us alive? How does addiction “hijack” the brain? Why do addicts continue to seek the drug even as the rewards diminish? How can knowledge of the brain help recovery? Dr. Dave Walsh will explore these questions and more as he connects the dots between cutting edge neuroscience and chemical dependency treatment.

The Brain Goes to School

Recent discoveries in brain science are revolutionizing many fields, including education. Our guest speakers connect the dots between brain science and the classroom to show how educators can improve students’ concentration, boost their energy, and enhance retention and creativity. Special topics include:

  • Stress and the brain
  • Executive function
  • Memory, attention, and focus
  • Digital media/technology and the learning brain

Customized Topics

What do you need?

We have experience creating workshops to help support the specific needs of parents, school systems, and community educators. Contact us with your needs.

We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. From keynote addresses to day-long trainings, we will tailor the topic and format to fit your audience.

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Trusted by school districts and organizations across the country, Erin or Dr. Dave has been invited to speak by:

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What audiences say:


“Erin Walsh was a VERY skilled speaker, I felt entertained, was never bored, and learned a lot.”

– Participant in day-long training

“Erin Walsh is a fantastic guest speaker and I recommend her without reservation. She knows her content and delivers it convincingly and tactfully. Her style is dynamic and methodical. The audience found her to be highly engaging. If you are considering Erin for your events I have full confidence that you will be as pleased as I am.”

– Adam Seaman, Director, Youth Philanthropy Initiative

“Erin Walsh presented information about adolescent brain development and the effects of media on our children. As a behavioral pediatrician, I found her presentation to be incredibly informative and well delivered, making complex and difficult information palatable and understandable. All of our parents were completely engaged during her lecture and found it very impactful for them as to how they would approach parenting their teens in this time of technologically-driven culture. We (parents) are still talking about her presentation. “

– Dr. Timothy Johanson

“Cargill brings in many speakers to talk to employees about important issues. Erin Walsh ranks with the best. She delivered great information and practical advice in an engaging style. Not many speakers can connect with the audience and leave them wondering where the time went!”

– Keith Tvedten, Cargill Human Resources


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