Conference Schedule

Monday, Feb 11, 2013, 9 am - 2 pm

Schedule of Events:

  • Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Gail Saltz
    9:15 am

    Expert: Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist, columnist, bestselling author and regular Today Show contributor.

  • Childhood Unbound! Keys to Confident Parenting in an Age of Anxiety
    9:30 - 10:10 am

    Do you feel like parenting is more complicated now than it was for your parents? Does it seem like your kids are far more sophisticated than you were – but also more anxious? You are not alone. Get a better understanding of why you feel that way and what you can do it about it.

    Expert: Dr. Ron Taffel, therapist, national expert on 21st Century child rearing and author of eight acclaimed books, including Childhood Unbound. Dr. Taffel has been featured in The New York Times, on the Today Show, 20/20 and Good Morning America. To learn more about Dr. Taffel, please visit:

  • Fantastic Elastic Brain: The Most Updated Information About Brain Development in Children
    10:10 - 10:45 am

    Your children come into the world with a certain amount of hard-wiring, but what happens in your child’s brain during the “magic decade” from birth to 10 years old will astound you.

    Expert: Dr. JoAnne Deak, widely-recognized educator and psychologist who works with children, adults, teachers and parents. Dr. Deak is also the author of Your Fantastic Elastic Brain and Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters (among others); and she is well known for demystifying complex issues of child development, learning, identity formation and brain research. To learn more about Dr. Deak, please visit here.

  • How to Give Your Child Confidence and Independence: Eight Things Parents Cannot Do For Their Children (But Wish They Could)
    10:45 - 11:20 am

    How do you instill confidence in your child? Sometimes, you need to step back and let your kids figure it out for themselves. Why getting away from you (for a little while) might be just thing your kids need.

    Expert: Dr. Michael Thompson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain which was made into a PBS documentary, It's A Boy! Understanding Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18 and Homesick And Happy (among others). Dr. Thompson has appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’ 60 Minutes. Shortly after the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy, Dr. Thompson visited 92Y to talk about the need for better mental health services for adolescent boys. You can listen to his remarks here. To learn more about Dr. Thompson, please visit here.

  • Break
    11:20 am - 12 pm
  • Raising Children in a Digitized and Commercialized World: Challenges for Parents and How to Meet Them
    12:00 - 12:35 pm

    Touch screens, iPads, apps, streaming video, Google, and unlimited amounts of information at our fingertips. How much is too much? Why is the screen so irresistible? Is childhood just one big commercial? Find out how are your children affected by all that screen time and the barrage of commercial messages aimed at them – and what you can do about it.

    Expert: Dr. Susan Linn is an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood.  Dr. Linn has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Her commentaries can be heard on NPR's Marketplace. To learn more about Dr. Linn, please visit here.


  • The Words We Use: Linking Language, Learning and Literacy

    12:35 - 1:10 pm

    How strong is the link between language skills and social development? How are words and language development critical to understanding the world around you? What are the red flags and warning signs that might signal language challenges?

    Expert: Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D. is a language pathologist, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Director of the Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development. Shortly after the Sandy Hook, CT incident, Dr. Soifer visited 92Y to talk about language that parents can use with their children in times of unspeakable tragedy. You can listen to her remarks here.

  • Following the individual presentations, all five experts join editor-in-chief of Parents and American Baby magazines, Dana Points, for a roundtable discussion and Q&A.
    1:10 - 1:35 pm

  • Closing Remarks
    1:35 - 2 pm

*Light and healthy snacks will be provided throughout the day

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013, 7:45 am - 10:45 am

Breakfast with the Experts:

Be a part of an in-depth discussion and Q & A on Monday’s topics and connect with other parents at our intimate Breakfasts with the Experts. Seating limited.

  • For Dads: Breakfast with Dr. Michael Thompson
    7:45 - 8:45 am
  • For Moms: Mom’s Breakfast with Dr. JoAnn Deak and Dr. Lydia Soifer
    9:30 - 10:45 am

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