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90 Minute Evening Talks and All-Day Workshops given by Susan R. Johnson MD, FAAP

1) The 7 Essential Nutrients for a Healthy Child and a Healthy Family

Children today bring unique and often spiritual gifts into a world that can seem designed to thwart the unfolding of their inner and outer potential, their capacities of thinking, feeling and willing, their reverence for life. What are practical steps that we can take, as parents and teachers, that will help us to embrace our children with an active, joyful, loving lifestyle? In this talk Dr. Johnson will take us on an autobiographical journey, reviewing the seven essential nutrients and how they benefit all children and their families as well as heal children who have attention and learning challenges.

With our busy lives as parents, we sometimes overlook the things that can nourish our children the most. Dr. Johnson will explore the importance of warmth, breathing in/breathing out, nutrition, rhythms, sleep, harmonious non-competitive movements, and the most essential ingredient of all, unconditional love. Most importantly, she presents the “why” behind these concepts.

All-Day Workshop:

In this workshop we will explore in more depth the importance of Warmth, Balance in breathing, nutrition, sleep, rhythm, harmonious non-competitive movements, and most importantly, unconditional Love, in the development of the healthy child and family. Working interactively, we will share practical ideas for habits and practices that can bring more balance and harmony into daily home and classroom life.

2) Healing our Children with Attention, Learning, and Emotional Challenges

Our children, and especially boys, are being increasingly labelled with ADD, Learning Disabilities and the Autistic Spectrum Disorders. What is going on? How might all of these disorders be related? What role does sensory integration dysfunction play in the development of these disorders? What can be done to heal our children that have been labelled with these disorders?

3) Protecting the Spiritual Life of our Children

Our children need to dream, to visualize, to create inner pictures in their minds about their destiny and what contributions they wish to make in their life. To focus, to concentrate, to pay attention and to think "outside of the box" are capacities that need to be protected and nurtured in our children especially in this time where children's minds and senses are being over-stimulated by the external pictures from video, television, and computer screens. This 1 1/2 hour workshop will look at this spiritual capacity of visualizing and creating our own pictures. We will discover what we can do to both foster and protect this capacity in our children and learn how to strengthen this picture-making capacity in ourselves.

4) 1st Grade and Reading Readiness and the Real Dangers of Introducing Academics too Soon:

When is a child ready for the tasks of first grade? When do the neurological and developmental pathways for reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics form? Are we pushing our children into "academics" too early, before their minds and capacities for learning are fully developed? Is our current educational policy of "no child left behind" actually creating attentional, emotional, and learning difficulties in our children? These questions will be addressed during this workshop and practical information about a child's readiness for learning will be explored.

5) Treating Allergies: What I have Learned so Far.

A look at the “Leaky Gut” theory as a cause for allergies and the importance of maintaining healthy intestinal bacteria, getting rid of yeast, and eating a diet that consists mostly of alkaline forming foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.

6) How the Lower Senses are Related to the Development of Higher Capacities, such as Attention, Creative Thinking, Auditory and Visual Processing.

How a child’s sense of well-being, touch, balance, and movement (proprioception) lead to the higher capacities of creative thinking, sense of the other (the ability to place ourselves in the others “shoes”), auditory processing (the ability to pay attention and listen while in movement), and the sense of the word (visual processing of abstract forms such as letters and numbers).

7) Healing Children With Attentional and Learning Challenges through Healthy Movements

Non-competitive, harmonious, and rhythmic movement form the neural pathways later used for reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, and creative thinking.

8) How to Observe Childrens Movement and their Learning Styles in the Classroom.

9) The Importance of Sleep for Children and Their Families: Exploring sleep’s impact on a chiild’s ability to learn, and the parent’s ability to remain in the present moment..

10) What Actually is at Risk? A Medical Perspective on the Impact of Media on the Child.


YouandYourChildsHealth.org is a library of health information about raising children and creating a healthier family life. This Living Book also contains personal stories about the joys and triumphs, as well as the struggles and challenges, we face as parents. It is made freely available as a public service.

© Susan R. Johnson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
(916) 638–8758
www.youandyourchildshealth.org