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A Peek Into The Teen Brain Is The Subject Of Local Workshop
Updated February 16, 2018 7:12 AM
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(LOOGOOTEE) - The growing brain experiences age-related changes in learning, memory and functions, which can make it challenging to understand why teens behave the way they do.

Recognizing the basics of how teen brains are wired broadens insight into how to relate to and support young adults. It also allows adults to set appropriate expectations for teens based on their ages and intellectual abilities.

With these facts in mind, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), along with the Martin County Community Foundation and Martin County Nonprofit Roundtable, are hosting an event about the stages of adolescent brain development. Funded in part by Vectren, this event aims to provide educators, counselors, youth workers and parents with a better understanding of how teens think as well as ways to encourage cognitive development.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the upper level meeting room of St. John's Center, 409 Church St. in Loogootee.

Robin E. Donaldson, chief operating officer of Indiana Youth Services Association, will lead a discussion on the development of the teen brain, along with how the onset of puberty affects behavior, intelligence and maturity. Attendees also will learn how to set realistic expectations for teens as they experience changes to their brains, as well as how to incorporate research into their youth programming.

The forum and lunch are offered as part of IYI's Youth Worker Café program, and reservations are required. Please RSVP at If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at For more information on the event, contact IYI Southwest Manager Joe Shrode at In the event that Loogootee Community Schools are closed due to weather, this event will be rescheduled.

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children.

The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.

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