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Resiliency in children and young adults with learning disabilities to be discussed by author and Harvard Med School professor Robert Brooks. Thursday, April 3, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Award-winning author and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Robert Brooks will discuss "The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Resiliency in Children and Young Adults with Learning Disabilities at Home and in School" on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30pm, in the second floor auditorium of Students' This seventh annual Steven Hirsch '71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

Dr. Brooks will introduce parents, students, and educators to the importance of changing negative scripts so often used with children and young students who struggle with learning disabilities. He will share strategies for nurturing self-esteem, hope, and resiliency in children that carry them into adulthood.

With its commitment to enhanced student learning and faculty teaching development, the Steven and Susan Hirsch Fund for Students with Disabilities is helping Vassar more effectively meet the needs of students with diverse learning needs, particularly students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and psychological disorders.

Robert Brooks is a leading voice on the themes of resilience, self-esteem, motivation, and family relationships. During the past thirty years, he has presented nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people. He is the author/co-author of many books for parents and teachers including The Self-Esteem Teacher; and with Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient and Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms.

In addition to his post at the Harvard Medical School, Brooks has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. He also has a part-time private practice in which he sees children, adolescents, adults, and families. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did additional training at the University of Colorado Medical School.

Dr. Brooks received a Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs; "Hall of Fame" awards from both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) and the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities for his work with special needs children and adolescents; a Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA for his efforts on behalf of students with learning differences, the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide in recognition of his contributions and commitment to the field of learning disabilities, and the Outstanding Educator Award for Mental Health Education from the New England Educational Institute, Pittsfield, MA.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, March 26, 2008