Maret Spring Speaker Series

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The Self-Driven Child: Building Resiliency and Giving Your Kids More Control

Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, both experts on anxiety, motivation, and the teenage brain, will join us for our Spring Speaker Series to discuss helping kids develop resiliency and autonomy and their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. Based on their extensive experience, Bill and Ned will discuss the impacts of high stress and will provide practical ideas for supporting the development of healthy, autonomous, and motivated children.

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist. He is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center and holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Stixrud is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, motivation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain.

Ned Johnson is founder and president of PrepMatters, a leading provider of one-on-one academic tutoring services, test preparation, and educational planning in the DC area. A professional tutor-geek since 1993, Mr. Johnson has devoted nearly 40,000 hours to one-on-one test prep for nearly the entire alphabet of tests. He is the co-author of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Oversome the Pressure and Succeed.