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10 Brain-Based Strategies to Help Children in the Classroom: Improve Emotional, Academic & Social Skills for Back to School

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Christina Payne Bryson, PhD
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Aug 27, 2013
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Bridging the Gap Between What Experts Know and What Happens at Home & School

In this recording, best-selling author Dr. Tina Payne Bryson (co-author with Dan Siegel of The Whole-Brain Child) discusses the challenges she most frequently addresses with parents, students, educators, and professionals when it comes to kids in the classroom. At school, many children have emotional, academic, and social hurdles to overcome. This DVD will discuss how to create new associations with learning and the school environment, and how to help kids build skills and become resilient.

Using stories, case examples, and plenty of humor, Dr. Bryson explains ten simple, scientifically grounded strategies that will help children transition back to school, be confident students, and have a successful academic year. Attendees will be exposed to the most important and frequent perspectives and strategies Dr. Bryson teaches parents, educators, and mental health professionals in her office as a pediatric and adolescent psychologist, and as the School Counselor at St. Mark's School in Altadena, California.



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Dr. Tina Payne Bryson (she/her) is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers - The Whole-Brain Child selling over a million copies. Dr. Bryson is also the author of The Bottom Line for Baby (Random House 2020) and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Power of Showing Up (Random House 2020) and The Yes Brain (Random House 2018). Her upcoming book, The Way of Play (Random House 2025), co-authored with Georgie Wisen-Vincent, will be released January 2025.

Tina is an LCSW, and the founder/executive director of The Center for Connection (“CFC”), a multidisciplinary clinical practice with an interpersonal neurobiology lens; of the Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopment lens; and The Center for Connection and Neurodiversity, a wing of the CFC devoted to celebrating neurodifferences and providing brain-based occupational therapy, and interdisciplinary clinical work across the lifespan.

Tina keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for kids, parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders all over the world, and she makes frequent media appearances (for example, in TIME Magazine, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, Redbook, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Real Simple). When she isn’t teaching, she consults with various companies and organizations, including the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) where she was project director for mental or emotional performance, offering direct support to athletes and supporting research. She also works as a child development specialist at St. Mark’s School in Pasadena, CA. A graduate of Baylor University, Tina earned her LCSW and PhD from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.

Tina emphasizes that before she’s a parenting educator, or a researcher, she’s a mom. She limits her clinical practice and speaking engagements so that she can spend time with her family. Alongside her husband of 30 years, parenting her three boys is what makes her happiest.

Tina’s professional life now focuses on taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that is clear, realistic, humorous, and immediately helpful. As she puts it, “For parents, clinicians, and teachers, learning about how kids’ (and their own) brains work is surprisingly practical, informing how they approach discipline, how they help kids deal with everyday struggles, and ultimately how they connect with the children they care about.”

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tina Payne Bryson has employment relationships with The Center for Connection, The Play Strong Institute, and Saint Mark's Episcopal School. She receives royalties as a published author. Tina Payne Bryson receives a speaking honorarium, book and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tina Payne Bryson serves on the advisory board for Austin Interpersonal Neurobiology and Fuel Ed. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, is a distinguished member of the San Gabriel Valley Psychology Association, and a member of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.



  1. Explain how neural associations impact children's ability to learn and handle their emotions in school and how to change negative associations.
  2. Distinguish the connection between social skills and executive function in the brain.
  3. Identify when we should give children time to develop, versus initiating intervention and evaluation.
  4. Demonstrate how to reinterpret seemingly maladaptive behavior as purposeful, adaptive behavior with a meaning, then learn how to shift it.
  5. Describe how to overcome resistance to assessment and intervention.
  6. Ascertain a new lens to help focus on skill-building instead of diagnosis.


Reinterpret & Shift Maladaptive Behaviors

  • Overcome fears and negative feelings about school
  • Decide when it’s time for intervention
  • Mastery and self-esteem

Understand Neural Associations for learning & emotion

  • Beyond diagnosis: Skill-building
  • The relationships among executive functioning, learning challenges, ADHD, and social skills
  • Tackling parents’ assumptions, fears, and objections to assessment and intervention

Prepare a Child for Success & Resiliency

  • Optimal academic stimulation
  • Looking for the purpose behind students’ behavior
  • The keys to social, emotional, and mental health
  • How relationships are essential to optimal learning

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Teachers/Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 7


Andrea B

"So useful! Great examples! I have more tools and skills to take back to my school to implement! THANK YOU!!!"

Nicole L

"Tina is an excellent presenter and the information is very valuable. "

Melissa A

"would love an advanced course taught for professionals with a significant knowledge base"

Steven B

"Well organized and thoughtful presentation. I plan on looking at additional seminars by Dr. Bryson."

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