The Self-Driven Child - An Evening with Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson
The Self-Driven Child: An Evening with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson Thursday, May 16 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, Md “Instead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop.” —NPR Join the GTLD Network as we welcome Dr. Bill Stixrud and his partner-in-scribe Ned Johnson for a book signing and discussion about their groundbreaking bestseller, The Self-Driven Child. The Self-Driven Child offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids and teens Bill and Ned have helped over the years. The authors are uniquely positioned to speak to the profile of the twice exceptional student, and why our children desperately need a sense of control over their lives. Among the key concepts we’ll consider: Why a sense of control is the antidote to our kids’ stress “It’s your call” - How you can become your child’s consultant, not manager Four common motivation problems and how to approach them Radical downtime – the benefits of letting your child do nothing! Ways to reduce your child’s academic stress and pressure “Chill out!” - Being a non-anxious presence in your child’s life About our speakers: William R. Stixrud, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of The Stixrud Group. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he 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. He is a long-time practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a rock and roll musician who plays in the bands Larry 2.0 and Close Enough. Ned Johnson is the president and founder of PrepMatters. A professional tutor-geek since 1993, Mr. Johnson has devoted in excess of 35,000 hours in one-on-one test prep for nearly the entire alphabet of tests. His experience includes work with all ages and abilities in preparation for SSAT and ISEE to ACT and SAT to GMAT, GRE and LSAT. Considered by many to be the most sought-after instructor in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Mr. Johnson has served area students as well as clients from across the country and around the globe. In addition to his time with clients, Mr. Johnson oversees instructor hiring and training, curriculum development, business management, and coffee purchases. A 1993 graduate of Williams College, Mr. Johnson has a BA in Economics and Political Science. Originally from Connecticut (he can drive in snow), Mr. Johnson now resides with his wife and children in Washington, DC.
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