Explore how loving and warm interactions with babies and toddlers -- think: singing lullabies or reciting nursery rhymes -- promote healthy brain development at Bates Technical College’s Brain Series lecture.
The free event will be held on Thursday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. at the college’s South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St. in Tacoma.
Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), will talk about the effects of early language experience, and how it shapes the brain and enables it to learn the sounds of language. Ferjan Ramirez will also touch on how these experiences relate to school readiness.
This year’s Brain Series marks the 17th year Bates’ Child Studies department has brought experts in the field of child development to Pierce County for a two-hour seminar, open to the public. The event coincides with the annual Scholastic Book Fair, held in the same location, April 24-26. Learn more about the book fair on the college’s Facebook page.
Sponsors of the series include the Pierce County Public Library System, KBTC Public Television, and the Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children.
For more information, call 253.680.7500 or visit www. bates.ctc.edu/BrainSeries.