Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!
We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Rebecca Rolland, Ed.D., author of the book, The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids. Dr. Rolland will be delivering a keynote address. There will be a book sale and signing. This IN-PERSON event is free and open to the public. No registration or proof of vaccination is required. Masks are recommended but not required.
This event will be recorded but not live streamed and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.
About the Book: With her recent book The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids, Rebecca Rolland, Ed.D., a Harvard faculty member and oral language specialist, offers an invaluable guide that provides readers with evidence-based tools and techniques to communicate more effectively with children in ways that let them foster relationships with less conflict and more joy and kindness. Dr. Rolland shows how quality communication—or “rich talk”—can help build the skills and capacities children need to thrive.
Science has shown that the best way to help our kids become independent, confident, kind, empathetic, and happy is by talking with them. Yet, so often, parents, educators, and caregivers are at a loss and have trouble communicating with kids. Conversations can feel trivial or strained—or worse, are marked by constant conflict.
Dr. Rolland, who is on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, arms adults with practical tools to help them have productive and meaningful conversations with children of all ages—whether it’s engaging an obstinate toddler or getting the most monosyllabic adolescent to open up.
Highlights in The Art of Talking with Children include: 1) The importance of conversation as an antidote to stress and disconnection; 2) What “rich talk” is and its value in nurturing strong relationships; 3) Sparking children’s curiosity; 4) Fostering children’s empathy; 5) Encouraging kids to embrace challenges; 6) Building confidence and independence in kids; 7) Cultivating social skills in children; 8) Promoting joy and creativity; 9) Helping kids celebrate one another’s differences; 10) Bringing out the best in kids.
About the Author: Rebecca Rolland, Ed.D. is an oral and written language specialist in the Neurology Department of Children’s Hospital Boston, where she works as part of an interdisciplinary team to diagnose children with learning disabilities and provide recommendations for parents and schools. She served as the Academic Learning Specialist at Kingsley Montessori School and as the Project Coordinator for the Rigorous and Regulated Learning Environment project. As a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, Dr. Rolland has worked clinically with populations ranging from early childhood through high school and provided teacher professional development. At Harvard, she served as a Teaching Fellow for a number of courses, including Reading Difficulties, Adolescent Literacy, and Adult Development.
From a Harvard faculty member and oral language specialist, an invaluable guide that gives readers evidence-based tools and techniques to communicate more effectively with children in ways that let them foster relationships with less conflict and more joy and kindness.