Nicola Morgan is the author of the internationally-renowned Blame My Brain – The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed, reprinted many times, translated widely, and shortlisted for the Aventis Science Prize. She is an articulate, warm and entertaining speaker and a real expert in adolescence.
We often fear those teenage years. We want to do our best, as parents or teachers, but sometimes it feels impossible, worrying, confusing. What is going on in our teenagers’ heads? How can we help? Or should we just wait till it’s over. (No, by the way!)
This inspiring, fact-filled day offers everything you need to understand adolescence. You will see the reasons behind “typical” behaviours. (And you will look more closely at what “typical” means, because teenagers are not all the same.) Nicola will reveal both the neuroscience and external lifestyle pressures on teenagers. You will come away with new ideas and insights and a positive understanding of adolescence, with some shared strategies.
Topics will include: emotion, clumsiness, loss of skills, risk-raking, sleep, alcohol, peer pressure, depression – and the positive aspects of teenage brain development.
Nicola will also reveal her special theory about teenage bedrooms!
10-11.20am: What do we think about teenagers?
Exploring the stereotypes, unearthing our prejudices, identifying realities. Is adolescence modern or universal? Cultural or biological?
The point of adolescence.
Positive reasons behind peer pressure.
11.40-1pm: The teenage brain – what are the physical changes in the teenage brain and how might they explain the changes we see in sleep patterns, emotional behaviour/control, risk-taking, depression and mental issues?
2-3.00pm: Sleep – what can/should we do to help?
3.20pm-4.20pm: Teenage lifestyle and external stresses – behind The Teenage Guide to Stress.
4.20-5.00: What have we learnt and how can we put it into practice? Sharing ideas.
Nicola Morgan is one of the UK’s leading writers for and about teenagers. She is an award-winning novelist, a renowned expert in the teenage brain and a passionate and informed advocate for teenagers and their significant adults. She often speaks on BBC Radio on aspects of adolescence and travels internationally speaking to teenagers, parents and teachers to promote better understanding of the lives and brains of young people.
Nicola was born and educated in a boys’ boarding school and was taught by her parents, before going to a girls’ boarding school for the last four years. She went to Cambridge University and studied Classics and Philosophy, before becoming a teacher, later specialising in teaching children with dyslexia. During that time, she was practising to be a writer. She has now had around ninety books published, including Thomas the Tank Engine and home learning books, many of which have been UK best-sellers.
Nicola has a long-standing fascination with the human brain, and her examination of the teenage brain, Blame My Brain, published in 2005 but updated in 2007 and 2013, was short-listed for the prestigious Aventis Prize. Linked to this, she is now writing The Teenage Guide to Stress, which will be published in 2014
Alongside her non-fiction work, Nicola is known for her novels for older children and teenagers, and has won two Scottish Arts Council prizes, including The Scottish Children’s Book of the Year for Sleepwalking. Her latest novel, Wasted, won or was shortlisted for many awards and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her best-selling novel, Fleshmarket, is widely used in schools and is currently being adapted for the London stage.
Nicola is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland, is currently on the children’s writers’ committee of the Society of Authors and speaks regularly at festivals and conferences, and in schools.
The course will take place on Saturday 5 October at Mumsnet HQ, 6 Deane House Studios, Greenwood Place, Highgate Road, London NW5.
Registration begins at 9.30am.
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