Lifeways to host forum on adolescents
Published: Thursday, April 18th, 2013
The Lifeways Community Coalition will sponsor a community forum to present groundbreaking brain research that explains the question, "Why do they do that?"
Community members are invited to attend this event.
A forum, “Understanding the Adolescent Developing Brain: Helping to Ensure Success for Children and Adolescents," will be held Tuesday, April 30 at Crazy Horse Memorial from 6-7 p.m
New research on adolescent brain development demonstrates several newly discovered facts:
• The brain continues to mature and develop throughout adolescence and early adulthood. (Ages 11-26)
• The specific region of the brain responsible for "fight or flight" develops early.
• The region of the brain that controls reasoning and helps us to "think before we act" develops slower and into early adulthood.
Research shows that teens seek risk-taking as a part of their healthy brain development. This can be a good thing when adolescents are given opportunities and encouragement to try new positive activities. The community forum will provide information and resources on encouraging healthy risks to create positive reward pathways in the developing brain.
When teens participate in destructive risks, like alcohol or other drug use, these risks make them more susceptible to developing addiction and unhealthy changes in their developing brains.
Lifeways is a state accredited drug and alcohol prevention agency dedicated to strengthening alcohol and drug prevention programming in schools through education, intervention, support, and collaboration with the community. Lifeways advisors work in Hill City and Custer schools.
For more information about the organization's services or the upcoming event, call the Lifeways office at 716-6555 or check with your school's Lifeways advisor.
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