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Snack, Play, Love

Estimated: 1 1/2 Hours

The Connection Between Nutrition and Your Child's Behavior

Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses the most recent research on the impact nutrition can have on behavior. She examines the effects certain foods may have and how small changes in diet can make a big impact on how your child feels and therefore behaves. With her trademark warm, accessible approach, Dr. Purvis assures parents that it is never too late to make a difference and offers suggestions on how to intercede immediately with practical tools for your own family situation:

1. Practical tools anyone can use right now

2. Make small changes for big results

3. Current scientific research

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Our Expert:

Karyn Purvis

Dr. Karyn Purvis is the founder and director of the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development and a passionate advocate for "children from hard places", a phrase that describes children with histories of trauma, abuse and neglect. Dr. Purvis and her mentor and colleague, Dr. David Cross, currently lead the Institute in its triple mission of research, education and outreach on behalf of at-risk children.

Dr. Purvis and Cross also co-authored The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family and developed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a step-by-step intervention designed to bring deep healing to at-risk children and their struggling families. In 1999, Dr. Purvis launched The Hope Connection, a summer camp that serves as a research and training lab for adopted children and their parents and students.

A noted author, scholar and popular speaker, Dr. Purvis holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Texas Christian University. She was appointed to chair the state committee that set licensing standards for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, has trained judicial and court personnel, caseworkers and orphanage caregivers.

Honors include: T. Berry Brazelton MD Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award; Heroes of Healthcare Award, Families Supporting Adoption Hall of Fame Award, the James Hammerstein Award, and a Distinguished Fellow in Adoption and Child Development.

Dr. Purvis is a former foster mother, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother of eight, two of whom are adopted.

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