Environmental toxins leading to learning disabilities

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, explains how research is showing that environmental toxins can cause learning disabilities in kids and what parents can do to help their kids
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Environmental toxins leading to learning disabilities

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There’s a great deal research now showing us the substances that have been released into our children’s environments can actually interfere with brain development and can cause learning disabilities. This is pretty scary, because we really can’t see what they’re breathing or often what they’re eating, but it’s wise for parents to pay attention to the guidelines. The UPA has guidelines. Many states have their own guidelines. To be careful that both at home and at school, these children are kept as much as possible from such things as pesticides, dry cleaning fluids, various types of air pollution, various types of cleaning products. This is a terrible burden to have to put upon parents who already have way too much to do. But the simple fact is that nobody seems to be watching out for this, except for us. And we have to pay attention.

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, explains how research is showing that environmental toxins can cause learning disabilities in kids and what parents can do to help their kids

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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