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Aspen to host symposium on healthy brain

Staff report

Nationally prominent speakers in the development of the brain are coming to Aspen Oct. 5 and 6 for a symposium called Changing Brains, Changing Lives.

The speakers will cover topics ranging from neurology and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder across the lifespan to classroom strategies for building healthy brains. The symposium will be at The Gant.

Aspen Strong Foundation is hosting the symposium with numerous partners. The target audience is mental health and social service professionals, parents, teachers and anyone with an interest in mental health wellness and brain development, according to Kathy Hegberg, a child and family therapist who is helping organize the conference. She said anyone who works with kids will benefit from the event.

“Kids generally are under a tremendous amount of stress,” she said. Some kids are under stress to get good grades so they can get into top-notch colleges and universities, she said. Other kids in the valley are just struggling to survive.

The symposium will help attendees understand how that stress affects brain development and how the kids can be assisted in academics and everyday life, Hegberg said. The importance of building a healthy brain from early in life will be emphasized, as well the importance of maintaining a healthy brain through life.

Brain development must be a collaboration at home, in school, in clinical settings and in the community, Hegberg said.

The cost is $130 per day. Register at the Aspen Strong website at

A free teacher workshop for teachers will be held Wednesday in the midvalley from 1:30to 4:40 p.m. Email Kathy Hegberg at for information and the location of the workshop.

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