Change Your Language, Change Their Lives: What You Can Say Differently Today To Transform the Tomorrows of Our Youths

Neuroscience discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of how the brains of our children learn and grow. In particular, brain research reveals how the specific language used by adults who teach, mentor, counsel and parent youth has a much more profound effect on their development than previously realized. Learn the four powerful “Languages of the Brain” that will transform the lives of the children you serve. Walk away with a new way of talking to youth that builds resilience, promotes intrinsic motivation, enhances cognitive stimulation and creates kaleidoscope thinkers. What you say matters, more than you ever knew!

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be introduced to the rapidly emerging research on how the adolescent brain is built and how it works.
  2. Participants will identify how the adolescent brain is significantly different than the adult brain and the child brain.Participants will learn words that tune students into listening.
  3. Participants will learn to develop the right mindset in their students around learning. They will learn the two types of Mindsets: Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset.
  4. Participants will learn how to give directions, commands and feedback to students that promote student use of executive function skills rather than motivating student behavior through fear, threat or consequence.
  5. Participants will understand the memory hierarchy in the brain and how to utilize critical questions to improve memory in their students.
  6. Participants will learn the “Technical Side of Hope” and how to adapt their language to include student affirmation, prediction of positive outcomes, and vision of a personalized compelling future that empowers students with Hope.
  7. Participants will be exposed to a powerful 3-step process that significantly improves the young brain's ability to respond to adult requests for changed behavior.
  8. Participants will understand self talk.


"I learned stratagies to build confidence in students while encouraging perseverance and a growing mindset."
— Participant, The Children's Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

"Interactive conversation and great thought-provoking information."
— Participant, The Children's Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

"I appreciated your insight and education especially about the words you shared with us to use that really make a difference in developing the right mindset."
— Participant at Unalaska School District, Alaska

"You will make a difference in this world. You did in me. When I get back into my classroom I will be making changes in the way I talk to my kids."
— Claire Warner, Brain Symposium

"I never knew there were two types of mindsets for learning - but glad I know now. Every teacher should get this information. You need to come to my school." 
— Pam Mucall, National At-Risk Education Network, Savannah, GA