GPS Parent Series speaker will offer hope, healing for children who have experienced trauma

The Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present “The Eyes Are Never Quiet: Listening Behind the Behavior of Children” with Lori Desautels at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, via Zoom. Go to for details and the link to this webinar.

Children can become highly agitated and severely detached when adverse childhood experiences occur.

Desautels understands the emotional, mental and physiological consequences of trauma. She will present evidence-based insights showing that adversity can attack and hijack a child’s brain, body and nervous system, reprogramming how they react and respond to life events.

Although emotional and mental challenges are difficult, Desautels says the brain is capable of repair and healing. She will share the neurobiology of trauma in youth and give participants tools to help children heal.

Continuing professional development units are available for this event.

Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University’s College of Education and founder of the Educational Neuroscience Symposium. She is the author of “Eyes Are Never Quiet” and “Rewiring Our Perception of Discipline.” Her newest book is “Intentional Neuroplasticity: Moving Our Nervous Systems and Educational System Toward Post-Traumatic Growth.”

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, Duly Health and Care, DuPage Regional Office of Education, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kids Matter, Kiwanis Clubs, Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department, and Webb-Hutter Family Fund of DuPage Foundation.

To be placed on a reminder list for GPS events or submit a question in advance, contact Gilda Ross, student and community projects coordinator, at or (630) 942-7668.

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