SARRC Ignite Summer Speaker Series


August 5th, 2021, 9:00am to August 26th, 2021, 10:00am

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Free Online Educational Presentations

We are excited to bring back our popular and free Ignite Speaker Series community presentation this August! 

Our Summer Series will feature a variety of experts in the fields of nutrition and brain development and will focus on pertinent topics centered around children and nutrition; feeding and mealtime concerns; and how to understand developing the brain in a healthy way. Families, providers and community members are encouraged to join us for our informative, one-hour live lectures.

Join SARRC on August 5, 12, and 26 for the Ignite Speaker Summer Series. Sign up for all events or pick your interests!

There is no cost to attend. Presentations will be hosted online using Zoom. A link will be sent to your email with details to join the event. 

Thursday, August 5 from 9-10 a.m.

"Nutrition For The Picky Eater"
Featuring Stephanie Brown, Senior Nutritionist, Kennedy Krieger Institute

This presentation will address the overall nutritional needs of young children and steps for developing an appropriate meal plan. 

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Stephanie Brown is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) whose interest in feeding picky children brought her to the Kennedy Krieger Feeding Disorders Program over 5 years ago. She received her Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Coordinated Program in 2011. Prior to joining Kennedy Krieger Institute, Stephanie worked for 4 years as a dietitian for the Johns Hopkins WIC Program. As a Latina and bilingual provider, she provided nutrition services in a WIC Clinic consisting of refugees and Hispanic families. Her interest in selective eating eventually brought her to the Kennedy Krieger Feeding Disorders Program. As a member of an interdisciplinary feeding team, Stephanie provides tailored meal plans and helps empower her clients to select appropriate foods for their children based on their cultural and dietary needs.


Thursday, August 12 from 9-10 a.m.

"Parent-Implemented Interventions to Address Feeding Concerns of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Featuring Lori Vincent, PhD, Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati

This Ignite Speaker Series presentation is centered around feeding challenges among children with ASD and how those challenges may have a significant impact for both the child and the family. Generalizing outcomes from feeding therapy to the home and community settings can be especially challenging.  This presentation will provide an overview of evidence-based behavioral feeding strategies and focus on effective and feasible strategies that caregivers can implement in the home setting.  Strategies for therapists providing caregiver training to address feeding will also be discussed. 

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Dr. Vincent is an assistant professor in the School Psychology Graduate Programs at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and completed her psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University from 2014-2016. She is a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analysis-Doctoral, and a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst. Dr. Vincent’s primary research interests include teacher and parent-implemented behavioral interventions for children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Specific areas of her research include social skills interventions, positive behavior supports, and behavioral feeding therapy.


Thursday, August 26 from 9-10 a.m.

"Bright From the Start: Ways to Make Brain Science Easier to Understand"
Featuring Jill Stamm, PhD, Prevention and Brain Science Learning Specialist, Arizona’s Children Association

Facts and reports about how a young child’s brain actually develops have been available for almost 20 years and yet it has remained difficult to transfer science-based information to the people who need it the most: caregivers of young children. One of the barriers has been that few ‘translators’ have found easy-to-understand, short, yet accurate ways to explain clear messages from neuroscience to early care providers. All forms of learning involve changes in the brain.  The “input” from a child’s daily environment, especially the people in his/her life, directly affects how the intricate connections in the brain are wired. By working with and caring for a child in deliberate ways, an adult can influence the way a child’s mind grows. Responsive, attentive care allows the brain to develop in a healthy way. Discover how paying attention to the sequence and timing of how young brains wire up can guide the activities and experiences a caregiver can provide.

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Dr. Jill Stamm is the Prevention and Brain Science Learning Specialist for Arizona’s Children Association and was the co-founder of New Directions Institute for Early Childhood Brain Development (NDI). She is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University and is a national and international speaker on brain development and later school achievement. 

She is an author of two popular books on early brain development, Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us, designed for busy caregivers, and her popular parent book, Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3. Currently, she is a member of the National Advisory Panel of the Learning & the Brain Conference Series and a member of the Dr. Bruce Perry’s training group for the Neurosequential Model of Caregiving.   

She has two adult daughters, Kristin a neuroscientist, and Jenny, born prematurely with physical and developmental disabilities, but who has flourished with her mother’s understanding of her unique brain functioning.


The Ignite Speaker series is funded as a result of generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.