Interaction and Bonding Workshops


Statewide Advanced Practioners’ in DeafBlindness Series - The Biology of Connection: How Relationship-led Teaching Changes Brains, Bodies and Behaviour

December 7, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Double Tree Hotel, Austin, TX there will be an optional Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Resilience - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope Research

December 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Presenter: Suzanne Zeedyk

As part of the annual Advanced Practitioners in DeafBlindness Series, this workshop will help participants understand how early experiences go on to shape a child's biology and his/her ability to self-regulate. There will also be a discussion on ways to refine the relational quality of the participants’ interactions with children who are DeafBlind.

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.