Noted psychologist, speaker to tackle the pressure kids face

Dr. Michael Thompson, internationally recognized child psychologist and author, will provide a free presentation on his book, “The Pressured Child: Freeing our kids from performance overdrive and helping them find success in school and life.”

The “Connect Effect” presentation is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in the Rogers High School field house. Prior to his presentation there will be a free community health fair beginning at 6 p.m. in the school’s commons area.

Day care is available for children ages 3 (potty trained) through 11 by calling (Monday through Friday) Nettie DuBois at 763-241-3400, ext. 5000 no later than Feb. 21.

Thompson has more than 35 years as a clinical psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting. He has written nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in the parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. He works with independent schools and public school districts throughout the U.S., and with international schools in Europe, Asia and South America.

Staff attending Thompson’s presentation may apply for continuing education credits. Earlier that day Thompson will be the keynote speaker for a day-long student event, Monday, Feb. 25 at Rogers High School.

Thompson’s presentation is sponsored by ISD 728, ROADS Foundation, Rogers Lions, Eyewest Vision, Angeno’s Pizza, MEADA of Wright County, The Bank of Elk River, Wal-Mart and Health Source Chiropractic.

For additional information, call Hassan Elementary School Principal Heidi Adamson-Baer at 763-274-7230.