Connections: the Brain Development Seminar comes to Winchester

Posted: January 7, 2014

Star staff report

Winchester — Virginia Largent, a 1990 Shenandoah University graduate, will present Connections: the Brain Development Seminar Jan. 17 and 18 at Victory Church, 2870 Middle Road, Winchester.

The seminar will focus on how parents can help with the brain development of their children.

The session scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 will be a presentation about the brain and how it is supposed to develop and what is going on inside a child’s brain. Attendees will receive a manual and the session is interactive.

The second session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 will show correct movements, music, and exercise to develop a child’s brain.

Lunch is from noon to 12:30 p.m., and attendees are to bring their own lunch.

Largent is an educational specialist, author, and director of Virginia Beach School of the Arts.

During the first year of life the brain is undergoing extreme and massive developmental and organizational phases, according to Largent. “There are foundational areas of the brain that are developed only through a young infant being on the tummy and going through all of the stages of crawling and creeping correctly and thoroughly,” she said.

“If these stages are limited or skipped, that part of the brain doesn’t develop and communication within the brain between all motor area and higher learning centers is adversely affected. This has nothing to do with intelligence. In fact many extremely intelligent children have this issue. Every child dealing with this has totally different manifestations. Some children display only a few traits, others show more,” she added.

Connections teaches parents therapeutic movements to meet a child’s specific needs. Attendees will learn how to check the child for retained primitive reflexes and what steps need to be taken to integrate them, Largent said.

If a child has skipped creeping and crawling, parents will learn how to correctly take the child back through these developmental stages to reorganize the brain, Largent said. “There are right ways to do it and wrong ways. Incorrect instruction to the child will cause other brain areas to be in charge during reorganization therefore rendering the exercises less effective.”

Cost is $200 per family — both spouses. If one is deployed, a grandparent or caregiver may attend. A $50 deposit will reserve registration.

Contact Largent at or 757-431-1382.