A conversation with Guest Speaker
Jane Thompson

ISKL is pleased to welcome back Jane Krill Thompson to speak with our parents about raising healthy children.

TOPIC: BUILDING RESILIENCE WITH STORIES

Date: 31 May, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
Venue: MPR1 - Ampang Campus
Target audience: Parents of Elementary School and Middle School students

Jane has 28 years of international experience supporting families with children and is a qualified examiner in developmental assessments. She has expertise in child development, early intervention strategies, and parent coaching.

Find out more about Jane Thompson

Jane Krill Thompson has 28 years of experience supporting families and their children. In the United States, she has worked with the Montgomery County Public Schools in the Infant and Toddler Program, the Preschool Education Program, and Adult Education. While abroad, she has had the opportunity to work with various NGOs, and American- International Schools. In her recent posting in Romania, Jane served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the American International School of Bucharest, and on the Advisory Boards of Ovidiu Ro, the Finlandia School, and the Citim Impreuna Literacy organization. She also coordinated the Parent Skills Training Initiative in cooperation with Autism Speaks and the World Health Organization.

Jane is a qualified examiner in developmental assessments and has expertise in child development, early intervention strategies, and parent coaching. She provides seminars and workshops for parents, professional development for educational staff and often mentors students and novice early interventionists. She has a BS in Child Development and an MS in Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention.

Jane and her husband, Dean Thompson, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, have three adult children and two old dogs who are spending their senior years sleeping under fans.



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Topic: Building Resilience with Stories

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.” - Terry Pratchett

Why are children drawn to tales of superheroes and dastardly villains?

Can stories help us combat the fear that tomorrow’s headline will induce?Can the stories we share with our children give them vital tools for managing life?

Why do we love to tell our stories as much as hear we love to hear the stories of others?

Stories are powerful. They shape cultures, give families identity, and help us to face fears and challenges all from the safety of our parent’s lap or our living room sofa. Children who are read to and told numerous stories have wider vocabularies, higher levels of empathy, and a better understanding of the world. Humans have known the value of stories for millennia. Now the science of brain research is showing just how these narratives impact our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

Please join our discussion, tell some of your tales, and become inspired by the power of stories.