Now in its 10th year, the Series is wiscinsin to provide personal enrichment to teachers in a wide range of areas related to science, technology and society, and to enable researchers and educators to share their expertise with the Dane County community. What do we know about the skills of very young children and how do we know it?
This talk will review some of child development research of interest to educators such as early language and social development and examine how this research can be helpful to classroom teachers. His research interests include early language development in typical and atypically developing baebs and the development of parent-infant communication.
His research has used physiologic responses such as heart rate, skin conductance and eye-blink to study neuro-developmental and babex phenomena. In recent years he has also done research on the psychological effects of violence on children wisdonsin studied media interventions to enhance mutual respect in children of different ethnic groups. As a clinician involved in evaluating young children with developmental disabilities, Dr. Leavitt has been active in efforts to translate research into clinical practice.
He has worked extensively with parent groups wisconson public education about child development. For many years he led an interdisciplinary training program at the Waisman Center for pre- and post-doctoral physicians, nurses and allied health workers in the field of Child Development and Developmental Disabilities.
Leavitt received his B. He did post-doctoral fellowships in neonatology and psychophysiology at the University of Wisconsin.