A leader in the field of child development, Dr. Bonny Forrest has been an advocate for children for over 20 years. As a practicing attorney and child psychologist, with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she has vast experience in working with children in a variety of settings. She has been a researcher and clinician in academic and medical settings such as the Yale Child Study Center, has directed clinics serving low-income populations, and has conducted a private practice focusing on the assessment of cognitive and other developmental issues in children. She is a staunch advocate for children, especially those with special needs. Dr. Forrest leads Project SKIP: Screening Kids for Intervention and Prevention, which is screening children for social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental issues. Dr. Forrest will be sharing her expertise in child development, and addressing the critical issue of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their long-term impact on brain development, and mental and physical health issues. She will discuss the benefits of educating parents on typical child development and age-appropriate behaviors with the goal of decreasing the risk of child abuse or neglect. By helping parents develop realistic expectations of their child's capabilities and emotional responses, parents will be better equipped to respond to their child's needs.