TedxBristol Speakers 2015

Jane Evans

Taming And Tending Your Meerkat Brain

Time: 16:00 PM

Jane is a Trauma Parenting and Behaviour Expert who has spent her waking hours dedicated to helping children from the South West overcome some horrific starts to life.

She has worked for more than two decades in Wiltshire, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath with children, young people, parents and carers impacted by childhood trauma. She is also a former Wiltshire Council respite foster carer. From domestic violence to emotional neglect, she’s worked at the sharp end of child psychology – dealing with issues that many of us dare not imagine. Despite this she has managed to steer a path through these dark social issues to find a quite brilliant and inspiring way to help traumatised children understand how their brains work.

Jane has linked her experiences with the latest neuroscience and attachment research, which she has been studying for over 10 years, to develop an approach to raising children which improves family relationships, and children’s health, developmental and educational outcomes.

Jane is also an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers and has had two acclaimed early years storybooks for children impacted by domestic violence and emotional neglect published. She has also contributed a chapter on her work in child to parent abuse to a book by Dr. Amanda Holt. She was the Parenting Expert for Channel 5’s My Violent Child, and regularly appears on Channel 5 News and national radio discussing issues relating to children and parenting.

For TEDxBristol Jane is explaining how our Meerkat Brain, Elephant Brain and Monkey Brain interact when we are growing up, and most crucially how we can help children calm their inner Meerkat, whatever troubles they have experienced.

My great expectation for the future is...

… that we will globally move away from raising children by shaming, bribing and punishing them and only use emotional connection, respect and compassion to teach them.

Watch Jane Evans's TedX 2015 talk here: