Group PhotoOn Wednesday, I spoke to 45 pediatricians from the Philippines who were in San Francisco on a trip sponsored by Wyeth Philippines, Inc.  The event was held at the famed Fairmont Hotel, on Nob Hill in San Francisco, which has played host to every U.S. president since Truman.   The talk took place in the iconic Venetian Room (see photo) where Tony Bennett first sang his signature song ”I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”  The presentation focused on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and its applications to the health care profession.  I talked about how important it was for pediatricians to counsel parents about their children’s many intelligences, and how to identify the ”8 kinds of smarts” and encourage their development in the home.  I also pointed out how the schools need to change in order to support this broader perspective on human potential by including activities that address music, art, physical exercise, ecology, and social and emotional learning, in addition to the traditional words and numbers approach to education.There were handouts as part of the presentation, and I have provided a link here for those who would like to download copies. The handouts include a quick inventory to assess a young child’s multiple intelligences.  I want to thank Wyeth Philippines for inviting me to present this lecture, and I wish to express my appreciation to the wonderful doctors who attended the lecture, who are delivering expert health care to children throughout the Philippines!

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I am the author of 16 books including my latest: The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher-Perigee).
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