A Peek into the Teen Brain

A Peek into the Teen Brain


Growing brains experience age-related changes in learning, memory and functions, which can make it challenging to understand why teens behave the way they do.

Teens’ brains are mysterious, fascinating and, at times, unpredictable. Understanding the basics of how teen brains are wired broadens insights into how to relate to and support young adults. It also allows adults to have appropriate expectations for teens based on their ages and intellectual abilities.


With these facts in mind, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is hosting a forum on the stages of adolescent brain development to give educators, counselors, youth workers and parents a better understanding of how teens think.

The forum will feature speaker Janie Chappell, manager of community services at Deaconess Cross Pointe. Chappell will discuss the development of the teen brain, along with how the onset of puberty affects behavior, intelligence and maturity. She also will talk about how to set realistic expectations for teens as they experience changes to their brains.

The forum will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Super Burger, 600 W. Main Street in Paoli, 47454.

As part of IYI’s Youth Worker Café program, the forum and lunch are free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP by Jan. 13 at this link or by contacting IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at djones@iyi.org.

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. This Youth Worker Café is sponsored by Indiana University Health and supported by collaborative efforts of IYI.

For more information on the Youth Worker Café, contact IYI Southwest Indiana Outreach Manager Joe Shrode at jshrode@iyi.org.