Hundreds of parents and community members from Radnor and surrounding school districts, including Haverford, Wallingford-Swarthmore, Ridley, West Chester, Lower Merion, Tredyffrin/Easttown and Great Valley, heard from a panel of experts at “Sleep and the Adolescent Brain," a public forum held at Radnor Middle School on Feb. 21 that examined the critical and growing public health issue of student sleep deprivation.
Presenters Dr. Judith Owens, the Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, MA and a nationally renowned pediatric sleep expert; Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard, the Lead Psychologist at the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and Dr. Joseph O’Brien, the Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, provided thorough information and compelling data on the subject. West Chester Area Superintendent Dr. James Scanlon shared his perspective via a video shown to the audience. A recording of the forum will soon be made available.
School administrators and teachers heard from Dr. Owens during two separate presentations on Feb. 22 at Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School.
RTSD thanks its partners in this initiative: the Radnor League of Women Voters, the district's PTOs and PTSA, the Lower Merion School District, the T/E PTOs, other area Leagues of Women Voters and the members of the event's steering committee.