The Youngest Expert

  • Joey with his mother, Emily Umbarger, and the LEA class.

Wendy Masterson
December 5, 2014

We invited and welcomed an unusual expert to class this week: Joey, the 15-day-old son of Emily Umbarger from the Academic and College Counseling office.  Joey demonstrated his expertise in infant development, which has been an important exploration in our Learning, Expression, and Artistry (LEA) course this term. Observing early sensory integration, the reflexes, the organization of "self," and developmental patterns of movement that underlie an individual's expression and learning patterns was an extraordinary experience for the students. Discovering the "essence" of our humanity is a complex and fascinating process - and we thank Joey for sharing his innate knowledge, and Emily for bringing him in.