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Webinars for parents of children of determination

for children 2-8 years old

Upcoming
Sunday, August 16, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Understanding autism in young children

Understanding autism in young children

Performer: Jane Warren, Lecturer, Early Years, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Education, University of Wollongong, Australia

This session is designed for parents to learn more about characteristics of autism, and why it is termed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will discuss key learning challenges children experience, and how children with ASD might learn best. It is advised that parents of children with ASD also attend the sessions:
‘How to support the sensory needs of your child at home’, and
‘Supporting your child during routines and transitions at home’

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Characteristics of ASD
  • Play skills checklist
  • Preferred play sheet
  • Mapping sheet
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Hand-washing games and activities

Hand-washing games and activities

Performer: Lorraine Allman, Founder & CEO, Writer, Educator & International Consultant, Can-Do Child, UK

We know how important hand washing is as part of a daily routine, but during a pandemic this becomes even more important. Come along with your child and learn top tips including visual reminders, prompts, games and songs, to help washing hands become a more enjoyable experience for everyone. There will be an opportunity to ask the presenter any questions you may have, as well as handouts to help put what you’ve learnt into practice straight away.

If you want to try some of the activities in real-time with the presenter, you may need:
Pencil and paper, glue, glitter, a paper plate, bowl of warm water, soap

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Step-by-step guidance to washing hands, including prompts
  • Hand washing games and activities sheet
  • A poster to help your child remember when they should wash their hands
  • A hand-washing sticker chart to personalise for your own child
  • A list of hand-washing songs with video links
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Spotlighting Movement During the Pandemic - The Foundations of learning - PART 1

Spotlighting Movement During the Pandemic - The Foundations of learning
PART 1

Performer: Ali Golding, Dance Movement Scientist, International Consultant, Founder, Director, MovementWorks, UK

Movement is at the heart of childhood development and is much more important than most people realise. In special consideration of these unprecedented times of restricted movement and social distancing it has never been more important to gain a deeper understanding of this topic to be able to best support all children, in particular children of determination who are likely to have missed out on this key area of growth during this period”.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

The MovementWorks mini-resource pack will provide relevant perspectives and the scientific principles of the relationship of movement to child development and learning – information that all parents should know! Together with this background, various activities will be described/illustrated which are designed to be impactful for the current situation and beyond. These activities support all children to thrive and are especially helpful for children with learning delay/additional needs.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Artists At Home: What art making processes are important for my child?

Artists At Home:
What art making processes are important for my child?

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Performer: Gai Lindsay, Lecturer, BEd-The Early Years University of Wollongong, Australia

This session will share ideas with parents about the benefits of art making with children, regardless of ability or disability. It will outline the many ways that playful visual arts experiences can support children to meaningfully encounter materials for rich and joyful learning experiences.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

The handout for this session will support families to learn about the benefits of art making and the right of all children to experience playful encounters with arts materials and processes.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Supporting Sibling and Peer Relationships During a Pandemic: Let’s Play Together!

Supporting Sibling and Peer Relationships During a Pandemic:
Let’s Play Together!

Performer: Paddy Cronin Favazza, Ed.D, Professor and researcher in the field of early childhood special education, Saint Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire, USA & Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education and Department Head, Department of Special Education College of Education/University of Illinois, USA

During this pandemic, many young children are missing their friends and subsequently the important skills learned through peer relationships. Given that the development of positive social relationships and friendships begins with sibling relationships, there are things that parents can do to support the development of social skills such as turn taking, sharing, and providing assistance. Research has shown that many children of determination lack critical social skills that can negatively impact the development of peer relationships. 

In this session, parents will learn strategies that can be implemented to support the healthy development of both sibling and peer interactions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Active Number and Word Play

Active Number and Word Play

Performer: Lorraine Allman, Founder & CEO, Writer, Educator & International Consultant, Can-Do Child, UK

Words and numbers are all around us, but it’s not always easy recognising, and making the connection between them in their many different forms. This session will show you easy ways to help your child develop and improve their numerical and literacy skills through active play you can do at home. From ‘Spot the Dots’ to ‘Name the Peg’ come along with your child to discover the joy of learning with words and numbers. There will be an opportunity to ask questions to the presenter, as well as useful handouts to help put what you’ve learnt into practice straight away.

You may need: a small selection of your child’s favourite toys which will fit in a bag

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Word and Number Play activities at home
  • Spot the Dots template (editable according to child’s age and ability)
  • Scenario sequencing cards
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Spotlighting Movement During the Pandemic - The Foundations of learning
PART 2

Performer: Ali Golding, Dance Movement Scientist, International Consultant, Founder, Director, MovementWorks, UK

Movement and the Brain: Delving into neuroscience for neurodiverse brains.

Movement is at the heart of childhood development and is much more important than most people realise. In special consideration of these unprecedented times of restricted movement and social distancing it has never been more important to gain a deeper understanding of this topic to be able to best support all children, in particular children of determination who are likely to have missed out on this key area of growth during this period”.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

The MovementWorks mini-resource pack will provide relevant perspectives and the scientific principles of the relationship of movement to child development and learning – information that all parents should know! Together with this background, various activities will be described/illustrated which are designed to be impactful for the current situation and beyond. These activities support all children to thrive and are especially helpful for children with learning delay/additional needs.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exploring Identity and Image: Voices of Children (Photography) & Multimedia

How to adapt any visual arts learning experience to suit my child’s age, stage and ability?

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Performer: Gai Lindsay, Lecturer, BEd-The Early Years University of Wollongong, Australia

This session will demonstrate how to identify and adapt the rich components of arts-based play to support sensory and mark-making experiences for all children, regardless of age, stage or ability. Instead of offering adult-made stencils that disempower the child, this strength-based approach will empower parents to celebrate their child’s own voice and capabilities through arts encounters and play.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

This handout will provide suggestions to families about how to adapt visual arts experiences and to deconstruct visual arts experiences into a range of possible arts-based play encounters suitable for their own child’s age, stage or ability. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Helping Children Deal with All Their Emotions:
It’s So Much More Than Learning “happy, sad, and mad”

Performer: Paddy Cronin Favazza, Ed.D, Professor and researcher in the field of early childhood special education, Saint Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire, USA & Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education and Department Head, Department of Special Education College of Education/University of Illinois, USA

During this pandemic, supporting children’s emotional and mental health is a critical role for parents and caregivers. Emotional literacy refers to the ability to identify and express emotions in healthy ways; to feel, understand and tell the difference between complex emotions; and to express and self-regulate emotions in social situations. It is a skill that begins to develop during early childhood and continues throughout adulthood. It is an important skill for all children, especially children of determination who may have difficulty understanding, identifying and expressing their emotions. An essential building block of emotional literacy is learning the names for feelings; lots of names for lots of feelings.

In this session parents will learn several ways to facilitate the development of emotional literacy and ways to support children’s mental health.

Monday, August 31, 2020

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

''5 More Minutes'': PART 2

''5 More Minutes'' - Part 1

Performer: Leila Chebbi, Artistic Director, Theatre Company Travelled Companions, UK & Joe Shipman, Performer and Theatre Maker, UK

5 More Minutes explores the fun, frustration and fantasy that can be had in that magical time between awake and asleep.

Join Travelled Companions in this 1st Session where you will explore bedtime routines and rituals. You will be invited to watch and join in with our two performers. You and your child will be guided in play using your body, voice and imagination. We will guide you through a magical underwater adventure where you will learn some basic puppetry skills using a simple yet very effective prop. 

Please bring socks, a bedtime sheet or a blanket and some comfy cushions.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Conversation starters about bedtime routines and feelings around bedtime
  • Link to Underwater music
  • Making a Sock fish puppet activity
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