Child Development Truths or Myths

Presentation outline

At the workshop, Ms. Magda will talk about the fascinating developmental journey of your baby and toddler. Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • The important journey of crawling, standing and walking
  • Getting messy – why does this happen and why should we not worry about it
  • Mouthing
  • Dummies

There will be time to answer questions too!

Email us to make a reservation. First come first served.

The Educational and Developmental Value of Treasure Baskets

Presentation outline

At this interactive workshop, Ms. Magda will talk about the wonderful learning opportunities that treasure baskets bring to young children. Some of the topics covered will be:

  • The positive effects on brain development and critical thinking
  • How babies and toddlers use them to make sense of their world
  • Tips on how to create a treasure basket at home

There will be time to answer questions too!

Email us to make a reservation. First come first served.

Language and Communication in the First Three Years

Presentation outline

At the workshop, Ms. May and Ms. Magda will talk about the effective communication and language with your baby and toddler. Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • How to speak to very young babies
  • What kind of vocabulary should you use and how to develop sentences
  • Why can signing with young children be effective
  • When to talk to your child and when to stop

There will be time to answer questions too!

Email us to make a reservation. First come first served.

An Active Listening Workshop

Presentation outline

At this three hour active listening workshop, Shalini Melwani who is a certified Parent
Effectiveness instructor (P.E.T) will talk about the topics below:

  • Our Long Term Goals for Children
  • Problems/Concerns They’re Facing
  • Recognising Emotional Upset
  • Communication Roadblocks
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Basic Listening Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Common Challenges
  • Personal Action Plan
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Engaging your Baby and Toddler with Books

Presentation outline

At the workshop, Ms. Magda will discuss how to engage your baby and toddler in the world of books – which have a wide range of benefits for every child. Some of the topics covered will be:

  • How to read to very young children
  • What books are most appropriate
  • What is the best way to engage young children with books
  • What are the benefits of reading to young children
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Supporting Non-Verbal Children

Presentation outline

Many children with special needs show a delay in their language development. We can support them to develop vocabulary and communication skills with the aid of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) including electronic devices and pictures.

At the workshop, we will provide information about using communication apps or programmes to support a non-verbal child’s language development.

More information about AAC and the apps to be discussed:

If you are a parent or professional interested in this area or these programs specifically you are invited to join the workshop.

About the speaker

Mark Street from Liberator UK, a leading provider in communication products will be visiting Hong Kong to talk about using the communication programs Unity and LAMP WFL. Mark has over 15 years’ experience in the field of AAC.

Email us to make a reservation. First come first served.

Common Childhood Illness and Management

Presentation outline

We are delighted to announce that Dr Alan Wong, a doctor with Central Health Partners and Southside Family Health Centre will be conducting a workshop on ‘common childhood illness and management’ for our parents and caregivers. This is a wonderful opportunity for our school community to learn more about how we can protect and take care of our little ones with common injuries and illnesses. Dr Wong will also be happy to answer your questions.

Workshop Part I: Common childhood illnesses

  • Fever/Flu
  • Rashes on children (Chickenpox/HFMD/Scarlett fever/Fifth disease)
  • Head injury
  • When to keep a child home from school

Workshop Part II: Small group first aid practice on

  • Choking
  • Burns
  • Bleeding
  • Bee sting/Anaphylaxis
About the speaker

Dr Alan Wong is a registered medical doctor in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. He received his family medicine training in Minnesota, United States and worked in the United Kingdom, in Australia, and in the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong before joining Central Health and Southside Family Health Centre.

Other than practicing medicine, Alan enjoys teaching medical students. He was a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Shepparton Medical Center in Australia and is now an Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Hong Kong.

Alan has a strong interest in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and has completed a Master’s degree in hyperbaric medicine at the Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands-Antilles. He shares his passion on hyperbaric medicine and pediatric topics in his weekly column of a local newspaper, AM730 (web version).

Alan endorses health awareness through his commitment with charitable medical organizations. He has been a dedicated volunteer of St. John Ambulance in both Canada and Hong Kong since 1998 and was honoured with Serving Brother of the Order of St. John in 2004 for his contribution. He is also a Medical Officer of Hong Kong Air Cadet Corp and a member of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

The ABC’s of Your Child’s Developing Brain

Presentation outline

Taking the ‘Neurobiopsychosocial’ perspective, Scarlett will give you an overview of how all areas of child development as listed below intermingle and rely upon one another, preparing each child for their first Primary level education experiences and beyond as well as what you can do to support, strengthen and further their preparedness for academic success and life beyond.

  • Neurological development
  • Sensory Integration & Physical development
  • Social-Emotional development
  • Cognitive & Language development
  • Strategies for Strengthening and Support
  • Red Flags and how to get help
  • How are you optimizing your child’s early year’s development?

Come and learn more about how to prepare your child for primary education, how you can support their development and find out what is going on with your child – inside and out in the first six years.

About the speaker

Scarlett Mattoli MBPsS (Graduate Basis for Chartership), Member AC (Accredited Coach), Member ISCP, Member EMCC (Accredited Coach: Practitioner) MIC (Candidate, 2014), MSc Coaching Psych (Merit), MScPsych, PGDSocSci, PGCSocSci, BA Psych (Hons)

Scarlett has been assisting families, students, educators, individuals and corporations in Hong Kong for nearly a decade with queries relating to child development, learning differences, behaviour management, expat family dynamics/third culture children, developmental/educational assessments and more recently with coaching and counselling psychology practices.

Scarlett is available to offer Advocacy, Advisory, Assessments & Testing, Consultancy, Coaching Psychology, Counselling Psychology (from October 2014), Workshops, Training, Research and Writing services for Hong Kong and in Asia.

Sensory Integration: How Exploration through our senses builds brain and body harmony

Presentation outline

Research and practice has shown us how sensory learning is critical to children’s development. This presentation aims to provide you with a clear over-view of the relationship between the brain and our senses, an understanding of how to support children in their development through sensory integration activities and an understanding of the role Occupational Therapists play in working with the theory of sensory integration.

About the speaker

Aynsley Carter MScOT is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has offered paediatric services in a variety of countries including New Zealand, Holland, Canada and currently Hong Kong. Aynsley’s continuous goal is to educate parents and guide and empower children/adolescents to reach their full potential across all environments of life.

Understanding Dual Language Development in Children

Presentation outline

This topic is particularly important for families where more than one language is spoken in the home. It is more and more common for children to be brought up with an exposure to more than one language and in this presentation information will be shared on the following:

  • An overview of current research on bilingualism
  • Setting parents expectations for typical speech and language patterns in their children
  • Creating a child’s home and school environment to achieve success with acquisition of both languages
About the speaker

Dalia Umanskiy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She then completed the Bilingual Extension Institute program certification at Teacher’s College Columbia University in New York City. She also holds a master’s degree in linguistics.

Dalia has worked in various clinical settings including rehabilitation centers, schools, and state/city-funded programs (early Intervention, committee on pre-school Special Education) providing clinic and home-based assessments and therapy.

Dalia specializes in working with bilingual children with language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing disorders, and motor-planning difficulties.

She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed as a speech language pathologist in New York and New Jersey States.