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

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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

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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.

My Brilliant Baby/Child: Understanding “Multiple Intelligences” in Your Children

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In this talk, Dr Wright will present a ‘not to be missed’ talk on child intelligence development.
Packed with ideas and ‘know-how’, you will take home insight and immediately usable strategies:

  • Hear the latest research on babies’ and toddlers’ brain development and intelligences
  • Discover the unique window of opportunity to cultivate your child’s multiple intelligences
  • Learn the 7 essentials to raise a strong, motivated, achieving child
About the speaker

Dr Gloria S Wright PhD translates groundbreaking ideas into practical ‘know-how’ to help parents, teachers and practitioners educate and raise thriving, smart children.

Fellow at The University of Sydney and Director of Learning Solutions Hong Kong, Dr Gloria S Wright is one of the world’s foremost authorities in human intelligence and is an internationally recognised expert in child education and intelligence development.

Some of Dr Wright’s additional achievements include leading the Hong Kong Educational Reform Initiative “The Indicators for Inclusion”, appraising schools in US for the Hong Kong Society of Child Neurology and Development Paediatrics Association and leading expert combined health and education teams across Australia to educate parents, teachers and medical professionals.

To learn more about Dr Gloria S Wright’s work and private practice, or to draw on her expertise in human intelligence, visit

It’s Fun to Talk!

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The everyday talk and chat you have with your child is precious. There is so much for both you and your child to learn through these every day experiences.
This workshop will guide you in making the most out of your daily talking time; so you are able to best support your child in optimally develop their speech and language skills.

The following will be explored:

  • How children develop their speech and language skills
  • The importance of early communication skills
  • How to talk to your child at their level so they learn language well
  • How to respond to your child’s verbal responses
About the speaker

Priya Desai is a London based private Speech and Language Therapist and children’s author, with many years’ experience working with pre-school and school-aged children. For more information on Priya’s work, please do visit her blog You can also follow her on Twitter @priyaauthor.

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Global and What it Means For Their Identity

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This presentation will provide a solid understanding of who and what Third Culture Kid’s (TCK’S) are, how this impacts their identity, how you as parents may be impacted, how to recognise and address some of the challenges that occur, as well as how to encourage and celebrate the many positive attributes of being a TCK brings.

About the speaker

Laura Cowan is a TCA (Third Culture Adult), born in Canada, growing up mainly in Scotland, as well as living in Malta for a few years during her adolescence. She is an international educator and counselor with 19 years of experience mostly within Asia, having worked at Hong Kong International School, Shanghai American School and Zurich International School. She currently works at Hong Kong Academy as the secondary school counselor.

Laura’s personal and professional experiences have provided her with an excellent insight within the field of international counseling, and more specifically with third culture kids and their families. She has presented in Asia and Europe on this topic, and is a lead person in providing ongoing education and training to educators around the world.