You will now have access to 3 keynotes and 4 workshops.

 

THE PRESCHOOL SEMINAR WILL BE STREAMED ONLINE
3 KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS WILL BE STREAMED LIVE @ 10AM 17 MARCH
 4 WORKSHOPS WILL BE SHARED WITH YOU ON YOUTUBE

Keynote 1: DR SYLVIA CHOO
Building Executive Functioning Skills in Children


Executive function has been a buzzword in child development for some time now.
But what exactly is executive functioning?

In the brain, the ability to hold onto and work with information, focus thinking, filter distractions and switchgears are the capacities that scientists term as executive function and self-regulation. We will explore howthese skills are important in a child’s development, what constitutes executive function at the different agesin childhood and specifically, its relationship to learning, behaviour and emotions, social relationships andfunction, and longer range outcomes –  such as school achievement, good health and successful work.

Keynote 2: JULIA COOK
Reboundaries and Resilience: Enhancing Skills that Foster Boundary Recognition, Determination and GRIT!

How do we accomplish the great task of teaching our kids the BIG LIST of everything they need to know andsucceed in life when they believe that all of their needs are being met through screen time? How do we teachour kids online safety? How do we allow technology to add to our children’s life as opposed to taking from it?How do we create an environment where kids genuinely “want it” more than we want it for them? In her research-based keynote, Julia takes a look at how creative world-class parents and educators are answering these questions and helping children thrive with strength and confidence in their ever-changing world!

Keynote 3: CHARLES W. HAYNES
Early Identification and Intervention for Children at Risk for Reading Disabilities


How can we determine which preschoolers are at risk of struggling with various reading skills? How does knowing a child’s family history of reading difficulties help with this determination?Early predictors of primary school word recognition and reading comprehension will be identified.Parents and teachers will learn research-supported techniques for aiding children’s narrative development,foundational word recognition abilities, and language comprehension.

 

Workshop 1: Interactive Story Reading: An Engaging Experience to Teach Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Writing


Children love being read to. In fact, researchers have always stressed on the importance of reading storybooks. However, are you reading the right way to get the best benefits out of storybooks? Often, reading storybooks is done through a one-way read aloud manner and the true benefits of story reading are not optimised. Interactive story reading is a method that researchers recommend to get the most out of story reading. Join our workshop to master simple but effective interactive story reading strategies so that you can teach Vocabulary, Comprehension and Writing through a fun and engaging experience.

Workshop 2: Managing Attention Issues with Mindfulness


What is Mindfulness? What does it mean to be mindful? How do we teach Mindfulness to young children? There are many definitions and principles found about Mindfulness but let us go to its origins from its founder, Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” The most common concern from parents and educators is how to develop, sustain and prolong the child’s attention. In this workshop, we will focus on tips and strategies in using Mindfulness practice to develop attention, in our classrooms with preschoolers with specific learning needs.

Workshop 3: Using Prompts to Support Children in Conversations


Do you sometimes find it difficult to get your child to talk about his day? Or feel stuck when your child responds with “I don’t know”? There are many possible reasons why children may struggle to express themselves verbally. However, we can support these children by being more purposeful in our interactions, through using prompts. Prompts are strategies that help the child to express verbally, while also increasing language learning. Join us as we share prompting strategies across various everyday situations that are easy for you to implement whether at home or in the classroom. Like Vygotsky said, “What a child can do today with assistance, she’ll be able to do by herself tomorrow.”

Workshop 4: Naturalistic Intervention Approaches in an Inclusive Classroom


A child’s brain develops at an accelerated rate during their early years, which means time is of the essence when it comes to intervention. Children with speech and language delays often receive intervention from speech and language therapists who see them outside of the classroom. However,caregivers, educators and peers can have astounding impact on intervention goals once the child’s learning and interests are considered and aligned in an inclusive classroom setting with naturalistic intervention approaches.

Through this workshop, caregivers and educators will gain first-handknowledge and tips on how to support positive adult-child social andcommunicative interactions by implementing naturalisticcommunication-promoting strategies, to increase opportunities for children’s expressive communication. Learn about the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework that supports inclusion and offers a common foundationfor the implementation of collaborative speech, language practices during classroom activities and/or home activities too.

In view of the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, and to avoid a large gathering of participants, especially those who work closely with preschool children, DAS has decided to deliver our Preschool Seminar online.  

 

INFORMATION ABOUT LIVE STREAMING WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE SEMINAR.