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Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Managing the “Mis-Behaviour” of Young Children Using the Neufeld Developmental Paradigm and Neuroscience

When young children, ages 3 to 6, have problems with their behaviour, adults become very concerned. The most common reactions to tantrums, opposition, and aggression as well as separation anxiety and refusing to listen are to ask, “How can I get them to cut it out?” Or we scramble to find a Social Skills programme to teach them how to manage their emotions and “self-regulate.” However, the key to understanding these young ones lies in realizing that their challenging behaviour is not personal, nor is it a disorder or deficit. It is actually part of a wonderful developmental plan. This workshop will present the developmental profile of these children using both the newest neuroscience and the Neufeld paradigm. Then we consider how to most effectively manage behaviours that can be challenging in the classroom setting.

Dates:3 Sep 2024 (Tue)
Time:9.00am – 12.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Eva de Gosztonyi

Eva de Gosztonyi, MA, psychologist, OPQ has worked for over 45 years in schools across Canada. For the past 20 years she was the provincial resource person for the English School Boards of Quebec through the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, helping adults in the school setting provide effective developmental interventions for students with behavioural challenges. Her guiding principles are that we must value the natural maturational processes of our children and youth, respect their immaturity and vulnerability, and understand that safe and caring attachments with adults are essential for their optimal growth. Grounded in a robust theory, the interventions that she recommends to schools are practical and doable and go deeper than just managing symptoms. Her understanding of child development is primarily informed by the attachment-based developmental paradigm of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Interventions are also guided by neuroscience, are trauma-informed and trauma-responsive, and are attachment-based and developmentally friendly. Eva is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is an authorized presenter of the Neufeld paradigm.

Course Outline
  1. Three natural shortcomings of young children
    • their untempered nature,
    • their characteristic inconsiderateness, and
    • their ubiquitous separation problems.
  2. Three irreducible needs that must be met
    • to engage in true play,
    • to find true rest, and
    • to have true tears of futility
  3. Three typical problems that are natural and normal
    • tantrums and aggression,
    • resistance and oppositionality,
    • shyness and timidity
  4. Interventions with challenging students
    • preserving attachment
    • managing the environment
    • providing alternatives
    • having realistic expectations
Course Objectives

Learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the key developmental characteristics of children ages 3 to 6 and those whose development is delayed.
  2. Make the link between brain development and these characteristic behaviours.
  3. Explain why behaviours that are often called “mis-behaviours” are in reality normal for children ages 3 to 6.
Who Can Benefit?

Preschool educators

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) /pax
2 Jul 2024 160
Normal Till Full 190