The aim of our conference is to bring together professionals working in the area of children’s well-being by applying neuroscience principles linked with psychology and education to present the latest evidence based research.

Our presentations will focus on key principles of neuroscience to understand the new paradigm of learning and provide practical strategies to apply brain-based learning in various educational settings. Key aspects that will be addressed are:

• What are memory and learning?
• How does the brain learn and remember?
• What is fear-based learning? How does that affect the neural development of the brain?
• The impact of trauma on the developing brain
• What do we learn from neuroscience about the essential principles of brain-based pedagogy?
• The impact of age on learning – an overview of the neural development and implications for teaching
• How to facilitate an enriched environment and take-home strategies to minimize risk factors (e.g. the neuroscience of asking/not asking questions)
• The social brain and learning – (e.g. the interaction between the brains of educators and learners)
• The neuroscience of fun and learning

Our presenters:

Thedy Veliz from the USA will present on recent research Neurogenomics and teenage students – A relational approach to assisting the self-regulation needs of challenging young people at school.

Professor Robyn Gillies from Queensland University will share her current research in her presentation, Neurobiology to the Classroom: Implications for Teaching while Dr David Collins will present his Braingrow program, which is a program designed specifically for children.

Dr Sonja Vanderaa from the Australian Childhood Foundation will present on Three big ideas: What trauma-sensitive practice adds to positive behaviour support in schools while Jacqueline Reid from Catholic Education in W.A. who recently was awarded the Churchill Fellowship award for her work working with trauma and indigenous children, MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING – whose job is it anyway? How Trauma Informed Practice is changing Catholic schools in WA.

Karen Ferry, Neuropsychotherapist, Counsellor, Educator, and Author will present about When life throws curve balls! An educators guide to assist children who have experienced situations of loss while Anne Southall from La Trobe University’s presentation will focus on Trauma informed pedagogies emerging through teacher reflection on practice.

Diamond Creek Primary School, Principal, Robert Rostolis and colleagues will present on Promoting Brain Education: Using student voice within a wellbeing framework.

Finally, Rita Princi-Hubbard, Director of the Institute for Neuroscience and Education will introduce the newly developed BrainSmart 4 Learning Program which links Neuroscience Principles of Child Development with Early Childhood Education by providing a scientific and practical overview to enhance learning and well-being.

We feel very fortunate to have such distinguished presenters who are all very passionate about working together to create a wonderful opportunity for us to connect as professionals as we work towards a common goal of informing and sharing ways to maximise children’s well-being by sharing the latest neuroscience research.

Please see our presenters page of the conference website for details of all our presenters www.

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