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2010 Assessment Workshop

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Laps to Landscapes

Assessing the Physical Development and Well-Being of Children

Our topic for our 8th annual Assessment Workshop intended to reflect the current interest in the province – and the country- on physical achievements and how this relates to the overall health and well-being of children with the past year’s interest in Olympic and Paralympic activities.  Moreover, and taking into consideration all of the financial restrictions and provincial government closures of the Provincial Advisor Offices for the Infant Development and Supported Child Development Programs, our steering committee decided to embrace the larger perspective of physical development and well-being by integrating the physical environment and community contexts where children –ought to- thrive. This year’s success was due to the presence and ongoing support  of the many groups and institutions that facilitate our work to make this one-day workshop a reality. We thank IECER, the Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research at UBC’s Faculty of Education for their ongoing collaboration, together with our community members and program representatives that contributed to the planning, advertising and making this day a reality. Dr Carl Dunst’s keynote on the occurrences of daily lives as opportunities for parent-child activities that foster physical development and optimum well-being provided a springboard for the day, filled with sessions that went from heads to shoulders and knees and toes by touching on different physical, sensorial, perceptual and motor aspects in child development. Presentations that brought up activities in the playground and in the woods and how these shape children’s daily lives introduced the perspective of “laps to landscapes.” And, in closing, Dr. Wendy Hall’s reminded all of us the importance of balancing “work and play” by highlighting key aspects of her recent research on sleep in infants and young children – and how important rest is for their sleep-deprived parents!

Once again, your evaluations for this year have already contributed for the 2011 event – this time our topic will focus on assessing the mental health and social and emotional well being of children. Once again, the description and links to the presentations are outlined in the sections that follow. Additional information on previous programs and presenters can be found at the HELP website http://www.earlylearning.ubc.ca/resources/presentations/.

We would like to thank the following for their support and enthusiasm in presenting this exciting event:

Joyce Branscombe, Nicky Byres, of  EventAbility
Bonnie Barnes, with the Infant Development Program of  BC and the Developmental Disabilities Association
Diana Elliott, Provincial Advisor, Office of the  Aboriginal Infant Development  Program of BC and Cindy Jamieson, Office of the  Aboriginal Supported Child Development  Program of BC
William McKee, Director, The Psychoeducational Training Centre at UBC

We gratefully acknowledge the administrative, logistical  and onsite volunteering support provided by:

Esther Shackelly, Office of the Provincial Advisor, Aboriginal Infant Development  Program  of  BC
Dr William McKee The Psychoeducational Training Centre, Faculty of Education, UBC
Anita Ng and Jasmyn Roberts, HELP

Warm thanks to our enthusiastic and committed student Volunteers:

Janet Kidd, Calli Craft, Michaelyn Hoven, Jessica Parker, Brenda Peterson, Veronica Shim, Maya Goldstein (Graduate Students, Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia), Lindsay Byres and Cory McPhail.

Name WS Title
Dr. Carl Dunst Keynote PM Family-Centered Contexts of Child Physical and Psychological Well-Being
Dr. Wendy Hall Keynote AM Infant sleep problems and their effects: A public health issue
Dr. Enid Elliot A1/B1 When Space Becomes Place: Developing “An Indestructible Sense of Wonder”
Beth Hutchinson A2 Playing with Rhymes…It’s Fun but Does It Really Make a Difference?
Handout 1
Handout 2
Dr. Laurie Ford, Carla Merkel & Juliana Negreiros A3 How are Early Motor Development, Well-Being and Cognitive Assessment Connected (Presentation not available; please contact presenter Dr Laurie Ford: laurie.ford@ubc.ca)
Diana Elliott A4 First Nations Children—Physical and Learning Development as told by Elders (Presentation not available; please contact presenter Diana Elliott: advisor@aidp.bc.ca)
Dr. Brian R. Christie A5 Exercising Your Mind: How Exercise Enhances Brain Structure and Function
Dr. Constance Milbrath & Dr. Martin Guhn A7 Developmental Patterns for Different Ethno-Cultural Groups of Children in British Columbia
Dr. Anne Synnes & Lynn Rogers B2 Early Diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder in Preterm Infants: Why Does it Matter? (No presentation available. Please contact presenters for additional information: Dr Anne Synnes: asynnes@cw.bc.ca; Lynn Rogers: lrogers@cw.bc.ca)
Jessica Folk-Farber & Kate Wishart B3 Assessing Communication Skills in Young Children
Angela M. Jaramillo, Ivan L. Cepeda & Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl B4 The Developing Brain and Young Children’s Social and Emotional Learning: An Overview
Dr. Cay Holbrook & Adam Wilton B6 Eyes, Ears, Mouth, and Nose: Using a Multisensory Approach to Support Literacy Development (Presentation not available; please contact presenters; Dr. Cay Holbrook: cay.holbrook@ubc.ca; Adam Wilton: awilton@interchange.ubc.ca)
Margo Running B8 Landscapes that Teach, the Importance of Gardens and Natural Play Spaces (Presentation not available; please contact presenter Margo Running: lifeways@gmail.com)

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