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Alberta Early Years Learning Services

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Attend in person in Edmonton (75 Street and 90 Avenue) or via live webcast from your home/work computer, iPad, Smart or Android phone.

To offset costs, sessions are $50 per person. Certificates of attendance will be provided to registered attendees.

Team viewing is encouraged and group discounts are available.




Alberta Early Years Learning Series focusing on Brain Development


Brain Development and the Benefits of Risky Play with Dr. Ian Pike ~ October 5, 2015, 8:30 am – noon (MST)
Most of us have memories of childhoods with long hours spent outdoors and away from watchful eyes of adults. Injury prevention efforts and fears for children’s safety have had a large influence on childhood. The childhood of today looks very different, with more time spent indoors, supervised, in structured activities, and in front of screens; and with little allowance for outdoor play time and risk taking. The effects of these rapid lifestyle changes are just beginning to be understood. This presentation will explore the pressures limiting children’s outdoor play time and research examining the influence on children’s health and development. Participants will consider what can be done to restore balance and be provided some tools for considering the importance of risk taking. Register



Brain Development and the Significance of Trauma with Katie Statman-Weil ~ February 10, 2016, 8:30 am – noon (MST)
In this session participants will learn about the frequency of traumatic events in early childhood and how these traumas influence brain development, attachment patterns, and school success; as well as practical skills to use to best support children who have experienced trauma. Register



Brain Development and the Impact of Technology with Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz ~ May 4, 2016, 8:30 am – noon (MST)
Without much debate, technology – iPads, smart phones, gaming systems, computers – is the fabric that clothes the hands, desks, and bedrooms of our children.  While there is a growing literature on the use and effects of technology on the development of school-age children and adolescents, less is known about how and why technology impacts the development – and particularly brain development – of children under the age of five.  This presentation will focus on discussing the most recent theory and research related to critical periods of early brain development, how early technology use can positively and negatively impact brain development and function, and the implications for early childhood learning (e.g., attention), emotion (e.g., emotional regulation), and social (e.g., peer/parent relationships) development.  Discussion will focus on how parents, educators, and communities can positively model and shape technology use and understanding during early childhood.Register

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