september, 2021

22sep6.00pm7.30pmTickets RequiredSpeaker Series - Week 4 of The learner-friendly houseSpeaker Series 20216.00pm - 7.30pm Type:EventEntry:Paid

Event Details

The learner-friendly house Speaker Series, a Q&A with UOW Early Start researchers. Consisting of four presentations to discuss the learner-friendly household and how to maximise your child’s abilities.

Week Four – Responding to Challenging Behaviours – The Important Role of Children’s Self-Regulation

The current lockdowns and constant changes mean we are all living under a cloud of emotional and social uncertainty. Young children are particularly vulnerable at this time due to their limited cognitive understanding and the potential impact this is having on the quality of their relationships with key adults.  Along with shining a light on children’s self-regulatory capacities, Cathrine will also examine the impact of stress on children’s (and parents!) ability to regulate their emotions and behaviours – with helpful tips on how to keep children within their windows of tolerance as well as how to bring them back at times of stress.

This workshop is designed to support parents to recognise and respond at the moment to children’s challenging behaviours, and better understand behaviour as a communication. The workshop draws on the 5Rs framework: Relationships, Respect, Regulation, Routes, and Responses to support a deeper understanding of the complex nature of children’s behaviours while placing particular emphasis on the importance of children’s self-regulatory skills.

You will learn:
Together we will explore the way adults and our environments shape children’s self-regulation, and examine specific play-based activities that can be used to support young children across a range of contexts.


Members/Engagement Centres $7.50
Non-Members $10

This Speaker Series will be delivered online via Zoom. Once you have booked, you will receive a Zoom link before the session.

About our experts

Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett is Academic Director of the Early Years at the University of Wollongong. Cathrine plays a leading role in engaging with sector partners on children’s social and behavioural adjustment with organisations such as Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Catholic Education Commission (CEC) as well as the Victoria Department of Education and Training (DET) and NSW Department of Education (DoE). She is regularly invited to deliver professional development sessions on children’s behaviour and self-regulation for educators and parents both within Australia and overseas.

Natalie Day is conducting Doctoral research with Early Start, University of Wollongong, Australia, where her research aims to implement an intervention that supports parents in how to foster children’s self-regulation during play activities. Natalie completed her M.Ed at Cambridge University in 2016, where she also contributed to research on the development of playful pedagogies at Cambridge’s PEDAL Centre. Natalie is also an experienced Science teacher.

Fay Gowers is conducting Doctoral research with the School of Education, University of Wollongong, Australia, where her research aims to implement an intervention that supports early childhood educators in responding to and supporting children’s dysregulated behaviours. Fay completed her M.Ed at the University of Wollongong in 2014, where she went on to work closely with early childhood educators across NSW who are part of the Early Start Engagement Centre Network.  Fay is a lecturer and tutor in the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years at UOW.


(Wednesday) 6.00pm - 7.30pm



Suggested Ages

Adults only


From $10