Dr Suzanne Zeedyk - FNC keynote webinar

Come and hear from Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a research scientist, as she explores just how Covid has changed our children and young people.

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Course overview

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate.

Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee, Scotland, within the School of Psychology, where she now holds an honorary post.  In 2011, she stepped away from full time academic work in order to set up her own independent training enterprise to disseminate what she calls the Science of Connection.  Humans beings are born connected, and as a species we have a physiological need for emotional connection in order to lead happy, healthy lives.  Suzanne thought the public deserved to understand the science that gives depth to these insights.  In 2014, she expanded her reach by founding the organisation connected baby, which enabled her team to create events and resources that support her message.

We estimate that, in the past 10 years, well over 100,000 people have heard her speak live, and many more have watched videos or read her books and blogs.  Suzanne brings to her work her awareness of the latest discoveries on infant communicative capacities and brain development, as well as her own research expertise on parent-infant relationships and the socio-political contexts within which scientific information emerges.

Suzanne now works closely with organisations throughout the world, holding on to the same goal with which she set out:  We need to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, because they are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

Website:       www.suzannezeedyk.com

Website:       www.connectedbaby.net

Twitter:         @suzannezeedyk

Facebook:     @drsuzannezeedyk

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This CPD webinar is ideal for all Thrive Licensed Practitioners.

This 2-hour webinar is worth 5 CPD points.


Course content

The stories mount of young children throwing more tantrums and older children exhibiting more disruptive behaviour.  Children’s communicative and vocabulary skills are poorer and there are more toileting accidents.  Young people are truanting or seem simply to have disappeared.

It is easy to see why these trends frustrate and even overwhelm education staff.  It is even easy, if we look through the eyes of the adult, to see why staff are reaching for behavioural strategies to manage these demands, especially when they work in a system that pressures them to ‘catch up on the lost learning’.

But what if we look at this through the eyes of the child?  The data now reveal the degree to which our children have coped with disconnection, grief, loneliness, domestic violence, parental drinking, increased screen time and endless uncertainty.  Those experiences have changed their biology.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk thinks we need to face up to this and think about what it means for their behaviour, their emotional needs and the help we are obligated to give them -- because we are the adults here.

What to expect:

  • This keynote with Suzanne will give us space to reflect on what the last two years has meant for children and young people, as well as for ourselves.
  • We will hear stories of how early years settings and school communities are using their knowledge of attachment, trauma and nurture to respond creatively and kindly to the challenges that have emerged as we all recover from the disconnection wrought by the pandemic.

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