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International Forum of Innovative Education for Children

The II International Forum of Innovative Education for Children(2012. Beijing)

Theme: When Science Meets Art
Date: November 11-12, 2012
Presented by: Inspirees Institute of Creative Arts Therapy (IICAT)
Hosted by: Beijing Chaoyang District Children Activity Center
Venue: Beijing Chaoyang District Children Activity Center, Beijing, China

 

One of the challenges of children’s education for school teachers and parents is how to integrate personal growth education into the current curriculum in schools. We want our children to perform well in study but also to be happy as children with healthy minds. Comprehensive and human-oriented education is the key to achieve this goal.

In this forum, we will explore the approaches for children’s education from both art and science perspectives.  Art, the symbol of sensibility, endows us with creativity, while Science, the symbol of rationality, endows us with logical thinking. We believe the integration of art and science in children’s education can help children benefit from the right education. We will have experts from different fields (school and family education, mental health, art etc.) to share the latest developments of children’s education in China and abroad in the form of keynote speeches and various creative workshops full of fun and inspiration.

Audience size:500 people

Who should attend:teachers in schools, professional educators, psychologists for children education, parents

Sponsors: Crown House Publishing (UK), Lola Pirindola (Spain)

                                                                                Program

Time

                             Details

Experts

Sunday, November 11, 2012

 

 

 

 

8:30-12:00

Keynote Speeches

 Register

 Opening

 Promoting and Supporting Positive Behavior in Children Through Movement

 Tina Erfer (US)

 The Golden Key to Open Children’s Intelligence – “Dao, Fa, Shu”

 Prof. Zeming Chen, China

 Break

 Feeling the feelings: The Dance of Empathy in the Body and Brain

 Dr. Christina Devereaux (US)

 Sharing of Dance/Movement Therapy Experiences in Taiwan

 Amanda, Hsiu-ling Yang (Taiwan, China)

 The Application of Biometric in Early and Special Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

 Fritz Pang, Irene Tsang (HK, China)

12:00-12:30

 Discussion, Questions  & Answers

 

12:30-13:30

 Lunch, educational books exhibition, online interactive education platform demo

 

13:30-17:00

Workshops

 Promoting and   Supporting Positive Behavior in Children through Movement*

 Tina Erfer (USA)

 Joint Workshop: Decipher the Code of the Children

 Imre Somogyi (The Netherlands)

 Fritz Pang, Irene Tsang (HK, China)

 The Golden Key to Open Children’s Intelligence – “Dao, Fa, Shu”

 Prof. Zeming Chen, China

Monday, November 12, 2012

 

9:00-12:30

Workshops

 Promoting and   Supporting Positive Behavior in Children through Movement*

 Tina Erfer (USA)

 Let’s Waltz! -- Use of Dance/Movement Therapy to Promote Individuation and Interpersonal Relationship*

 Amanda, Hsiu-ling Yang (Taiwan, China)

 Decipher the Code of Children's Personality

 Imre Somogyi (The Netherlands)

 

13:30-17:00

Workshops

 Feeling the feelings: The Dance of Empathy in the Body and Brain*

 Dr. Christina Devereaux (USA)

 Let’s Waltz! -- Use of Dance/Movement Therapy to Promote Individuation and Interpersonal Relationship*

 Amanda, Hsiu-ling Yang (Taiwan, China)

 Decipher the Code of Children's Personality

 Imre Somogyi (The Netherlands)

Note: The workshops with * have limit places of 20 participants. First come first get.

Keynote speeches

1. Promoting and Supporting Positive Behavior in Children through Movement             Tina Erfer (USA)

Working with children provides many opportunities for great joy and satisfaction. There also can be much frustration, when we are faced with difficult and challenging behaviors .

An important point to remember when faced with these behaviors is that all behavior is communication. Young people may not be able to put what they need, feel and want into words, and may not have the skills to express themselves effectively. Once we understand what they are trying to communicate, we can help them learn how to get their needs met in more socially acceptable and appropriate ways.

This keynote speech will address some important steps to take, in order to get to this point. 

Positive Behavior Support strategies and non-verbal techniques and interventions that can support successful learning and social development will be described. Ways in which movement can enhance understanding of ourselves and others will be presented. In addition, movement activities that can be used to support the development of positive behavior in children, and help them work toward their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive goals and potential, will be discussed.

2. The Golden Key to Open Children’s Intelligence - “Dao, Fa, Shu” 

Prof. Zeming Chen(China) 

A golden key to open children’s intelligence includes three aspects, they are “Dao, Fa, Shu”. “Dao” is building the capacity for lifelong development, education of music understanding, aesthetic education of music in musical activities; “Fa” is modular education of music for children; “Shu” is practical teaching.

3. Feeling the feelings: The Dance of Empathy in the Body and Brain

Dr. Christina Devereaux (USA)

Dr. Christina Devereaux will highlight research advances that shed new light on the mirror neuron system in humans, a key concept of the therapeutic process of dance/movement therapy (DMT,) now the subject of neuroscience. There are many successful applications of dance/movement therapy in the education for common children and those with special needs.  Christina will share her scientific perspectives and personal experiences in this field in US.

4. Dance/movement Therapy Experiences in Taiwan

Amanda, Hsiu-ling Yang (Taiwan, China)

Dance/ movement therapy has been practiced in Taiwan for over two decades. In 2002, Taiwan Dance Therapy Association was established, and has provided professional trainings ever since. In the speech, a brief summary on the applications of dance/movement therapy in Taiwan will be given. In addition, the speaker will talk about the Expressive Arts Therapy Center, Taiwan Adventist Hospital as an example to introduce the integrative services of dance/movement therapy with other creative/expressive arts therapies in the clinical setting, especially for children with special needs.

5. The Application of Biometrics in Early and Special Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach                                        Fritz Pang, Irene Tsang (HK, China)

Biometrics refers to the identification of humans by their characteristics or traits, such as voice, face, iris, fingerprints, etc.). While biometrics has many applications in the medical field, security control and crime investigation etc. already, there are few applications in children’s education.  One of the challenges in children’s education currently is how to understand the specific needs of  the individual child and provide the appropriate education.  A multi-disciplinary approach and integration of school, family and education in society is becoming a trend. 

Fritz Pang, a psychologist from Hong Kong has been dedicated to children’s education for many years.  He will discuss how to use the biometric approach in children’s education with several detailed examples.  He will also share with us his experiences of school training in Hong Kong.

Workshops

1. Promoting and Supporting Positive Behavior in Children through Movement

Tina Erfer (USA)

Working with children provides many opportunities for great joy and satisfaction. There also can be much frustration, when we are faced with difficult and challenging behaviors.

This workshop will focus on an important point to remember when faced with these behaviors: all behavior is communication. Young people may not be able to put what they need, feel and want into words, and may not have the skills to express themselves effectively. Once we understand what they are trying to communicate, we can help them learn how to get their needs met in more socially acceptable and appropriate ways.

There are many steps to take, in order to get to this point. Our awareness of the impact that we have on the children through our own behavior, is an important beginning, as we work toward helping them cope more effectively with the world around them.

Since all behavior is communication, and behavior involves the body in motion, one of the most effective ways to deal with difficult behaviors is through movement. Movement is a powerful and meaningful tool that can help us understand ourselves, as well as the children with whom we work. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to experience various ways movement can enhance understanding of ourselves and others.

During the workshop, Positive Behavior Support strategies and non-verbal techniques and interventions that promote successful learning and social development will be presented and demonstrated.

Goals such as self-awareness, acceptance of others, impulse control, socialization skills, cooperation, ability to focus, and waiting one’s turn, can all be improved and developed through movement. In this workshop, we will explore and practice movement experiences and activities that can be used to support the development of positive behavior in children; and help them work toward their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive goals and potential. 

2. Feeling the feelings: The Dance of Empathy in the Body and Brain

Dr. Christina Devereaux (USA)

Mirror neurons, a unique neuron of the brain that is activated in a person merely by watching another perform a movement suggesting that when watching, the observer is in a sense virtually “dancing along” with another, bring new meaning to the understanding of empathy.

In this workshop, participants will examine empathy through dance/movement and explore its influence on ones’ body, brain, and interactive relationships.  The workshop will shed new light on this mirror system in humans, a key concept of the therapeutic process of dance/movement therapy (DMT), now the subject of neuroscience. Since dance is a kinesthetic art that is experienced in the entire body, it can be an especially powerful tool for expression of feelings and the development of empathy.  Empathy extends beyond simply understanding the other's emotional state but also embodying the experience of that state.  Also, empathic connection is an imperative experience for children’s healthy development that shapes learning and emotional growth.  Connecting to children through these means can be a tool for supporting feelings expression, regulating anxiety, and settling heightened arousal- impacting both the body and the brain.

This is an interactive workshop consisting of participation in practical exercises, lecture, and video demonstration. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and participate actively in the exercises.

3. Let’s Waltz! -- Use of Dance/Movement Therapy to Promote Individuation and Interpersonal Relationship                   Amanda, Hsiu-ling Yang (Taiwan, China)

In our sameness we connect; in our differences we grow. -- Virginia Satir

We are surrounded by various interpersonal relationships. In an enmeshed relationship, we may feel suffocated and repressed while in a distant one, we may suffer insecurity and isolation. How to build a nurturing relationship for us to have freedom to be oneself, and concurrently breed a sense of belonging is very important for optimizing holistic health.

Relationship is the ground for growth to take place. The most influential method is through nonverbal communication. This workshop aims at practicing the skills based on the framework of dance/movement therapy for relationship building. It’s important to increase self awareness before interacting with others in order to promote a trusting and reciprocal relationship. We will explore movement/dance and nonverbal techniques on self awareness, relationship building, providing space and discrepancy resolution. It not only helps us in our professional development, but also cultivates our personal transformation.

The workshop is designed in both didactic and experiential fashion to invite participants to savour the essence of dance/movement therapy. It also encourages participants to integrate such skills in their daily practice at either clinical or educational setting in order to bring about the optimal change/growth.

4. Joint Workshop: Decipher the Code of the Children   Imre Somogyi (The Netherlands) Fritz Pang, Irene Tsang (HK, China)

When we come across any child with special educational needs, different professionals will work together to offer assessment and treatment to the child and the family. A multi-disciplinary approach will be helpful for them. However, this approach might not be efficient in a clinical setting, but might be effective in a home setting. The model of 9 Strategies, which originated from the latest development of biometrics and neurology, integrates different intervention strategies from various professionals and offers a trans-disciplinary approach for children and their parents.  Developed since 1998 and adopted by the Education Department in training for more than 100 primary and secondary school teachers in Hong Kong, the 9 Strategies method has been proven to be effective and robust in children’s education.  In 2009, this method won the first class award in the national congress on child and mother care conference. If 9 Strategies could be applied in early education, it would provide valuable preventive measures.  If it is applied in special education, it would provide therapeutic programs.

Similarly, toe reading explains the biometric aspects of toes revealing the character and behavior of a person. The shape and the position of each toe, the size and the shape of toenails, corn, redness and mycosis, all mirror a condition, properties, possibilities and impossibilities. It helps us to find out quickly what is the best approach to get in meaningful contact efficiently with children, parents, partners and coworkers. So eventually it provides a useful tool for analyzing relationships and teambuilding etc. 

In this joint workshop, two experts from Hong Kong and a world master of toe reading will show the participants how the biometric approach can help teachers and parents make good use of the practical methods to achieve more effective communication with children and success in children’s education.

The participants who are interested in toe reading can join the advanced workshop on the second day to get more insight, and master skills of this method.

5. Decryption of Children’s Personalities              Imre Somogyi (The Netherlands)

The objective is to acquaint the audience with the theory of reading toes, and how this knowledge system can be applied for the benefit of individuals and the community.

Setup:
- Explanation of how and why reading toes has been developed.
- Explanation about how toes reflect character and behavior in relation to activities in chakras.
- Presentation of toes alphabet (meaning of over 50 varieties of shapes and position of toes).
- Meaning of different shapes of toenails.
- Observing own toes (and those of your neighbors) to get a basic idea of how reading toes works.          
- Demonstration of reading toes with photos of baby’s and children’s toes.
- Demonstration of life session of reading toes with camera projection.
- When time, analysis of photos that can be presented by the audience.

6. The Music Education for Children from the Perspective of Psychology 

Prof. Zeming Chen (China)                                  

Psychology provides a theoretical guideline for education.  This also applies in music education for children, which helps them to establish a thinking pattern to understand and appreciate music. It also makes the learning process effective and full of joy. Music education uses music as a vehicle to build and enhance the learning capability of the children, which sets a solid base for future development in their whole life.

This workshop will focus on the following two main topics: “building the capacity of life-long development” and “building the life of enjoying music”. Prof. Chen will annotate the music education for children by some interesting examples and teaching experiences from life.  He will illustrate how to help children to enhance their hearing ability, visual ability and other sensory capabilities utilizing music activities. Children’s basic learning ability, such as imagination, logical thinking, language, memory and attention can also be enhanced through music activities. Furthermore, he will explain how to use a music psychology approach to guide children from music performance to the understanding and aesthetics of music. This workshop will be full of various games from the beginning to the end.

The workshop is integrated with the instructions of trainer and participation of the audience.  The participants will experience the learning process from the perspective of both teachers and children.

Experts

Christina Devereaux, USA, PhD, MA, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC

Christina Devereaux received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from The Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and her Master’ s Degree in Dance/movement therapy from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her dissertation research focused on the early interactive experiences between mothers and their infant children who were later diagnosed with autism. She has extensive clinical experience with a variety of populations including children with severe emotional disturbance and with pervasive developmental disorders, physical disabilities, victims of abuse and neglect, families in crisis, adults with mental illness and dual diagnosis, and supporting healthy attachment with mother/infant dyads. Christina serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. She is also supporting the development of Inspirees, a Dance/movement therapy training program in China as a Senior Trainer.

Tina Erfer, USA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT

Tina Erfer is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. For the past thirty years, she has worked in educational and psychiatric settings, with children and adolescents with special needs. She has also served as Coordinator of the Hospital School Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has given numerous lectures and workshops at various agencies and universities, and has also provided many staff development and training sessions. Tina supervises and trains graduate students and enty-level dance/movement therapists. She has published on her dance/movement therapy work with children who have emotional challenges, and children with autism. Tina has served on the Board of Directors of the American Dance Therapy Association; is past President of the New York State Chapter of the ADTA; and she is currently the President of the New Jersey Chapter of ADTA. She is the Coordinator of the Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy Training Program at the Harkness Dance Center (at the 92nd Street Y) in New York; and a faculty member of the Dance/Movement Therapy Training Program of Inspirees, in China.

Hsiu-ling Yang (Amanda), Taiwan, China, MS, R-DMT

Amanda serves as full-time DMT at Expressive Arts Therapy Center of Taiwan Adventist Hospital since 2005. She has been working with an adolescent DMT group at Puxian Cihai Juvenile House, an adult psychiatric DMT group at Taipei Municipal Hospital, and a family DMT group at Taipei Municipal Hospital. She specializes in psychodynamic-oriented DMT with toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics; relationship issues; and body-mind integration.

Imre Sándor Somogyi, Netherlands, the founder of 'Reading Toes'.

He is a retired journalist and producer at Dutch Radio & Television. Until his retirement in 1996 he was responsible for special projects and innovation at the Public Dutch Radio and Television. Imre studied and practiced homeopathy, herbal and natural healing. He is also a teacher of polarity therapy. Imre developed ‘Reading Toes’ together with his wife Margriet, who was a yoga teacher and a medical secretary at the Academic Hospital of Leiden University in the Netherlands. “Reading Toes” is a method to analyze personality and behavior through interpreting shapes and positions of toes. In 1991 he authored “Reading Toes”- Your Feet as Reflections of Your Personality”, which has been translated into 11 languages.

Prof. Zeming Chen, China, composer, children educator.

Prof. Chen is the researcher at the China Development Center for Children’s Education, the visiting professor at Guangxi College for Preschool Education and other colleges, the member of World Music Education Association, the director of Chinese Society for Music Psychology, the member of China Music Education Commerce Cooperation Alliance. He served as an instructor at National Library of China and other libraries, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing Normal University and other universities. Prof. Chen presented a speech about the results of his researchment at The 14th Academic Seminar of Early Music Education as the only Chinese scholar, his thesis had been accepted by the Seminar. They said:”The educational methods of Mr. Chen are not only suitable for Chinese children, but also for children around the world.” His major works include Six Methods for the Effective Teaching of Kindergarten Music, and etc.

Fritz Pang, Hong Kong, China, the founder 9 Strategies.

Mr. Fritz Pang has been devoted to working in special education for more than 28 years. He will present the concept and theory of 9 Strategies.  He will also share with us his experiences working with children in schools and family in Hong Kong.

 

Irene Tsang, Hong Kong, China

Ms Irene Tsang, has been devoted to working in biometrics for 8 years. She worked with Mr. Pang in exploring the possibility of knowing a child's nature through dermatoglyphics, which results in the application of appropriate, tailor-made educational approaches that are effective and efficient. 

 

Registration and fee

The fee for keynote speech is 100RMB/person, for workshops is 600RMB/person/workshop. For two and more workshops, we offer the discount for workshops as 500RMB/person/workshop.

Application Hotlines: 15911509565 Ms. Shen; Send email to y.shen@inspirees.com for getting the application form.

Payment: we will collect the fee from 9:00am to 16:00pm on October 31st and November 1st at Teaching Activities Guidance Centre, Building B, Beijing Chaoyang District Children Activity Center.  For bank transfer, please contact Ms. Shen for details.

Related: The First International Forum of Creative Education for Children




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