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Language and communication series – 2019

Language and behaviour: connection or correction?

‘Use your words’ is phrase frequently heard used by parents, educators and other adults when interacting with young children and is usually used in the content of the child experience some level of emotional dysregulation and requiring something from the adult. It is well recognised that there is a link between children’s communication development and their social and emotional development.

This presentation will give a brief overview of the relationship between adult/child communication and a child’s social and emotional well-being and development.

Practical strategies will be provided on how to manage challenging behaviours in new ways, so children can grow and learn.

Presented by Andrea Murray

Andrea MurrayAndrea Murray trained as a speech therapist and audiologist at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and also has a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health from QUT. She has many years of both adult and paediatric speech pathology and mental health experience. Andrea played a key role in the development and implementation of the Zero to Four, Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) infant mental health program and also had responsibilities in the service development and strategy arm of the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (QCPIMH).

Andrea has a passion for building resilience in infants, children, young people and families. She also has a special interest in supporting the healthy physical, emotional and social development of young children. In addition to her extensive experience in clinical work, she also has a keen interest in workforce development.

This project aims to bring together local ECEC educators and other key partners to engage in health content PD that complements the EYLF and provides opportunities for reflective practice. Activities include:

  • Local quarterly free PD events with web-conferencing facilities (5th March, 14th May, 6th August, 29th October)
  • Face-to-face reflective practice session
  • Question time with local health panel
  • Follow-up electronic newsletter distributed after the PD event


Tuesday 6th August – 5pm
Hervey Bay
Somerset and Lockyer Valley
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