If you’ve ever wondered why some young children find it difficult to manage their emotions and reactions, look no further than the brain – or if you’re at QUT’s new Education Precinct, the Sphere.
In 2019, QUT opened its state-of-the-art $94 million Education Precinct on Kelvin Grove campus.
The Precinct’s centrepiece is the Sphere – a five-metre diameter LED globe suspended over two floors, complemented by a 4.8 metre wide interactive digital wall screen.
The first Sphere program was developed by QUT teacher education and early childhood researchers in collaboration with QUT’s Visualisation and eResearch (ViseR) team.
It demonstrated the importance of the early years in brain development and how everyday activities, play, games and reading fire activity in a child’s brain.
As people interacted with information on the digital wall screen, the Sphere became brighter and more animated – just like a human brain.
As an early childhood researcher and lecturer, I was part of the team to develop the brain program.
My research focuses on children’s development of self-regulation – so how children learn to control their emotions, attention and behaviour.
Approximately 30% of young children have problems with self-regulation, which can affect classroom learning and their transition to school.
Strong brain architecture builds most rapidly in the first five years of life through relationships, playing, and learning, and this will support children to have strong self-regulation.
As a Registered Music Therapist, I am interested in how music can be used to support children’s development.
The way children move rhythmically provides a window to the brain, and we can use fun music activities to help boost brain development.
I developed a neurobiological-based rhythm and movement program to help educators use music and movement to stimulate self-regulation skills for young children.
I’m also leading a QUT course led by me will show early childhood educators and primary school teachers how to apply the program in their classrooms.
This workshop will help educators and teachers understand underlying brain connections and give them the practical tool of rhythmic activities to help manage self-regulation and enhance their students’ learning outcomes.