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Delay or deficit? Assessing children's development after lockdown

Tuesday, 08 October 2024 | 10am-12:00pm | Online

Gain confidence in recognising whether a child’s development is delayed or needs further assessment through exploring current research.

This training is part of the webinar series: Navigating child development in the modern world. Mutli-ticket buy discounts available across the series. See series page for details.

This training is aimed at children’s sector professionals working directly with children aged 0 - 12 years.


Ticket Prices

£45 members
£60 non-members

Key Learning

  • Explore the current research findings on post-covid children’s communication, social and emotional development
  • Think about how we frame delay and deficit in education practice.
  • Understand regressive behaviours as a developmental stage from 2 years to 11 years
  • Explore using a developmental framework to identify clues and insight into children’s struggles
  • Consider the application of early developmental systems such as touch, movement, sound and breathing in naturally supporting delayed developmental stages

Early years practitioners and primary school teachers have been sharing concerns around children’s delayed communications skills and immature social and emotional development since the pandemic and consequent isolation during lockdown restrictions. Practitioners appear to have lost confidence in their skills to recognise whether children’s development is delayed or needs further assessment. This concern is shared worldwide and now a popular research topic.

This webinar will explore current research findings and give delegates the opportunity to reframe their understanding of child development by looking at the impact of early experiences on development processes. Using presentation, video and discussion delegates will have the opportunity to apply the understanding to children they currently work with.


headshot Jeanne McLaughlin
Jeanne McLaughlin is a play therapist and clinical supervisor at With Kids and Honorary Lecturer at Glasgow University. Jeanne has thirty years of experience working with children. Her research on play therapy has been published in UK and international academic journals. She designed the infant-child development module with With Kids and Queen Margaret University MSc in Play Therapy.

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