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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: How do we encourage a young child's brain development?

As educators, health care professionals, and family members, we strive to discover ways to better encourage a young child’s brain development. This is true for all children, but especially so for those with medical needs and developmental disabilities, or those living in challenging home environments. Fortunately, because fully 70% of a child’s brain develops after they are born, there is much we can do to help. You learn in this course how the brains of infants and toddlers develop, and what we can do to help influence that growth. We discuss, Should I recommend that families purchase educational videos and computer applications to increase their baby’s learning? Should I support the use of Baby Sign? How do I suggest parents talk to their child to promote their speech and language development? What advice do I offer to guide a family to help reach their child’s best potential?

Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Ken Bleile

Ken Bleile is a university professor, a licensed clinician, and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Bleile served twice as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and is the former Chair of ASHA’s International Issues Board. Dr. Bleile is a recipient of the ASHA’s Multicultural Board’s Diversity Champion Award and the State of Iowa’s Regents Scholar Award for excellence in teaching and scholar-ship. Dr. Bleile is the author of two best selling books on speech sound disorders and of numerous articles and chapters on speech acquisition, phonological disorders, and neurological development.

Course Outline

This course examines what current brain research suggest are practices that may foster a child’s brain development. The discussion of neurology is non-technical. The course is highly interactive, case based, and sometimes even fun. In the morning you learn what every child needs to reach their brain’s best potential. In the afternoon you learn about the special challenges to learn faced by a young child with medical needs, a developmental delay, or living in a challenging home environment.

Course Objectives

In this course, you learn:

  • Which three helps a child needs to learn
  • If Baby Sign makes a baby smarter
  • Which tricks of the trade help an infant learn to babble and a toddler learn to speak
  • If you should recommend family’s purchase educational videos and computer applications
  • How stress affects the brains of young children and their parents
  • How to help a young child unable to speak
  • Why parents of a child with medical needs may find it hard to bond
  • Why you shouldn’t wait to begin treatment
Who Can Benefit?

This course is for anyone who works with children who experience communication disorders, including family members, teachers, occupational and physical therapists, counsellors, therapy assistants, speech and language clinicians, recreation therapists, and music therapists.


“The best! Dr. Bleile does an amazing job of making sure everyone is engaged in and truly learning the material.” - Anon conference attendee, 2018

“He is able to explain a concept in an understandable way and show how to apply it to your work.” - Anon conference attendee, 2019

“He is always willing to answer questions when asked. He really does a great job applying the information to real life.” - Anon conference attendee, 2019

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) per pax
30 Jun 2021 450
Normal Till Full 520