Managing The Behaviour Of Young Children Using The Neufeld Developmental Paradigm And Neuroscience - Social Work

Managing The Behaviour Of Young Children Using The Neufeld Developmental Paradigm And Neuroscience


When young children, ages 4 to 7, have problems with their behaviour, adults become very concerned. The most common reactions to tantrums, opposition, and aggression as well as separation anxiety and refusing to listen are to ask, “How can I get them to cut it out?” Or we scramble to find a Social Skills programme to teach them how to manage their emotions and “self-regulate.” However, the key to understanding these young ones lies in realizing that their challenging behaviour is not personal, nor is it a disorder or deficit. It is actually part of a wonderful developmental plan. This workshop will present the developmental profile of these children using both the newest neuroscience and the Neufeld paradigm. Then we consider how to most effectively manage behaviour that can be challenging, and to create an environment that enhances natural growth and development.

Course Outline

  1. Three natural shortcomings NOT to trip over
    • their untempered nature,
    • their characteristic inconsiderateness, and
    • their ubiquitous separation problems.
  2. Three irreducible needs that must be met
    • to engage in true play,
    • to find true rest, and
    • to have true tears of futility
  3. Three typical problems NOT to nip in the bud
    • tantrums and aggression,
    • resistance and oppositionality,
    • shyness and timidity
  4. Common mistakes NOT to make
    • Expecting them to solve their own problems
    • Pushing independence
    • Expecting good social skills
    • Focusing on performance rather than process
  5. Interventions (discipline) that respect the nature of young children
    • Building attachment
    • Providing structure and routine
    • Encouraging ample time for play
  6. Interventions (discipline) with challenging students
    • Preserving attachment
    • Managing the environment
    • Providing alternatives
    • Having realistic expectations

Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key characteristics of children ages 4 to 7 and those whose development is delayed.
  2. Make the link between brain development and these characteristic behaviours.
  3. Explain why behaviours that are often called “misbehaviours” are in reality normal for children ages 4 to 7.
  4. Explain the role of play in brain development.
  5. Explain the role of play in terms of the development of the self.
  6. Explain the importance of play for emotional well-being.
  7. Create conditions within a classroom to foster emergent and emotional play.
  8. Describe appropriate developmental interventions (discipline) for all young children.
  9. Describe appropriate developmental interventions for young children with behaviour problems.

Who Can Benefit?

This workshop is appropriate for those teaching pre-school students (ages 4 to 7) and special education groups, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, administrators and mental health professionals.

Providers Terms

  1. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and course fees must be paid prior to closing date to reserve a place.
  2. Payment of fees is not a guarantee for the event to be staged as planned. Should the event be cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be made to all registered participants and no other claims are allowed. The organizer disclaims responsibility should any change in the event occur for any reason.
  3. Participants to the course are not allowed to split registration for different persons.
  4. For 1 full day seminar, only one set of meal entitlement per day shall be given to the registered participants. For half day seminar, only coffee and tea will be provided.
  5. Food served will be “no pork and no lard”.
  6. No refund of fees for participant cancellations including medical leave but substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences.
  7. Registration will be taken as confirmed upon receipt of payment or issuance of invoice. Any cancellation will not be allowed. However, substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment must be received by due date, before attendance of training.
  8. All information provided in this form is accurate up to the closing date of normal registration.


Normal Rate

USD $163



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Key Details

Contact Hours:

4.0 hrs

Start Time:

Thu, 30 November 2023 , 9:00 AM

Finish Time:

Thu, 30 November 2023 , 1:00 PM


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Eva de Gosztonyi

MA, psychologist, OPQ

Eva de Gosztonyi, MA, psychologist, OPQ has worked for over 45 years in schools across Canada. For the past 20 years she was the provincial resource person for the English School Boards of Quebec through the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, helping adults in the school setting provide effective developmental interventions for students with behavioural challenges. Her guiding principles are that we must value the natural maturational processes of our children and youth, respect their immaturity and vulnerability, and understand that safe and caring attachments with adults are essential for their optimal growth. Grounded in a robust theory, the interventions that she recommends to schools are practical and doable and go deeper than just managing symptoms. Her understanding of child development is primarily informed by the attachment-based developmental paradigm of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Interventions are also guided by neuroscience, are trauma-informed and trauma-responsive, and are attachment-based and developmentally friendly. Eva is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is an authorized presenter of the Neufeld paradigm.

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