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Rhythm and movement can help young children manage self-regulation of their emotions, attention and behaviour. Approximately 30% of young children have problems with self-regulation, which can affect learning, transition to school, and long term wellbeing.
RAMSR (Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation) is a program for young children that aims to support their attentional and emotional regulation skills, as well as mental flexibility, inhibition, and working memory (the executive functions). The program was first designed and piloted in 2016 by Associate Professor Kate Williams (Queensland University of Technology) and her music therapy and early childhood music education colleagues. It is based on a number of neurological areas of research, including music therapy, the cognitive benefits of music education, and self-regulation development. Evidence from randomised control trials shows the program is effective in boosting self-regulation, school readiness, and social-emotional skills for young children across kindergarten, with lasting impacts across the transition to school.
Educators, teachers, allied health professionals, and anyone working with young children can learn how to use rhythm and movement activities to positively support the development of self-regulation and address underlying brain connections.
During Social Sciences week we invite you to come and learn more about how you can support children to develop self-regulation skills. Join Associate Professor Kate Williams from Queensland University of Technology as she introduces you to RAMSR. Kate will provide a brief overview including target skills and information about the online training program followed by a Q and A at the end. Register now and join live on the day or register and receive a link to the recording.
Or click here to learn more about RAMSR research.