Child Development & Training Seminars

In Your Steps

The Power of Parental Influence

Triumphs and pitfalls in child training are a natural part of raising children. This seminar will detail how children learn manners and beliefs. Specifically, the power of parental examples will be discussed, as well as the influence of teachers and extended family members. 


Teaching Temperance to the Young Child

True Sanctification and Self-Control

We are living in an unfortunate age for children. The only hope for children is to teach them to deny and not indulge self – whether eating, drinking, sleeping or seeing. Temperance and regularity in all things will promote that sweetness and serenity of disposition as well as the power of self-control necessary for grappling successfully with the realities of this world.


Instilling Willing Obedience in Young Children

Enlisting The Child’s Will on the Side of Right

Our children did come with a textbook that instructs us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), teach God’s words “diligently unto thy children” (Deuteronomy 6:7), and to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Parents don’t want their children to obey because they have to; because they’re forced. We want willing, cheerful obedience. God gave our children the power of choice. While they are young, we have the opportunity to help train them to choose what is right and good; to repress wrong with firmness, yet without impatience or passion.


Speaking appointments are typically scheduled 12 months in advance. To schedule a speaking appointment with Dr. Gillan Byrne, please use the email link or call (479) 216-9771.

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The Role of Extended Family

Being a grandparent is not a rite of passage

In Genesis 18, God made a promise to Abraham that his children would become a great nation. It was a promise, but as with all promises, it came with a condition. The importance of the condition place upon Abraham, “That he will command his children and his household after him.” must not be overlooked. Grandparents have a special role to play in the upbringing of their grandchildren. Parents are to raise their children so others will like them; so they will be respectful, obedient and humble; willing to live and work for God; prepared for the kingdom of Heaven. It is the job of our elders to make sure they succeed. God has entrusted this responsibility to us – just as He trusted Abraham so long ago.

 

Obedience

What it is; How to teach it; What it looks like

The most important skill a child can learn is that of obedience. Willing obedience, not blind or coerced obedience, to parents and teachers is the prerequisite to obedience to God. How we approach teaching obedience greatly determines how willingly our children obey - now and throughout their lives.

 

Speaking appointments are typically scheduled 12 months in advance. To schedule a speaking appointment with Dr. Gillan Byrne, please use the email link or call (479) 216-9771.

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Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Harmonizing a knowledge of child development with developing abilities

There are seven aspects for the effective management of groups of young children. This session will explore parental expectations and why the concept of developmentally appropriate practices is foundational to the young child’s learning capacity.  

 

True Ethical Success

Moral development in young children

This session will review the stages and levels of moral development, beginning from birth on through adulthood, as outlined by Piaget, Kohlberg and Gilligan. It is also intended to relate scientific knowledge in a more personal sphere, that of a Christian’s moral development. Finally, the conclusion is an effort to conceptually guide the application process of this information within group settings.

   

Emotional Intelligence

Balancing academic performance and emotional maturity

The obsession with grades, standardized tests, and assessment charts has caused our society to forget that emotional intelligence (E.Q.) is perhaps the best indicator of a child’s future success in life. When adults understand the needs of the developing child, they will become very discerning about the types of experiences that they want for their child and have a knowledge that enables them to defend their decisions and choices when other adults challenge their commitment to the well-being of the child.


Speaking appointments are typically scheduled 12 months in advance. To schedule a speaking appointment with Dr. Gillan Byrne, please use the email link or call (479) 216-9771.

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Effective Teaching Techniques for the Young Child

Using Multiple Intelligence and Special Education Techniques to Fully Enhance Adventist Educational Settings

Intuitively, good teachers have always known that children learn in different ways and that their job is to use this knowledge to create a setting in which every child can succeed. This session will familiarize attendees with Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences as they relate to Adventist Educational settings. Attendees will learn practical methods for training and teaching young children regardless of scholastic aptitude.

 

Children and Grief

Defining and understanding the grief process for young children

This seminar is a presentation about the stages of grief and how children in their various developmental stages relate to it. The purpose is to educate teachers and parents about the realities and emotions that children are experiencing when there are life transitions such as divorce, moving and death. The goal, of course, is to help adults work with children through these stages of grief and to minimize any further negative impact. Attendees will also learn practical techniques and solutions for teachers.

 

Mainstreaming at the Preschool Level

Examining attitudes, benefits, cautions, and practical solutions

Every child needs and wants to experience success, and those with special needs are no different. “Mainstreaming at the Preschool Level” is a session designed to help make mainstreaming successful should a teacher be blessed with the opportunity to work with a special needs child. This session attempts to help reduce the anxiety associated with mainstreaming young children by giving teachers specific strategies for inclusion plans.


Speaking appointments are typically scheduled 12 months in advance. To schedule a speaking appointment with Dr. Gillan Byrne, please use the email link or call (479) 216-9771.

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Spiritual Development of Young Children

How the integration of beliefs, values, meaning and self-worth are formed

The learning outcomes of this session are derived from research findings emphasizing that each child is a “complex mixture” of physical, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. Every experience, every concept and “every conclusion drawn from their limited exposure to life events” helps to develop the individual being. “Spirituality is not religiosity”, though religion may eventually become part of the individual’s world view. To date, emphasis has been placed on the concept of how to teach religion as opposed to promoting the healthy spiritual development of the young child.

 

Teaching and Training Infants

Bringing research and practice together

During the first year of life, the emotional and social development of the young child has the most impact on future development and learning. All other learning domains are impacted by the security and trust built during this dependent stage of life. It is of paramount importance that the young child is introduced to Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of our Heavenly Father through the loving and caring relationships formed with parents and primary early childhood professionals. This session provides practical tips and techniques on how to accomplish this most important task.

 

Teaching and Training Toddlers

Bringing research and practice together          

As in infancy, the emotional and social development of the young child during their toddler years has a profound impact on future development and learning. All other learning domains are impacted by the security and trust built during this dependent stage of life. Through the eyes of a one and two year old, God shows His love for them by unveiling nature and all its beauty. This session provides practical tips and techniques on how to maximize the learning experiences of toddlers so as to build strong bonds of security and trust as well as a love for learning about God.

 

Speaking appointments are typically scheduled 12 months in advance. To schedule a speaking appointment with Dr. Gillan Byrne, please use the email link or call (479) 216-9771.

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Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

Rituals, routines, relationships

Every infant and toddler is unique, with personal needs and preferences. There is no "one-size-fits-all" curriculum. Sensitive, responsive, unhurried and fun-filled interactions synchronized with each child's developing abilities are important for optimal infant/toddler development. Curriculum should be approached within this same context.

 

Teaching and Training Preschoolers and Pre-Kindergarten Children

Bringing research and practice together

During the preschool and pre-kindergarten years, the young child’s formative stage matures and character traits begin to solidify. The training begun in infancy and toddlerhood are now expounded upon to broaden understanding and provide lasting impressions. This session provides practical tips and techniques on how to maximize the learning experiences of preschool and pre-kindergarten-age children to foster a love for learning about God as well as a love for learning.

 
Questions and Answers

Seeking advice is never easy

Spend an hour with Dr. Gillan Byrne asking questions about young children, child rearing and education during the early years. This relaxed format allows parents and teachers to ask and receive Bible-based answers and to share personal experiences to strengthen and encourage one another.

Speaking appointments are typically scheduled 12 months in advance. To schedule a speaking appointment with Dr. Gillan Byrne, please use the email link or call (479) 216-9771.

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