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. 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.
This course is online and self-paced. Musical background, skills or prior musical training is not required.
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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. To learn more, click here.
By the end of this self-paced online course, you will be able to lead 11 simple, low-resource, rhythmic movement activities designed to enhance self-regulation skills in young children if used regularly. Resources you will download include 8 audio tracks, four sets of visual cards, and the activity booklet.
You will also be able to download a certificate of attainment for 1.5 hours of CPD.
This course is a taster of the full RAMSR curriculum which you can access by taking the RAMSR module course, which includes a minimum of 8 weeks of RAMSR session plans including 24 RAMSR activities at a base level and more than 30 extension activities, 28 audio tracks, and 120-page RAMSR resource folder. The introductory course is not a pre-requisite for the full module course.
Who should participate?
This online course is suitable for any educator or practitioner working with children aged 2 to 8 years in any group setting.
This course is suitable for both those with and without musical skills.