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Join three well-respected, leading Australian experts for a clear & practical exploration
of the fastest-growing health concern in childhood – anxiety.

Maggie Dent

Parenting author, educator & resilience specialist

Dr Kaylene Henderson

Child & adolescent psychiatrist

Allison Davies

Neurologic music therapist & brain care specialist

With the fast pace of modern life and the hidden pressures on our children, they need our guidance more than ever to better manage fear, worry and anxiety.

One of Australia’s most popular parenting authors and a passionate advocate for mindfulness, Maggie Dent has been writing about calming children since 2003 (and that was before our kids even had iPads!).

In this very special conference, Maggie is joined by two of her favourite experts to share their insights into anxiety in childhood and what we can do about it.

Together, they will not only explore why anxiety and associated behaviours occur, they will reveal tangible, simple strategies to improve our children’s ability to regulate themselves.

Topics include:

  • What unhealthy anxiety looks like
  • When to get help
  • Teaching your child strategies for managing anxiety
  • Self-regulation
  • Understanding our stress-response system
  • How to develop a calm brain
  • What sensory processing disorder is like
  • Anxiety for those with ASD
  • How music can help
  • How you can make your home or workplace calmer.

Our speakers are not just authorities in their field — they are parents and/or grandparents who have a firm grasp on how life is for children today.

Dr Kaylene Henderson

Tackling anxiety & building resilience in our under 12s

In this helpful presentation, Dr Kaylene — a medically trained child and adolescent psychiatrist and mother of three young children — will deliver practical, research-based advice about anxiety and emotional resilience in her signature warm, engaging way.

Join her as you learn:

  • How to interact with your child in ways that promote emotional resilience
  • The different ways in which anxiety presents
  • The difference between ‘normal’ anxiety and an anxiety disorder
  • Practical strategies that you can use to help your child tackle their anxiety 
  • When to seek professional assistance
Read More about Dr Kaylene

Dr Kaylene Henderson (MBBS FRANZCP Cert C&A Psych) is a medically trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, trusted professional development provider for the early years sector and one of Australia’s leading parenting experts. She’s also a mother of three young children. In her warm and relatable style, Kaylene shares practical, research based advice with parents and professionals alike hoping that together, we can bring out the best in the children for whom we all care.

Visit ‘A Dose of Awesomeness’ to download her online advice packs on a range of topics including anxiety, behaviour, meltdowns, school readiness and more. Together, we can help our kids to become more calm, kind and resilient…what could be more awesome?

Find out more about Kaylene’s work here:
adoseofawesomeness.com

Allison Davies

Supporting children (especially those with ASD & SPD) to thrive through the experience of music

As an autistic woman with Sensory Processing Disorder Alli will share her own stories in a way that puts an adult perspective to some of the struggles our children may be experiencing.

With her lived and professional experience, Alli is in a wonderful position to unplug what life may be like for our children who are struggling with overwhelm, self-regulation issues and in particular sensory overload.

Research shows that our brain becomes more active when we experience music than when we experience any single other thing! As a Neurologic Music Therapist, Alli will show us how the brain responds to the individual elements of music and demonstrate a range of musical strategies for you to implement that will help manage childhood anxiety, regulate behaviours and assist relaxation.

Read more about Allison

Allison Davies is a Neurologic Music Therapist and National 2016 AMP Tomorrow Maker living in regional NW Tasmania with her young family. She has 15 years experience working as both therapist and educator in childhood intervention and aged care, and specialises in anxiety and meltdown management. Alli tours her 1-day workshop ‘Brains = Behaviours’ nationally, manages the Brains = Behaviours eCourse and owns ‘Oh My Musical Goodness’ an age and ability inclusive instrument store. In 2018 she received third place in both the ‘Women Will Change the World’ and ‘Making a Difference’ National AusMumprenuer Awards. Allison is autistic and has sensory processing disorder. The information she delivers, backed by academic research and best therapeutic practice, is largely delivered in storytelling form and reflective of her own lived experience.

Find out more about Alli’s work at www.allisondavies.com.au

Full presentation abstract

As an autistic woman with Sensory Processing Disorder Alli will share her own stories in a way that puts an adult perspective to some of the struggles our children may be experiencing, with a particular emphasis on sensory overload.

Rhythm, rhyme, repetition, melody, vibration. These are all individual elements of music that the brain responds to in magical ways. And when you bring all of these elements together as one, in the form of music, you have yourself the most powerful tool for supporting our children’s brain functioning and helping them to thrive.

Research shows that our brain becomes more active when we experience music than when we experience any single other thing! And Allison Davies, Neurologic Music Therapist, will show us that there are many ways to experience music, that’s it’s accessible to all and that it’s really not about ‘being musical’.

She will also demonstrate a range of musical strategies for you to implement at home that will help manage childhood anxiety, regulate behaviours and assist relaxation.

If you are not already using music as a way of managing your child’s behavioural and developmental needs then you are missing the most important piece of the puzzle, and if you do already use music in your home, now is the chance to get strategic with it.

Maggie Dent

Exploring children’s anxiety: Understanding & calming our anxious kids (birth-12)

There are many reasons why unhealthy anxiety is being identified at higher rates in recent times. In this session, Maggie — a teacher, counsellor, author, mum of four and grandmother of five — explores key stressors in childhood. She asks what unhealthy anxiety is and what we as parents and educators can do to help reduce anxiety and fear in today’s kids. Creating habits that build calming neural pathways can weaken stress sensitive pathways.

Maggie explores:

  • ways to encourage our children to build healthy stress-response systems
  • the importance of time in nature and play 
  • self regulation and how we build it 
  • the what and how of creative visualisation
  • helpful supportive strategies to help our children cope with stressors and be calmer in our homes and classrooms.
Read more about Maggie

Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie has experience in teaching, counselling, and working in the palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention.

She is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. Maggie is also a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.

Maggie began exploring ways to calm students in her classrooms over 25 years ago. Her passion to understand stress and to find easy ways to calm our children and our world was born. In 2003, she published her first book exploring the increased stress that was being seen in childhood. The book, Saving Our Children from Our Chaotic World: Teaching Children the Magic of Silence and Stillness, was ahead of its time.

Maggie is now one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors, with 11 books to her name— including her 2018 bestseller Mothering Our Boys — plus several e-books. She is also a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers and early childhood educators, and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.

Maggie is the proud mother of four adult sons and a very grateful grandma.

Find out more about Maggie at www.maggiedent.com

8am–8.30am
Doors open and registration

8.45am
Acknowledgement of country & welcome

9am–10.30am
Kaylene Henderson — Tackling anxiety & building resilience in our under 12s

10.30am–11am
Morning tea 

11am–12.30pm
Maggie Dent – Exploring children’s anxiety: Understanding & calming our anxious kids (birth-12)

12.30pm–1.15pm
Lunch (including opportunity to relax with a 20min recorded ‘sound bath’)

1.15pm–2.45pm
Allison Davies – Supporting children (especially those with ASD & SPD) to thrive through the experience of music

2.45pm–3.15pm
Q&A Session

3.15pm–3.30pm
Prize draws and close

All tickets include delicious food and a comprehensive conference manual. Ticketholders also receive a free downloadable bundle of resources worth $43. 


Early bird discount price: $220

Please note Early bird discounts expire for Sydney and Melbourne 25th March, for Perth and Brisbane 6th May

Standard tickets: $250

Groups bookings: $220 p/p

All bookings of 2 or more tickets booked in one transaction will receive the early bird ticket price of $220 (even after early bird closes)

Concessions/Full-time Students: $165 


Pay in instalments…

Please note payment plans are available until the following dates for each conference:
Melbourne event – END MARCH; Sydney event – END APRIL. Perth and Brisbane events – END MAY.

All tickets prices include GST.

+ FREE resources for all attendees

All attendees will receive a conference manual and a downloadable resource bundle worth $43 featuring handpicked eBooks and audio resources for you to use at home or in your centre/classroom/clinic. The downloadable bundle will be emailed to you after the event.

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