Reading and Responding to a Child’s Distress Using Best Practice Approaches

Cryin boyThis session will increase your awareness and responsiveness to infants and young child’s distress using best practices approaches.

Best practice approaches

1. are developmentally appropriate
2. are based on latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory and related fields
3. protect the rights of the child
We will examine the facial expressions, vocalisations and body language of infants and young children in lessons. This will enable you to better understand what’s going on in the child’s stress response system and the possible impact on other systems and aspects of development and behaviour.

Having developed this understanding we will then discuss best practices ways in which to respond to the child that promote healthy overall development, behaviours and most importantly, protect the rights of the child.

This session will challenge you to reflect on your own practices and beliefs, and provide opportunities for positive reinforcement, growth and change.


This session will give you


  • An increased ability to read the stress response in infants and young children


  • Increased knowledge and ability to respond in developmentally appropriate and ethical ways


  • The opportunity to identify and focus on one practice you are currently using with infants, young children (or parents) that you could stop


  • The opportunity to identify and explore one evidence-based practice that you could implement with infants, young children (or parents)


Duration of session

The duration of this session can be flexible to suit your needs, from a minimum time of a 60 min presentation including question/discussion time to a half-day interactive workshop comprising 2 x 90 min sessions.


About your presenter

Janine Ramsey is a licenced counsellor in Australia and learn to swim professional specialising in trauma informed practices. She has been involved in the learn to swim industry for 40 years in various roles including swim teacher, swim school owner and now as consultant and educator for swim schools around the world.

She is passionate about ensuring families have positive experiences at the swim school and that lessons are free of force and trauma. She is driving force in raising the standards worldwide in this regard and an active member of related committees with the Australian Swim Schools Association.