Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Understanding a Child’s Early Development (0 – 7 years)


In recent years, emerging research is confirming what professionals working with children have observed – that early childhood experiences leave indelible marks on a developing child. This two-day workshop explores the complex and multi-faceted aspects in the child’s early development. Through research and established child development theories, the workshop examines how early experiences (0 – 7 years) between a child and the caregiver shape the structure and functioning of the brain and nervous system, offering us insights in understanding the behaviours, thinking and emotions expressed in the later years. Through small group discussions and experiential activities, participants will have opportunities to deepen and apply this knowledge to create nurturing and secure environment with children to promote sense of security, stability, resilience and emotional regulation.


By the end of the workshop, participants will:

1. Understand the relationship between early experiences and the child’s developing brain through neuroscience research

2. Explore various psycho-social impact on the child’s developing sense of self.

3. Understand the importance of play and relationship as foundations for optimal child development


  • Introduction to neuroscience
  • Attachment and attachment behaviours
  • Child developmental theories: How the child’s developing sense of self is shaped
  • Therapeutic powers of play and relationship Definition of theory of change


Beginning Early Intervention Educator, Early Intervention Educator, Learning Support Educator 


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fees  (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002683). End date of approval: 17 Jan 2023. $210


Ms Lee Sock Kuan has been working with children, adolescents, and their families since 2007. Besides counselling and psychology, she is trained in Gestalt Play Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Family Therapy and Emotional-Focused Therapy. She is currently undergoing training with Somatic Experiencing® International to incorporate body and somatic work into her clinical practice.

As a certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents (West Coast Institute, USA) Sock Kuan specializes in children and their families on a myriad of developmental issues and traumas, mental health issues (such as depression and anxiety), attachment issues and challenging behaviours.

Besides clinical work, Sock Kuan also trains and supervises mental health practitioners such as counsellors, therapists, psychologists and social workers. As an approved West Coast Institute trainer and supervisor, Sock Kuan is involved in mentoring candidates in the WCI Certification Programme. In addition to West Coast Institute, she is also a registered Clinical Member and Clinical Supervisor of the Singapore Association for Counselling and Association for Play Therapy (Singapore) and a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills with Play Therapy International (UK).


Alicia Loy

6593 5287

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 hours, 2-day
Dates TBC
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Ms Lee Sock Kuan
Venue(s) TBC