Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – How Play Relates to Cognition   

Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

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*Open to all
At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts a child’s ability to learn, think and engage with the world. Play, movement and thought are intertwined and influence each other in an endless and fascinating loop. This conference will feature not only the formidable observations and research of Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues, much of which has not been available in English until now, but also current research and practice that highlights the importance of play in babies’ and toddlers’ growth and development.

We invite you to join us as world-renowned experts delve deep into the topic of play and cognition!


Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award, Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer is Co-Founder and Director of Program Development for the World Forum Foundation with the mission “of promoting an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.” World Forum on Early Care and Education will celebrate its 20 year anniversary in Macao, China, April 6-9, 2019.

Online, Bonnie curates content for Bonnie’s Global Café — a virtual space that feels like an actual place — inviting people from around the world to share updates and stories and to build connections in order to strengthen this community of advocates for children. Together with her husband Roger Neugebauer, a like-minded risk taker and connection strategist, Bonnie continues to provide leadership and vision for the World Forum Foundation.

Bonnie is also Founding Editor of Exchange Magazine, first published in March of 1978 as a vehicle for exchanging ideas and information among professional advocates in the field of early care and education. “Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive — environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.” Exchange is now in the guiding hands of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, and Bonnie continues to write her column “Speaking” in each issue and to mentor vision and history.

Bonnie was a Family Child Care Provider, neighborhood play group organizer, high school English teacher. She earned her MS in Education from Wheelock College and was later honored with a Ed.D. (hc) from Wheelock. She and Roger vowed to work together at their wedding (with no idea what that work might be), decided to open a school (but got distracted), and along the way found work to enjoy that required new skills, offered adventures and mission, and created connections with people — remarkable, heart-warming people all over the world.

“This work has only been possible through the generosity and support of so many who continue to believe it is important and who challenge us to keep growing. Our parents were surprised by us, our children adapted to our unconventional definitions of work and family, and our grandchildren inspire and love us.”


Presenters:

Alberto Adalid PhM, MS, Prof. Paola Guraieb MD, Ruth Anne Hammond, Judit Kelemen, Ken Jaffe JD, Peter L. Mangione PhD, Eszter Mózes PhD, Prof. Oleg Palmov PhD, Elsa Chahin, Moderator: Gabrielle Anwar, Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs

July 21, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Registration 8:00 AM


Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

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MEET OUR FACULTY AND PRESENTERS:

Linda Hinrichs

Linda Hinrichs

Linda Hinrichs | Conference Chair
Linda Hinrichs is the Director of The Children’s Corner Play Center, which she founded in 1980. Linda consults with parents and offers parent education evenings at her Center. Linda met and began her studies with Magda Gerber in 1979. Through Magda, she was introduced to Dr. Emmi Pikler and traveled to Budapest, Hungary to attend the first English study tour at Lóczy in 1986. She has returned to Budapest numerous times to study and has participated in all of the Pikler/Lóczy USA Intensives. Linda is completing her training as a Pikler® Pedagogue at this time. A RIE® Associate, she continues to learn, grow, and share her love of RIE® and Pikler.

Alberto Adalid

Alberto Adalid

Alberto Adalid, Ph.M., M.S.
Alberto Adalid, Ph.M., M.S., psychoanalyst, group psychoanalyst, and psychotherapist was born in Mexico City. After completing a degree in mathematics, Alberto graduated with Masters in Psychology and Practical Philosophy. He has presented numerous workshops and has coordinated many therapeutic groups in his native country, including professional support to countless individuals after Mexico’s devastating earthquake. His specialties include Winnicott and Bowlby.

Paola Guraied

Paola Guraied

Paola Guraieb, MD
Professor Paola Guraieb MD graduated from medicine school in 2002. A board certified internist, neurologist and neurophysiologist, is currently working in the American British Cowdray Medical Centre in Mexico City. She has taught numerous general medicine courses and has lectured in various graduate schools and national congresses in her country. In addition, Guraieb has authored numerous articles for medical books and journals.

Ruth Anne Hammond

Ruth Anne Hammond

Ruth Anne Hammond
Ruth Anne Hammond, author of Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach (Zero to Three 2009), is a RIE® Associate and Mentor, having studied under its founder, Magda Gerber. She was President of Resources for Infant Educarers® from 2005 to 2011, and continues to be an active member of the Board of Directors.  Currently lecturing and teaching in the U.S. and abroad on the topic of infant and toddler care and education, she was faculty in the Human Development Department at Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, as well as leading its Infant/Toddler-Parent Program for 17 years. A lifelong learner, Hammond participates in a study group on affective neuroscience with Dr. Allan N. Schore of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. As a former professional dancer, she continues to express her love of movement in her work with infants and toddlers.

Natasha Khazanov, PhD

Natasha Khazanov, PhD

Natasha Khazanov, PhD
Natasha Khazanov, PhD, is a neuropsychologist, a psychotherapist and creator of the SMARTT™ Parenting program. She also is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine. Her interest in the neurobiology of trauma led her to forensics, where she served as an expert witness in over 80 criminal cases.

Judit Kelemen

Judit Kelemen

Judit Kelemen
Judit Kelemen, Lead Group Caregiver at Lóczy, trained as a healthcare professional and has been working at the Pikler Institute and Pikler Daycare Center for over 30 years. She is a prolific speaker and sought after presenter at national and international conferences. Topics of her lectures have included “Changing the Diaper of a Mobile Infant,” “Relationships and Conflicts Among Children,” “What does the Child Learn by Being Independent?,” “The Development of Play,” “The Role of the Adult in the Child’s Play,” “What Does the Child Learn During Care?,” “The Caregiver’s Professional Development at the Pikler Institute,” “Training for Infants’ Home Employees,” “The Social-Emotional Learning of Toddlers” and “Feeding and Bathing Infants at Home.” Judit, or as she is lovingly called, Jutka, continues her research at the Pikler® House and with the infants and young children at the Emmi Pikler Day care Center. In her own words: “ When the moment came for me to start learning how to provide care to babies after my period of working as an auxiliary caregiver at the Pikler Institute, the experienced trainer-caregiver asked me whether I had given it thorough consideration and if I was sure I wanted to pursue this beautiful but difficult path. She would only train me if I promised to stay in the infants’ home for at least two years. My answer, of course, was yes, so much so that I have now multiplied those two years by 17”.

Peter L. Mangione, PhD

Peter L. Mangione, PhD

Peter L. Mangione, PhD
Peter L. Mangione, PhD, co-directs WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies. Mangione is one of the lead developers of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), a national model for training early childhood practitioners. He is one of the principal collaborators in the development of the California Department of Education’s Desired Results Developmental Profile. Mangione has served on advisory groups for the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Zero To Three, and participated in meetings conducted by the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Mangione serves on the Advisory Board of Pikler/Lóczy USA.

Eszter Mózes

Eszter Mózes

Eszter Mózes
Eszter Mózes, Director of the Lóczy Foundation for Children, Author, Researcher, and Clinical child psychologist has been working together with the Pikler/Lóczy team since 1988, either in employment with the team or as an associate in the area of children’s welfare. At Lóczy, she worked with children living in the infant’s home. Working with them through psychotherapy was one of her biggest learning experiences. She also participated in the Lóczy Caregivers’ Training and in research. Her two areas of special interest and research are early manifestations of sense of humor in the youngest age, and the detailed way in which the adult’s role changes in parallel with the development of the child. She has been working with the Early Intervention Centre in Budapest since 1999. In this area of supporting young children with special development or with disability needs – and their families – she finds the Piklerian approach and practice to be of the greatest value. In continuous cooperation with the team of the Pikler® Day Care Center, she endeavors to maintain and further develop the Piklerian pedagogy in her practice. She currently facilitates trainings for the Lóczy Foundation for Children in French, Spanish and Hungarian.

Oleg Palmov, PhD

Oleg Palmov, PhD

Oleg Palmov, PhD
Professor Oleg I. Palmov, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health and Early Childhood Intervention, Faculty of Psychology, Saint-Petersburg State University, with a focus on young children and families, children with severe mental and physical disabilities, and institutionalized children and their early social-emotional experience and caregiving environment. He has promoted the Pikler® approach for over 10 years through academic courses in university and post-graduate training programs for orphanage caregivers, and is an author in the areas of improved interventions in orphanages, applied developmental psychology, and early intervention.

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Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar
Born in Berkshire, England, the endearing and accomplished Gabrielle Anwar has over 45 film and television performances to her credit in both Europe and the States. In 2001 Gabrielle discovered the work of Emmi Pikler after the birth of her second child. Her three children were raised within the Pikler® method, Gabrielle siting the insightful work as “life-changing.” In 2017 Gabrielle completed a biographic screenplay about Pikler’s life, and hopes to continue working with PLUSA to develop a documentary to bring this same enlightenment to parents globally. An actress, painter, writer and director, Gabrielle has emphatically enthused, “When children are raised without violence, even in it’s most subtle form, they learn not how to harm another, instead with this approach, they learn how to love. Herein lies the key to peace.

Elsa Chahin

Elsa Chahin

Elsa Chahin
Elsa Chahin is one of only two certified and accredited Pikler® Trainers in North America, and is currently President of the internationally renown non-profit corporation, Pikler/Lóczy USA, through which she carries on the mission of Dr. Emmi Pikler, that of raising healthy, happy children. A staunch advocate of early childhood education and development, Ms. Chahin, also a RIE® Associate (Resources for Infant Educators), and PITC Trainer (Program for Infant Toddler Care) has coauthored In Loving Hands with Anna Tardos and is that rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work, but a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity.