EHLS at School Symposium

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EHLS at School Symposium: Findings from the 5-year follow-up of the ‘smalltalk’ early childhood parenting program

Wednesday 02 August 2023 12:30 pm until Wednesday 02 August 2023 01:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Stacey Hokke, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University
Presented by:
Professor Jan Nicholson, Dr Shannon Bennetts, Dr Clair Bennett and Ms Jasmine Love, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University
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smalltalk is an early childhood program that supports parents to provide their children with a stimulating home learning environment. Commissioned by the Victorian Government, the program was designed, implemented, and evaluated using a cluster randomised controlled trial between 2010 and 2013 by the Parenting Research Centre. Around 1,200 families (child age 12-36 months) were randomised to participate in a usual care playgroup, a smalltalk playgroup, or a smalltalk playgroup plus home coaching.

This seminar presents the long-term outcomes of smalltalk for a range of parenting and child domains when children were aged 7.5 and 8-9 years.

Prof Jan Nicholson is the Inaugural Roberta Holmes Professor and Director of the Judith Lumley Centre (JLC) at La Trobe University. Her research focusses on parenting approaches to promote the healthy development of children from vulnerable families.

Dr Shannon Bennetts is a Research Fellow at JLC. Her research focuses on early child development, parent-child interactions, mental health, and the role of pets for child development. She coordinates EHLS at School and leads the Parents, Pets & Pandemic and Risky Kids projects.

Dr Clair Bennett is a psychologist and Research Fellow at JLC. Her research focuses on the social and contextual determinants of mental health and parenting. She has experience in clinical and population-based research, intervention trials, and longitudinal cohort studies.

Ms Jasmine Love is a Research Officer at JLC. She works on several projects related to parenting and child development, including EHLS at School.

The Judith Lumley Centre lunchtime seminars are free and open to all.  Held on the first Wednesday of every month from February to December. These seminars showcase the work of national and international academics/researchers.

Find out more about the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Judith Lumley Centre



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