What COVID has taught us: Transition, Trauma and Why Rituals Matter
The uncertainties wrought by COVID have had all sorts of impacts. One of those was the loss of the rituals and practices that commonly mark transitions, such as: introductory school visits for S1s, leaving ceremonies at end of nursery, daily drop off routines at the beginning of the primary day. Why do rituals matter, and are there long term consequences for children who missed out on these during COVID? Can the science of trauma & stress help us in thinking about why there might be lasting consequences? And if a large enough proportion of children carry unresolved anxiety as a result of experiences during the pandemic, how might that change the character of a whole year-cohort – or multiple year-cohorts – as they progress within a school? These are the intriguing questions to be explored with research scientist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk in this session.
This session is for AHDS members only and is free to attend. This session will run from 4pm - 5.30pm.
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate.
Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee, Scotland, within the School of Psychology, where she now holds an honorary post. In 2011, she stepped away from full time academic work in order to set up her own independent training enterprise to disseminate what she calls the Science of Connection. Humans beings are born connected, and as a species we have a physiological need for emotional connection in order to lead happy, healthy lives. Suzanne thought the public deserved to understand the science that gives depth to these insights. In 2014, she expanded her reach by founding the organisation connected baby, which enabled her team to create events and resources that support her message.
We estimate that, in the past 10 years, well over 100,000 people have heard her speak live, and many more have watched videos or read her books and blogs. Suzanne brings to her work her awareness of the latest discoveries on infant communicative capacities and brain development, as well as her own research expertise on parent-infant relationships and the socio-political contexts within which scientific information emerges.
Suzanne now works closely with organisations throughout the world, holding on to the same goal with which she set out: We need to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, because they are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.