Academic experts and child advocates will present the latest developments on the study of play as it relates to child welfare during a three-day international conference, Play Pilipinas, set from October 21 to 23 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
During the conference, Play Universal, the organizer of Play Pilipinas, will reveal the findings of the two-phase “Habits and Attitudes Study,” which seeks to provide development insights on the way play is viewed from the standpoint of both children and parents. It is the first landmark research to be conducted in the country that takes a deeper look at the play attitudes and behaviours of Filipinos. Conference attendees will receive copies of the research and have a chance to take part in plenary discussions facilitated by local experts.
The speaker line-up features thought leaders in the field of child development such as Dr. Anita Bundy of the University of Sydney, best known for developing theory and research in play with children who have disabilities and in sensory integration; and Professor Geraldine Naughton of the Australian Catholic University, a paediatric exercise scientist who has led projects aimed at improvements in physical activity pathways for a range of young populations from overweight and obese children to intensively training adolescents.
Kay Gibbons, an expert in child nutrition from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Monash University, will lecture on Nutrition and Active Play. Recently, she has worked in India on a mother and child nutrition project, funded by the Australia-India Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry.