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Event Description:  

This webinar is the second of our four-part series, Active Empathic Listening for Professionals.

Anyone working with young children knows how critical the early years are to healthy child development. Every interaction we have with young children is an opportunity to make a difference in their life. 

In this 90min webinar, participants will learn how being an active and empathic listener can be a life altering experience for young children. To demonstrate the life changing power of conversation, the presenters will discuss the neuroscientific and psychological literature on Active Empathic Listening (AEL) and its impact on the developing brain. Participants will also learn effective listening strategies known to enhance children’s communication abilities in diverse socio-economic contexts. 

 Certificates of participation will be provided to those who complete the live webinar.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe young children’s capacity for meaningful communication
  • Recognize the multiple forms of young children’s communication (e.g., drawing, playing, body language)
  • Discuss the scientific evidence on the effects of Active Empathic Listening (AEL) on child development and the developing brain
  • Identify effective strategies for the best conversational approaches with young children


Webinar Series Description: Active Empathic Listening for Professionals  

Communication between adults and children in the first years of life is crucial for healthy child development and family dynamics. Many studies have demonstrated that effective communication has a decisive life-long impact on the cognitive, emotional, and social development of young children. Among the components that determine healthy adult-child communication, listening has received special attention from scientific research that has generated empirical evidence on the benefits of active and empathic listening on the developing brain. At the same time, listening is recognized as one of the fundamental rights of children and adolescents, as expressed in Articles 12 and 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Despite both the legal and scientific sectors recognize listening as a pillar of healthy child development, listening to young children is easily overlooked within the family, school, and community contexts undermining the ability of young children to meaningfully participate in matters that are important to them.

This webinar series aims to introduce professionals who interact with young people and their families to the concept of Active Empathic Listening (AEL), providing evidence-based information on the life-changing impact of this dimension of human communication on many aspects of a child’s development. Participants in this webinar series will also learn how to practice AEL when interactive with young children and their families. 

This series is comprised of 4 webinars, each of which addresses a specific facet of AEL. For a well-rounded understanding of the transformational effect of AEL on the developing child, we recommend attending all four webinars. However, participants may choose to attend just one webinar in the series and they will still gain important insights about AEL and how to integrate this practice in day-to-day interactions with young children. 

Register for  Webinar 1Webinar 2Webinar 3, and Webinar 4 in this Active Empathic Listening for Professionals series for a chance to win raffle prizes!


Recommended Participants:  

  • Anyone whose work requires direct interactions with young children, including (but not limited to):
  • Family support workers
  • Child and youth workers 
  • Early childhood educators, kindergarten, primary, and middle school teachers
  • Social workers and social services support workers 
  • Nurses, pediatricians, family doctors, and health care support workers
  • Family mediators and legal counsels, and family law practitioners 




Dr. Stefania Maggi (she/her), Carleton University professor, educator, and researcher.

Full Bio: 

Dr. Stefania Maggi (she/her) is a university professor, educator, and researcher. She is the founder of the youth-led movement, mochi4theplanet, and a member of the Children’s Rights Academic Network (CRAN), the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America (CPA-NA) and Teachers for Future International. She works in partnership with community, governmental, and non-governmental organizations in Canada and internationally to promote youth participation, climate change awareness, community resilience, and healthy child development.


Dr. Sebastiano Pocchi (he/him), researcher and science communicator. 

Full Bio: 

Dr. Sebastiano Pocchi is the co-lead investigator on a research and knowledge mobilization initiative on active and empathic listening (AEL) and its impact on the developing child. He is the founder of Neuropsicogaming (NPG), a science communication digital platform that shares knowledge about video games and their potential for positive neural, cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioral development among young gamers. Dr. Pocchi is also a video game narrative designer and ethical reward systems expert. He is currently co-developing a new Indie video game promoting climate change awareness, socio-emotional skills, mindfulness, and nature connection.

How to Have Life Changing Conversations with Young Children

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  • Thursday May 25 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom
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