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A Forum on Protecting our Children from Play Deficit Disorder

  • St Laurence's College 82 Stephens Road South Brisbane, QLD, 4101 Australia (map)

Presented in Partnership with Nature Play QLD and Protecting Childhood.

Suitable for parents, educators, play advocates and other industry professionals. On how to support your children's learning through unstructured outdoor play with an evening with Peter Gray - Professor of Psychology from Boston College (USA).

Join us for this keynote talk with Peter Gray on protecting our children from play deficit disorder and a A&A forum discussion on 'how does outdoor play prepare children for learning?'


Description: In this fast paced world, what space is afforded to the voice of our children?

Demands grow; more school, more extra-curricular activities, more stuff. While opportunities for kids to be directors of their world shrinks; less space, less freedom, less choice, less friends, less movement, less community, less fun.

How are they going? Are they overloaded? Are they more stressed, anxious, nervous? What role does outdoor play have in amongst all this busy-ness?

During this child centred discussion we hope answer this question ‘In childhood, is LESS MORE?

Be a part of our audience, submit a relevant question for discussion. Let’s leave no stone un-turned and grow the community discussion and actions to give children the freedom to play, especially outdoors.

Event format - A keynote talk with a Q&A forum discussion with MC – Sandi Phoenix

Cost: $35 (inc GST) + booking fee. 10% discount for group bookings of 5 people or more.

Where: St Laurence's College, McElligott Theatre

Address: 82 Stephens Road, South Brisbane.

Date: Friday, Oct 13th

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

6.30pm Peter Gray will be conducting a book signing

7.00pm Peter Gray talk on unstructuring childhood

8.00pm Q&A Forum – How does outdoor play prepare children for learning? Discussion with Peter Gray, Hyahno Moser (Nature Play QLD) and YOU!


Don’t forget to submit a question you would like to discuss when you book your ticket!

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Q&A Forum with panellists:

Peter Gray – Psychology Today

Hyahno Moser - Nature Play QLD Program Manager

Dr Nicole Grant - Principal Occupational Therapist - Director at Gateway Therapies

We look forward to seeing you there,

Earlier Event: October 1
The Traffic Jam in My Brain
Later Event: October 20
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