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How to bring high-quality artistic content to the development of babies and toddlers

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dr. Andreja Poljanec on art for children, on the art of contact

“A child’s reactions are always the best guideposts for adults, they just need to be noticed and taken seriously. This is what adults learn in a mutual relationship with the child,” says developmental psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Andreja Poljanec.

She will talk more about this tomorrow at the next lecture of the B-AIR LAB 2023 project, which, as part of various events, raises questions about the importance of art and imagination for quality child development.



Andreja Poljanec will host tomorrow between 17:00 and 18:30. The lecture is part of her research into safe and dignified relationships in various systems and ways to create quality life and development in them.

A set of online lectures and seminars within the B-AIR project: Sound art for babies, toddlers and vulnerable groups, every Tuesday between January and April 2023, brings an in-depth reflection on art for children, on the importance of music, creation, listening and storytelling. It is intended for creators, parents, educators, teachers, everyone who deals with children from the earliest stage of their development onwards and is dedicated to researching how to bring high-quality artistic content to the development of babies and toddlers, which strengthen the relationship of attachment and devotion between the child and his caregiver .

Music that grows with children and children that grow with musicdr. Andreja Poljanec, in his lecture Music that grows with children and children that grow with music, represents the art of contact between a child, an adult creator and the art of music. What musical content characterizes each developmental stage and how do the child’s abilities to experience music grow? He considers what the art of listening is, the development of attention to sound stimuli in a child and the role of an adult in this development, what content and what method of presentation is most suitable for children at different developmental stages. How can adults really connect with a child? What is fake contact and what is unacceptable for children?“The child’s sensitivity to sound, through tuning in to it, helps parents to get to know each child individually and to develop parental sensitivity, which is indispensable for safe parenting,” to Andreja Poljanec.

To the question of how not to overestimate and not underestimate a child’s susceptibility to the perception of various art forms, he answers: “Enthusiastic, dedicated and sensitive monitoring of the child’s attention, various emotional impulses, behavior, etc. is precious. In this way, adults can observe the child’s interests and developmental abilities and assess what is suitable and stimulating for him in a certain period, and what excessively excites him and it repels. A child’s reactions are always the best guideposts for adults, you just have to notice them and take them seriously. Adults learn this in a mutual relationship with the child.”

dr. Andreja Poljanec is a Univ. B.Sc. psychologist, marriage and family therapist, lecturer and head of the Psychology study program at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna – Ljubljana branch, and also lectures at the Faculty of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica. In addition to therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families, as well as supervisory monitoring of professionals, she conducts workshops, lectures and leads various groups. She is the author of numerous Slovenian and also international contributions, including the books Rahločutnost do otrk, Harlochutno parenthetstvo, Med dvom ognjema…. She is the co-founder of the Study and Research Center for the Family, where she is also the professional manager. She is socially active; in 2021/2022, she was a member of the Government’s Strategic Council for Social Policy and is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Kairos. He believes that in relationships where emotional contact is present and empathy is developed, life is physically and psychologically more satisfying and healthy.


Seminars and lectures are broadcast in Slovenian on MMC TV and on the project website. The recordings will be available with a delay on the YT channel of the B-AIR project and on project website.

We announce:
On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the third online lecture in the series will take place between 5 and 6:30 p.m.; we will listen to pediatrician and neurologist dr. Tina Bregant. The first of the four sections will be rounded off in the fourth week by a round table where they will participate Nataša Bucik (Ministry of Culture), Nada Požar Matijašič (MIZŠ), Martina Peštaj (RTV SLO) and others, who will talk about what kind of content and performances are suitable for children and link to the next set of online seminars and lectures, in the framework of which they will host artists and creators of children’s works. Creators will share their knowledge and reflections on art for children Anja Štefan, Gaja Kos, Andrej Rozman – Pink, Peter Svetina, Elena Volpieditor of children’s fiction at the publishing house Mladinska knjiga and family experiential gestalt therapist Irena Matko Lucanmagazine editor Ciciban Nana KiselSlovene scholar and librarian Darja Lavrenčič Vrabecacademic violinist musician and music professor Vildana Repšamusicologist and music professor Katja Virant Iršič and others.

About the B-AIR projectThe series of online lectures and seminars is part of the three-year B-AIR project. A project where nine partner organizations from seven European countries, led by Radio Slovenia, investigate the role of sound in human development. The B-AIR project is created in close cooperation between artists and prominent international experts in the fields of developmental psychology, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, psychoacoustics, music therapy, music pedagogy, etc. The aim of the project is to create sound art for babies, toddlers and vulnerable groups. The project is financially supported within the framework of the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

Source: Rtvslo

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