Education in the City – Helping Children Cope with Stress

Education in the City – Helping Children Cope with Stress

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Office of Education Research (OER) has partnered the National Library Board (NLB) to organise a series of talks themed “Education in the City”.

This series aims to showcase education research perspectives to give the public a deeper understanding of issues in education and provide tips on what can be done to help our children. 


Dr Dennis Kwek giving the opening address

The first public talk, titled “Helping Children Cope with Stress”, was held on Friday, 3rd November at the National Library Building. Speakers from OER’s Research Centres gave presentations on topics such as effects of stress on children, the role of parents in helping children manage stress, mindfulness and breathing exercises to relieve stress. 


Dr Wong Hwei Ming giving her presentation


Dr Fannie Khng giving her presentation

The speakers and their presentation titles are as follows:

  • Dr Wong Hwei Ming, (Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, OER, NIE) – Managing Stress: How can we as parents help our children to manage their stress?
  • Dr Fannie Khng, (Research Scientist, Education and Cognitive Development Lab, OER, NIE) – Deep Breathing and Mindfulness as Tools for Children’s Self-regulation

Dr Khng responding to a questions from the audience

The talk concluded with a Q&A session moderated by Dr Dennis Kwek, Assistant Dean of Research Communications at OER and Research Scientist at CRPP), where members of the audience posed questions to Dr Wong and Dr Khng on the effectiveness of deep breathing exercises in helping children manage stress and how parents can help their children better manage educational pressures.  

Check out a recording of this session here!