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Betsy Diamant Cohen

Betsy Diamant Cohen

Listen, Like, Learn: Using Musical Activities to Build Self-Esteem, Self-Regulation, and Other School Readiness Skills

Session Description:
Learn how to turn simple rhymes and songs into opportunities for helping children develop self-esteem, self-regulation, and school readiness skills across all of the domains. Participate in nursery rhyme activities that strengthen executive function by focusing on the healthy development of the WHOLE child. Discover how findings from brain research can be translated into a practical application of musical activities for children in classrooms, childcare settings, public library programs, parenting groups, drug rehabilitation facilities, and children’s hospital wards. Easy to learn, easy to use, and easily adaptable to, the “Listen, Like, Learn” approach and activities can be tailored to fit the needs of any educator working with children.

Betsy’s Bio:
Experience working in public libraries, children’s museums, home daycares, and a preschool gives Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen a unique perspective on children’s learning. A children’s librarian with a doctorate in communications design, she combines the understanding that children learn best through play and that the earliest years are the most important for brain development with belief in the right of all children to be the best they can be. Betsy is the creator of the Mother Goose on the Loose© early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose: Goslings© for parents with babies in neonatal intensive care units, and Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings for expectant parents and parents with newborns.©  A prolific writer, creative thinker and charismatic presenter recognized for “revolutionizing the way story times are presented to young children at libraries across the country.” Betsy offers in-person and on-line trainings, conference presentations, and consulting. Visit her website at!