College of Allegheny County Professor Dr. Stephanie Goloway recently shared her
expertise on how to support young children dealing with family substance use
disorder on a podcast for HiMama, an early childhood education technology
company. Based in Canada, HiMama has
an international customer and newsletter subscriber base of more than 70,000
who teaches early education and child development at CCAC’s Allegheny Campus,
was invited to speak on the podcast due to her well-received presentation at
the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference in
November. There, she presented a workshop titled “My Mommy is an Addict, My
Daddy is a Unicorn: Nurturing Resilience in Children Living with Substance Use
Disorder through Fairytales, Storytelling and Play.”The workshop
examined the current research on substance use disorder and how living with it
influences children’s social-emotional and cognitive development.According
to Goloway, one in four school children are living in homes that are impacted
by substance use disorder.
good news, which she also shared in the HiMama podcast episode titled
“Nurturing Resilience in Children Living with Family Substance Use Disorder
through Storytelling,”is that resilience is a key protective factor,
and many early childhood practices can be used to promote resilience. Goloway
emphasized the importance of storytelling to
develop resilience in young children by building relationships, encouraging
initiative and promoting self-regulation. Play is also important, she
explained, because it has an impact on brain development specifically affecting
the resilience and executive function skills, which are essential for academic
and life success.
Through her speaking and writing—she authors a blog and a
book is in the works—Goloway hopes to
fill a gap in early childhood professional development. She has received a lot
of good feedback on the podcast and on her research in general, which shows
that using fairytales and other storytelling components helps children to
develop literacy and resilience at the same time.
was happy I was able to share what I am really passionate about,” said Goloway. “These topics are of
great interest right now and are on the cutting edge of what everyone’s talking
about—how we can help kids who are living in families affected by this disease.
I believe that our early childhood teachers can play an important role.”
holds a doctorate in early childhood studies from Walden University. She also
holds a master’s degree in education from Edinboro University and
a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Allegheny College.
Her blog is titled “Imagination on the Move.”