Thursday 23 November: 2nd awards ceremony organized by 5 senses for kids Foundation

The autumn colours were the theme of this ceremony, which was attended by elected representatives, scientists, partners, professionals and associations active in the field of children and early childhood, representatives from the business world, donors and members of the 5 Senses 4 Kids Foundation Board of Directors.

The ceremony was set to the rhythm of “Racine de Swing”, a guitar and violin performance of jazz standards from American swing, French swing/musette, South American jazz and traditional Central European music.

Four projects won awards in 2023

The 2023 5 senses for kids Foundation Educational Action Awards

– First prize was awarded to Marjorie BURGER-CHASSIGNET for the “Colimaçon” show project by the “Les Assemblées Mobiles” association. It will be an adaptation for 0-3 year olds of an installation (play stations and sound objects) based on listening and its different modalities: being mobile, immobile, alone, in pairs, in threes, or even more numerous… in order to develop multi-sensoriality from this attention to noises, sounds and silences.

– Second prize went to Elise Maître for her show “Groin”, produced by the association “La Compagnie d’en face“. GROIN is a show for very young audiences, from 10 months to 4 years. “Our sense of smell captures, perceives and feels, always ahead of us. Do we listen to it? It is a sense that is ignored, under-stimulated and under-regarded. This oblivion has shaped our world of tar, this hubbub that makes you bored. GROIN is a performance-experience to be shared around this all-too-often forgotten sense

The 5 senses for kids Foundation 2023 Science Awards

– The first prize goes to Xiaoyue Wang from the Institut de l’Audition du Centre de l’Institut Pasteur for her study “Speech Reception in Young Children with Autism Is Selectively Indexed by a Neural Oscillation Coupling Anomaly”. The Institut de l’Audition (IdA), Centre de l’Institut Pasteur.

The aim of this study is to investigate the brain mechanisms of speech perception in young children with autism at the time of diagnosis and to lay the foundations for future therapeutic interventions, using high-density electroencephalography (EEG) recordings during passive viewing of cartoons. Children with autism show atypical brain responses to the various units of speech and abnormal tracking of the sound envelope of the voice by the brain, compared with their neurotypical peers. Hierarchical speech processing (represented by theta-gamma coupling) is disrupted, and is accompanied by atypical exogenous beta-gamma coupling. This beta-gamma coupling correlates significantly with low levels of language, suggesting a disruptive role in speech learning. The study suggests that therapeutic interventions targeting the improvement of theta-gamma coupling and the inhibition of beta-gamma coupling could improve language development in autistic children.

– The second prize was awarded to Sahar MOGHIMI from Le Centre Universitaire de Recherche en Santé at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne for her project entitled “Early neurodevelopment and auditory rhythm perception: an EEG study during the third trimester of gestation”

The perception of time intervals and the structure of rhythmic patterns is essential for understanding the auditory world. Disturbances in these processes have a negative impact on the development of language and music and, consequently, on communication and social interaction. A cross-sectional study was carried out to investigate the impact of premature birth on the neuronal response to auditory rhythm from 28 weeks gestational age (wGA, 2 months before the equivalent age of a normal birth) to term. In a small cohort, early and predictive neuronal coding of auditory rhythm and the neuronal response to simple rhythmic violations in auditory sequences were first demonstrated. Later, the study was extended to a larger cohort (not yet published) and demonstrated that the neural coding of the rhythmic hierarchy develops progressively during the third trimester of gestation.

We are really delighted to support these 4 new educational and scientific projects.

The Founder’s speech

Particular attention has been paid to what we all have in common: above and beyond our individual backgrounds, our commitment to future generations.

The world is the way it is, and it is impossible, or at least very difficult, for us on a day-to-day basis to have any control over the events, all too often dramatic, that confront us.

On the other hand, what we can do, each and every one of us at our own level, is to prepare the future. And to do that, we need to take care of our youngest children and support them so that, tomorrow, they become well-rounded, solid young people and adults in a better world.

That is our mission. At a time when so many walls are being erected between people and communities – political, cultural, religious, even digital walls – we are building bridges, encouraging curiosity, openness and encounters. And multi-sensoriality is a wonderful tool for connecting with ourselves, the world and others.

Through multi-sensoriality, children discover the world in all its diversity. They grasp and accept this diversity, perceiving its benefits, promises and opportunities. They experience diversity as an asset, not a threat. They are confident.

Multi-sensoriality helps children to grow up well, to develop physically and cognitively, but it also enables them to find their place in the world, to feel good in it and to flourish in it.

I believe this is a commitment we can be proud of.

A special thank you to all those who work with us

It is thanks to you that we have been able to award not two but four prizes this evening!

Once again, thank you to all of you who help us with your friendly support, your advice, your ideas, your contacts, the way you pass on our actions… and your donations, which are essential to us.

I’d like to end on a personal note.

As I said in my introduction, I believe we have a duty not only to prepare our young children for tomorrow’s world, but above all to help invent tomorrow’s world.

The very young children we support are the adults of tomorrow.

The tools we give them, the keys we offer them, the prospects we map out for them – all these will lay the foundations for what their world, our world, will be like.

That’s why everything we do together is a source of hope. Our commitment to young children is, by its very nature, forward-looking.

And that makes me deeply optimistic. Because I’m convinced that we have the means to have a positive impact on the future.

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