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ADHD I: Learning the Basics

This workshop will introduce participants to what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) really is and dispel the myths associated with the disorder. Participants will learn about possible red flags, how ADHD is diagnosed, what the latest research indicates about children with ADHD, and general teaching strategies that assist with teaching a child who has ADHD.

Core of Knowledge Area: Special Needs - 3 hour(s);
Level: Beginning to Intermediate

Autism I: Learning the Basics

This training provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and helps participants understand the complexities related to working with children with ASD.  It reviews current research and types of successful intervention strategies.  Participants learn practical strategies for assisting children with ASD in the classroom.

Core of Knowledge Area: Special Needs - 3 hour(s);
Level: Beginner

Autism III: Connecting the Circle of Friends

This interactive training helps participants to understand the challenges children on the Autism Spectrum may face with communication, play skills and social skills. Participants will learn strategies and have a chance to practice using augmentative communication, the D.I.R. Floor Time model created by Greenspan and Wieder, and using social stories and social scripts. Participants interested in this training should take Autism Spectrum Disorders: Learning the Basics or have prior knowledge of ASD.

Core of Knowledge Area: Special Needs - 3 hour(s);
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Basic Health & Safety

This workshop provides basic information about critical health and safety topics for all child care providers to meet the requirement of the proposed licensing regulation regarding training in basic health and safety areas. Key topics include: establishing and maintaining safe and healthy environments; safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries, identification and reporting of abuse or neglect and proper sanitation practices and procedures. Completion of this training does not meet regulatory requirements for specified training in Medication Administration, CPR / First Aid, or Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.

Core of Knowledge Area: Health, Safety & Nutrition - 3 hour(s);
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Becoming Aware of Cultural Issues (2 Hours)

Children will develop a sense of who they are and what is important within the context of culture. Whether at home or in child care, caregivers play a significant role as transmitters of culture. In this class, participants will think about what culture means and become more aware of their own culture. Cultural sensitivity begins with an awareness of early experiences and their influence on our current values and behavior.

Core of Knowledge Area: Community - 1 hour(s); Professionalism - 1 hour(s);

Behavior Guidance for Infants and Toddlers

This training will outline the developmentally appropriate, yet sometimes challenging, behaviors of children, birth through age 3. Through the review of developmentally appropriate behaviors and strategies to prevent or redirect sometimes challenging experiences, providers will complete the training with new strategies to implement with children in their programs. Participants will begin to develop the knowledge and strategies necessary to properly redirect children’s negative or challenging behaviors into positive and appropriate behaviors.

Core of Knowledge Area: Child Development - 3 hour(s);

Biting: When, Why and How to Stop It (3 hours)

Biting is developmental, but a very upsetting behavior for parents and teachers. This training will explore the developmental reasons why some children bite, how to set up an environment to reduce the opportunity for biting to occur and strategies to reduce occurrence.

Core of Knowledge Area: Child Development - 1 hour(s); Curriculum - 1 hour(s); Health, Safety, Nutrition - 1 hour(s);
Level: Beginner

Building Early Literacy Through Expressive Arts

This training builds participants’ knowledge and understanding of the ways in which the expressive arts can enhance children’s literacy. Participants learn specific and practical strategies for promoting literacy skills through movement, play, music and visual arts. These strategies will assist teachers in creating learning environments which promote knowledge acquisition, creativity and positive self-esteem for all children, including those with special needs.

Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum - 2 hour(s); Special Needs - 1 hour(s);
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Building Your Resilience

Participants will learn how to improve resilience in their personal and professional lives. By improving resilience factors, they will be able to better cope with or recover from change, loss, adversity, and mistakes.

Core of Knowledge Area: Professionalism - 3 hour(s);

Capturing Child Development Through Portfolios

Participants will gain an in-depth introduction to what a portfolio is and the purpose it serves for educators. Participants will examine samples of what comprises a portfolio, how to appropriately collect samples and record observations, and resources available to assist with planning based on observations. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the connection between compiling a portfolio and understanding a child’s individual development throughout the course of a year.

Core of Knowledge Area: Child Development - 3 hour(s);
Level: Beginner

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