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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

Blooms of Inclusion: Implementing Universal Strategies for Inclusive Practice

What does true inclusion look like in a childcare program? In this module, we will look at evidence-based approaches to inclusive practice and explore tools the childcare leaders can use for establishing program standards. We will learn strategies for continually improving practices that support inclusion, such as establishing strong collaboration with other professionals. As families are the experts on their child’s needs, we will discuss strategies you can use to engage families as partners. This training is also available as the third installment of the 3-part Cultivating Inclusion series.

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

Branches of Inclusion: Developing Supportive Systems for Inclusive Practices

Intentional systems of support are key to sustaining inclusive practices. During this module, we will explore how childcare leaders can plan for meaningful professional development that supports their vision for inclusion and gets the most out of trainings and workshops.  We will discuss how to utilize coaching and mentoring strategies to continually support the implementation of critical practices. This training is also available as the second installment of the 3-part Cultivating Inclusion series.

Core of Knowledge Area: Professionalism - 2 hour(s); Special Needs - 1 hour(s);

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

Creating a Social Connection: Learning to Write Social Stories to Help all Children Be Successful in a Variety of Settings

This interactive training will provide participants with a complete introduction to the concept of Carol Gray’s Social Stories. Social stories were originally created for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order to increase their ability to take in “social information,” also known as pragmatics or pragmatic language. Social stories are also beneficial to all children because of their sentence structure, content and use of pictures and so participants will learn how social stories can be beneficial to all children in their care. Participants will first learn about, and then practice writing, the different types of sentences that are often included in social stories and then write a complete social story about an activity or skill that will impact a child or children in their care.

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

Cultivating Inclusion Training Series

The Cultivating Inclusion training series focuses on establishing the critical foundation needed for developing an inclusive childcare program. Identify your leadership style, define your philosophy on inclusion, and explore comprehensive and effective inclusion policies to include in your program handbook. Discuss strategies for recruiting, selecting and orienting staff and other team members to build an effective team. Explore intentional systems to plan for meaningful professional development that supports your vision for inclusion, and coaching and mentoring strategies to sustain the implementation of inclusive practices. Discover evidence-based approaches to inclusive practice and explore tools for establishing program standards. Learn strategies for establishing strong partnerships with families and collaboration with other professionals.

This training series is designed to support child care professionals who hold leadership, policy development, or supervisory roles in their programs. This may include family child care providers, center directors and assistant directors, owners, and other program leaders. 

This series was made possible with funding from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.

Roots of Inclusion

During this module, we will focus on how childcare leaders can establish the critical foundation needed for developing an inclusive childcare program.  We will identify leadership styles based on values and beliefs, and define your philosophy on inclusion. This training will also explore comprehensive and effective inclusion policies to include in your program handbook.  Because building an effective team is critical, we will discuss strategies for recruiting, selecting and orienting staff and other team members.

Core of Knowledge Area: Professionalism - 1 hour(s); Special Needs - 2 hour(s);

Branches of Inclusion

Intentional systems of support are key to sustaining inclusive practices. During this module, we will explore how childcare leaders can plan for meaningful professional development that supports their vision for inclusion and gets the most out of trainings and workshops.  We will discuss how to utilize coaching and mentoring strategies to continually support the implementation of critical practices.

Core of Knowledge Area: Professionalism - 2 hour(s); Special Needs - 1 hour(s);

Blooms of Inclusion

What does true inclusion look like in a childcare program? In this module, we will look at evidence-based approaches to inclusive practice and explore tools the childcare leaders can use for establishing program standards. We will learn strategies for continually improving practices that support inclusion, such as establishing strong collaboration with other professionals. As families are the experts on their child’s needs, we will discuss strategies you can use to engage families as partners.

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

Developmental Delays

This training provides participants with knowledge and strategies for teaching children with developmental delays. Participants review characteristics of typical child development from birth through five, discuss “red flags,” developmental screening tools, developmental delays and adaptations to assist children with developmental delays. Through interactive simulations, participants will gain an understanding of the challenges children with developmental delays face and have an opportunity to develop accommodations they can utilize in their classrooms.

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

Developmental Delays

This training provides participants with knowledge and strategies for teaching children with developmental delays. Participants review characteristics of typical child development from birth through five, discuss “red flags,” developmental screening tools, developmental delays and adaptations to assist children with developmental delays. Through interactive simulations, participants will gain an understanding of the challenges children with developmental delays face and have an opportunity to develop accommodations they can utilize in their classrooms.

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

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