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Unlocking the Mystery of Selective Mutism

Aimee Kotrba, PhD

February 27, 2019

This course describes selective mutism, how to assess for selective mutism characteristics, and what teachers and caregivers can do to support and help children.   Read More


Families As Partners - Making Family Engagement Truly Meaningful & Authentic

Luis Hernandez

February 15, 2019

Information about creating partnerships with families   Read More


The Decline of Play Outdoors in Children - And the Rise in Sensory Issues

Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L

January 28, 2019

Explanation of why children are not playing outdoors as much and the effects on children, as well as ways to foster healthy sensory and motor development   Read More


Diversity and Cultural Awareness

Natasha Crosby Kile, MS

December 28, 2018

Definitions and descriptions of diversity, culture, and cultural awareness, as well as activities to use in the classroom to support them.   Read More


Child Abuse and Neglect: An Overview

Marilyn Massey-Stokes, EdD, CHES, CHWC

December 28, 2018

This course covers the main types of child abuse, including signs of possible abuse, reporting suspected child abuse, and prevention activities.   Read More


It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It (Family-Centered Practice & Teaming)

Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L

December 26, 2018

This course will walk participants through the process of family-centered practice. How to have difficult conversations with families and teams will also be addressed.   Read More


Cultural Awareness in Working with Families

Anarella Cellitti, PhD

December 21, 2018

This course explores cultural differences that could interfere with working and communicating with Latino families.   Read More


Safety Tips for Young Children

Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L

November 26, 2018

This article guides the reader through tips on how to prevent accidents and injuries in the car, home, and at play for young children. A special section will also be presented specifically for wanderi...   Read More


Supporting Teachers in Addressing Challenging Behavior: A Team Approach (a workshop for Directors & Administrators of EC programs)

Barbara Kaiser, MA

November 21, 2018

To be effective, leaders must be self-reflective—think about who they are, become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and look for ways to develop their own and their staff’s competencies and...   Read More


Visual Supports

Kimberly Norris, BS, MEd

October 26, 2018

Visual supports are especially helpful to use with young children who have autism or who may have communication difficulties. This course will describe designing and utilizing visual supports in the e...   Read More


Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation: A Guide for Administrators

Amanda Schwartz, PhD

October 22, 2018

From a child's first day in a program, staff gather information about the best ways to meet his or her needs. Make screening, assessment, and evaluation part of your program's culture to improve teach...   Read More


Essentials for the New Early Childhood Teacher

Amber Tankersley, PhD

October 10, 2018

Helpful information for new early childhood teachers to know when starting a new position.   Read More


Understanding and Supporting Children with Anxiety

Aimee Kotrba, PhD

September 26, 2018

Anxiety is becoming one of the most concerning childhood diagnoses, and one that impacts children in the classroom, therapy room, and community setting. Dr. Kotrba presents up-to-date information on h...   Read More


Keeping Children and Staff Healthy: Ways to Manage the Spread of Illness

Amanda Schwartz, PhD

September 4, 2018

Young children are more likely to catch and spread minor illnesses as they build their ability to fight infections. Early education programs can do a lot to manage the spread of disease by promoting h...   Read More


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - Impact on Children and Families

Dan Dubovsky, MSW

August 2, 2018

Editor’s note: This text-based course is an edited transcript of the webinar, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - Impact on Children and Families, presented by Dan Dubovsky, MSW.Learning O...   Read More


Trouble with Transitions? 5 Essential Ways to Prevent Challenging Behavior

Barb O'Neill, MEd, EdD

July 24, 2018

Strategies you can use to create foundations for transitions in your classroom to prevent challenging behavior.   Read More

We Create Magic: Experiences and Environment for Infant/Toddler Classrooms

Karen Deerwester, MA, EdS

July 23, 2018

Examples and ideas for creating magic and meaningful play-based exploration and discovery experiences for infants and toddlers.   Read More


Circle Time Success

Liz Moore, MEd

July 20, 2018

Strategies and supports for helping young children participate in circle time activities.   Read More


Autism Basics

Kimberly Norris, BS, MEd

July 16, 2018

This course examines autism through the lens of child development.   Read More

How to Grow a Young Child's Listening Brain

Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

June 26, 2018

A description of hearing and listening from a neurological perspective, along with practical suggestions for enriching an infant, toddler and young child's auditory brain for the attainment and advanc...   Read More