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Teaching Parent Strategies on Facilitating Language Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers
Presented by Megan Kapcar, BS, MA, CCC-SLP, Brynn Hanson, BS, BA, MS, CCC-SLP, Brian Fisher, BS, MS, CCC-SLP
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Course: #31276Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will provide early childhood professionals information on how to train parents in language facilitation in toddlers and preschoolers within the family’s home environment. The following topics will be addressed: Play; CARE (Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement) play; Vocabulary development; syntax development; speech sound development; literacy; and behavior management. This course is applicable to early childhood professionals who work in both center-based and family child care settings.

Successfully Navigate Your Way Through a Professional Transition
Presented by Melissa Deutsch, MS, CCC-SLP, CPCC, ACC
VideoAudio
Course: #31271Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Transitions offer a pivotal opportunity for growth (Bridges, 2009). This course will review evidence-based practices you can employ immediately to discern choices aligned with your core values and develop strategies that support your next step.

Augmented Power Mobility - Bring Mobility to Our Youngest Children
Presented by Michelle Lange, BS, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Video
Course: #31269Level: Advanced1 Hour
Augmented power mobility for the young child includes adapted ride-on cars and pediatric power wheelchairs. This course will present research linking early mobility with overall development, as well as some of the available mobility options.

Understanding Trauma
Presented by Nicole Steward, MSW, RYT
Video
Course: #31302Level: Intermediate2 Hours
Trauma is an ever-present reality in today’s world and it’s showing up more and more in the work we do. In this course, learners will gain clarity on what trauma is and how trauma impacts the nervous system, as well as what triggers trauma and how educators can show up for this work in a resilient way.

Creating Healthy Preschool Environments, A Coordinated Approach to Child Health
Presented by Abby Rose, BS, MA, MSED
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Course: #31275Level: Introductory1 Hour
Positive nutrition and physical activity experiences in early childhood are the foundation for developing and practicing healthy behaviors which lead to better health, academic and social outcomes for children as they grow. In this session, learn best practice strategies designed to engage children in healthy eating, physical activity, and practicing healthy behaviors. Discover simple ways to integrate positive health messages into classroom routines and explore nutrition education and physical literacy activities that will keep young children on-task, having fun and on the path to a lifetime of health. This session will provide an overview and foundation for further learning about the CATCH EC Coordinated School Health Program and is not meant to replace training. Information about training is available at catchinfo.org.

Down Syndrome - Preschoolers
Presented by Cara Koscinski, BS, MOT, MOT, OTR/L
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Course: #31263Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Children with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome which impacts each child differently. Early intervention and treatment strategies for preschool children promote development of social play, physical, emotional, and cognitive skills.

Ensuring Optimal Positioning for Function for the Young Child
Presented by Michelle Lange, BS, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Video
Course: #31258Level: Advanced1 Hour
Young children may require additional postural support due to developmental delays, abnormal muscle tone, or muscle weakness. This course presents the relationship between position and function, how to determine if a child requires postural support, and how to determine if that postural support is adequate.

Down Syndrome - Infants and Toddlers
Presented by Cara Koscinski, BS, MOT, MOT, OTR/L
VideoAudio
Course: #31262Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Children with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome which impacts each child differently. Early intervention with infants and toddlers promotes a child’s development with social, play, physical, emotional, and cognitive development.

Burnout Be Gone: Finding Wholeness Again
Presented by Melissa Deutsch, MS, CCC-SLP, CPCC, ACC
VideoAudio
Course: #31256Level: Introductory1 Hour
Those in the helping professions are at high risk of burnout. This course will explore what burnout is, its impact, what contributes to it, and ways to prevent and reduce it.

Ergonomic Strategies for the Childcare Worker: Keeping Your Body Safe While Caring for Young Children
Presented by Sara Loesche, MS, OTR/L, CHT
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Course: #31252Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course will introduce childcare workers to the physical demands of childcare related tasks and the risk factors associated with the activities and environment in which they are performed. Intervention strategies to promote health and wellness as well as prevent injury within childcare settings will be discussed.