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Critical Skills to Teach First
Presented by Liz Moore, MEd
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Course: #31147Level: Introductory2 Hours
Students who have challenging behavior are often times missing essential critical skills. Prior to students being ready to learn, they need to have important critical skills to be successful in the learning environment. In this course, participants will focus on identifying why students misbehave and learn how to teach four critical skills (sitting, waiting, giving up items, and transitioning).

Growing a Child's Auditory Brain
Presented by Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
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Course: #31145Level: Intermediate3 Hours
Using a research to practice format, this course will describe hearing, listening, literacy, and music from a neurological perspective. Practical suggestions will be offered for enriching a child auditory brain; reading aloud and the development of phonological awareness; and encouraging families to incorporate music into everyday life for infants and young children.

What the Early Childhood Educator Should Know About Hearing
Presented by James W. Hall III, PhD
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Course: #31146Level: Intermediate2 Hours
In this course, the hearing system is reviewed briefly, with an emphasis on the middle and inner ear. Then, common causes for hearing loss in preschool children are identified, and their influence on communication development and educational performance is described, including risk factors. Finally, procedures and protocols for screening and diagnosis of hearing loss in preschool children are described.

Infant Mental Health
Presented by Nicole Quint, Dr.OT, OTR/L
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Course: #31144Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This course introduces the concept of infant mental health, emphasizing individual child, family-centered care, environment and context and development. This course investigates attachment, the "fourth trimester" transition, and temperament, as well as strategies to enhance caregiver and infant co-occupations, including infant massage and positive routines.

Empowering Kids to be Healthy and Smart from the Inside Out!
Presented by Michelle Lombardo, DC
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Course: #30806Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Early childhood environments can be instrumental in addressing nutrition education, physical activity and overall healthy living since children spend the majority of the day there and are still in the process of developing habits. In addition to a case study on a successful intervention, participants will learn the latest science in nutrition and healthy living and be able to apply it to daily living so educators can be healthy role models for children, caregivers and parents.

Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation: A Guide for Administrators
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #30667Level: Intermediate1 Hour
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 teaching, individualizing, and, when necessary, identifying a child for additional services.

Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation: A Guide for Teachers
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #30668Level: Intermediate1 Hour
From a child's first day in a program, staff gather information about the best ways to meet his or her needs. Screening, assessment, and evaluation offer information for teaching, individualizing, and, when necessary, identifying a child for additional services.

Understanding and Supporting Children with Anxiety
Presented by Aimee Kotrba, PhD
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Course: #30569Level: Introductory1 Hour
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 how to understand and support a child with anxiety.

Let's Talk Together: Communication Based Information and Strategies for the Young Learner
Presented by Rosemarie Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA
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Course: #30677Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will use pictures and videos to illustrate important communication information for the early intervention age group. Participants will learn about the different aspects of communication and strategies for facilitating communication within their various environments.

Prevention is the Best Intervention: Part 2: Nothing I Do Works!
Presented by Barbara Kaiser, MA
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Course: #30615Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course continues the discussion regarding working with children with challenging behavior. No strategy works in a vacuum. The first step is to create a caring environment that recognizes and supports all children’s abilities and skills.