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Through Thick and Thin: Use of Thickeners in Children with Swallowing Disorders
Presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Course: #32584Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Infants and children with swallowing disorders often use thickened liquids to increase their swallow safety and comfort. This course provides educators with information regarding thickener types, uses, and precautions to ensure consistent implementation in home, educational, and center-based settings.

Cerebral Palsy for Early Childhood Educators
Presented by Patti Sharp, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCP
Course: #32417Level: Introductory1 Hour
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in children, likely to be seen by early childhood educators in all settings. Learn about the disorder, its causes, and how it may impact a child’s abilities in school. Recommendations for increasing independence and participation are provided.

Meeting in the Middle: Parent’s Perspective of Educating a Child with Special Needs
Presented by Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CAS
Course: #32414Level: Intermediate1 Hour
A special partnership exists between educators and parents of children with special needs. Learn ways to approach partnerships and communication with these parents.

Sensory Processing for Early Education
Presented by Jamie Cruz, MOT, OTR/L, Emily Dassow, BS, OTR/L
Course: #32307Level: Advanced6 Hours
Learn about sensory processing including definitions, observable behaviors, and strategies for school and home for proprioception, vestibular, tactile, auditory, taste, and smell. Teacher collaboration and real-world application are presented.

Developmental Delays: Monitoring Development in the Early Childhood Classroom
Presented by Miriam Eckstein-Koas, MS, SpEd
Course: #32198Level: Introductory1 Hour
Learn about developmental milestones for the first five years of life along with strategies to support children with developmental delays. Gain information about how to discuss concerns regarding a child's development with parents.

Understanding the Needs of Early Learners who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Presented by Isabel S. Chica, MS
Course: #32069Level: Introductory1 Hour
Receive information and learn about accommodations appropriate for children with visual impairments.

Teaching Children with Autism: Critical Skills, Writing Goals, and Monitoring Progress
Presented by Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L
Course: #32072Level: Advanced2 Hours
Learn the steps involved in teaching young children with autism new skills, including how and what skills to assess, writing goals, strategies for teaching new skills, and how to monitor progress.

Speech and Language Basics: When to Refer?
Presented by Tonya R. Hayes, MEd, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Course: #31991Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Learn about the top red flags all early-care professionals should know regarding speech and language development. This course will help professionals identify delays and alert parents when a referral to a speech-language pathologist is needed.

Perspective-Taking: Understanding Challenges, Fears and Joys of Parents of Children with Special Needs
Presented by Christy Jones-Hudson, MA, IMH-E®
Course: #31908Level: Introductory1 Hour
Teachers juggle many processes and relationships to balance high-quality programming. Connecting with others begins with the initiative to learn more about serving and working with diverse populations including parents of children with special needs.

Working with Children with Disabilities: Inclusion Works!, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association
Presented by Piret Leonetti, EdD
Course: #31676Level: Introductory1 Hour
Learn about laws surrounding inclusion, best practices, and how to create supportive environments for young children with disabilities in early childhood settings. In partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association.

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