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Sensory Processing: Strategies for Classroom Teachers
Presented by Tonya Hayes, MEd, SLP-A
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Course: #31632Level: Advanced2 Hours
Identify the needs of young children with sensory processing disorders more accurately. Learn specific strategies for aiding children in regulating their sensory needs for optimal outcomes in the early childhood classroom.

Sign Language for Late Talkers and Children with Special Needs
Presented by Tonya Hayes, MEd, SLP-A
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Course: #31606Level: Introductory1 Hour
Learn about the use and benefits of signing with babies, toddlers, late talkers and children with special needs, including 50+ functional signs and how it encourages expressive language.

Sensory Processing 101
Presented by Tonya Hayes, MEd, SLP-A
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Course: #31563Level: Introductory1 Hour
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and sensory issues are terms we hear more and more frequently as we care for and work with young children. It seems more children have sensory needs or issues that disrupt their lives and the learning environments they are in throughout the day. This course will cover what SPD is, why is it occurring more often, and how you can help a child with sensory issues cope in your home or the early childhood classroom.

IEP and IFSP 101: Everything You Need to Know - Planning to Implementation
Presented by Laura Ritter, BA, MA
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Course: #31441Level: Introductory1 Hour
Educators at all levels benefit from learning more on the IEP and IFSP process. This course will review the legal requirements, cover qualifying disabilities, and establish procedures for meetings with students and families.

ADHD 101: Bringing Focus to the Confusion
Presented by Alison Peak, LCSW
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Course: #31427Level: Introductory1 Hour
Behavior is frequently the first sign of underlying emotional difficulties in early childhood. Many times these early symptoms are signs of diagnoses such as ADHD. This course will provide information regarding ADHD, the common manifestations of ADHD symptoms, the neurological impact of ADHD, common interventions for ADHD and potential differential diagnosis.

Evacuation Considerations
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
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Course: #31434Level: Introductory1 Hour
Do you have an emergency evacuation plan for individuals with a disability? Increase your knowledge of emergency evacuation planning to assist the children in your care and their families.

Collaboration to Support Children with Special Needs
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #31415Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Providing an inclusive classroom for a child with special needs is a challenge with tremendous benefits. Learn your role and some strategies to provide an inclusive classroom.

Family Engagement for Children with Disabilities and/or Special Health Care Needs
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #31414Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Families of children with disabilities and/or special health care needs work with many different providers and require individualized approaches. Participate in this session to learn more about the everyday context of these families and strategies to engage them in your classroom or program.

Providing Alternative Positioning in Preschool
Presented by Michelle Lange, BS, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
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Course: #31349Level: Advanced1 Hour
When working with young students, children may spend time outside of the wheelchair and in other positions. This course will discuss simple tips for providing a variety of appropriate positions outside the wheelchair in the classroom.

Providing Independent Play and Participation for Young Children with Physical Impairments
Presented by Michelle Lange, BS, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
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Course: #31310Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Play is fun! Play is also an important part of early childhood and can build a foundation for learning. Independent play can be challenging for children with significant physical limitations. This course will present strategies to provide independent play for our youngest students.