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Families As Partners - Making Family Engagement Truly Meaningful & Authentic
Presented by Luis Hernandez, MA
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Course: #31358 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Family and Community Engagement1 Hour
At the heart of our profession is the power of meaningful and positive relationships with each family. We understand and know that all learning begins with families and home life.

The Decline of Play Outdoors in Children - And the Rise in Sensory Issues
Presented by Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L
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Course: #30568 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Learning Environment and Curriculum1 Hour
This course offers several strategies to help children thrive in outdoor environments using a therapeutic approach to nature play. Angela Hanscom uses the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program - that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis - as she provides these strategies.

Child Abuse and Neglect: An Overview
Presented by Marilyn Massey-Stokes, EdD, CHES, CHWC
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Course: #31373 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition1 Hour
The presenter will provide an overview of the four main types of child abuse, including signs of possible abuse. Reporting suspected child abuse and prevention activities will also be addressed.

Diversity and Cultural Awareness
Presented by Natasha Crosby Kile, MS
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Course: #30590 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Professionalism and Leadership1 Hour
Diversity and culture are all around us and it is our job to introduce little ones to the wonders of our world. Teaching acceptance of one another, despite our differences, is one of the greatest lessons that we can provide to our children.

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It (Family-Centered Practice & Teaming)
Presented by Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L
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Course: #30423 Level: IntermediateCore Competency: Family and Community Engagement1 Hour
The following course will walk participants through the process of family-centered practice. How to have difficult conversations with families and teams will also be addressed.

Cultural Awareness in Working with Latino Families
Presented by Anarella Cellitti, PhD
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Course: #31336 Level: IntermediateCore Competency: Family and Community Engagement1 Hour
This course will explore cultural differences that could interfere with working and communicating with Latino families. Participants will learn about potential barriers and helpful strategies to use when working with Latino families.

Safety Tips for Young Children
Presented by Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L
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Course: #30588 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition1 Hour
The following presentation guides the participant 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 wandering in children with autism.

Supporting Teachers in Addressing Challenging Behavior: A Team Approach (a workshop for Directors & Administrators of EC programs)
Presented by Barbara Kaiser, MA
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Course: #30425 Level: AdvancedCore Competency: Responsive Interactions and Guidance1 Hour
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 resilience. As school districts increasingly prohibit the suspension and expulsion of young children the Director/Administrator needs to believe in this goal and have the skills to develop and lead a team that supports it.

Visual Supports
Presented by Kimberly Norris, BS, MEd
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Course: #30566 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Learning Environment and Curriculum1 Hour
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 early childhood classroom.

Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation: A Guide for Administrators
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #30667 Level: IntermediateCore Competency: Observation and Assessment1 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.