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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.

Essentials for the New Early Childhood Teacher
Presented by Amber Tankersley, PhD
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Course: #30439 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Professionalism and Leadership1 Hour
A new position as an early childhood teacher is exciting and overwhelming. This session focuses on tips to help new early childhood teachers make a smooth transition into their new role.

Understanding and Supporting Children with Anxiety
Presented by Aimee Kotrba, PhD
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Course: #30569 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition1 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.

Keeping Children and Staff Healthy: Ways to Manage the Spread of Illness
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #30675 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition1 Hour
Young children are more likely to catch and spread minor illnesses as they build their ability to fight infections. Early education programs can do a lot to manage the spread of disease by promoting healthy behaviors and keeping spaces clean.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - Impact on Children and Families
Presented by Dan Dubovsky, MSW
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Course: #30673 Level: IntermediateCore Competency: Child Growth and Development1 Hour
This course examines the importance of recognizing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in children who are struggling and why typical approaches to behaviors are not effective. Brain structures involved are discussed with their impact on behavior.

Trouble with Transitions? 5 Essential Ways to Prevent Challenging Behavior
Presented by Barb O'Neill, MEd, EdD
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Course: #30448 Level: IntroductoryCore Competency: Responsive Interactions and Guidance1 Hour
Consistent use of preventative strategies is the only way to break out of daily struggles with children who refuse to clean up, come inside, take their turn in the bathroom or lay down for nap. You'll learn the 5 essential strategies for preventing challenging behavior during classroom transitions and be guided in implementing them in a way that works for you and your class.

We Create Magic: Experiences and Environment for Infant/Toddler Classrooms
Presented by Karen Deerwester, MA, EdS
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Course: #30436 Level: IntermediateCore Competency: Learning Environment and Curriculum1 Hour
We Create Magic recreates the magic and meaningful learning of play-based exploration and discovery for infants and toddlers. Explore how to create authentic personal learning experiences that honor the individual child, individual teacher and uniqueness of each day and school year.