Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education providers may overlook the need to help families overcome the resource barriers (transportation, stable housing, and expendable funds) that can impede their inclusion in community activities and opportunities. Learn strategies for helping families identify, mobilize and evaluate formal and informal resources to ensure families have what they need to enable participation.
Join the author of CARA's Kit - a tool to assist you with Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities for children birth through age five - and learn how this tool can be used in your setting. Adaptation interventions function as a “bridge” or a mediator between the skills that a child can currently perform and the requirements or expectations of a routine or activity. When there is a mismatch between a child’s current abilities and the requirements of an routines or activity, adaptation interventions may allow a child to participate fully even without being able to perform all the... more
This session will help participants to identify the types of challenging behaviors in young children they may encounter. Participants will be introduced to the reasons children engage in challenging behavior and identify strategies they can employ to effectively address these behaviors. The session will include video vignettes to illustrate points as well as several discussion sections to foster learning.
Space, Schedules, Activities, Materials and Actions can all be Adapted! Learn about creating adaptations to improve challenging situations and promote young children's participation in daily routines and activities. Take a quick tour of assorted real‐life adaptations. Discuss how you plan make adaptations at home. Leave feeling prepared to plan for, make and use adaptations in your home or service setting.
The first part of the workshop will focus largely on problems with how old ideas still play out in classrooms today (e.g., through sticker charts or card charts). Dr. Holland will also discuss a more current understanding of motivation called self-determination theory and will explore some of its practical applications—especially for classroom management, particularly improving student engagement and decreasing teacher stress. The second part of the workshop will address such topics as tattling, bathroom time, lining up, aligning with PBIS, persistent misbehavior, and behavior plans.... more
Early educators face the challenge of planning for and implementing learning activities that are interesting, engaging, and relevant to a range of young learners while addressing critical early learning outcomes. This session will feature a practical, evidence-based framework designed to serve as a guide for early educators as they plan and implement a universally designed, challenging curriculum that supports each child's school success. Specific developmentally appropriate strategies for providing challenging universally designed curriculum content, differentiation through curricular... more
A number of early childhood and parenting programs target caregiver skills as a mechanism to enhance child wellbeing, with a well-established body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of this approach. What is lacking, however, is a framework for understanding how different practices related to warm responsive caregiving and positive behavior support can be integrated while supporting caregivers’ capacity so that positive child outcomes can be obtained across multiple domains. The proposed workshop will review a model of self-regulation interventions developed for the Administration for... more
In the context of implementation science, coaching has been identified as an important competency driver. In this session, we will share what has been learned to date about key features of coaching approaches designed to support practitioners’ implementation of evidence-based practices. Following a short presentation, the session facilitators will pose questions and engage participants in guided discussion. Among the questions to be posed are (a) Which features of coaching appear essential for supporting implementation of practices?; (b) What intensity of coaching is needed for which... more
This session will provide participants with the opportunity to understand coaching as an interaction style for working with parents in the context of home visitation. Participants will be introduced to the research-based characteristics of coaching and be able to identify the characteristics in action during a home visit. Participants will receive access to receive instruments from the coaching toolkit to use in preparation for home visits.
This session will highlight how a group of early childhood specialists across multiple organizations, disciplines and funding streams came together in a large demographically and geographically diverse county (population over 1 million) to serve young children with special needs in quality community-based early education programs. Presenters will share strategies used to identify quality child care through the local QRIS system that supports inclusion. Additionally this session will address the integrated inter-agency procedures and funding strategies that facilitate intentional teaching.