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Early Childhood Workshops

Play is Key to Early Literacy Skills  

In this workshop, we look at the importance of early play, from peekaboo and patty-cake to symbolic play to dramatic play.  What are young children doing in each of these activities and how do these activities affect later academic achievements? How do early communications affect later literacy skills?

Stanley Greenspan's DIR® Model and Floortime™ Procedures  

Stanley Greenspan, MD realized the importance of play and playfulness to help young children and others develop a sense of belonging and communication.  In this workshop, we discuss Greenspan's DIR® Floortime™ Model (D = Developmental, I = Individual differences, R = Relationship-based). Floortime™ is a technique to reach the goal of providing healthy foundations for a child's emotional, social, communicative and intellectual well being rather than focusing on skills development and isolated behaviors. This technique can be utilized with all children.  We'll relearn how to play!

Using Sign Language within the Classroom

I've often used sign language as a support in classrooms and with young non-verbal children. We'll learn survival words, vocabulary basics, and how to combine words successfully to gain specific communications. We'll learn songs, adapt some of your favorite songs, and learn some games. Sign language benefits all children within a program, supporting full brain development, and creating bi-lingual communicators.  I have to admit, this is a fun workshop. 

Working with Children Either Diagnosed or Suspected of Autism

With a growing population of children diagnosed or suspected of having autism, we must learn how to accept and work with these intriguing folks. I will share ways I've learned to integrate children with autism into a preschool setting and communication modes I've utilized with varying degrees of success.  We'll discuss the necessity to individualize programming for children with autism. Come with questions for which we can brainstorm ideas.

Behaviors and Communications - Are they Related? You bet!

Children send messages in a variety of ways - through gestures, through words, and through actions.  Why do so many two-year-olds bite their friends? How can staff curtail negative behaviors and turn them into positive communications? Come with ideas we can discuss. 

The Inclusive Classroom

In this workshop, we'll brainstorm and discuss how to fully integrate children with special needs and their services within the classroom setting. We'll contemplate how to arrange the environment, how to set up the schedule, what accommodations might be of best use and how to create positive peer interactions. Come with questions. 

To inquire about presentations please email:  katedross22@gmail.com