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Special Topics in Special Needs (First 5)

Helping Young Children with Anxiety Thrive

During this workshop, we will address strategies to help your child cope and manage his or her feelings and identify and discuss common anxiety triggers, such as school situations, social dynamics, sleep, and separation issues.

This training is open to First 5 partners, therapeutic and related service providers, and parents! Certificates are available upon request, indicating hours earned against the Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Guidelines. 

Nuevo Grupo "Juega y Aprende"

 “Juega y Aprende"

 Desde las 10:00 am a 11:30 am

Juega y Aprende es un nuevo grupo creado para padres de habla hispana con niños menores de 0 a 5 años y que  quieran compartir ideas, experiencias y desafíos. Hablaremos diferentes temas de interés desde servicios, beneficios, colaboración y como planear un mejor futuro para nuestro pequeños. 
Todos los pequeños son bienvenidos!!  

Is It Just ADHD? Making Sense of Dual Diagnoses in Young Children: Special Topics in Special Needs Training

We are delighted to have Dr. Elliott, the Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Children’s Health Council, present on ADHD in children under 5 years old. Dr. Elliott will be describing the ways in which Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may present in young children, other problems that may look like ADHD in this age group but are not, and steps parents and caregivers can take in minimizing the effects of behavioral disruptions these children often experience.

Supporting Young Children with Sensory Processing Disorder: Special Topics in Special Needs

We are delighted to have Jodi E. Huber. OTR/L from As Children Blossom Therapeutic Center, join us to give a presentation on the impact of sensory processing disorder in children with disabilities ages 0-5. Jodi will be covering: the origins of sensory processing disorder, the ways in which it impacts child development, related diagnoses, and strategies to promote self-regulation.

Helping Young Children with Autism Thrive: Special Topics in Special Needs

In this highly interactive workshop, learn effective strategies and interventions to support young children on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Trenna Sutcliffe will provide up-to-date information on Autism Spectrum Disorder and discuss various treatment approaches. She will also present on Applied Behavioral Analysis, calming techniques, tips for children who are starting school, and reasons for why medication may be considered.

Early Literacy's Impact on Communication in Young Children: Special Topics in Special Needs

How can you encourage language and literacy, when a child has a disability that impacts talking, or the ability to focus on books? Join Assistive Technology Specialist Debbie Drennan for this presentation on the impact of early literacy on child development as she explores: typical language development and strategies and tools you can use to encourage communication and understanding for all children. She will also cover the six early literacy skills and the strategies and adaptations you can use to help develop these pre-reading and writing skills.

Strategies for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors: Special Topics in Special Needs

Join us for a not-to-be-missed learning opportunity! Kathy McNamara, M.A., LMFT, will present on strategies for better responding when a child with a disability has challenging behaviors. Participants will learn how to identify the root cause of individual behaviors, implement positive interventions, and support the child’s success. Most importantly, participants will learn what not to do in response to difficult behaviors. This training is suitable for parents and professionals alike!

Learning Disability Simulation (Basic Partner Special Needs Training: Session #2)

 For FIRST 5 Partners, other Professionals and Parents/caregivers, too!  

Experience firsthand through this learning disability simulation* different types of learning challenges faced on a daily basis by children/students with LD and/or ADHD challenges.You will emerge more sensitive, empathetic and better able to advocate for the child, no matter what his/her particular disability may be. 

*We use Experience Dyslexia materials offered through the International Dyslexia Association.

Supporting Families of Children with Special Needs (Basic Partner Special Needs Training - Session #1)

Designed for FIRST 5 Partners and other local Professionals.

This presentation will begin with a basic overview of Early Start and Special Education, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), the transition process and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). It provides a foundation in understanding the transition steps as well as the similarities and differences between early intervention and special education programs.

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