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Engaged & Extraordinary: Supporting Young Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities | Kids Serve Too!

November 14 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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Image of happy cartoon children holding hands and jumping, on grass with a clear blue sky. The words Kids Serve Too are in white on the grass, and the logos of Sesame Street for Military Families and the Military Families Learning Network are nestled in the grass.

About This Webinar:

Children experience the world differently, and those differences can be greater for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Military life comes with its own set of unique challenges, which can impact how children experience the world. The understanding and support of early childhood professionals can strengthen the skills of children with autism and increase the capacity of their families.  In this 90-minute webinar, Tara Forth, Professional Development Manager with Sesame Workshop, will share the Sesame Street and Autism and Sesame Street for Military Families initiatives, along with resources within these initiatives for professionals, young children, and their families.  She also will discuss strategies that help families build resilience and optimism.

This event is hosted by the Family Development-Early Intervention concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network.


Tara Wright serves as Professional Development Manager in the U.S. Social Impact department at Sesame Workshop. She is responsible for creating multimedia training and Implementation experiences for various Sesame Workshop initiatives, sharing recommended practices, and equipping providers across the nation with tools and resources to better serve families and their young children. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Ms. Wright was on the Public Affairs team at the University of Oklahoma. She also has worked as a graphic designer, and she owns a small creative business on the side. Ms. Wright holds a bachelor of Advertising from the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma. She is also a new mom and a new military (Marine) wife. Oorah!

Continuing Education Credit

  • This webinar offers 1.5 early intervention CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois. To learn more about EITP, go to https://eitp.education.illinois.edu
  • The following states have agreed to recognize the early intervention continuing education credits we supply: Georgia, North Carolina, and for service coordinators in Washington
  • Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.
  • Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

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Resource Discovery: Sesame Street for Military Families (Blog Post)

Kids Serve Too Series

Kids Serve Too! is a webinar series designed to support service providers and education professionals who work with military children and families. This Sesame Street for Military Families and Military Families Learning Network collaborative series invites you to explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs.

Learn more about the series, sign up for the mailing list and take a look at the other webinars in this series on the Kids Serve Too homepage!

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