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Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Understanding Social Emotional Development

Thu June 18, 2015: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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The focus of this 1.5-hour webinar will be on the importance of social-emotional development and lifelong outcomes for young children with disabilities. Specific topics will include:

  • Evidence-based outcomes for young children with disabilities related to achieving developmental milestones, school and academic success, and developing life skills,
  • Social-emotional developmental milestones for young children birth to five years,
  • Cultural, ethnic, racial, and linguistic influences and variations on milestone achievement,
  • Impact of disability on milestone achievement,
  • Typical challenges for children with disabilities, and
  • Parent coaching strategies to support parents’ facilitation of their children’s social-emotional development.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit


Due to COVID-19, the ability to access face-to-face professional development has become very limited.  Thus the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) has agreed to offer CE credit for this archived MFLN Early Intervention webinar for ILLINOIS providers through Dec. 31, 2020.  Individuals seeking CE credit to be used towards other state or agency credentials should contact their credentialing/licensing agency for guidance.

Click the button below for CE credit or Certificate of Completion. 
You will be prompted to complete an evaluation after which a link will be provided.
Continuing Education Credit/Certificate

Presenter Information

Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2001) as well as an Ed.M. (2003) and Ph.D. (2016) in early childhood special education from the University of Illinois. Her research focus includes pre-service education, collaboration in early childhood, and recommended practice.

Kimberly Hile, Ph.D.  is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies (2001), as well as her Ed.M. (2007) and Ph.D. (2017) in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on personnel preparation and exploring how early intervention service providers are trained to support families of infants and toddlers with special needs.

This presentation is not endorsed by the Department of Defense and the information, as well as any opinions or views, contained herein are solely that of the presenter.

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Additional Resources

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