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

Thursday Jun 18, 2015 at 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.

Presenter Information

Jenna Weglarz-Ward has worked in the field of special education and early childhood for the past 18 years in a variety of roles including preschool teacher, childcare provider, early interventionist, literacy tutor, therapeutic recreation staff, and parent. She values family-centered and play-based practice that aims to best support children’s development regardless of ability level. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2001) and Master’s degree in early childhood special education (2003) from the University of Illinois. In her current doctoral work in early childhood special education, her research includes pre-service education, collaboration in early childhood, and recommended practice. Additionally, she conducts workshops on play-based curriculum, building relationships with families, and collaboration in early childhood settings. Ms. Weglarz-Ward assists at the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program and is a provider for the Illinois Training Network through Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRA). She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She is a Project BLEND fellow and NAEYC Lasting Legacy Campaign Scholarship recipient.

Kimberly Hile has worked in the field of early intervention for 11 years as both a service coordinator and developmental therapist. She gained a greater appreciation for the role the family plays after participating in the early intervention program with her son, Logan. She recognizes that parents are their child’s best teachers and should be empowered to play an active role on their child’s team. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies (2001) as well as her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education (2007), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is now working towards her doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education where 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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