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February 2020

An Overview of the Branch Out Parenting Program and Other Thrive Resources

Thu February 20th: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Free
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About This Webinar: During adolescence, youth need their parents’ attention and support more than ever. With so many changes and transitions happening during adolescence, this phase of life is a time of excitement and anxiety―for youth and their parents. Branch Out is the fourth program in the THRIVE Initiative and will be available online for parents of middle-school (10-14) and high-school (15-18) age children. Branch Out is designed to support parents and caregivers in their parenting roles as they, in turn,… Continue Reading An Overview of the Branch Out Parenting Program and Other Thrive Resources

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March 2020

Behavior Basics: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change

Tue March 24th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT
Free
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About This Webinar: Professionals working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are likely to encounter challenging behavior.  This webinar reviews the ABCs of behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence) and helps professionals identify the function of behavior.  Dr. Hardy explains the ways in which multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) can be utilized to manage challenging behavior for all children, but especially children with disabilities or who have experienced trauma.  The use of tally sheets, forms, and checklists to inform decisions that support positive… Continue Reading Behavior Basics: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change

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June 2020

Creating Space: Arranging Environments to Promote Positive Behavior

Tue June 16th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT
Free
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About This Webinar: The environmental arrangement of a classroom, child care center, or family home can impact behavior.  This webinar provides practical strategies and resources early childhood practitioners can easily implement in their work.  Useful tools for navigating transitions, routines, and communicating expectations and rules are shared.  Presenters suggest ways to arrange learning centers, toys, and other objects to promote positive behavior for children with and without disabilities. Presenter Jessica Hardy received her Ph.D. in early childhood special education from… Continue Reading Creating Space: Arranging Environments to Promote Positive Behavior

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September 2020

Let’s Work Together: Building Relationships with Families to Support Positive Behavior

Tue September 29th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT
Free
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About This Webinar: Building a positive relationship with a child’s family that affirms their culture and identity is an important part of an early childhood practitioner’s job.  This webinar addresses ways practitioners can connect with and include families of young children with disabilities in identifying and implementing strategies to support positive behavior at school, childcare, and home.  Presenters share tips for navigating difficult conversations with families regarding challenging behavior. Presenter Jessica Hardy received her Ph.D. in early childhood special education… Continue Reading Let’s Work Together: Building Relationships with Families to Support Positive Behavior

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December 2020

Make New Friends: Promoting Friendship and Belonging

Tue December 1st: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST
Free
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About This Webinar: All children desire to have friends and experience a sense of belonging. However, making friends may not come easy for young children.  This webinar explores how early childhood practitioners can create a culture of friendship and belonging for all children.  Friendship skills and strategies to support their development in young children with and without disabilities in inclusive environments is addressed.  Presenters also share ways practitioners can partner with families to support the development of friendship skills in… Continue Reading Make New Friends: Promoting Friendship and Belonging

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