This course focuses on the importance of attachment and the role that relationships play in the healthy development of young children. Early care and education professionals have a significant role in the lives of the children with whom they work and can influence their lives in positive ways through healthy attachment relationships.
Learning takes place throughout our lives, beginning at birth. Children learn and grow physically, socially, and cognitively. These areas of growth, and children's general health are important when monitoring overall development. Most developmental tracking and observation have focused on motor, language, and cognitive development. More recently, there has been a focus on the social, and emotional development of young children. Social reciprocity is a primary component of healthy development that includes joint attention, purposeful language, and pretend play.
In this course, participants will explore the components of early communication and the processes of receptive listening skills. Participants will also recognize language pragmatics as young children develop early speech skills.
This course will explore the components of listening, comprehension, speech and sentence formulation, and social interaction. It will outline the processes of listening, hearing, and processing as they apply to the preschool years.
This course will examine the important role that emotional regulation plays in a young child's positive mental health. Impulse control is a key emotional milestone that is critical to a child's self-esteem and social relationships with peers and adults. This course includes strategies that are part of a program's physical and emotional setting as well as common interactions that encourage self-regulation.
Ever wonder why children do what they do? This course will give you a chance to look at a child's behavior from the inside-out. You will examine children's temperament and emotional development in relation to their behavior. A must for all early childhood educators!
What is play? What is so important about play? These are questions that are often asked of early care and education professionals. This self-study highlights the value and importance of play for all children in promoting opportunities to learn, practice and master skills in the areas of cognition, gross and fine motor development, speech and language development and social emotional development. Play is the foundation from which children gain the curiosity, skills and love for learning that prepare them to be ready for and successful in school.
The purpose of the Positive Supports Rule is to improve the quality of life for individuals who receive services from any program that is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services by requiring the use of person-centered principles and positive support strategies. Since early care and education programs in Minnesota are licensed under Rule 2 (Family Child Care) or Rule 3 (Center-based Child Care) through the MN Department of Human Services, the Positive Supports Rule is applicable to these programs. The purpose of this self-study course is to begin to increase understanding of how the PSR is to be applied in early care and education programs.
Through daily interactions and observation of how a child plays, learns, speaks and moves, early care and educational professionals can monitor developmental milestones that help to indicate whether a child is following a trajectory of expected development in each developmental domain and promote continued development. This self study focuses on the development of the communication skills of infants and toddlers. Many practical strategies and resources to help early care and education professionals best support the infants and toddlers in their programs are included within the course.
Our surroundings have a powerful effect on us. They can make us feel focused or distracted. They can make us feel safe or uneasy. They can create a sense of calm or a sense of chaos. Different people respond to environments in different ways - there isn't one environment that works for everyone. Creating early education settings that support infants, toddlers and families includes understanding the role of the environment. In this self study, we will look at some key strategies for planning and implementing supportive infant/toddler environments.
According to the American Psychological Association, approximately half of the children in the United States experience some type of traumatic event during their childhood. Many children experience more than one trauma and some live in environments in which they are exposed to trauma on an ongoing basis. It is more than likely that some of these children are attending early care and education programs. Thus, it is important for early care and education professionals to have some basic knowledge about trauma and how to support children who have experienced or are currently experiencing trauma.