Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for additional adaptation or specialized design. This self-study will discuss the philosophy and strategies for universal design and embedded learning.
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.
This two chapter course is contained within three self-study units.
Chapter one is titled Observation: Finding the Function of Behavior
Have you ever thought: They're doing it on purpose? Join us to discover how, through observation, we can see the clues children give us to the purpose behind their behavior. Once we understand the purpose, we can more effectively respond to children's needs.
Chapter two is titled Tools for The Toolbox: Strategies to Meet Challenging Behaviors
This workshop offers many tools for working with children who have challenging behaviors, including specific guidance strategies. This chapter has very practical information you can use in your program.
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.
What does your environment say to children? In this self-study course you will look at how your physical and social environment affect children's behavior. Learn how to prevent and guide children's behavior through this comprehensive 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.
This self study course examines inclusion as both a philosophy and a real-time practice. The course offers a look at the benefits and challenges to including children with special needs in community settings. Two families share their poignant stories of inclusion from early childhood through high school as a backdrop to the exploration of the meaning of inclusion.