Podcast: Inclusion Matters
Inclusion Matters is a podcast produced by CICC. Early childhood experts discuss a wide array of important topics for early childhood professionals.
Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and guest Colleen Dockendorf discuss this positive and intentional tool for calming dysregulation in young children. In the two-part podcast series, we will discuss the definition of therapeutic language and how benefits children in their social emotional development. In particular, we will discuss situations where our words can diffuse a situation for young children and help them feel safe and secure.(Length: 12:19)
In Part 2 of this series Cindy Croft, Dea Anderson, and Priscilla Weigel continue their discussion about play challenges for children on the Autism Spectrum. They discuss some key strategies that assist children in building skills and interest in interactive play. Discussion Question. In the podcast Cindy, Priscilla and Dea discuss the importance of Proximity, Practice, and Partnering. Discuss ways you can implement these tools in your setting.(Length: 13:14)
In this podcast Cindy Croft, Dea Anderson and Priscilla Weigel discuss a common statement heard when caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A child may choose to play alone often and because of the critical learning that takes place during play, providers need ideas of how to engage the child in more interactive play. Part 1 will discuss some play characteristics of children with play challenges. Discussion Question In the podcast there is discussion of some reasons why a child would choose to play alone. Are there some children in your care who choose solitary/parallel play? Discuss some clues you observe that may be reasons for their independent play. How can you engage a child in longer peer interactions?(Length: 11:43)
In this podcast, Dea Anderson and Priscilla Weigel discuss some of the common phrases heard in child care programs like “bubble in your mouth” and offer alternative guidance strategies for achieving the same goals.(Length: 20:22)
Toddlers are wondrous little people whose typical behaviors that can also challenge child care providers! In this podcast, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel, and Dea Anderson discuss some of the challenges like biting and potty training that are common with the age group and offer some suggestions for meeting everyone’s needs.(Length: 12:00)
Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel lay out a three-pronged approach for setting staff up for success when it comes to children’s behavior challenges. We know that children experiment with behaviors as a way to grow and learn so preparing for what will inevitably occur is a good tool in preventing staff anxiety when issues arise. We will talk about Plan, Prepare, and Support!(Length: 14:33)