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What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Tools to Promote Social and Emotional Development About the Tools: Throughout the tools, a strong emphasis is placed on strengths as well as concerns. The information under "What to Expect" not only offers a guide to healthy development and parenting, but provides information that parents can find reassuring about their child's behavior and their own parenting. The tools provide an opportunity to identify concerns at an early stage. The information under "When to Seek Help" includes concerns that might be addressed with additional information, as well as concerns that signal the need for further assessments and services. Website
When Things Aren't Perfect: Caring for Yourself and Your Children The human body is designed to handle some stress. Some stress, like the first day of kindergarten or working on a big school project, can actually be positive and help kids develop resilience. Resilience means being able to adapt and cope with stress in a way that helps you get better at handling stressful situations in the future. Document
When We are Scared   A free webinar about stress and trauma. The animals from the book "Once I Was Very Very Scared" are here to share their story and help others learn about stress and trauma. Through story and metaphor this webinar shares common reactions to stress and begins to talk about ways we can support healing and recovery.
Who’s in Control and Why Does it Matter? In this podcast, Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel discuss the struggle that can sometimes arise between the early educator and a child in finding the balance between limit setting and power struggle. Some children can literally ‘run’ the program—how does this happen and how does the staff regain control? Priscilla shares some real life examples that can help shift the balance again. Podcast
Why Becoming a Good Parent Begins in Infancy Social skill acquisition is profoundly important in attaining personal satisfaction in relationships and achieving success in many spheres of life, including parenting. Professionals, who are uniquely positioned to observe and help shape relationship skills, have a special responsibility to be aware of those educational opportunities and of the context in which relationship education of parents, children and youth is occurring.  Document
Why Don't They Like Me? A Look at Bullying This info module explores the basics of bullying behavior and provides practical tips for prevention and intervention. Info Module
Why Play? Play is and always has been an important factor in enabling each individual to develop to his or her optimum potential. Play experiences are essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Through play a child uses his creativity while developing his imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Website
Wilder Child Guidance Center - NW Branch The Wilder Child Guidance Center NW Branch site has descriptions of Wilder's Youth, older adults, community and neighborhood, affordable housing, cross-culture support, anti-violence, and welfare to work programs. There is a very handy intrasite search engine, volunteer opportunities, consulting, a newspaper, research center, and other publications available on-line. Website
Working with Children Who are Exceptionally Bright or Gifted What is meant by the terms exceptionally bright or gifted? Children who are exceptionally bright or gifted have talents, abilities and strengths in one or more domains of development that are more advanced than what is expected for their chronological age. Being exceptionally bright or gifted is more than being academically intelligent. Each child is unique and will differ individually as to the talents and strengths exhibited in their cognitive, speech/language, physical and social emotional development. This self-study course focuses on how to support the growth, development and learning of children who are exceptionally bright or gifted. For ten clock hours on your Learning Record, please register and pay online at Develop. Then, complete a 500 word reflection paper and submit this document with your reflectionPlease note: You have access to this document as view only. To enable editing, download the document. Click "file" then "download as" in the upper left-hand corner of this screen. This will give you the option to open the document as a Word doc on your own computer. Then, you can complete the information and email it to: credit@inclusivechildcare.org. *Disregard any directions regarding a final quiz. The only learning assessment needed is the reflection paper. Course
‘Intentional’ Teaching Has Big Impact on Preschoolers The instructional practices of preschool teachers may have the largest effect on young children’s social and academic skills, according to a new review of research on several measures of the quality of early childhood education.  Document