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Early Intervention Strategies to Help Young Children with Developmental Delays and Challenging Behaviors (Preschool-Kindergarten)

Presented by Lisa Rogers
Outstanding Presenter and Early Intervention Educator

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Designed Specifically for Educators Serving Children From PreK-K: Classroom Teachers, Preschool Staff, Special Education Staff, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators

  • Dozens of early intervention strategies to successfully work with your preschool and kindergarten students with challenging behaviors and pervasive developmental disorder needs, now under the umbrella of ASD
  • Proven and proactive management techniques to maximize learning and minimize disruptions and distractions
  • Practical ways to build positive behavioral interventions and supports in an inclusive setting while also meeting the needs of typically developing children
  • Models, activities and video examples of effective practices in action, and an extensive, highly useful digital resource handbook filled with outstanding sample materials, tools and strategies

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This outstanding seminar has been designed for educators who want to strengthen their early intervention skills in working with students with special needs in preschool and kindergarten. Lisa Rogers will introduce you to numerous, research-based practices that will broaden your teaching repertoire and increase the opportunities for students with a variety of special needs, including those with challenging behaviors, developmental delays and students on the autism spectrum. She will bring her toolkit of practical strategies for developing a proactive learning environment where students can learn and you can teach, even those students who have difficult, challenging behaviors. Participants will gain dozens of academic, social and behavioral strategies to use immediately. You will leave this outstanding seminar with greater confidence to begin or continue your support of young children with special needs and a toolbox full of effective strategies that can be implemented with your preschool and kindergarten students immediately.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Early Intervention Strategies for Students with Challenging Behaviors and Developmental Delays in Preschool and Kindergarten
    Implement practical, researchbased strategies that work for young students with a wide variety of special needs including students with autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders … Practical and proactive interventions you can use immediately
  2. Actively Engage and Increase the Learning Success of Your Preschool and Kindergarten Students with Special Needs
    Specific strategies to build on students’ strengths to engage them in learning … Implement powerful early intervention and structured teaching strategies
  3. Practical Ways to Use Assessment to Develop Early Behavior Intervention Plans
    Challenging behavior is a common characteristic of students with special needs, ranging from disengagement to aggression and everything in between … Learn how to collect the right data to develop a behavior plan that works
  4. Increase Positive and Acceptable Behaviors
    Learn the power of structure in activities, schedules and the physical environment … Best ways to use visual strategies and support students’ sensory needs in a variety of settings for all your students with developmental delays and challenging behaviors
  5. Specific Tools and Strategies to Address Specific Individual Needs
    Discover the function of specific behaviors in order to apply the best interventions … Successful ways to use reinforcement techniques to teach replacement and alternative behaviors … Implement the right intervention for each specific behavior
  6. Establish an Optimal Learning Environment in Your Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom
    Increase your understanding of how students with special needs process information differently so you can provide the best possible learning environment … Readytouse ideas for incorporating sensory activities, creating a structured environment and using visual techniques throughout the day
  7. Enhance Your Repertoire of Strategies to Develop Positive Play and Social Skills
    Learn new ways to teach essential social and play skills … Identify and discover how to implement teaching strategies that are developmentally appropriate and promote the social development of your young students … When used correctly, play is a pivotal skill in creating social skills and helps children develop the key skill of flexibility
  8. Learn and Apply the Necessary Components of an Inclusive Preschool and Kindergarten Program
    Discover the most critical components of an effective inclusive program that better meets the needs of all your students … Learn how to apply the key elements in your own program
  9. Build Powerful Instructional Teams for Early Intervention
    As students come together in the general education classroom, so must teachers and other education staff … Maximize the power of your teaching team with innovative tools and strategies for positive, productive collaboration among teachers and support staff
  10. Ideas, Ideas and More Early Intervention Ideas – Specifically for Preschool and Kindergarten Students with Challenging Behaviors
    Multiple activities, strategies and ideas perfect for your students … Receive an extensive digital resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Powerful, practical early intervention strategies to teach and reach students with developmental delays and challenging behaviors
  • Early intervention and positive behavioral support strategies to reduce aggressive behavior
  • Student proven interventions and routine embedded activities to promote self control, sensory processing and social skills
  • Critical elements for creating a structured learning environment for your young students with challenging behaviors
  • Key strategies for working with children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Innovative and creative techniques to collect and analyze behavioral data to make better decisions for interventions
  • Developmentally appropriate physical, visual and verbal prompts to teach young children
  • An extensive toolbox of activities to develop concepts and teach behavior skills
  • Ideas to capture and maintain the attention of your students who are difficult to manage
  • Easy-to-implement visual tools to organize effective play experiences that teach essential social skills
  • How to capitalize on your young students’ strengths and interests
  • Creative ways to incorporate sensory activities throughout the day
  • How to easily individualize student schedules in order to decrease stress and increase success
  • Current, best practices to support your students with special needs
  • Insights from other educators who have developed programs for young students with special needs
  • Ideas for building powerful instructional teams
  • Tips and ideas to provide success for students with special needs and diverse abilities
  • Expand your understanding of students on the autism spectrum in order to support them more effectively and efficiently
  • Learn and apply the necessary components of inclusive preschool and kindergarten classrooms
  • How to help your preschool and kindergarten students make better choices that will get them what they need without disrupting others or the class

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

It goes without saying that all teachers, parents and school staff strive to prepare their students for a productive and happy life. I am excited to share the latest research and early intervention strategies that I have found really work with our young students. Over the last several years, there has been a significant increase in the number of students with challenging behaviors and pervasive developmental disorders, including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and PDDNOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified), identified at earlier and earlier ages. Each of these present challenges in the areas of behavior, social skills and communication, which can create neurological stress and impact learning and living. Moreover, many of these children with an autism spectrum disorder have some type of sensory processing difference.

In spite of these challenges, parents and educators can celebrate that we now have greater access to proven instructional strategies, research on optimal conditions for the brain to process information, and supports and strategies to assist our students throughout the learning process. By taking full advantage of the most recent evidence-based information and resources, we can begin to face these challenges with increased confidence resulting in increased student success, no matter which setting you teach in.

In our day together, we will explore instructional and behavioral strategies to better meet students’ vast learning needs, ideas for dealing with specific student behaviors and data collection techniques to better show underlying causes of the struggles that our students with special needs experience. Dozens of practical strategies and tips for creating quick visual tools will be presented to help you build your own successful program in support of young children with diverse needs. My goal is that you leave with new strategies, various resources and a renewed passion for working with your more challenging students.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing specific early intervention strategies and ideas that you can implement immediately in your own preschool and kindergarten classroom.

Lisa Rogers

P.S. You will leave with dozens of practical ideas and an extensive digital resource handbook to help you implement the strategies in your classroom!

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Children From PreK-K: Classroom Teachers, Preschool Staff, Special Education Staff, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Tools for teacher collaboration
  • Research-based instructional strategies
  • Planning forms to help develop individualized student schedules
  • Positive behavioral supports and interventions
  • Data collection forms to assess student behaviors
  • Visual tools to clarify expectations
  • Forms for student behavior intervention plans
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in intervention strategies for young students.

Consultation Available
Lisa Rogers will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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