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Practical Early Intervention Strategies That Work: Accelerating the Success of Young Students with Developmental Delays and Challenging Behaviors (Preschool - Kindergarten)

Presented by Lindsay Myatich
Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

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Designed Specifically for Educators and Therapists serving children in Preschool and Kindergarten: Classroom Teachers, Preschool Staff, Special Education Staff, Speech?Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Instructional Aides, BCBAs and Administrators

  • Dozens of highly practical instructional strategies proven to help young students with developmental delays and challenging behaviors
  • Decrease behavior challenges and effective ways to respond when challenging behaviors occur
  • Proven and proactive high leverage practices that more effectively support the needs of your Pre-K – Kindergarten students
  • 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 NEW seminar is specifically designed for educators and therapists who want to strengthen their skills in working more effectively with preschool and kindergarten students with developmental delays and other disabilities, with a focus on challenging behaviors. Outstanding teacher, instructional coach, and inclusive education specialist LINDSAY MYATICH will share a wealth of practical, evidence-based practices and ideas to help you address the developmental and behavioral challenges of young children with disabilities. Utilizing hands-on activities, interactive discussions, and video clips in this fast-paced day, Lindsay will help you expand your repertoire with effective instructional/social-emotional strategies and interventions for working successfully with young students with challenging behaviors. You will leave this outstanding seminar with renewed energy and confidence, equipped with dozens of practical and proven strategies to help you make a marked difference with the academic, social and emotional skills of your challenging preschool and kindergarten students.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Achieve Success With Your Most Challenging Students
    Discover new strategies to create a classroom where ALL students thrive … Reduce challenging behaviors and increase learning time for your Pre-K and Kindergarten students
  2. New, Effective High Leverage Instructional Practices
    More easily assess and guide your instruction and interventions … Unpack dozens of practices that boost the success of behavior plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for Pre-K and Kindergarten students
  3. Go Beyond a Sticker Chart
    Discover how to teach replacement skills that make it easier for students to have their needs met and replace challenging behaviors with appropriate behaviors … Explore a plethora of resources for building and fading a reinforcement system for individual students and groups
  4. Increase Student Engagement and Watch Learning Soar
    Practical, classroom proven strategies to eliminate frequent barriers to student learning … Learn how to more effectively teach to your students’ strengths and discover how to more easily increase student engagement while reducing most challenging behaviors
  5. Develop Individual Plans that Actually Work
    Learn the best ways to systematically develop individual plans that can be implemented consistently by you and your team … Avoid the most common intervention mistakes and create plans that can be implemented immediately and consistently with your Pre-K and Kindergarten students
  6. Communicate More Effectively with Support Staff
    Discover the secrets of more effective classroom communication and collaboration between adults … Leave with strategies, protocols, agendas, and practices you can replicate with your team immediately!
  7. Create Inclusive Behavior Plans
    Learn how to build a behavior plan that is built around student strengths and existing structures and systems in your classroom and school
  8. Accurately Assess the Function of Specific Behaviors and Apply Developmentally Appropriate Interventions
    Most behavior plans fail because they do not adequately account for the reason or function behind challenging behaviors … Explore techniques for completing brief, reliable functional assessments
  9. Use Embedded Interventions to Help Students Generalize Skills
    Learn about embedded interventions to complement learning and to provide additional opportunities for students to practice their skills throughout their day and across settings
  10. Ideas, Ideas and More Early Intervention Ideas – Specifically for Preschool and Kindergarten Students
    Add to your toolkit! Multiple activities, strategies and ideas perfect for your students … Receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar and filled with practical ideas and research-based strategies ideal for your Pre-K and Kindergarten students

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Innovative ways to create systems and structures that facilitate meaningful student participation in inclusive classroom environments
  • Why academic skill instruction is an essential component of any behavior plan
  • The critical role positive relationships play in reducing challenging behavior
  • Dispel myths that students with challenging behavior can’t benefit from inclusive classroom settings
  • Proven problem-solving approaches to lead more efficient and data?driven meetings with your classroom or multi-disciplinary team
  • Build capacity in your classroom staff to implement student plans with fidelity
  • Learn how a strengths-based approach can build critical self?advocacy and selfdeterminations skills even in our youngest learners
  • Techniques for building and fading individual systems for reinforcement
  • Developmentally appropriate strategies to increase student motivation and engagement
  • Timesaving tips and protocols for team-based problem-solving and staff training and coaching
  • Valuable resources to building your toolbox as an inclusive educator
  • Practical solutions to prevent challenges before they start
  • How to avoid the most common pitfalls and set the stage for success in working with young children with developmental delays and challenging behaviors
  • Strategies for increasing the effectiveness of student assessments, instruction, and interventions
  • Innovative and creative techniques to collect and analyze behavioral data for immediate decision?making
  • Up?to?date content on how to use high leverage practices to support students with disabilities
  • Ideas for building and sustaining positive relationships with your classroom staff and multidisciplinary team
  • The latest evidence?based and classroom?proven approaches, video clips of strategies in action, interaction with other participants, and much more!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

We have all experienced moments where behavior gets in the way of student learning. When this happens, we find a way to make it through the lesson, or even the day. But when challenging student behavior is pervasive or severe, the consequences for both students and staff are significant. Students with challenging behavior are more likely to be removed from the classroom, disciplined, or expelled. Educators who struggle to manage challenging student behavior are often left feeling defeated.

But these feelings of frustration or exhaustion, can be avoided entirely when we know how to apply proven techniques for designing a proactive learning environment; one that is layered with high-leverage practices and built on a foundation with strong relationships. I have designed this seminar based on my practical experiences and lessons learned as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, and instructional coach. This seminar will provide you with dozens of strategies and ideas that you can easily implement in your Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms.

With nearly 20 years of experience in special education, I am excited to share my ideas, strategies and expertise. Much like you, the success of students is my main priority. Grappling with how to support our youngest learners, many of whom have extremely taxing behaviors, is especially challenging. Join me for a day of idea sharing, collaboration, and active learning.

During this seminar, my goal is for you to walk away with an action plan you can put into place immediately! I have dozens of ideas to share that will not only help with your planning and instruction but will also show you how to avoid common pitfalls. You will leave with tools that can support you in building positive relationships with your students and staff while delivering high-quality, proactive instruction that meets the needs of the whole child.

Lindsay Myatich

P.S. Prepare for an interactive day! The emphasis will be on proven and practical ideas you can implement immediately in your work with young children. Everyone who attends will receive an extensive, highly useful digital resource handbook filled with outstanding sample materials, tools and strategies.

Who Should Attend

Educators and Therapists serving children in Preschool and Kindergarten: Classroom Teachers, Preschool Staff, Special Education Staff, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Instructional Aides, BCBAs 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:

  • Step-by-step guidance, templates, and resources for building inclusive, proactive behavior supports
  • Sample protocols and forms that will increase efficient, effective problem-solving with staf
  • A comprehensive roadmap for developing behavior plans that work
  • Resources for developing social skills, replacement skills, prevention and reinforcement strategies
  • Research-based instructional strategies
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 helping with developmental delays and challenging behaviors of your Pre-K – Kindergarten students.

Consultation Available
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in helping with developmental delays and challenging behaviors of your Pre-K – Kindergarten students.

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
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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