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Embracing Variations in Development

Over the course of 4 workshops this series will look at variation in early childhood development, with a focus on challenging behaviors commonly found in the early childhood classroom. Participants will study the causes of behaviors, strategies for prevention, and teaching problem solving skills as well as the foundations of social-emotional development, developmental red flags, and how to build an alliance with your parents.

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Workshops 3 & 4


 Workshop #1  The Neurobiology of Stress and Anxiety (The Good, the Bad & the Ugly) 

This workshop will provide an overview of how stress and anxiety impacts the body and mind in development, with a focus on leveraging and nurturing good stress, identifying bad stress, and how to react in the moment to either one.

Workshop # 2 Variations on Development (from the typical to the troublesome)

This workshop will survey the different profiles of development (the anxious person, the slow processor, the controller, the quiet one), and how to understand them in terms of what’s typical(everyone is excited by the new thing) and what’s troublesome (I can’t handle new things, orI can’t wait my turn with the new thing). Participants will be discuss the diagnostic criteria, but the emphasis is on how the person presents in terms of tolerating, complying and participating in group structured activities

Workshop #3 The IDEA Strategy (Managing Meltdowns & Episodes of Distress) 

During this workshop, Mr. Metz will discuss this specific strategy for managing meltdowns and episodes of distress that your staff can employ in the moment, both with behavior that is challenging as well as means of reinforcing positive behavior and compliance.

 Workshop #4 Creating a Parent Alliance

This workshop will focus on the critical importance of creating a strong alliance between parents and teachers.The workshop will include strategies on, creating the alliance before concerns are raised, how to identify when it’s time to talk to parents, what should be brought to the discussion, and best practices talking with parents about teacher concerns.


Saturday September 28, 2019
9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.



Saturday October 19, 2019
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.


Saturday January 25, 2020
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.


Saturday February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.