Learn how to establish, build, and maintain positive relationships which support the inclusion of all children in early childhood classrooms. Focus on working in partnership with other adults, and on exploring and demonstrating how the principles of partnership work together to support children, families, and one another.
All organizations encounter change and adversity. Employee needs evolve, stakeholder attitudes shift, and the climates that Early Intervention programs operate within, change. Is your team prepared? Now, more than ever, successful teams demonstrate courage and resilience. Learn what resilience is and strategies for developing resilient traits and habits in your team. Explore how building psychological safety and creating a culture of continuous improvement encourages innovation and responsible risk-taking, in addition to examining how the role of positive work relationships and self-care impact resilience.
Overview Embedded Instruction for Early Learning and how it is implemented across the state. Embedded Instruction for Early Learning is an evidenced-based approach to intentionally planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction for preschool-age children. In Pennsylvania, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals work hand in hand to provide supports to preschool-age children with disabilities to enhance their growth and development. They support children to successfully access and participate in everyday routines and activities at home, in the classroom, and within community settings.
Motivation comes from internal and external forces and those forces are unique to every person. But why should Early Intervention (EI) and Home Visiting leaders learn about motivation? For starters, motivated employees are more productive, happier at work, and stick around longer. Discover how leaders can support programs and motivate employees by understanding the types of motivation and the unique forces that motivate individuals.
Workplace conflict stifles communication and productivity. At its worst, tensions escalate to aggression and constant negativity. That’s why it’s important to address conflict quickly. Learn to define common sources of conflict, typical responses to it, and learn techniques to resolve conflict, address anger, and stop negative behavior. Differences between teammates demonstrate a positive diversity of strengths and ideas. Learning to bridge contrasting perspectives with empathy and understanding are key to your Early Intervention (EI) and Home Visiting program’s productivity and effectiveness.
Learn to support adult learners by creating a safe environment and establishing positive relationships built on respect and trust. Explore how to engage caregivers in decision making through problem solving and planning; draw upon their prior experience and knowledge; and embed teaching and learning into everyday activities and routines. Put these steps into practice through scenarios with caregivers and children across a variety of early childhood settings.
EI Professionals help guide and support families as their children transition from the Infant Toddler Early Intervention program into the community or to Preschool Early Intervention services. Learn to create an individualized transition plan and find specific guidance on how to help build a strong foundation for families so that this is a positive experience.
This second part in a two-part series on assistive technology provides guidance on how to make decisions about modified and specialized tools for children, how to use them appropriately in daily routines, and how to trial and acquire devices in Pennsylvania. Professionals and family members need a process to move beyond environmental and universal assistive tools, and PEAT’s Suite, Supporting a Child’s Physical Environment and Assistive Tool Journey, provides that framework.
Understand deafness and hearing loss in children under the age of five and how early detection can benefit a child’s development over a lifetime. Discover the first steps to identifying concerns and then connecting families to services and resources. Focus on understanding, screening, testing, service provider roles, and empowering families to support their child with hearing loss or deafness.