A Workshops

FRIDAY MORNING

Please remember to list a 1st and 2nd choice for each workshop block when registering, as workshop spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


1.  Social-Emotional Strategies that Every Early – Educator Should Know and Use Social-emotional learning for young children occurs within everyday interactions and activities. Join this session to learn pivotal evidence-based practices to teach young children (toddler through preschool) how to identify and cope with emotions, use self-regulation skills, engage in social problem solving, and interact with peers.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider

Presenter: Lise Fox, Ph.D., National Center for Pyramid Model Innovation, University of South Florida


2.  How to Handle Children with No “Off” Button – Do you have a particularly challenging child in your class this year? One moment he is playing in the block area with his friends, and the next moment he is tearing down everyone’s structure. During circle time he is all right for two minutes and then he is hitting and kicking his peers, trying anything to annoy them. What is a teacher to do?? In this workshop you will learn and share some new strategies and learn about the stages of the Escalation Cycle.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/ Caregivers, After School Professionals

Presenter: Tracy Cheney, Education Consultant
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3.  Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)through the Strengthening Families Framework – Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. The Center for the Study of Social Policy developed the Strengthening Families Framework to help combat the effects of these adverse family experiences through everyday interactions. The framework is a research-informed approach which enhances protective factors in families by increasing their strengths, combating the effects of toxic stress, and reducing the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The framework focuses on engaging all families, programs and communities in five areas: boosting parental resilience, building parents’ social connections, enhancing knowledge of parenting and child development, providing families with concrete support in times of need, and increasing the social and emotional competence of children.

Target Audience: Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider

Presenter: Allison Matthews-Wilson, LCSW & Katherine Ramirez, MS, Center for Care Coordination, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center


4.  Community Building through a Garbage Band – Let’s face it – our budgets are getting slashed but we STILL have kids to care for and teach. You don’t need fancy equipment to make music! This workshop will address building leadership, listening skills, and teamwork through music. We will explore body percussion, and repurpose household items and garbage to create music in a community format. Come ready to make some noise! (No music experience necessary)

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC, Infinity Music Therapy Services


5.  Mindful Yoga Breaks: Tools for Calm Kids – This workshop help teachers, librarians, social workers, therapists, parents, and anyone working with children to bring focus, self-regulation and fun to the classroom, home, or office, while fostering social-emotional learning. You will learn “life saver” tools such as breathing exercises, mindfulness activities, yoga poses, yoga & mindfulness games, and relaxation techniques. Participants will leave with dozens of ideas to add to the teaching toolbox that can be used in little breaks (one, five, 10 or 15 minutes) throughout the day. Participants will learn strategy transitions, calming the escalation of tantrums and letting kids find what works for them to self-regulate. A manual is provided with descriptions of everything you will learn, as well as sample lesson plans.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Lani Rosen-Gallagher, Full of Joy Yoga/Mindful Yoga Breaks


6.  Reframing Mistakes in Learning: Strategies to Build Resilience and Intellectual Risk-Taking at Home and School – Making mistakes is an inevitable part of learning that, with corrective feedback, can help improve retention, skill, and understanding. That said, many children respond negatively to corrections and sometimes teachers and/or caregivers shy away from difficult or emotionally-charged interactions. Children’s attitudes about mistakes and feedback are influenced by the responses of their teachers, family members, and peers. This session will help attendees learn how to reframe mistakes – for themselves and for children – in order to foster intellectual risk-taking and positive mindsets about the learning process. Session participants will consider their own orientations toward mistakes and how that influences their interactions with children, and then learn specific strategies to shape a positive mistake culture at home and/or school.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Dr. Maleka Donaldson, University of Hartford


7. Making Room at the Table – This workshop will explore rebuilding and fostering healthy practices during feeding times. It will also address attachment-based theory and body-based approaches, while making the most of mealtimes from infancy through the early childhood years. Topics range from picky eaters, food aversions, fears related to introducing solids, body positivity approaches, therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) and Family-Based Therapy (FBT)approaches. Additionally, we will touch upon the Diagnostic Screening Manual fifth edition, (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for eating disorders, and early childhood eating disorder treatment available.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals

Presenter: Haley M. Scott, M.Ed., Ed.D (c), Connecticut Office of Early Childhood & Christine O’Grady, LCSW, Middlesex Hospital
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For a full list of our presenters and their bios, visit the Presenters page.