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Special Needs


These workshops increase the skills necessary to support children and families of all abilities.

Colors of Your Own Sensory Palette 

Through active experiences with art materials and personal reflection, explore and examine your own personal sensory sensitivities. Learn how this interfaces with the children with sensory issues in your classroom communities.

Core knowledge Categories: Personal, Professional & Leadership Development and Special Needs, Set Two.

Addressing Proprioception and Vestibular Needs in the Classroom: A Teacher's Toolkit 

The Proprioceptive and Vestibular senses are often misunderstood and can be difficult to address in a school environment. How does this play out in the classroom? What is the underlying need of the child? Explore playful ways to support a healthy diet of movement and physical activity in ways that are supportive for the entire community. Play with challenges against gravity that help children develop core strength, practice balance, implement skillful self-regulation, and increase flexibility to adjust to typical sensory input.

Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs, Set Two.

Sensory Strategies in the Classroom

Learn the differences between auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, vestibular, tactile, interoceptive and proprioceptive senses. Recognize the sensory needs of children in your classroom, and explore ways to support the needs of children according to their individual sensory palette.

Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs and Observation & Assessment.

Art as a Way to Support Children Outside the Box (NEW!!)

Art materials lend themselves beautifully as a way to promote self-expression, self-regulation and emotional expression. Learn creative and efficient ways to meet the variety of needs children show you in the classroom. Understand the essence of the need and the practice how and when to introduce clay, watercolor, crayon, marker, collage, music, movement and writing to children as they seek a way to express themselves that are successful.

Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs.

Deal With the Behavior, Not the Label

Children are often given a label, which may or may not be correct. Often the children that we work with are too young to even have a diagnosis placed upon them. Often a three year old is just being three, not developing into a case of oppositional defiant disorder. Participants will look at specific behavior patterns from the children in the classroom and learn to address specific behaviors to lead to a more successful, respectful and enriching community.

Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: What it May Be Like For a Child With SPD, ADHD or Physical Limitations

Developing sensitivity to the experience of a student is a goal of every educator. In this experiential workshop, participants will explore the sensations and the obstacles children face as they work to develop concentration, learn and grow within an environment that may be difficult. Leave with ways to adapt your current classroom to support the growth and positive experience for every child.

Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs.

“Give Me What I Need!” The Compassionate Teacher

What children show us is what they need. Participants will share reminders and learn new ideas on taking the subtle and sometimes not so subtle cues from the children in our community.

Core Knowledge Category: Special Needs

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