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Professionals working with young children explore the prison pipeline and the work of Walter Gilliam. Examine how children who have experienced trauma and are at risk. Identify ways to prevent expulsion from early learning environments, which leads to better success in school and life.


Thursday, June 3, 2021, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, TBA
Have you been putting off writing that will? Are you confused about trusts and estate planning? Speak with our expert and let them help you navigate this important responsibility.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 06:00pm - 09:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 06:00pm - 09:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
Does upgrading your bathroom always make your home more valuable for resale? Will granite countertops look nice, but not deserve a higher asking price? Discover options on wisely choosing which home improvements you invest in.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
Explore the world of technology with young children through various educational technology toys and apps. Identify which apps are truly educational and promote development in young children.


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Are you preparing to make that 'big step' and buy your first home? What are the differences between loans? How much can you afford? Let's talk about it and remove the guesswork from these big questions.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
The arrangement of the physical environment is a vital part of any program. Gather ideas for helping staff use the arrangement of space and materials to meet the developmental needs of young children.


July 15-22, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
Creative art activities help children develop a variety of important skills, including cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and language. Utilize a variety of fresh, creative art activities to engage children and enrich your curriculum. Bring a pair of scissors.


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Art is more than paint and glue. Everyday items can be used in many creative ways. Gather ideas for more than a dozen unique art activities for children ages 3-6 years.


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Learn specific visual strategies and communications systems designed to help caregivers support children with Autism.


August 23-30, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
Improve your ability to help care for and educate young children with Autism as you concentrate on learning specific behavior and guidance strategies.


July 12-19, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
The 'Baby Signs' program teaches hearing babies how to communicate by using simple gestures, giving them a way to communicate before they can talk. Benefits to infants and toddlers include the building of positive social development, jump-starting language, and reducing frustration. Bring scissors, markers, and a glue stick to class.


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Children with special needs often display behaviors that appear inappropriate and disruptive. Learn specific strategies to guide children toward a more appropriate response.


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Spending time outdoors is a valuable experience for even the youngest children. Gather ideas for making outside time one of enjoyment, learning and exploration.


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Reading books with children is important, but so much more can be done to encourage and enhance early literacy and language skills. Gather ideas for literacy activities for a variety of ages, including literacy games, child-made books, and writing activities.


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Focus on ways to extend language and encourage creative thinking while acquiring strategies to support children's creativity and higher-level learning through asking questions.


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Books aren't just for story time anymore! Discover creative ways to incorporate seasonal children's books into various interest centers and throughout all areas of learning and development.


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Discuss the challenges commonly faced when supervising others. Gather ideas for managing friends, family, men, women, and a variety of generations in the workplace.


May 13-20, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, S.T.E.M Classroom (F103)
Promote good health and nutrition, prevent illness, reduce injuries, arrange materials and space, and establish routines in the early childhood environment for learning, exploration, and play. Books required.


March 22, 2021 to April 28, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Classroom (A216)
May 10, 2021 to June 20, 2021, Online
June 29, 2021 to August 5, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, TBA
July 12, 2021 to August 18, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, TBA
Focus on the development of children's social skills, empathy, and respect for others through the use of positive guidance techniques and prevention of behavior problems. Discover the relationship between guidance methods and children's individuality, personality, and developmental needs. Books required.


May 5, 2021 to June 16, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Classroom (A216)
June 28, 2021 to August 8, 2021, Online
August 17, 2021 to September 23, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, TBA
August 30, 2021 to October 11, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, TBA
Study developmentally appropriate equipment, activities, and methods to promote the physical and cognitive development of children. Discover how to incorporate music, art, literature, writing, and block play into daily activities while encouraging creativity and problem-solving. Language development and communication are also featured. Books required.


March 23, 2021 to April 29, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Electronic Lab (F205)
July 12, 2021 to August 18, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Classroom (A216)
August 16, 2021 to September 26, 2021, Online
Focus on the management of resources, organization strategies, communication, planning, record keeping, ethical practices, and working cooperatively with others. Explore the importance of participating in professional development and advocacy activities. Books required.


March 22, 2021 to May 2, 2021, Online
May 10, 2021 to June 21, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Electronic Lab (F205)
May 11, 2021 to June 17, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Electronic Lab (F205)
August 30, 2021 to October 11, 2021, 06:30pm - 09:30pm, Classroom (A216)
Early Care & Education Training.


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Early Care & Education Training.


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Teaching young children character traits, such as responsibility and empathy, is a valuable part of any early learning curriculum. Learn ways to make this process fun and engaging for children through the use of hands-on materials, role-playing, and a variety of resources.


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What is Autism? Explore ways to provide developmentally appropriate care and education techniques for working with young children with Autism.


June 7-14, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, also known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), have trouble organizing information coming in through their senses. Explore the characteristics of children with sensory processing issues and examine strategies for assisting these children in the early childhood setting.


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Become familiar with factors influencing speech and language development and discover ways to support children with special needs as they develop communication skills.


April 19-26, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, S.T.E.M Classroom (G206)
Young children are often seen as defiant when they are tired, hungry, or upset. However, there are a growing number of children who exhibit defiant behaviors at other times and more frequently. You will learn the symptoms, causes, and classroom strategies for helping young children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.


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Young children who display gifts or talents in particular areas benefit from having responsive caregivers who can meet their needs in the child care setting. Discover ways to identify each child's gifts and talents and to individualize curriculum for students in the early childhood setting.


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Your child just brought home a Chromebook due to distance learning. Now what? Learn how to navigate the Chromebook in this informational class designed to help frustrated parents. Bring your child's Chromebook to class. Due to Coronavirus guidelines, the class is for adults only, no children will be allowed into the classroom.

Su hijo o hija trajo un Chromebook a casa para educación a distancia, Ahora que? Aprenda a navegar el Chromebook en esta clase diseñada para padres frustrados.?Traiga el Chromebook de su hijo o hija a clase.? Por pautas del Coronavirus esta clase es solo para adultos.? No se permitiran niños en el salon. Costo: $0 Horario: 2


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Join in the fun as we learn the how's and why's of cooperative games for preschool and school-age children. You will have the opportunity to ACTIVELY participate while learning a variety of age-appropriate cooperative games. Dress comfortably and bring scissors, markers or crayons, and glue to class.


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Opportunities for creativity are everywhere! We will look at ideas for early art activities and ways to enhance creativity throughout your early learning environment. We will discuss what it means to be developmentally appropriate when it comes to encouraging creativity with very young children.


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Discuss the guidelines of a developmentally appropriate program and examine excellence in the administration of an early learning program.


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Early Care & Education Training.


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Separation from parents can cause stress and trauma to a young child. Explore types of separation and the stress and trauma associated with the separation and reunification of loved ones.


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Professionals working with young children explore their cultural awareness and how concepts such as marginalization and implicit bias impact their work. Learn strategies to embed empathy and acceptance while working with children and families.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 06:00pm - 09:00pm, Meeting Room (3222)
The classroom environment can be a powerful teaching tool. Gather ideas for creating a look and feel for your classroom that promotes learning and positive behavior.


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Explore the difference in the learning styles of boys and girls. Learn how to effectively plan and deliver activities that will meet their unique needs.


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Discover community resources available to children, parents, and teachers within our community and state. Explore ways to network with other childcare providers and share ideas ranging from crafting to group time activities.


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Do you communicate effectively with your staff? Discover practical ways to communicate and connect with the families of children in your childcare setting.


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Introduction and Implementation of the Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines for 3 to 5-year-olds into classroom curriculum. Detail the relationship between each ELG content area and the Environment Rating Scales.


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Participants in this course become part of a program designed to build strong child care professionals focusing on infants, toddlers and two's.


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Help staff grow in their commitment to your program and the field of early childhood education by encouraging professional attitudes and behaviors. Provide your staff with the knowledge and assistance they need to provide the best possible experiences for children and families.


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Enhanced Illness Management & Recovery Training (EIMR)


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Explore the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct while considering how this position statement impacts the actions of both you and your staff.


August 5-12, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
Comprehend why sensory play is an essential component of early childhood development. Discover ways to include the five senses in everyday activities and provide sensory experiences for young children.


June 23-30, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
Share information and connect with the families of children with special needs.


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What can you do with a lid or two? Join in the fun as we explore ways to turn recyclables and inexpensive items into engaging learning materials and activities for children ages 3-6 years.


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Positive Behavior Support, or PBS, is a means to understand and address a child's persistent challenging behaviors. Join us and get more fun in your day.


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Trauma-informed community empowers its providers, educators, leaders, and citizens in recognizing its symptoms and behaviors and equips itself with tools to not only deal with trauma but to heal from trauma.


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Interested in homeschooling your child? This seminar lays the foundation for what you need to know according to Oklahoma law for homeschool associations and how to access resources in your community.


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Become familiar with ways to include children with special needs in the child care setting. Identify the definition of special needs, learn about guidelines for working with children with disabilities, and gather ideas for making adaptations to curriculum, activities, materials, and equipment.


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Discover information about newborn and infant crying patterns, inconsolable crying (The Period of PURPLE Crying'), soothing techniques, and strategies to prevent Abusive Head Trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome.


Thursday, June 10, 2021, 06:30pm - 08:30pm, TBA
Early Care & Education Training.


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Early Care & Education Training.


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Explore ways to promote the importance of play investigations for young children. Identify ways to present children's research projects and findings to parents, co-teachers, and administrators. Bring a spiral notebook to the first night of class.


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Designed for center administrators to discover how to help staff use an evidence-based framework to address children's social and emotional development and challenging behavior.


April 15-22, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, S.T.E.M Classroom (F101)
Interest centers can increase learning while reducing behavior issues in your early learning environment. Explore strategies for encouraging meaningful play opportunities and gather tips and tools for setting up successful interest areas for a variety of ages.


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Changing activities can result in frustration and challenging behaviors within groups of children. Gather ideas for fun and practical games, activities, songs, and props that encourage successful transitions and engage children during group times.


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Gain an understanding of the developmental benefits of using music with young children to promote language, literacy, and math skills.


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Music and movement can help children learn and grow. Discover creative ways to include music and movement in your school-age program.


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Understand early brain development and its impact on future growth and learning. Discover how to support the developing brain through everyday activities and interactions in the early childhood setting.


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Increase your awareness of services offered for parents and caregivers with special needs children by attending this On the Road seminar. Provides information and resources for professionals, parents, and caregivers to assist in navigating the complex healthcare system.


Thursday, June 10, 2021, 06:00pm - 09:00pm, TBA
Inconsolable crying is a primary trigger for child abuse injuries associated with Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Review current policy and recommendations regarding safe sleeping environments and practice having conversations with parents about sleep safety.


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Explore ways to communicate with others and positively handle conflict among staff and children in the early childhood setting. Techniques shared include the use of assertive language, positive attitudes, and the negotiation process while encouraging the development of strong communication skills in young children.


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Discover relationship-based approaches to prevent and manage challenging behavior more effectively, creating a more enjoyable learning environment. The goal of positive guidance is to develop children's self-control, encourage children to assume responsibility, and assist children in making thoughtful decisions.


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Let's talk; language is crucial to the development of young children. Explore ways to create a language enriched the learning environment.


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How do toddlers and twos build on their natural abilities to play and investigate? Review theories of the Project Approach and learn about specific art-based projects to incorporate in the toddler classroom.


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Understand the warning signs of child abuse and neglect, state regulations, and processes for reporting. Strategies for preventing abuse, supporting families, and keeping children safe will be explored and discussed.


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As you look at houses, they might all start to look the same. What clues should you look for in a great value, and which ones indicate a more significant, costly issue? Let our expert give you some great tips!


Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed and fingerplays, songs, and chants are more than just fun; they are valuable learning activities too! Join in the fun as we learn to help children build language and early literacy skills through rhyme and repetition. Bring scissors, markers, and a glue stick to class.


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Photos are an important addition to any early childhood setting as they can be used to individualize and personalize concepts and activities, make abstract concepts real to children, and support all areas of the curriculum. Join us as we explore many ways to enrich children's learning experiences with photos.


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Science experiments aren't for scientists. They are fun for everybody, and that includes you and the children in your program. Be ready to be amazed at how easy it is to use ordinary material in extraordinary ways! Ideas shared are appropriate for pre-k and elementary students.


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Build and support relationships with young children through appropriate uses of technology.


May 5-12, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, Electronic Lab (F205)
Discover information and financial resources to assist those interested in pursuing higher education opportunities and/or occupational training.


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Our expert has some tips, gadgets, and common-sense strategies to deter a break-in or theft at your home.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Greenwood Seminar (102)
Early Care & Education Training.


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Early Care & Education Training.


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I'm not ornery; I'm tired. Identify behaviors children exhibit because of lack of sleep. Explore ways to support children and families affected by sleep disorders.


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Required by Oklahoma State Department of Education for all Special Education Paraprofessionals, content focuses on skills and topics important for success as Special Education Paraprofessionals. Book included.


July 19-22, 2021, 08:00am - 03:00pm, TBA
Explore the law that governs special education (the IDEA), the definition of special education, the ten basic steps of special education, and parents' rights. Gain an understanding of the IEP meeting, preparing for the meeting, who must attend, what must be on the IEP, and what to do if you disagree with the IEP.


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Learn creative ways to invigorate sensory table play in your early learning environment while encouraging the development of a variety of valuable skills and concepts.


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Discover the possibilities through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Introduce young children to fun and exciting experiments using STEAM-driven activities.


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Stress is one of the most significant factors impacting health, work, home, and happiness. Through discussion and activities, explore the causes and results of stress and the tools for coping with difficult situations in the school-based setting. Learn to maximize your time and lower your stress level.


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Acquire strategies for supporting both home language development and English language learning while collecting ideas for literacy materials, props, and ways to meet the needs of English language learners.


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Become more comfortable in the job of Child Care Center Director by discovering key elements of a center director's job. Identify strategies for making the job more enjoyable while becoming a more effective leader.


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Explore ways to promote developmental growth by creating and adapting children's activities and games to meet the needs of the ever-evolving child.


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Bring your staff together for this fun-filled, activity-rich training course that demonstrates the importance of the 3 C's: Communication, Cooperation, and Common Purpose.


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Identify different types of age-appropriate technology and apps for young children.


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Explore the IEP by going through each section, step-by-step, with special emphasis on Assistive Technology and Accommodations. This hands-on training explains record keeping basics along with providing a 3-ring binder with tabs for all your child's important IEP documents.


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Learn how to effectively manage your resources, as well as those of your childcare center. Explore the topics of budgeting, fundraising, collecting fees, delegating responsibilities, dealing with paper piles, and much more.


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Current brain research demonstrates children who have been exposed to traumatic events have changed brain architecture. Professionals who work with young children who have experienced trauma and toxic stress will gain a broader understanding of trauma, toxic stress, and strategies to mitigate risks and better support children.


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How do you make meetings and trainings for your staff more fun and meaningful? Discover inexpensive ways to encourage and motivate your employees.


June 10-17, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, TBA
Explore the different forms of trauma experienced by children and families. Identify strategies and community services available to support children and families dealing with trauma.


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Looking for the right opportunity to expand your profession knowledge and skillset? Expand your strategies for supporting behavior management of special need students and occupational updates.


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Topics covered include the selection and storage of materials, portfolio forms and tools, and the creation of a portfolio assessment policy.


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Identify what virtual learning looks like for young children. Discover developmentally appropriate ways to engage young learners utilizing virtual platforms. Expand virtual learning beyond screens.


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Visual schedules use visual cues to support learning with young children. Discover ways to use visual schedules to reduce behavior challenges and classroom disruptions.


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Developing partnerships with families is an integral part of any early learning environment. Gather ideas for communicating with families, involving families in your program, and welcoming and supporting diverse families.


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You will be introduced to the concept of anxiety disorders and developmentally typical anxiety. Discuss the three major anxiety types seen in young children, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Signs and symptoms for each sub-type and strategies for helping children will be shared.


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Young children are naturally energetic, but why are some children highly active? Discover reasons for high activity levels, and what you can do to help guide and support children who consistently exhibit impulsive, distracted behaviors.


May 10-17, 2021, 06:45pm - 09:15pm, S.T.E.M Classroom (F101)