See How They Grow: An Exploration of Physical Growth and Development, Prenatal to 36 Months

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Date: Friday, March 22, 2013 – Friday, May 17, 2013

Course #: GROWTH

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $450 $270

Credit Available: 1.5 CEUs; 15 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 15 contact hours

Description:

The physical body is the foundation upon which all development occurs. Having a better understanding of the body’s physical growth and developmental needs and processes provides early childhood practitioners a more nuanced understanding of infant and toddler development.

This five-session series offers participants an introduction to the biological and neurological foundations of development. Each session will include information about typical and atypical development, with an emphasis on practical recommendations that facilitate optimal growth and development. Participants may enroll in the entire series, or in individual sessions.

If you’re looking for Early Intervention credit, this series offers many credits in multiple areas: 3.25 hours in Atypical Development, 6.75 hours in Typical Development, 2 hours in Intervention, and 3 hours in Working with families — a total of 15 hours!

Completed: From Womb to World: Prenatal Development

with Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Friday, January 25, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Prenatal growth and development is influenced by rich, complex experiences within the womb environment. In this workshop, participants will examine the ways in which the womb is a reflection of a mother’s life experiences and how the prenatal sensory experience lays the foundation for newborn sensory expectations. The six states of consciousness will be introduced as a means for understanding the maturation of the nervous system, as well as significant variables that lay the foundation upon which the complexities of child development begin.

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Completed: The Growing Child: Feeding and Nutrition

with Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Friday, February 22, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In this workshop, participants will explore the nutritional needs and contemporary dietary habits of very young children. Variables that have contributed to the recent rapid increase in obesity, as well as faltering growth/failure to thrive, will be considered while participants learn about body mass index (BMI). Participants will also explore the ways in which culture and socioeconomic variables influence nutritional intake and subsequent growth.

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Completed: Lifelong Effects: The Nervous System and the First Years of Life

with Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Friday, March 22, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The physical body’s response to negative circumstances and experiences is the focus of this workshop. For very young children, whose bodies and minds are growing and developing, a well-tuned stress response system is vitally important. Recent research has confirmed that stressful experiences in the first years of life have lasting effects even on adult outcomes. Young children with high levels of early stress often experience impaired behavioral and emotional development, as well as numerous health consequences later in life, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Participants in this workshop will discuss the ways in which professionals can responsibly and carefully apply these findings to their work with very young children.

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Completed: Peek-a-Boo — I See (and Hear) You: Vision and Hearing

with Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Friday, April 26, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A child’s development relies heavily on the ability to see and hear clearly. Yet these two primary sensory systems are frequently taken for granted when working with very young children. This session focuses on growth and development of vision and hearing. Early identification of problems and generalized intervention techniques will be presented. A case study of one particularly controversial treatment for hearing loss will be presented as a platform for informative discussion and even healthy debate.

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Completed: Life’s Blueprint: Genetics and Common Genetic Conditions

with Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Friday, May 17, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This workshop offers an overview of genetics, providing participants with a solid foundation for understanding any genetic condition. Focusing on Down Syndrome, Fragile X, and Cri Du Chat as models of genetic disorders affecting growth and development, the workshop will provide receive numerous resources and tools to help practitioners enhance their work with young children who have genetic disorders and their families.

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