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How Children Process Grief and Loss Through Play

Young children will likely process the tumultuous events of 2020 in the only way they know how—through play. Here’s how adults can be supportive.

As the world confronts the novel coronavirus pandemic, an economic depression, and global protests about racism and systemic inequalities, children are being exposed to painful and often scary ideas—and their play will reflect their efforts to make sense of what they see and hear.

This article by Emily Kaplan on Edutopia, June 1, 2020, offers a useful guide for helping adults interact with young children

 

A THREE-PART WEBINAR SERIES: AN INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES

The New York City Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) hosted this three-part webinar series presented by Susan Chinitz, PsyD and Gil Foley, EdD, IMH-E.

MODULE 1 focused on:

-Principles of development and how they shape practice
-Infant/early childhood mental health concepts and practice

The Module 1 recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

MODULE 2 focused on:

-“Climbing the Developmental Ladder”: Capacities for emotional & social functioning

-Risks to children’s healthy social-emotional development, including the impact of child disability and regulatory disorders

The Module 2 recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

MODULE 3 focused on:

-Risks to children’s healthy social-emotional development including those that emerge from parents’ histories and children’s social contexts

-Screening, assessment and differential diagnosis

The Module 3 recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES WEBINAR SERIES in 2 PARTS

PART 1 Understanding Child Development: An Overview of Developmental Milestones Children ages 0 to 5

The New York City Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) was pleased to host a two-part webinar series. Part 1 titled Understanding Child Development: An Overview of Developmental Milestones Children ages 0 to 5 was presented by Dr. Romina M. Barros.

As an early childhood care provider, you play a critical role in the health and well-being of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. During this webinar, Dr. Barros introduced the concept of developmental milestones, providing a review of typical development progress in language, social-emotional, cognitive, and motor domains in children 0 to 5 years old.

She also reviewed the “Developmental Red Flags”, to help you recognize the child whose development falls outside of the expected range. Additionally, on this webinar, Dr. Barros discussed things and activities that you can do to promote a child’s development.

The recording, presentation slides, and additional resources can be accessed here.

PART 2 Incorporating Developmental Monitoring into Early Childhood Programs: Celebrating Milestones and Identifying Concerns

During this webinar, Dr. Barros introduced the concepts of developmental monitoring, developmental screening, and developmental assessment. Part 2 provides you with tools and best practices for developmental monitoring and how to discuss development and monitoring with parents.

This webinar focused on:

-Why monitoring children’s development is important
-Why early identification is important.
-Your essential, irreplaceable role in developmental monitoring and early identification: Why you have a unique and important role in developmental monitoring
-How to talk with parents about their child’s development
-Develop strategies to incorporate developmental monitoring in your program
-FREE resources to make discussing screening and development with parents easier.
-Learn how to use CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources in early care and education work with children and parents.

The recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

Example of Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

Long time CITE member, Mary Lou Allen, initiated these ‘Building Brains from Birth to 36 Months of Life’  parent & caregiver engagement cards!
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