Professional Development for Practitioners in Early Childhood Settings. What Works (and What Doesn’t). If you had been invited to present on this topic, what one thing have you learned that works?. Child Care plus+ The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood
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Professional Development for Practitioners in Early Childhood Settings
(and What Doesn’t)
If you had been invited to present on this topic, what one thing have you learned that works?
Child Care plus+
The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood
The University of Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities
Child care professionals need strategies to see and use families as a resource.
-What’s in it for me?
-Limited connection between behavior and the environment or teacher behaviors
-Universal precautions, observation, and maintaining developmental information perceived as difficult
-BASICS must be established first
“Now I understand – inclusion is for everyone.”
The first conquest of Everest was not accomplished alone. Since 1953, over 1300 climbers have reached the top.
Their accomplishments were possible
only because they had help.
Sherpa guides, tenacious mountain people of Nepal, serve as guides and porters for climbing expeditions in the Himalayas.
The climbers seek the summit with the assistance of the Sherpa Guides. They form an interdependent connection.
The Guides provide
The Sherpa do not climb the mountain unless the climbers ask for assistance
They are not trying to set records or make history
The climbers know what they want to accomplish~ the Sherpa simply provide the support and guidance to reach the goal.
The climbers may modify their goals, as the conditions change, as their resources fluctuate and as they better understand the nature of the mountain.
Guides help climbers face hardships and cope with set backs. They facilitate progress and build motivation by helping the climbers notice and document progress.
When the expedition is successful, the climber will say, “I climbed that mountain”.
Trainers, mentors, and specialists are like Sherpa Guides for early care and education professionals. You call on them when you have a goal to reach.
Reach the Summit
If every family
had a child with disabilities,
there would be
may not be considered major,
but it may
make a major difference.
To know my own fears
in regards to
accepting a child with a disability
cannot begin to measure up
to the fear a parent has
whether their child will be accepted
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