16 Feb

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 3 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Three: How What Surrounds Us Changes Us
By Scott Wiley

Have you ever planted seeds with young children? One favorite experiment is to plant seeds in different pots and adjust what you do with each one. One is placed in the window and regularly watered. One is placed in the window but not watered. One is regularly watered but placed in a dark cabinet. After a week or so, compare the pots. How are they the same? How are they different?

What does this have to do with the book study? Well, chapter 3 is all about context …


Gain full access to all the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community! Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog (https://enhancingyoungminds.com/) and clicking the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy. For only $30, you’ll gain access for the entire study! Complete this innovative book study, providing you with valuable professional development, at your own pace! Certificate of completion available.  Learn more about THIS BOOK STUDY here.

If you do not wish to gain full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community but are reading this book, feel free to reply below with your comments and join in the conversation regarding Chapter 3.

 


13 Feb

Mondays with ME: SUPPORT FOR SIBLINGS OF CHILDREN WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR DISABILITY

INSIGHTS FROM CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER MONICA HANDLOS FROM PEDIATRIC HOME SERVICE

When a child has complex health needs or a disability, all family members are affected. Healthy, typically developing siblings often experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, sadness, anger, confusion or guilt. But Monica Handlos of Pediatric Home Service is helping provide support for siblings by helping them find common ground with other children facing similar challenges, guiding them to understand and manage their feelings and helping them and their parents navigate the uncertain path they are traveling. Tune in to learn what to watch for, how to encourage healthy coping and why groups that provide support for siblings are so helpful.

TUNE IN HERE

Do you have a child – or know a child – who has a sibling with serious health problems or a disability? How do you think that experience affects the child in both positive and negative ways? What did you learn in this Mom Enough show about ways you or others could help this child?

  • To learn more about Pediatric Home Service’s Sibling Support program, click here.
  • To view a brief video a parent discussing her child’s experience with Sibling Support, click here.
  • For Pediatric Home Service’s blog, click here.
  • For our ME interview with Dr. Roy Maynard of PHS, click here.


9 Feb

Beyond the Pages Book Study: Chapter 2 (Langworthy) *Limited*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Two: How What We Feel Builds the Brain
By Mike Huber

We become early childhood teachers because we want to care for children.  If there is a need, we provide for it.  We know that we keep children fed and see to their physical needs.  Bridging the Relationship Gap gives us a way to look at needs that aren’t as visible.  Chapter 2: How What We Feel Builds the Brain helped me get a clearer picture of what is happening in a young child experiencing trauma.  It is important to have this understanding, if I as a teacher am going to be effective with these children.

In reading about positive stress, I thought about the way…

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Gain full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community! Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog (https://enhancingyoungminds.com/) and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy. For only $30, you’ll gain full access! Complete this innovative book study, providing you with valuable professional development, at your own pace! Certificate of completion available.  Learn more about THIS BOOK STUDY here.

If you do not wish to gain full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community but are reading this book, feel free to reply below with your comments regarding Chapter 2.


6 Feb

Mondays with ME: HELPING A WORRIER CHILD TAME THE “WORRY MONSTER”

A CONVERSATION WITH PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR DR. DAN PETERS

All children (and adults, for that matter) have worries and fears, but some of us, child or adult, worry so much that it interferes with our sleep, appetite, school, work and fun. California psychologist Dr. Dan Peters brings to this week’s Mom Enough show some well-tested practical steps for helping your child learn to manage fear and worries. And, as his two newest books explain, similar strategies will work for you if you are a chronic worrier. Marti & Erin are eager to use Dan’s advice with the worriers in their family, and you will be too!

TUNE IN HERE

Do you have a child who is a worrier? What have you tried to help him or her manage those worries and fears? What new ideas did you hear in this week’s Mom Enough show?

For Make Your Worrier a Warrior, click here.
For the Summit Center, click here.
For Dr. Dan’s blog, click here.


2 Feb

Beyond the Pages Book Study: Chapter 1 (Langworthy) *Limited*

By Amanda Hodel

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to kick off the first week of this book study for Bridging the Relationship Gap by Dr. Sara Langworthy.  I had the pleasure of reading this book very soon after its publication and am eager to re-read it now and examine new ways in which it is applicable to my own work and experiences.

To provide some context, I would like to quickly share how I am involved in this field.  I came to my first reading of this book from a very academic background, during the completing of my PhD in Child Development at the University of Minnesota.  I am forever grateful for the training provided by the faculty members of this program,  as it beautifully emphasized the idea that understanding early relationships is critical if we wish to understand pathways in development – why some children thrive and others seem to struggle.

I would like to share some of my views on some of the most salient points of this chapter and close by reflecting on what we have learned and how we can use this information… 

Amanda

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Paying participants ($30) will have full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access on the blog. HOW TO PAY: Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog (https://enhancingyoungminds.com/) and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy. Learn more about THIS BOOK STUDY here.

If you do not wish to gain full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community but are reading this book, feel free to reply below with your comments regarding Chapter 1.


1 Feb

Spring 2017 Online Book Study: Children and Trauma

Today’s the day – welcome to my spring 2017 book study! We’ll be taking a closer look at children and trauma. The book of choice is Dr. Sara E. Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity. “Bridging the Relationship Gap” is a useful resource for professionals who work with children facing adversity, for educators who are teaching the next generation of child care providers, and for caregivers who are trying to provide the best care for their children during difficult times.

Participate in weekly discussions and ponder each chapter with others in the field. Paid participants ($30) will have access to guest content experts, along with the author for weekly discussions! They’ll also receive a certificate of participation/completion afterwards (follow these steps)

Participants of this book study will:

  • Learn about the ecological, biological, and cultural factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gaps.
  • Examine different attachment styles and learn how to recognize them in children.
  • Understand how stress and trauma affect brain development and behavior.
  • Learn techniques for dealing with tough situations.
  • Discover ways to foster recovery and resiliency in children.

The first guest expert commentary will be released tomorrow (Thurs. 2/2/17) on this blog http://enhancingyoungminds.com/. Paid participants will have full access to the password protected post of the guest expert’s commentary and a private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access through this blog and are welcome to participate in open discussions (just REPLY to each blog post weekly). After you’ve read Chapter 1, reply to the correlating blog post with your reactions, thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. I look forward to the discussion!

*Pay by visiting http://enhancingyoungminds.com/ and clicking on the Paypal icon under Pay for Book Study in the upper right-hand corner.

*Still need the book? You can order a paperback book Here (Use code BRG17 to save 20% through 2/4/17) or Here. You could also download the e-book (Use code BRG17 to save 20% through 2/4/17) for immediate access. Another option is downloading the audio book!

*JOIN ANYTIME Even though the live study begins Feb. 1, 2017, you are free to join at any time and complete at your own pace! Pay and participate in all 7 discussions to receive your certificate (MN Develop Approved) 

APPLIES TOWARD

4. Curriculum Implementation
8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK AREA(S)

II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (3 Hours)
VI: Professionalism (3 Hours)

CDA CONTENT AREAS

Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development  (3 Hours)
Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism  (3 Hours)

Happy Reading!

-Dawn Braa