Do you need someone to talk with your group about child development? Are you looking for hours for your employees through The Texas Trainer Registry? Do you love to learn in a fun way that keeps you interested? We LOVE teaching and make it easy and interactive. Below are continuing education courses that Therapy Corps offers. We are a Master Level Trainer through the Texas Trainer Registry. (The registry is a statewide system that approves early childhood trainers. Courses are defined by a set of qualifications which include early childhood expertise and experience, as well as knowledge of adult learning theories and principles.) To learn more about how we can come to you, contact us for more information.
Classes can be in person or virtual.
Learning and Education:
Sign Language for the Early Educator: Beginning Concepts
This class is highly interactive and NOT “death by Power Point”. Participants will learn the rationale for using sign language and will learn basic signs and songs that can be immediately implemented in early childhood and classroom settings. Class length ranges from 1.5 hours to three hours. It can also be customized to a six-week course consisting of six one-hour classes.
The Late Talker: Strategies for Improving Communication in the Classroom
This class is highly interactive and will NOT be “death by Power Point”. Participants will learn speech and language milestones for children from birth through five years in age. I will explain milestones for speech and language development for 0-5 year-old children, the foundations of functional and interactive communication, and target activities and strategies for eliciting active participation by student(s) that are practical for the classroom environment.
Participants will also be able to select communication opportunities that are natural and appropriate while learning how to arrange the environment to promote effective communication. There are numerous opportunities for collaboration among participants to implement the skills for practical application. A Final Group Practice is followed by questions and answers about real-world scenarios. Class length ranges from 1.5 hours to five hours. Classes can be customized to your needs.
Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders from Autism to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Characteristics and Successful Strategies for Challenging Behavior
This presentation will discuss characteristics of children with autism and other sensory processing disorders along with strategies for success that can be applied to any early childhood classroom setting. The class will be highly interactive using the adult learning model and will include video clips, hands on practice and activity planning worksheets so that participants can immediately apply learned concepts into their own classroom setting. Class length is 2-4 hours. Class times can be customized to your needs.
Communication, Choices & Collaboration
Helping parents and educators effectively communicate choices and goal setting for toddlers and preschoolers. This class will discuss how to offer choices so that communication is successful. You will learn strategies for improving communication, how to effectively communicate choices and how to set realistic goals for optimum success. Class length varies depending on need but can range from 2-3 hours in length.
When Normal is Not Normal
Nearly every parent wonders if their child is on track with typically developing peers in their age group. It is important for parents and professionals to recognize the difference between normal range development and delay/disorder. In this discussion, attendees will understand developmental norms as they relate to communication and behavior as well as understand services that are available for support. The participant will learn possible red flags for delay/disorder and strategies to help bridge the gap towards functional outcomes. Intervention is key, and the presenters will guide you to understand support services in your area. Often we can begin the right interventions early and support through collaborative efforts. Although anyone is welcome to attend, this discussion will focus on early childhood through 10 years of age. Class length varies depending on need and can range from two to three hours in length.
Strategies for Improving Communication in Children with Down Syndrome
Participants will learn milestones for typically developing children with Down Syndrome and how these milestones compare with speech and language milestones for 0-5 year old children who are neurotypical. Participants will learn and understand the milestones for speech and language development for 0-5 year-old children with Down Syndrome, understand the foundations of functional and interactive communication and identify target activities and strategies for eliciting active participation by student(s) that are practical for everyday environments. Participants will also be able to select communication opportunities that are natural and appropriate while learning how to arrange the environment to promote effective communication. There are numerous opportunities for collaboration among participants to implement the skills for practical application. Final Group Practice is followed by questions and answers on real-world scenarios. Class length is one to two hours.
Signing a Book from Beginning to End: Toddler Language Development
At the end of this fun and interactive presentation, the participant will be able to sign a popular children’s book from beginning to end. We won’t spoil the fun by telling you the book title, so the presentation will keep you guessing. Class length varies depending on need but can range from two to three hours in length.
Parenting: Strategies for Success
In this Parenting Series, parents and caregivers will learn communicative strategies for success. Participants develop skills offering choices and clear boundaries in a positive way that yields better outcomes and less stress for both parent/caregiver and child. You will also be able to state three strategies/techniques for establishing clear and effective boundaries so that conflicts are managed with little opportunity for tantrums or oppositional behavior. At the end of this session, we will pull topics from a jar (anonymously submitted prior to the presentation) and round table discuss real-life scenarios and apply learned strategies for real success. Class length varies depending on need but on average is 1.5 hours.
PEERS® for Adolescents
PEERS® for Adolescents is a 14-28 week program, depending on Intellectual Ability. The UCLA Peers® program is the ONLY available evidence based social skills program for adolescents and adults with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and is used clinically for youth, young adults, young professionals and professionals with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other social challenges.