One and Two day workshops related to best practice for inclusion of young children with special needs and all young children are offered, integrating Play and Learn into already existing preschool curriculums and classrooms. Mary and Laura demonstrate latest and best toy and game choices for young children and rich literacy ideas depicting diversity of culture and ability. Simple adaptations that make play accessible for ALL children are demonstrated and many cooperative art activities are shared so that participants have many ideas to take back and implement the next day.
Follow-up sessions are also available with conference calls, where workshop participants can get follow-up support in problem solving challenges and celebrating successes with Mary and Laura. The number of follow up sessions can be set up based on the needs of participants.
Three hour training sessions are also available for preschool teachers, child care center staff, and families. These sessions include lots of audience participation in a wide range of fun and motivating movement options, including the Elastablast. Excellent music options are integrated into the movement activities including many ideas for “sensory breaks” in the preschool classroom or day care center.
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Mary and Laura have developed a variety of trainings for families, early childhood regular and special education teachers, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, adapted physical education teachers and paraprofessionals.
Workshops are interactive and multi-sensory, filled with photos of young children and their stories.
They include movement activities such as the ElastaBlast and sensory breaks with fun and motivating music.
As one participant wrote: "Thank you. You are excellent, hands-on "real" presenters! I came away enthusiastic and inspired... thank you for all you are doing to make life better for kids."
"You had so many ideas for modifying activities to address children's individual strengths and needs."