Children Under Stress, Part 2: Responding When Children Withdraw

CE credit is not available for this webinar.

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In Part 1 of our "Children Under Stress" series, we learned that children are especially vulnerable to the impact of stresses that are common to military family life. Young children communicate their distress and inability to cope through changes in their behavior, behavior that is often very challenging for child care providers to understand and deal with in the child care setting. [To listen to the recording of Part 1, listen here: ]

In Part 2, John Kinsel will talk in greater depth about those children who express their distress through "internalizing" behaviors, such as withdrawing, regressing in their developmental skills, depression, or passively aggressive behaviors such as lying.

In this session, you will learn:
- What "internalizing" behaviors are
- Why some children are more apt to internalize their distress
- How child care professionals can help these children learn to cope with the big emotions and difficult to understand situations they are experiencing
- Practical strategies for providing support in the context of group care
- Tips for working with parents when children are internalizing their distress

John has been providing Early Childhood Mental Health Services for more than 28 years. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Child Development. John is currently the Director of Mental Health Services for the Miami Valley Child Development Centers, a group of more than 50 Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the communities and counties surrounding Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In his previous work as an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist in Ohio, he provided mental health consultation to child care programs and practitioners throughout west central Ohio. John has also been active at the state level, promoting the importance of early attention to the emotional and social needs of very young children.

CE credit is not offered for this webinar.

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