Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Enriching Social Emotional Literacy

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The focus of the 1.5 hour webinar will be on supporting children's social emotional development by building their early social emotional literacy and vocabulary skills.  Specific topics will include:

  • Research evidence on the importance of early social emotional literacy and vocabulary skills on children's social emotional wellbeing.
  • Selecting age-, developmentally-, and culturally appropriate books for children to support their social emotional development.  We will highlight topics that may be relevant to military families, such as: loneliness, friendships, understanding and acceptance of disability, separation, transitioning to new locations, bonding, dealing with family stressors, and grieving.
  • Evidence-based strategies for embedding early literacy activities to support children with disabilities within their typical routines and home, school, and in the community.
  • Parent coaching strategies to support parents' and caregivers' implementation of early social emotional literacy and vocabulary activities to facilitate the children's social emotional development.

Presenter Information:
Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD:  Micki Ostrosky is the Head of the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor with research interests in the areas of: a) young children’s social emotional competence and challenging behavior, b) attitudes and acceptance of typically developing children toward individuals with disabilities, and c) peer relationships and inclusion. Dr. Ostrosky is particularly interested in studying interventions that support the success of young children in early childhood settings, including home. As a former teacher of adults with significant disabilities, and young children who were deaf and blind, she is committed to making research accessible to practitioners and family members through her writing and presentations. Dr. Ostrosky enjoys working with students, and has advised and mentored numerous PhD students who have gone on to university positions in the US and abroad. Dr. Ostrosky and her students have authored many papers together, presented at countless conferences, and conducted numerous other professional development activities. Currently, in addition to the Military Family Learning Network, she is collaborating with colleagues on a grant focused on Head Start and on one that focuses on professional development for birth-3 (early intervention) providers.

Kimberly Hile has worked in the field of early intervention for 11 years as both a service coordinator and developmental therapist. She gained a greater appreciation for the role the family plays after participating in the early intervention program with her son, Logan. She recognizes that parents are their child's best teachers and should be empowered to play an active role on their child's team. Kimberly received her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies (2001) as well as her master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education (2007), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is now working towards her doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education where her research interests focus on personnel preparation and exploring how early intervention service providers are trained to support families of infants and toddlers with special needs.  

Cover Photo Image:  Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Reading with Daddy-April 26, 2010]

This presentation is not endorsed by the Department of Defense and the information, as well as any opinions or views, contained herein are solely that of the presenter.

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