In this online course, you will learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD. We begin by defining FASD and considering how fetal development may be affected by mothers' alcohol use during pregnancy. Next, we consider the prevalence of FASD along with factors that may contribute to the development of FASD.
We then discuss the importance of evaluating our own biases towards children and families who may be impacted by FASD. Using research and practice, we consider the impact of FASD on critical aspects of young children's brain, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development.
Finally, we discuss strategies for welcoming children with FASD into the classroom and supporting optimal infant and toddler development, including identifying individual strengths and challenges, managing expectations, and adapting the environment.
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Course Information Maintaining the health of young children – and setting them up with lifelong healthy habits – are critical elements of a quality early childhood program. This one-hour course…
Providing a broad overview of 4 main areas of child growth and development, this course offers practical tips on supporting children’s development. Key findings from brain research and its relevance to the care of young children is briefly explored, as well as the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP).
Infants’ experiences early in life literally influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child’s life. This 1-hour course addresses critical topics related to caring for the youngest and most vulnerable population of children, infants and toddlers.
One of the most challenging aspects of child care is deciding upon a style of discipline that is appropriate, effective, and in the best interest of each child. Students will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various disciplinary styles and explore strategies for setting and enforcing healthy limits.
Guidance and discipline issues are two of the most challenging aspects of any early childhood teacher’s work. Explore what contributes to problem behaviors and how to work with children to promote positive behaviors. Examine the effects of the classroom environment on children’s behaviors.
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