All workshops are available for Type-2 BACB continuing education units (CEUs) to credentialed professionals who work and/or reside in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom; or who were credentialed before January 1, 2023, and work and/or reside outside of these authorized countries.

Joint Activity Routines Workshop

A five-session Zoom workshop for early childhood professionals to explore joint activity routines (JARs) as the interactive teaching framework of the ESDM assessment and intervention strategies. Through JARs, children and one or more partners come together to choose and set up an activity; carry out an initial play idea or routine of the activity called the theme; add on other materials, actions, or steps to vary and extend the activity, interaction, and learning opportunities; and reach an ending in the activity to put away related materials before choosing what to do next and repeating this framework. By doing activities together, whether it is toy play, books, social games, mealtime, getting dressed etc., JARs support children’s early attention, social, communicative, and critical thinking skills within the context of meaningful and rewarding exchanges and relationships. Combining group learning with self-guided activities, professionals will gain both knowledge and practical skills for using this framework characterized by joint engagement, shared positive affect, and spontaneous social learning with children and their families. Class size is limited to 10 to maximize the online learning experience. 

Learners completing this workshop will:

  1. Define joint activity routines and its four phases.
  2. Describe why joint activity routines are important to children’s development and relationships with others.
  3. Name joint activity routine strategies that use child-preferred activities for intrinsic meaning, motivation, and reward.
  4. Self-evaluation, reflection, planning, and problem-solving resources for ongoing technique use of intervention strategies.
PLEASE READ: By registering, you understand and confirm to the terms and conditions stated above.

NOW OPEN: Introductory ESDM Parent Coaching Workshop

Stay tuned for the next four-session Zoom workshop to explore the foundations of coaching families through the ESDM. Combining group learning with self-guided activities, early childhood professionals will gain both knowledge and practical skills for helping families plan, practice, reflect, and problem solve in a supportive, safe learning environment.  Previous experience or certification in the ESDM is not necessary to take this workshop. Class size is limited to 10 to maximize the online learning experience. Sign up now before registration closes May 20th.

Learners completing this workshop will:

  1. Define parent coaching and its "active ingredients" for family-centered care.
  2. Name stages of behavior change to assess parent motivation (or readiness, willingness, and ability) to take action toward desired outcome(s). 
  3. List evidence-based coaching tools of joint planning, observation, active practice, reflection, and problem-solving with parents.
  4. Recognize active listening strategies that support communication and feedback from parents, including sample resource handouts for coaching.
  5. Evaluate parent coaching language and actions with manualized fidelity tools. 

Intermediate ESDM Parent Coaching Workshop 

Stay tuned for the next four-session Zoom workshop to continue building confidence and competence in coaching families through the ESDM. Eligible for early childhood professionals who have taken the Introductory ESDM Parent Coaching Workshop, practice and navigate the more integral and relational coaching components to ESDM, including session planning, family-oriented intervention goals, data management, and communication that fuses acceptance and mindfulness with commitment and behavior-change strategies. Class size is limited to 10 to maximize the online learning experience.
 

Learners completing this workshop will:

  1. Evaluate parent coaching language and actions with manualized fidelity tools.
  2. Define Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  3. Name specific strategies and skills of MI and ACT.
  4. Explain how MI and ACT relates to the Transtheoretical Model of Change (or stages of change). 
  5. Recognize active listening strategies that support communication and feedback from parents, including sample resource handouts for coaching.
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Click the video for a brief overview of what to expect from the Infant Start Workshop for early childhood professionals supporting families with vulnerable infants.

Infant Start Workshop 

A five-session Zoom workshop on coaching families through eight infant characteristics based on the ESDM that may be limiting social interaction and social learning. Eligible for early childhood professionals who have taken the Introductory ESDM Parent Coaching Workshop and work with families of 18-month-old or younger infants with social-communication vulnerabilities or concerns, strategies aim to build development around each infant target. An autism diagnosis is not required. Professionals will be expected to practice topics weekly and share non-identifying information about their coaching experiences with families for expert guidance in use of these topics. 
 

Learners completing this workshop will:

  1. Identify infant behavioral cues of engagement and disengagement to help parents recognize in their interactions with babies.
  2. Name and define the eight infant characteristics that serve as the coaching topics with families.
  3. Facilitate parents' practice, reflection, and problem-solving with the Infant Start Manual and other resource handouts for coaching and evaluating parent-infant progress.
Parents concerned about their infants are strongly encouraged to speak with their developmental pediatrician or family doctor. Consultation is also available to parents by clicking here.

Parent Group e-Class 

​Stay tuned for the next topic on positive parenting strategies supported by the latest research ​in how young children learn and develop skills inside play and other routines with their families. 

An email confirmation will follow your registration with a recorded video of the strategies and example ideas to get you started with your child ahead of a live, one-hour group Zoom video call at the listed day and time with Laurie and other parents or caregivers who sign up. Click the Join Meeting link in your email confirmation to start the Zoom video call and share questions, ideas, and feedback. Subscribe below to not miss out on the next topic! 

Registration: $85 USD

PLEASE READ: The Group e-Class and its information is for parents and families of infants to preschool-aged children who may or may not benefit developmentally from the provided information. No coaching is offered with children during the Zoom call. Payment is required per person. Be sure to check your email confirmation for the day and time to join the Zoom call. There are no refunds Group e-Class cancellations or no-shows to the Zoom call, and make-up sessions are subject to additional fees. Workshops are available for professionals interested in learning more about the Parent Group e-Class topic. Contact Laurie for more information.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Workshop registration links below when clicked will show the date in your local time zone for Zoom Session 1. Click on that date and enter your contact and payment information to register for the entire workshop. An email confirmation will follow your registration with links to the Independent Learning video and handouts to access ahead of Zoom Session 1. Click the Join Meeting link in your email confirmation to start Zoom Sessions with Laurie and other professionals who sign up. 
Workshops are available in English only (unless previously arranged) and do not result in ESDM certification. There is no live coaching with children during Zoom Sessions. Attendance and completion of all workshop activities are mandatory for BACB CEUs with payment required per person. There are no refunds for cancellations or no-shows, and make-up sessions are subject to additional fees. Parent written consent has been provided to share video for teaching purposes.
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Click the video for a brief overview of what to expect from this new Joint Activity Routines Workshop for early childhood professionals supporting families in the ESDM.

JARs WORKSHOP AGENDA:

  • Independent Learning: An approximate 60-minute overview video (in English) to watch at your own pace ahead of Zoom Session 1 and a variety of engaging learning experiences, including video, audio, and written material, that will take between 1-2 hours after each Zoom session. 
  • March 21, 2024 (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 1 on ESDM play partner strategies for “finding the fun” or landing on the initial theme of the routine with children and sharing the experience through back-and-forth rounds and social-communication exchanges.
  • March 28, 2024 (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 2 on ESDM teaching strategies that amplify (not simplify) the social framework of learning inside doing and enjoying activities together.
  • April 04, 2024 (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 3 on ESDM add-on (or variation) strategies to keep children’s attention and interest up for ongoing engagement, active learning, and shared excitement with a social partner. 
  • April 11, 2024 (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 4 on ESDM set-up and closing/transition strategies for beginning and ending activities together.
  • April 18, 2024 (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 5 on revisiting the full framework for continued group practice, planning, and self-reflection learning activities. 
Registration: $365 USD  
Credit: 12.0 Learning (Type-2) BACB CEUs

 



INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP AGENDA:

  • Independent Learning: An approximate 40-minute overview video (in English) to watch at your own pace ahead of Zoom Session 1 and a variety of engaging learning experiences, including video, audio, and written material, that will take between 1-2 hours after each Zoom session. 
  • May 23, 2024 (12:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 1 on the ESDM interactive strategies for children's early social-communication skills.
  • May 30, 2024 (12:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 2 on the ESDM coaching principles to assess and facilitate parent motivation for change as adult learners and partners in their child's early intervention and/or education program.
  • June 06, 2024 (12:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 3 on the ESDM coaching language, actions, and session structure used with families.
  • June 20, 2024 (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time): Zoom Session 4 on ESDM coaching variations, wrap-up group discussions, and self-guided learning activities for ongoing practice. 
Registration: $375 USD  
Credit: 13.0 Learning (Type-2) BACB CEUs
PLEASE READ: By registering, you understand and confirm to the terms and conditions stated above.







INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP AGENDA:

  • Independent Learning: An approximate 25-minute overview video (in English) to watch at your own pace ahead of Zoom Session 1 and a variety of engaging learning experiences, including video, audio, and written material, that will take between 1-2 hours after each Zoom session. 
  • Zoom Session 1 (three hours): ESDM session planning from start to finish with real-life coaching examples.
  • Zoom Session 2 (three hours): ESDM session management with evaluative tools and reflective practice of coaching skills, parent fidelity, and child data.
  • Zoom Session 3 (three hours): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) mindfulness skills for how we relate to thoughts and emotions in order to live, behave, and change when needed in ways that align with personal values.
  • Zoom Session 4 (two hours): Motivational Interviewing (MI) behavior change strategies that support person-centered communication, thoughts, and feelings. 
Registration: $375 USD  
Credit: 13.0 Learning (Type-2) BACB CEUs
PLEASE READ: By registering, you understand and confirm to the terms and conditions stated above. 



























INFANT WORKSHOP AGENDA:

  • Independent Learning: An approximate 90-minute overview video (in English) to watch at your own pace ahead of Zoom Session 1 and a variety of engaging learning experiences, including video, audio, and written material, that will take between 1-2 hours after each Zoom session. 
  • Zoom Session 1 (three hours): Coaching strategies and practice materials to help families capture infant attention for interaction.
  • Zoom Session 2 (three hours): Coaching strategies and practice materials to help families encourage infant babbling and attention shifting.
  • Zoom Session 3 (three hours): Coaching strategies and practice materials to help families expand infant play and nonverbal communications. 
  • Zoom Session 4 (three hours): Coaching strategies and practice materials to help families bundle infant communications and maximize daily activities for interactive learning.
  • Booster Session (two hours): A final "booster" session two weeks after Zoom Session 4 to revisit infant topics for updates, questions, and feedback on coaching experiences with families.
Registration: $395 USD  
Credit: 16.25 Learning (Type-2) BACB CEUs
PLEASE READ: By registering, you understand and confirm to the terms and conditions stated above and that you have weekly coaching access to a family of an 18-month-old or younger vulnerable infant for guided practice of workshop topics.

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