Learning to Listen: Developing Cooperation and Problem Solving Skills in Young Children with Special Needs

posted Mar 26, 2015, 7:58 AM by RAiSE 102   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 7:13 AM ]
The Resource Association in Special Education (RAiSE) is hosting a presentation on improving behavior in young children with special needs, by Dena Walter, LCSW, ACSW, and Melissa Hanke, PhD. During the presentation, Ms. Walter will discuss how parents can learn to listen to what preschoolers are communicating and how to give directions so that preschoolers will listen. Dr. Hanke will discuss attending to your preschool-age child through child directed play and providing appropriate praise. In addition, learning to validate a young child’s emotions to help them problem solve more independently will also be addressed.
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Where: The LRC at Park Jr. High School, 333 North Park, LaGrange, IL

Dena Walter, LCSW, ACSW, is an Early Childhood School Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE), with over 30 years of experience in helping young children and families. A graduate of University of Chicago, Ms. Walter first worked in a school for children with emotional and behavior disorders for 13 years. She has been at LADSE for 20 years, working in the preschool classrooms to help teach children social skills, and providing assistance to families of children with and without special needs.

Melissa Brown Hanke, Ph.D., is an Early Childhood Coordinator/Psychology Supervisor at LADSE and a Licensed Clinical and Certified School Psychologist, with over 20 years of experience working with early childhood programs and preschool-age children with special needs. Dr. Brown has worked the last 10 years with young children and families to improve child social, functional, and learning skills, as an Early Childhood School Psychologist, through the public school system and home-school partnerships.

All parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend. For more information about RAiSE, visit our website at www.RAiSE102.org. To receive notification via email of future RAiSE events, send a request to RAiSE102@gmail.com.

Note: meeting cancellations will be announced via email and posted on the RAiSE website.
For a copy of the powerpoint presentation given during this meeting click here.