Workshop Objectives: Attendees will:
- Gain an understanding of Asperger Syndrome.
- Learn the principles of prevention programming.
- Examine how prosocial behavior develops in early childhood
- Examine how parents and early childhood providers can promote prosocial behavior.
- Learn how the Bingham Early Childhood Prosocial Curriculum works
Workshop Description: This workshop is a hands-on, participatory workshop exploring the background, content, and implementation of the Bingham Prosocial Development Program for Early Childhood settings. It examines a teaching methodology that enables adults to help children learn kindness, respect, empathy, sharing, and self-control. The Bingham Early Childhood Prosocial Curriculum is an evidence-based program that encourages positive social skills in preschool and kindergarten children. Grounded in ecological, multiple intelligence, and learning theories, this program is introduced to early childhood educators in a series of learning sessions. After this introductory experience, educators work with coaches in their classroom to develop their abilities to elicit and nurture positive behaviors from their students. This workshop provides the basic training necessary to implement the curriculum. In view of the recent tragedy that befell our state, this workshop begins with a one hour discussion of Asperger Syndrome.
Ray Ducharme is C.E.O. and founder of The Learning Clinic and a past director of the Asperger Coalition of USA. For several years Ray taught at Brown University and at the University of Massachusetts. A widely published author and recognized expert on Asperger’s Syndrome, Ray is co-editor of Asperger Syndrome A Guide for Parents and Professionals. First published in 2003, the 2nd Edition of this book is in press and is slated to appear in the spring of 2013.
Melanie Smith-Cervera is the Director of Early Childhood Services for Child and Family Agency of SE CT. She earned her MA in Education from the University of Connecticut. She has worked in the early childhood field for the past 11 years and has been the lead trainer for the Bingham program in recent years.
Tom Gullotta is C.E.O. of Child and Family, an adjunct member of the psychology and education departments at ECSU. He is the senior author of the 4th edition of The Adolescent Experience, senior editor for Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion 2nd edition, co-editor of Asperger Syndrome 2nd edition (in press), and editor emeritus of the Journal of Primary Prevention. He is one of the authors of the Bingham and Salmon Programs.
A light breakfast and lunch is provided without charge for each workshop.
CEU’s available for LMFT, LPC and LCSW.