In this interactive, hands-on session, we will gain a working knowledge of the CLASS tool for both infants and toddlers. We will first examine the importance of a high relational climate within an infant environment. We will also examine how building strong relationships, communicating, and being sensitive to the needs and cues of infants effects their development of milestones. Infants learn by exploring their environment and knowing there is a secure base for them to check back into. While infants are making huge motor growth, they are having even larger unseen growth cognitively and in language development. We will actively explore strategies to aid infant caregivers in making their environment the highest quality care for infants. In a toddler classroom, teachers need to ensure they have a strong relationship established due to the beginning of separation anxiety and stranger danger. As toddlers are going through changes, teachers must provide behavioral and emotional supports to meet their needs. In addition to these items, they must have an environment that supports their quickly developing cognitive and language skills. We will explore techniques and strategies using the Toddler CLASS tool that will support teachers, parents, and above all the toddler.
Outcomes: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• define responsive caregiving and how it should look within their environment.
• utilize CLASS techniques to improve the emotional sensitivity and learning environment within their classroom.
If you still need a reason to attend all participants will leave with items to utilize in their classrooms!