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29th Infancy Institute — June 21, 22, 23, 2016

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Laura Martin

Laura MartinChallenging Behaviors? Developing Responsive Communities for Infants and Toddlers

As early educators, we spend our days caring for infants, toddlers, and their families. Sometimes it can be hard to understand children’s behaviors; to understand and de-code what the behavior is "communicating".  Laura Martin will discuss and share how understanding behavior lets you make sense of what you see and hear. Caregivers can then make intentional decisions based on what infants and toddlers might be communicating, and be able to create strengths-based strategies for positive change.

Laura is a mental health and disabilities specialist at Verner Center for Early Learning in Asheville, NC, and has spent her entire career working in early childhood mental health, challenging behaviors, and developmentally-based practices in early education. For the last ten years, her work has focused intensively on training early childhood educators about the importance of mental health and its impacts on children, families, and coworkers. Laura works closely with teachers and caregivers in her community, providing connection to mental health services and support for creating healthy social emotional experiences for young children.

Featured Presentation

Powerful Interactions

Join us on Tuesday afternoon for a panel presentation with practitioners sharing how they use Powerful Interactions in their work.

Music and Movement

Join us on Wednesday afternoon for Music and Movement. Learn some new songs and activities for infants and toddlers!