2021 Connecting with Hard to Reach Children
Connecting with hard to reach children and managing big behaviors have always been common classroom challenges. Yet the isolation, uncertainty, trauma and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic significantly multiplied these difficulties. As students return to school, re-establishing connection and safety will be essential to reducing challenging behaviors and fostering healing, learning and problem solving. In this two-day workshop, Connecting with Hard to Reach Children, you’ll gain fresh insight and new strategies on how to connect with hard to reach children, including those impacted by trauma and toxic stress.
Master Instructor Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo will specifically address stressors related to COVID-19 and their effect on children. You’ll learn to manage your own anxieties, then understand and respond to challenging behavior, building connection that leads to cooperation–and, ultimately, lasting behavioral changes.
This event takes place at a school that is successfully implementing Conscious Discipline, giving you the unique opportunity to see strategies and structures in action as you gain insight from a Master Instructor.
- Kaukauna, WI
- Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo
Here's What You'll Learn:
As children return to school following the pandemic, we don’t know what behaviors to expect. We do know that disconnection, lack of safety and trauma create a perfect storm for big behaviors–one that traditional discipline strategies won’t fix. Learn new, better strategies for connection and cooperation, even in uncertain times.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed to provide educators who teach children of any age with effective, research-based strategies to build relationships and improve behavior under uniquely challenging circumstances.
Master Instructor Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo, who has extensive experience in special education, will guide you through actionable strategies to connect with hard to reach children.
These materials are included with your Conscious Discipline Workshop registration, your workshop handout and a Conscious Discipline tote bag.
Transform chaos to connection and cooperation with hard to reach children
Have you found it especially difficult to connect with students over the past year? Are you worried about how disconnected, traumatized children will behave when they return to school? This workshop will integrate research about brain development with proven interventions and best practices designed to help you reach hurting, hurtful children. Learn simple strategies to replace chaos with connection and cooperation for your most challenging children, even during times of stress and uncertainty.
- Understand why some children resist connection.
- Examine family stressors related to COVID-19 and their impact on children.
- Learn how to reduce anxiety during challenging times for both yourself and children through active calming.
- Discover how to build relationships with hard-to-reach children and provide a felt sense of safety through consistent, responsive caregiving.
- Learn why consequences often fail with chronically aggressive children, and how and why connection leads to lasting behavioral changes.
- Explore the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model so you can better understand children’s behavior and which responses will be most helpful.
- Equip yourself with immediately usable strategies to help children develop impulse control and increase cooperation.
- Learn to adapt Conscious Discipline strategies like I Love You Rituals, Baby Doll Circle Time and noticing for all, especially children with trauma.
Meet Your Facilitators
Chapel Hill, NC
Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education and is a talented trainer who has worked extensively with special needs children. Her special education classroom was recognized as a Conscious Discipline model classroom by Dr. Becky Bailey and Miami-Dade County Public School District. Elizabeth is fluent in English and Spanish.
More Information About This Event
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Location & Safety Guidelines
The Connecting with Hard to Reach Children Workshop will be hosted at the:
Park Community Charter
509 Lawe St,
Kaukauna, WI 54130
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Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible and the scholarship is not transferable.
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