RCN offers many different training modules and topics for community members. Topics include:
Social Emotional Development within the Context of Relationships.
Module 1 sets the stage and focuses on the importance of understanding social emotional development. It establishes an understanding of behavior by making sense of what is seen and heard in the classroom. It defines how to form and sustain relationships with young children in the classroom and their families. Finally, it moves beyond the focus of basic understanding into information and strategies to nurture and support the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers and their families.
Responsive Routines, Environments and Targeted Strategies to Support Social Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers
Module 2 begins with social emotional climate in infant and toddler care settings and how to support infants and toddler’s social and emotional needs. It then defines what a high quality supportive environment looks like through schedules and routines and responsive environments. Module 2 then targets strategies to build social emotional skills by defining and providing strategies to develop emotional literacy, as well as the development of play skills, and the promotion of the development of friendship skills.
Individualized Intervention with Infants and Toddlers: Determining the Meaning of Behavior and Developing Appropriate Responses
Module 3 begins with defining what challenging behavior looks like in infants and toddlers, reasons why the behavior is occurring and consideration of child and family circumstances. It then provides a relationship based approach to challenging behavior by creating an understanding of the expression of emotion from infants and toddlers, and that this expression lies on a continuum. It differentiates between “acting out” behaviors and “withdrawing” behaviors, and how to respond to an infant or toddler’s distress. It looks through the lens of the child to understand their perspective in order to determine the meaning of the behavior. It then outlines how to develop an individual support plan to address the challenging behavior.