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Child Development

COM-14-01

Emerging Communication: The Base for Relationships and Learning

Author: Dominion Learning Institute

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Communication is very likely both the most important and the most complex set of skills a child will ever develop. These skills develop naturally in the first three years of life, if the child has the neurological and physical capabilities and is developing in a language-rich environment. Many factors impact the development of communication and language. 

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Unique Paths: Children With Down Syndrome

Author: Canadian Down Syndrome Society

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Enhanced

Free

Open a box of crayons and look inside. What are you likely to see? Colours, a wonderful array of colours! There may be a few blues but each one is unique and needed to create a masterpiece. Take out the blue and no more sky! Now, go one step further and add in a few special crayons. Perhaps one that will draw rainbows or swirls or maybe one that only draws smiles! Would you want a box like that? For me, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" This module has been adapted from the document Educator Package: A Guide to Inclusive Education for Children with Down syndrome.

DEV-14-01

An Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Author: Monica Carruthers, RECE, ECRT, AECEO.C,     Nature of Kids  

1 ECE Hour Module 1 of 2 

Learning Continuum: Foundation

This is the first of a series of modules addressing the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It provides a description of the causes and symptoms of FASD, as a foundation for following modules that address practices for educators and others working with children who have FASD and their families.

DEV-15-01

FASD Part II - A Toolbox of Strategies, Interventions and Approaches

Author: Monica Carruthers, RECE, ECRT, AECEO.C,   Nature of Kids  

1 ECE Hour Module 2 of 2 

Learning Continuum: Foundation

As you do more research about FASD and how to offer resources or techniques for improvement, you will find that there are many perspectives on how to best impact change. This module discusses several strategies and methods which can best meet the needs of the individual. There are several free resources included with this module.

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All in a Day's Play - Part 1 Development at Work

Author: Ingrid Crowthers, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Enhanced

Recognizing and understanding child development is a key factor in helping caregivers to optimize children’s development in all areas. This knowledge is critical in order to:

  • Engage children effectively
  • Guide children’s behaviour appropriately
  • Provide an environment that enhances the growth and development of each child
  • Provide materials appropriate for the developmental level of each child
  • Provide experiences that enhance children’s development in all domains – gross and fine motor, language, social, emotional, and cognitive
  • Ensure that activities, materials, and the learning environments are safe
  • Ensure the health and well-being of every child

Part 1 focuses on brain, motor and perceptual development.

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All in a Day's Play - Part 2 Development at Work

Author: Ingrid Crowthers, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Enhanced

Recognizing and understanding child development is a key factor in helping caregivers to optimize children’s development in all areas. This knowledge is critical in order to:

  • Engage children effectively
  • Guide children’s behaviour appropriately
  • Provide an environment that enhances the growth and development of each child
  • Provide materials appropriate for the developmental level of each child
  • Provide experiences that enhance children’s development in all domains – gross and fine motor, language, social, emotional, and cognitive
  • Ensure that activities, materials, and the learning environments are safe
  • Ensure the health and well-being of every child

Part 2 focuses on communication, social and cognitive development and environments.

DEV-14-03

Physical Aggression – a Natural Behaviour to be Unlearned?

Authors: Richard E. Tremblay, PHD, Kate Kennan & E.A. Connors

1 ECE Hour

Module 1 of 3

Learning Continuum: Leadership

Concerns about aggression, both physical and relational, are shared by parents, educators and other early years professionals. This is the first of three modules based on a synthesis of research compiled for the Centre of Excellence for Early Child Development, meant to inform practice and innovative approaches in the early years.

DEV-14-04

Understanding Differences of Expression of Early Aggression

Authors: Richard E. Tremblay, John Archer & Mara Brendgen

1 ECE Hour

Module 2 of 3

Learning Continuum: Leadership

Sex differences in frequency and level of physical aggression have been consistently reported. Scientists have proposed both social and biological explanations for this difference. Indirect verbal aggression is more common in girls than in boys. It involves seeking to harm the person’s reputation or social standing, and may include social  ostracism. Factors influencing both types of aggression are explored.

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Unlearning Aggression

Authors: Richard E. Tremblay, PHD, Kate Kennan & E.A. Connors

1 ECE Hour

Module 3 of 3

Learning Continuum: Leadership

Most children will show physically aggressive behaviour occasionally, and then learn other means of expressing emotions and solving conflicts. A minority of children will not. Interventions at an early age aimed at helping these children to learn adequate behaviour and emotional responses are warranted.

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"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual." - Albert Einstein