Structured But Fun: Effective Practices for Early Childhood Classrooms

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Presenter: Lorraine Maida, MS CCC-SLP
Through presentation of highly engaging multimodality teaching strategies, participants will engage in activities that emphasize the best practices utilized throughout the day in early childhood settings that will allow for full participation of children at all ability levels. Music, movement, rhythm, visual supports, oral language and print literacy practices, transition practices, large group management and engagement will all be addressed.  Handouts will give information that allows practices to be put in place immediately.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe at least 10  best practice strategies in the early childhood classroom
  • explain how universally design activities can meet the needs of a diverse group of learners
  • demonstrate understanding of how to develop language for learning throughout the day and bridge those skills to early print literacy
About Lorraine: Lorraine Maida, MA CCC-SLP has worked in the educational field for over 30 years.  Her experience spans a broad range of roles including Speech Pathologist, special education teacher, administrator, university instructor and educational consultant. She has worked with students and developed programming for all ages and abilities.
Lorraine has been invited to provide hundreds of training opportunities at local, state and national venues related to provision of educational services in schools.  She is currently working as a public school SLP, a seminar provider and education consultant.  She is also adjunct faculty for Central Washington University and a guest lecturer in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Washington.
She has written a handbook titled Response to Intervention and the Role of the SLP published by The Bureau of Education and Research.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
10 minutes: Introduction (10 min)
15 minutes: Entrance strategies (15)
15 minutes: Group attention strategies (15min)
30 minutes: Oral Language and Print Literacy Ideas (30 min)
10 minutes: Free choice strategies (10 min)
10 minutes: Transition strategies (10min)
10 minutes: Mealtime strategies (10 min)
10 minutes: Toileting/washing hands strategies (10 min)
10 minutes:  Exit Strategies strategies (10 min)

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Lorraine Maida is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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