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Out of school time programs can help youth successfully navigate their adolescent years and develop the skills they will need to become our future leaders. In order to design and create successful youth programs, staff need to enhance their knowledge of adolescent development and intentionally create opportunities and supports for all participants to develop the skills necessary to transition into adulthood. This webinar will explore the developmental issues faced by adolescents through three time periods (early, middle, and late adolescence); the relationship between recreation and the teenage brain, and a research-based framework which can be used to build developmental assets in participants. Read More

When children and youth use negative or challenging behaviors, adults often get upset. It can be difficult to keep a level head when a child spits at you or a youth cusses you out. All behavior has a purpose, but often times we do not understand where it is coming from or what to do. This webinar will focus on how to look for what the child or youth is trying to tell us through the behavior. It will cover strategies for identifying the function (“why”) of behavior and responding to behavior based on its purpose. Read More

Fifteen percent of children experience hearing loss and up to 50% of children experience vision loss that can impact learning. Join us for an introduction to visual and auditory disabilities, and learn strategies to support children and youth who experience these disabilities. Read More

Children learn through play. They learn to share, take turns, how to control and express emotions, and how to be a friend. But how can we support children who have delayed play skills? This webinar will teach you some basics about social-emotional skills and how play based interventions can be used across age groups to develop these skills. Read More

Child and youth providers consistently ask KIT for practical ways to increase appropriate behaviors in their learning environments. Using positive reinforcement is one evidence-based approach that can accomplish this need; but do you know what that really means? Join us for a half hour webinar that will address misconceptions about punishment, differentiate between two kinds of motivators, illuminate strategies for developing pride in one's hard work, and apply long and short-term reinforcement strategies for encouraging positive behavior. This presentation will be helpful for direct-care providers, T&Cs, and managers, with all levels of familiarity with behavioral support. Read More

Developing social-emotional skills in children, youth, and teens is a vital part of their success into adulthood. When providers are meaningfully engaged to help coach children/youth while they practice new social skills in a safe, nurturing environment, they have a better chance at being successful in real-life events. Join us as we explore social-emotional skills through the life-span beginning with the stages of play in early childhood and incorporating the importance of peers in the school-age, preteen, and teen years. We will discuss practical ways to use small groups to teach and reinforce building connections with peers. Read More

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