More and more students in today's classrooms come to us with learning challenges that are made even more difficult by some of the mental health challenges they experience. While we cannot expect teachers, classroom associates/assistants, or related staff to become counselors or therapists, many of the strategies that are currently used to support students with mental health needs are easily adapted for use in the classroom setting. Entire classrooms can benefit from adding emotional regulation supports, mindfulness practices, sensory supports and a variety of other multi-modal teaching strategies…the exact kinds of supports that benefit students with mental health issues. Participants will learn many functional tools to utilize within the general education curriculum to support ALL students…skills that can carry over into the home…and…as an extra benefit…can increase your own feelings of well being! Come dressed comfortably, bring an open mind and be prepared to have a relaxing and fun time!
Presented by Lisa Ladson, Nanette A. Negri, PhD, & Sara Pensinger