Teaching Children with Developmental Delays and Autism [Webinar]

This week, we welcomed Dr. Cara Goodwin, Psychologist and founder of Parenting Translator.. Dr. Cara spoke some important tips and strategies to help children with autism and developmental delays in the classroom. She gave us great tips on setting the children up for success through visual aids and structure while giving advice on how to handle behavioral challenges you may face.

🎤Our Special Guest:

Dr. Cara Goodwin, Psychologist, Founder of Parent Translator

Dr. Cara Damiano Goodwin, PhD is a licensed psychologist and a mother of three children. She specializes in child development and has spent many years doing research in child psychology and neuroscience, assessing children for developmental problems, conducting therapy with children of all ages, and training parents on how to use the most recent scientific findings to help their children. Dr. Goodwin founded Parenting Translator with the mission of taking recent scientific research and translating it into information that parents can use in their everyday lives! She provides free resources for parents through her website Parenting Translator and Instagram account @parentingtranslator. Her goal is to help busy parents by providing information on scientific research that is useful, accurate, and relevant!

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Dr. Cara

  • Children with autism and developmental disabilities benefit from increased visual aids and structure
  • Have a structured classroom and minimize distractions  
  • Plan and prepare the children for transitions, explain classroom rules and expectations and then gradually expose the child to change 
  • Increase a child’s engagement and motivation by getting their interests, and follow their lead
  • Teach new skills and behavior through prompting and other behavioral principles
  • When faced with challenging behavior, there is no cure-all function. Try and understand what is happening before, during, and after the behavior. 
  • Break down the function of the behavior: Attention, Tangible, Escape, and Sensory.
  • When teaching new skills break them down into small steps.

✨Resources

Connect with Dr. Cara 

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Ria Simon

Ria Simon in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

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