Difficult Conversations and A SECRET are SRF (Vic) menu items.Other content may be available via Flexible funds or as part of a coaching package. Any of the training can be purchased with Kindy Uplift funding (Qld) if it aligns with the goals in your plan.
The length of the presentations varies slightly depending on whether they are taken as prerecorded content or live, but all are between 1-2.5 hours long.
All presentations can be completed face to face or online.
All About 'All About Me'
(NEW - free prerecorded introductory session)
Considers each area of the ‘All About Me’ document- Family Connections, Communication, Interests and Play skills, Emotional and Sensory Regulation, Self Care Skills, Background Information and Goals; how to observe and document these areas with the family and others working with the child, and how to share and plan goals and strategies together.
Sensory Processing and the A SECRET framework (SRF menu item- A SECRET) - 2.5 hours
Explains our eight sensory systems, and how our responses to them impact our emotional and sensory regulation levels. Highlights the challenges in EC settings for children who have strong reactions to sensory input and need support to regulate themselves. Practical strategies and opportunities for reflection are offered.
Also introduces the A SECRET framework – the invention of Dr Lucy-Jane Miller of the STAR institute for Sensory Processing, Colorado. (The original version of this presentation was the result of a collaboration between STAR and Early Childhood Outreach). The framework is used to collate and record strategies to support a child to achieve a particular goal, or maximise their success in a new challenge area. Fictional case studies are used to illustrate the practical use of the framework. The importance of having a detailed overview of the child’s current abilities and interests before completing an A SECRET framework is highlighted, and the All About Me is shown as an example of this.
Supporting Communication - 1 hour
Based on speech therapy practice, and the Hanen programs. Explores the importance of communicating effectively with children by matching their style and level, and scaffolding the child’s skills in this area. Basic communication stages, motivators and purposes are defined. A range of supporting strategies are introduced including visuals, Key Word Signs and communication temptations. These can be used for any child with almost any communication delay, regardless of its cause. Fictional case studies are included to offer opportunities for educators to brainstorm together.