April showers can mean a lot of time spent indoors. Break up the rainy day blues by including more body movements. By increasing motor movements in the classroom, children will gain a large amount of benefits. These benefits can include better concentration in the classroom, and improved mental and physical health. An important, particular set of body movements that is popular with young children in that of yoga. Yoga focuses on breathing while also building up flexibility and muscles in the back and spine. Being mindful of each breath is an important part of practicing yoga. The breathing exercises done in a yoga session can carry on to even improve children’s focus in the rest of their school day. These […]
Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Early Childhood Setting
Many children with autism attend preschools, child care facilities, and home care settings. It is important to understand autism spectrum disorders and the impact of autism on learning and thinking. Learn why many children with autism also have sensory processing disorders. Practical strategies to use in your early childhood setting will be shared, enabling you to help children with autism reach their full potential.View the Course Description
Meet Laurie Gombash, PT, M. Ed.
Laurie Gombash is a Physical Therapist. She has over 20 years working in the public school systems with special needs children. She is also an independent Step Up To Quality Trainer and the creator of The ABC’s of Movement.
The ABC’s of Movement is an activity program that incorporates movement with learning the alphabet. Laurie was inspired to create this program through her years of working with children struggling with motor skills. After creating the ABC’s of Movement, Laurie collaborated with AIR Childcare Training to create several Step Up To Quality courses, including one for the ABC’s of Movement program.
Laurie continues her journey, helping not only special needs children but the childcare providers blessed to assist in their growth and development!