- Consults for Children
- Consults for Classrooms
- Staff Development Training
- Parent Workshops
- Play Facilitator/Shadow Training
- In-Class Groups
Consults for children involve several steps. First, parents sign a consent form and fill out a behavioral checklist to help consultants understand the nature of their concerns and any relevant developmental history. Teachers also fill out a checklist so that consultants have input about the child’s behavior in a center-based classroom setting as well.
Then, a consultant will observe the child in his/her classroom over a period in which several transitions and types of activities may be seen. The consultant will also talk with staff about their concerns, strategies that they’ve tried, and review any relevant data that the staff has, such as progress reports, incident reports, parent-teacher conference notes, or observational notes that the teachers may have about the child.
Occasionally, Child Development Consultants may have a second consultant do a brief observation after the initial observation to provide input if they feel the first observation was not comprehensive enough or they need additional information.
After the classroom observation, the consultant will write up a report including observations, individualized strategies to employ in the classroom, recommendations for the parents, and referrals, if necessary for any additional outside support or suggested evaluations.
This report will be presented to relevant school staff and parents during an interpretive meeting which will take place at the school. As follow up, the site director or administrator is encouraged to check in with the teacher a week or two after the meeting to ensure that they are implementing the recommended strategies, and if not, work with the classroom teacher to do so.
This also provides the teacher with an avenue for support if s/he is confused about a recommended strategy or has had difficulty trying to implement it. Consultants are always available for follow-up phone calls, emails, or visits.
Some years, a teacher lands a “perfect storm” of personalities in his/her classroom which creates behavior management challenges beyond anything previously experienced.
Sometimes, directors’ best attempts at “match-making” don’t work out so well, and two teachers are put together who struggle to communicate and work together effectively.
Other years, teachers change age groups and feel a little adrift trying to adjust their approach to the developmental level of their students. For example, a veteran pre-k teacher needs to bring her language way down, add many more visuals, cut the length of group activities, and provide a steady stream of sensory-based activities and materials if she finds herself teaching 2 year-olds one year.
Other times, there may be a classroom that chronically struggles to employ best practices and needs more support or a fresh voice to provide guidance.
In any of these scenarios, Child Development Consultants can work with teachers to improve their classroom management skills, use more developmentally appropriate practices, and create a more positive, “user-friendly” environment for the children in their care.
Child Development Consultants deploy a range of strategies when providing classroom consultations including: observations with written reports, modeling of techniques, and meeting with teachers to develop goals and identify teachers’ professional strengths and areas for growth.
Child Development Consultants are certified providers of continuing education for childcare providers in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. All workshops include a PowerPoint presentation, handout, and interactive activities.
Please see the attached list for workshop titles. Click HERE for List of Workshops.
Child Development Consultants are available to provide parent education workshops and informal get-togethers or Q&As on a variety of topics. Parent workshops may be more formal and prepared, with a PowerPoint presentation and handout, or they may be casual and simple, such as a brown-bag lunch with a general Q&A, or coffee and drop-in chats with consultants about separation anxiety, for example.
Any of the staff development workshops may be modified for parents, or contact Child Development Consultants to set up a format and program that best meets your needs.
This is a service that consultants provide when it has been determined that a child would be most successful in his classroom environment with 1-on-1 adult support.
While Child Development Consultants do not provide shadows, our team may train them once they have been identified. Training includes modeling appropriate techniques, explaining best practices and potential pitfalls to the shadow, observing and providing specific feedback to the shadow, and identifying individualized strategies that may help the child be as successful as possible given his unique set of strengths and challenges.
Shadow training occurs over several visits so that the consultant can note progress and address challenges that may be developing, and the shadow has the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback about particular situations that may have come up since the last time they met.
Visits from the Friendship Lady: Amy Freedman is a speech-language therapist who is also known as The Friendship Lady. She leads students in activities, songs and conversations promoting friendship. The children work in pairs to practice essential friendship skills such as listening to a friend's request, responding appropriately and using kind words. The teachers use and reinforce these strategies in the classroom. After each lesson a note with additional friendship activities is sent home to parents.
All services are available through an annual contract with Child Development Consultants. A minimum annual contract is 10 hours. Contracts may be paid in equal monthly installments, or up front in full.
Contracts of 20 hours or more paid up front in full receive 2 or more complimentary hours of consulting. Please contact us for more details. All services are also available “a la carte.” For “a la carte” services, payment is due at the time services are rendered. Please contact us for more details.