Using The Carolina Curriculum to Assess and Intervene with Young Children with Special Needs
This one-day seminar presents The Carolina Curriculum, an assessment and intervention program for young children (birth to 5 years) with mild to severe disabilities. Rather than teaching skills based on the ages typically developing children master them, The Carolina Curriculum outlines more than 20 logical teaching sequences across five major domains: cognition, communication, social adaptation, fine motor, and gross motor. The logical teaching sequences make The Carolina Curriculum a much more effective tool for planning intervention programs than traditional curricula.
Participants will learn to
- determine children’s initial ability levels
- write behavioral objectives and plan interventions
- choose which sequences to teach and which items to teach within a sequence
- combine items from different sequences and/or domains into activities
- modify items for children with motor, visual, or hearing impairments
- work with children in inclusive settings
- promote generalization by offering opportunities throughout the day
- advise parents on activities to do at home to develop skills
- observe play and interview parents for indications of new skills mastered
- document change by completing the Assessment Log
For organizations wanting more in-depth coverage of The Carolina Curriculum, the speaker can use the day before the seminar to visit classrooms and consult with teachers one-on-one and in small groups.
The Carolina Curriculum provides a 12 month – 3 year assessment log and chart for work with children whose skills span the two curricula. The seminar can be targeted to the information and approaches necessary for working with children whose skills fall into this range. Let us know in advance which age group you work with, and, if possible, we’ll gear the seminar to your program!