Skill Base Series

The SKILL BASE courses provide content to help Early Start providers support development within specific developmental domains and for children with specific disability conditions. Scroll down for a description of course objectives and a link to additional details for each Skill Base course.

Facilitating Social and Emotional Development (SB:SE)

Topics covered in this course include: social and emotional developmental milestones, assessment in the social and emotional domain, indicators of common disabilities related to social and emotional development, service planning to address needs in social and emotional development, and evidence-based intervention strategies.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe terms, components and sequence of social and emotional development in young children.
  • Identify indicators and characteristics of common disability conditions related to social and emotional development.
  • Discuss tools and practices appropriate for evaluation and assessment of social and emotional development.
  • Develop functional, relationship-based outcomes based on the needs identified through an assessment of social and emotional development.
  • Describe appropriate, evidence-based intervention practices that may be used to address developmental needs in the social and emotional domain.

For a week-by-week description of course content, refer to the course catalogue.

Facilitating Sensory Processing Development (SB:SP)

Topics covered in this course include: typical development of sensory processing skills, assessment of sensory processing development, indicators of common disabilities related to sensory processing, service planning to address needs in sensory processing development, and evidence-based intervention strategies.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe terminology, components and typical aspects of sensory processing development in young children.
  • Identify indicators and characteristics of common disability conditions related to sensory processing dysfunction.
  • Discuss tools and practices appropriate for evaluation and assessment of sensory processing development.
  • Develop functional, relationship-based outcomes based on the needs identified through an assessment of sensory processing development.
  • Describe appropriate, evidence-based intervention practices that may be used to address developmental needs in sensory processing.

For a week-by-week description of course content, refer to the course catalogue.

Facilitating Communication Development (SB:Comm)

Topics covered in this course include: developmental milestones of communication, assessment in the communication domain, indicators of common disabilities related to communication development, service planning to address needs in communication development, and evidence-based intervention strategies.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe terms, components, and the sequence of communication development in young children.
  • Identify indicators and characteristics of common disability conditions related to communication development.
  • Discuss tools and practices appropriate for evaluation and assessment of communication development.
  • Develop functional, relationship-based outcomes based on the needs identified through an assessment of communication development.
  • Describe appropriate, evidence-based intervention practices that may be used to address developmental needs in the communication domain.

For a week-by-week description of course content, refer to the course catalogue.

Facilitating Cognitive Development (SB:Cog)

This course provides content on supporting development within the specific developmental domain of cognitive development. Information on typical development, intellectual disabilities, and support and intervention strategies is presented via narrated presentations and reinforced through individual learning activities, assignments, and a discussion forum facilitated by parent-professional facilitator teams. Topics covered in this course include: developmental trajectory of cognition, assessment in the cognitive domain, common intellectual disabilities, outcome development and service planning to address concerns in cognitive development, and evidence-based intervention strategies.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe terms, components, and the elements of cognitive development in young children.
  • Identify common conditions that include intellectual disability as a characteristic.
  • Increase knowledge of current practice and approaches to communicating about and supporting the development of children with intellectual disabilities.
  • Discuss tools and practices appropriate for evaluation and assessment of communication development.
  • Develop functional, relationship-based outcomes based on the needs identified through a developmental assessment and a family interview.
  • Describe appropriate, evidence-based intervention practices that may be used to promote overall cognitive development and to address concerns in the cognitive domain.

For a week-by-week description of course content, refer to the course catalogue.

Project Co-Directors:
Virginia Reynolds and Angela McGuire

Contact:
Angela McGuire, Early Start Training Coordinator