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URI summer institute to focus on addressing challenging behaviors of children in the classroom

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 11, 2005 -- The Ninth Annual Rhode Island Early Childhood Summer Institute for professionals working with children birth through age 8 will be held this month at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston Campus. The five-day program is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 to Tuesday, Aug. 2, at URI's Galanti Lounge on the 3rd Floor of the Library.

Entitled "Fostering Children's Social and Emotional Development: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Inclusive Settings Serving Children Birth through Age 8," the institute will be led by URI faculty, professionals from state and local programs, and enhanced by guest speakers.

“The subject of working with children who have challenging behavior is a very hot topic for this year’s institute,” said URI Human Development and Family Studies Professor Diane Horm, organizer of the program who specializes in the development and care of preschool and early school-age children. “With the recent New York Times article on the increasing numbers of children getting kicked-out of preschools due to difficult behaviors, many professionals are looking for insight into the issue. This is an area of tremendous concern, particularly as it relates to the expectations of the No Child Left Behind Act.”

Related theory, recent research findings, and practical strategies will be presented and discussed in large and small groups. Some sessions will highlight the best practices of local practitioners. Participants will learn about such issues as autism and sensory integration disorders and relevant policy initiatives, identification and referral processes, and the rationale and research support for policies of inclusion.

The registration fee is $350 and includes two professional development credits (approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education) or three URI graduate credits (HDF 506). Registration is limited to 40 and is targeted for professionals working in Rhode Island early childhood programs.

The program is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Education, Department of Human Services (Head Start Collaboration Project); Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, the Early Intervention Training Center at URI, RI Head Start Association, RI KIDS COUNT, RI Parent Information Network, CHILDSPAN, URI Child Development Centers, and the URI Family Research Partnership.

For more information concerning registration, call the Special Programs Office, URI College of Continuing Education at 401-277-5200. For further information about the course content, please contact Diane Horm at 401-874-2403.