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Laurie's work

Keynote addresses, 1 and 2-day trainings, retreats, workshops and presentations are available.  My work focuses on relationships, social-emotional learning, Positive Discipline, and effective tools for working with people.  All of my workshops that are not set up by the sponsoring agency as a lecture, are lively, humorous, and invite personal reflection.  Experiential activities are always included.

Topics and Titles

Topic:  Trauma in the Lives of Children and How it Influences Behavior

Title: An introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

Understanding the new science about early childhood trauma gives us refreshed insight into how important relationships between adults and children are.  This presentation introduces the ACES study, the implications for those who care for and teach children and the effective things we can do to buffer the effects of trauma and build safe and secure relationships with the children in our lives.

Topic:  Challenging Behavior

Title: These Kids are Driving Me Crazy

This fun and dynamic workshop defines the sequence and process of development that effects children’s ability to respond to direction, get a long in groups and cooperate.  Most of what we call “challenging behavior” is the expression of developmentally typical patterns or has been invited by relationships and/or the environment.  When adults recognize behavior as typical they are less likely to be frustrated by it.  In addition, when adults have effective tools and skills for encouraging and supporting learning, they can feel confident about their work.

Topic: Understanding Young Children’s Behavior

Title:  Positive Discipline: Guiding Children's Behavior

An introduction to the internationally recognized Positive Discipline program and how it works.  This fun and fast moving workshop or training demonstrates why respect, encouragement, and solutions are more effective than strategies that discourage and punish children.  Based on the work of Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott and others, the ideas and concepts are taught through experiential activities and processes that help participants internalize their learning.

Topic:  Social Emotional Development in Young Children

Title:  Challenging Behaviors and Challenging Lives: What research says about the link between emotional development and classroom culture and practices, and what we have always known.  OR

Title: Trauma and it's effects on Social-Emotional Development and Learning

This presentation will explore the roots and reasons for children’s behavior, specifically behavior problems, and connect it to effective responses by adults.   We must become educated about the meaning of behavior and learn how to respond in order to support each child in feeling safe, secure, and connected.  Adults are the key.  Social-emotional learning is not so much about “getting children to change” as it is about changing what we do to meet the needs of each child.  When ALL adults are consistently respectful, supportive, engaging, curious, and encouraging children will learn.  As the adult-child relationship improves, the child can then learn and progress.  The information will be immediately useful in all adult-child relationships.

Topic: Trauma Informed Care in Action

Title: Implementing Trauma Informed Positive Discipline    

This presentation tells the stories of the lives of children who experience trauma and how to work with them.  Learn the obstacles traumatized children face and learn what works to help them begin to heal.   Using Positive Discipline tools to implement Trauma Informed Care, CSEFEL, and Restorative Justice is very effective.  Learn skills and tools that can be used immediately and learn how adults—Foster Parents, teachers, administrators and school bus drivers, can make a difference in the lives of children. 

Topic:  Improving Education

Title: 10 Things we Can Do Right Now to Make Schools Better!

Education presents the best way to support learning, development and improved lives.  Today, we are mired in a plethora of standards, outcomes, and expectations that are often detached from and do not represent the real needs of children.  This presentation shares 10 things that we can do right now to make our programs more developmentally relevant and more effective in order to support the children we serve.  The presentation can address early childhood or k-12 programs, per your needs.

Topic:  Reflective Teaching

Title: Understanding the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences who teach and work with children. (May be Part 1 of a 2 part training or workshop.  See below.)

An introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) as they relate to adults working with young children.  We will explore some of the research and the practical ways to support Early Childhood professionals in their work. 

Teacher Disposition is among the most influential aspects of the early childhood classroom.  Many ECE professionals themselves have experienced challenges in their early years and even adverse childhood experiences.  This workshop will introduce ACES and the adaptations we make in our early years that later influence our teaching disposition and behaviors.  It will provide tools for instructors and supervisors to use in working with adult learners and employees.

Topic:  Reflective Teaching and Strengthening Adult Relationships

Title: Motivating compassion in adults who may have been traumatized as children.   (May be part 2 to workshop described above)

Although we all want to be loving, unresolved emotional issues sometimes get in the way of us being as patient and compassionate as we would like to be.  Learn about emotional roadblocks and how adults can be triggered in early care settings and learn how to support adults in the classroom environment and in life.

Topic:  Reflective Teaching and Strengthening Adult-Child Relationships

Title: The Leader's Role in Creating Coherent, Nurturing and Secure Environments

If we are to become change agents, and inspire the best learning for all children, then we must first look into our own dispositions and explore our own beliefs and practices.  Becoming reflective, intentional and effective in our work with young children invites us to heal ourselves and continually grow and develop.