The Pyramid Model Day 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments

This is the first of four workshop days based on the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Confidence. The Pyramid Model has been embedded in programs throughout the world as a comprehensive, multi-tiered, team-based approach to understanding children’s behavior, which includes prevention, promotion, and intervention practices.  

During this workshop, participants will discuss the relationships between challenging behavior and social emotional development while examining their own attitudes about challenging behavior; and describe the importance of building relationships between children, families, and colleagues.  Participants will also learn strategies that can be used to build positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues and be able to design effective preschool environments. They will learn the importance of consistent schedules and routines; structuring transitions; help children learn rules and routines with clear directions/expectations, and plan activities that promote engagement.  This workshop will also provide an opportunity to look at how to use ongoing monitoring and positive attention to support children’s social behaviors.

Learners will:

  • Recognize the relationship between challenging behavior and social emotional development.
  • Examine attitudes about challenging behavior.
  • Describe the importance of building relationships with children, families, and colleagues
  • Identify strategies that can be used to (1) build positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues; (2) design environments, schedules, and routines; (3) structure transitions; (4) help children learn rules and routines with clear directions/expectations; and (5) plan activities that promote engagement.
  • Use ongoing monitoring and positive attention to support children’s positive social behaviors.

To fully understand and embed the Pyramid Model within your program, participants are encouraged to attend all four workshops in this series as a team from your program.

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