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Working For Kids: Building Skills

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United Way for Greater Austin

2000 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Barton Springs Room

Austin, TX 78702

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We would like to invite you to attend a free Working For Kids: Building SkillsTM training hosted by United Way for Greater Austin and sponsored by Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division of the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS). Please note that we are first prioritizing home visiting staff for this training, since there will be free Home Visitor Toolkits distributed after participants have completed all of the sessions.

Working For Kids Coach Training (6 hours total)

Session 1: Using interactive posters on “Mother’s Speech and Child Vocabulary” and “The Growing Brain”, a guided discussion will introduce trainees to the concepts that (1) the role of experiences in shaping brain development starts early, (2) the brain develops step-by-step from the prenatal period through 25 years of age, and (3) experiences shape brain development by strengthening brain circuits that get used a lot.

Using the interactive poster on “Supportive Environments for Brain Development Poster”, trainees will learn (1) what supportive environments are and how they help children and teens learn new skills, (2) how adversity leads to weaker brain circuits, (3) how adversity shapes how a child/teen sees the world, and (4) how supportive environments help buffer stress. This will be followed by a discussion of ways of interacting with children to facilitate brain development using the Simple Interactions approaches.

Session 2: Trainees will play the Brain Architecture Game, accompanied by a review that (1) supportive environments are key to healthy brain development, (2) experiences shape brain development, and (3) the effects of adversity can be buffered by caring adults and supportive environments. Trainees will also learn four ways of positively interacting with children/teens, including (1) “connecting”, (2) “serve and return”, (3) how to encourage “progression”, and (4) how to “include” all, using the Simple Interactions posters. There will then be a discussion of how to tailor activities to make sure they are age appropriate.

**Lunch will not be provided. Each participant must provide their own**

If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Manzo at marilyn.manzo@uwatx.org

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