Understanding and Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behaviors

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Young children use their behaviors to communicate their feelings, needs and wants. This course looks at what children may be trying to communicate with their behavior, the impact of trauma on behavior and why children sometime have challenging  behaviors. Information on brain development, the importance of healthy social emotional development, and the impact of trauma will all be discussed in the context of understanding and addressing young children’s behaviors.

This session addresses Massachusetts Core Competency 2: Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth.


Early Childhood Educators


10 training hours or 1 CEU


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


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    Sarah Lusardi, LicSW, Clinical Supervisor has provided ECMH support to young children and their families for over 15 years. She previously worked as a Head Start Family Advocate, DCF social worker in California, and then as the Clinical Director in a non-profit that advocated for children in foster care.

For more information, contact:
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568