Understanding and Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behaviors

graphic thumbnail with text: Early Childhood Professional Development
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Early ChildhoodEducator Trainings


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

Date and Location

  • November 13, 15, 27 and 29, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Rise and Shine Academy, South Hadley (Register by Nov 6)
  • March 4, 6, 11 and 13, 2019, 5:45pm - 8:15pm, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computer Center, Holyoke (Register by Feb 25)

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $85. Register online or download and mail the registration form, available on the right side of this page.


  • Photo of Sarah Lusardi

    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