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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: How to Promote Mental Health in Young Children with Developmental Disabilities or other Special Needs

by Barbara T. Doyle
November 4, 2014
Reg. 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Highland Community College (Building H, Student Conference Center, Newell Room-201)
2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois

Description: Mental health is essential for successful life outcomes. But what is mental health? Is it simply the absence of mental illness or is it something more? The World Health Organization defines mental health in this way: "Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community." Mental health is our goal for each of us and for all of our children. This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to promote mental health in young children with developmental disabilities or other special needs. Topics in the workshop will include: 1. Teaching and promoting everyday mental health skills. 1. Strategies to avoid harming the mental health of young children. 2. The role of positive affirmations in mentally healthy thinking. 3. The importance of learning how to quiet the mind. 4. Teaching children how to think in "shades of gray." 5. Strategies to model safe emotional expression. 6. Social connectedness as an asset in our mentally healthy lives. 7. The importance of self knowledge for mental health and self advocacy. Join STARnet and Barbara T. Doyle, MS in this exciting day of learning and growth.

Presenter Bios: Barbara T. Doyle MS is a nationally known author, master teacher, trainer, keynote presenter, and consultant with thirty nine years of experience. Her focus is to create successful lifetime outcomes for all people with disabilities. She consults and provides technical assistance to schools and school districts, adult services providers, child welfare providers, families, universities, and other organizations. She is an engaging trainer, noted for her practical information delivered with humor and humanity. Barbara is a family member of six people with disabilities, four of whom have an autism spectrum disorder. To learn more about Barbara Doyle and her work, please visit her website:

Continuing Education - This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) B
  • EI Credit in the area of 2hr Atypical, 2hr Intervention, 1hr Families
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
Highland Community College
PASS (Stephenson County Prekindergarten)/Regional Office of Education #8
Freeport School District 145 Early Childhood Programs
RAMP Center for Independent Living
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