[HCCN] PR: Incredible Years - Toddlers begins 11.2.10

Candy Eaton children at downeasthealth.org
Wed Sep 22 10:33:17 EDT 2010

  September 21, 2010; FOR IMMEDIATE 
RELEASE.......................................*.a pdf poster is 
available upon request*
CONTACT: /Candy Eaton, Program Director
Hancock County Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health Services 
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605/
/207-667-5304, ext. 261; //children at downeasthealth.org/ 
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>

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*"Incredible Years for Parents of Toddlers"*

The Hancock County Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health 
Services, is pleased to announce that a new 8-week Tuesday series for 
parents and guardians of toddlers will begin on _November 2^nd , 2010 at 
9:30am-11:30am_. If you are interested in participating in this FREE 
series, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261. We are looking for 
a minimum of 5 families to participate and the space will accommodate up 
to 12 parents.

The Incredible Years programs will show some of the ways that parents 
can nurture, teach and respond to their toddlers in sensitive ways that 
bring about their optimal social, emotional, physical and intellectual 
development. At one year of age, as babies change from infants to 
toddlers, there is a shift in the way they interact with their parents. 
Suddenly, your baby becomes aware of himself as an individual as well as 
aware of other fascinating and irresistible objects in his environment 
such as stuffed animals, rattles, dogs and toys. This stage is 
alternately endearing, entertaining, exhausting, and exasperating for 

Each week, we will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss 
and learn from each other about a specific topic specific to "The 
Incredible Years for Toddlers 1-3 years -- The Age of Exploration". 
Topics scheduled are:

· November 2^nd : "Child-Directed Play Promotes Positive Relationships"

· November 9^th : "Promoting Toddlers' Language With Child-Directed 

· November 16^th : "Coaching Toddlers' Social and Emotional Competence"

· November 23^rd : "Art of Effective Praise and Encouragement"

· November 30^th : "Spontaneous Incentives for Toddlers"

· December 7^th : "Handling Separation and Reunions With Toddlers"

· December 14^th : "Positive Discipline and Effective Limit Setting"

· December 21^st "Positive Discipline -- Handling Misbehavior"

This course is based on well-established behavioral / social-learning 
and child development principles that describe how behaviors are learned 
and how they can be changed. At the core of this approach is the simple 
idea that people change as a result of the interactions they have on a 
daily basis with one another. In the first lesson, parents and other 
adults will learn how to play with a child. This seems like such an easy 
and straightforward task that most adults overlook the importance of 
developing good play skills. These skills, however, are some of the most 
important of all for fostering positive interactions with children and 
reducing behavior problems. Moreover, play is a time when adults can 
respond to children in ways that build a good self-concept and encourage 
social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

Downeast Health Services Inc. seeks to support the many families with 
toddlers in Hancock County. You learned how to parent an infant. Now, 
you need to "upgrade" your skills to parent a toddler. This is so that 
you can do a more difficult job equally well and feel good about doing 
it! Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email children at downeasthealth.org 
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org> or visit our website at 
www.downeasthealth.org <http://www.downeasthealth.org> for additional 
information on parenting classes, support groups and family resources 
available in Hancock County.

This series is funded by the Maine Children's Trust.  For additional 
information, visit their website at www.mechildrenstrust.org 

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