Workshop Topics

Nurturing Pathways® offers a wide array of topics for your Early Childhood Educators

Christine offers a wide variety of topics for you to choose from for your Early Childhood Educators. She has 12 years of experience presenting regionally, nationally, and internationally for groups large and small, and has experience with interpreters. Christine engages the entire room in movement, group discussion; reflective teaching practices, and believes that to know it one must experience it! She is in demand in parenting and educational circles for her informative, practical and inspiring workshops.

Please contact Christine to customize a training for your program or school.​
 

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Current Workshops Offered:
 

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Move to Learn, Play to Grow

During the formative years of a child’s life, why is it important to put first things first; sensorimotor development and play? What are the well-researched hindrances to healthy development and how can we overcome them with sensorimotor experiences?  What kind of early motor experiences get results and support calm, organized children who are ready for learning?  Learn what works and why and how to implement it at different stages of development. The research is clear, movement, bonding and play bring together the optimal environment for development.  Join Christine as she leads you through the research, gives you a hands on answers, and testimonials.  Addressing infancy to school aged children this session opens the doors to making structured movement meaningful for every age.

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Senses and Sensations: Where Do We Go from Here With Sensory Processing Disorder?

Noticing behaviors in your classroom or home that appear to be about self-regulation?  Wondering why some children take a long time to learn a task or struggle with fine motor skills and others learn effortlessly?  Are you feeling bewildered about what is going on and why it is challenging for some children to calm down and get their behavior under control?  The brain is a remarkable sensory processing machine - Eighty percent of its function is dedicated to making sense out of movement and what we see, touch, smell, and hear.  When sensations are not processed easily a range of behaviors can manifest and interfere with learning.  Find answers that address sensory integration and the importance of early intervention​.

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The Happiness Factor: Cultivating Creative Thinking Skills Through Play

What are the thinking skills used by inventors, Nobel Laureates and entrepreneurs?  Discover thirteen thinking skills you can cultivate in your classroom with hands on activities that sharpen the brain, make everyone laugh, and bring play with a purpose to the classroom.  Examine the research on the importance of play for developing creativity and the social emotional skills needed for a lifetime of happiness. Learn why it is so important to acquire these skills early in life to be prepared for the future job market and our information age. Preschool to School Aged this will take the classroom to a whole new level of learning.

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Making Sense of Social Emotional Development

​​​From infancy to school age a child’s developing sense of self is the result of the relationships it shares with caregivers.  Emotional development follows a series of steps towards a well regulated, self-directed school aged child.  Discover responses and reactions that support healthy development and how to cultivate a mindset that allows a child to feel felt and understood - the seed for healthy social emotional growth.  From John Gottman to Daniel Siegel the research is clear; early formation of relationships shapes social emotional wellbeing. Learn how to support a growth mindset that is eager to learn, take on challenges and built on a foundation of positive self-esteem.

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What Makes Us Tick? How We Move Is How We Think

​Discover four ways of moving and thinking organized by Elizabeth Wetzig called Energy Coordination Patterns that inform our teaching practices, improve our interpersonal relationships and enlighten our understanding of ourselves.  This ground breaking, laugh at yourself session will reveal how our neuromuscular system informs how we like to be related to, organize the space around us, and why some children, family members,  and co-workers can rub us the wrong way. The Energy Coordination Patterns help us appreciate our different needs based on our own way of thinking and doing. This session will inspire teachers to set up a classroom that satisfies all learners.  Great for all ages and stages of life.

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How Does the Brain Grow Best? Windows of Opportunity and Developmentally Appropriate Practices Based on Neuroscience

Delving into the brain science to discover how the brain grows, answers to what should be learned, when it should be learned, and how best it can be learned during the early years.  Using the research on brain development to guide decisions about programming, policy, and practice reveals the importance of sensorimotor development and play.  Applying the research also addresses how to overcome hindrances to healthy growth, and avoid learning  problems. The brain research clearly defines the important developmental tasks infants and young children need to engage in for whole body, whole brain development.  We explore fun and easy to apply solutions that provide a host of benefits.


* All workshops, keynotes and clinics are STARS approved.


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The Dendrite Dance

Breathe, Touch, Spin....

The Dendrite Dance highlights all the essential moves for a healthy childhood development. Dance With Me To Develop My Mind, Emotions and Motor Control. Purchase the Dendrite Dance Poster >