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Workshop Addresses Communication With Kids

The Child Care Resource Center and the Ohio County Family Resource Network are sponsoring a workshop for local law enforcement, child care providers and social workers titled “Developmentally Appropriate Communication With Children Under 8 Years Old.”

The workshop will take place from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 11 at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on 16th Street in Wheeling. Linda Reeves, certified trauma therapist and behavior consultant for the Child Care Resource Center, will be the presenter. Reeves also is a licensed social worker.

The goal of the workshop is to help participants develop effective communication skills with children under age 8 years, particularly with young children who have been impacted by traumatic events.

According to organizers, communication skills of children under 8 years have unique aspects that differ in structure, format and content from adult communication. This training will discuss and demonstrate the developmental process of young children’s communication skills and identify specific techniques to establish rapport and engage in meaningful conversation with very young children.

Emphasis will be on critical skills needed by first responders and others who come in contact with young children exposed to recent traumatic events. The organizers noted this is not a forensic interview training.

Continuing education credits are pending for STARS, law enforcement and social work. Registration is required by Aug. 4 by calling the Ohio County Family Resource Network at 304-232-5600 or emailing ocfrnoffice@yahoo.com.

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