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Early Childhood

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UW ECHO in Early Childhood increases the capacity of early childhood professionals to identify and implement best practices in areas that include early literacy, transitions, behavior support and identification, and referral detection.

Network participants include case managers/family service coordinators, general educators, home daycare providers, paraeducators, related service providers (OTs, PT, SLPs, etc.), school administrators, school directors, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, special educators, state agency staff and all others interested in improving outcomes for students in the early childhood setting.

UW ECHO in Early Childhood is a collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network.


Sessions are on Fridays, bi-weekly,
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

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Fall 2022 Learning Topics

September 16: The Developing Brain

In this session, we will explore some of the basics of brain development to notice how the brain works in supporting our development from birth into later childhood. We will talk about the limits in cognitive understanding and the importance of “animal” (flight, fight, freeze) responses in young children. We will be able to understand the “how” and “why” of some of children’s responses that are actually functional responses even as we see them as “difficult behaviors”. In this session, we will address the vital importance of the establishment of a healthy relationship to nurture change in our children and in ourselves.

Presenter: Martha Nesslinger, L.P.C., Counselor, Wyoming Early Childhood Behavior Consultants (WYECBC)

September 30: Challenging Behaviors and Developmental Appropriateness

Going further from our first session, we will explore some of the behaviors exhibited by children that trouble early childhood caretakers and parents. We will talk about what is appropriate, the function of these behaviors and how to begin to build neuronal wiring that will help extinguish these behaviors effectively over time.

Presenter: Martha Nesslinger, L.P.C., Counselor, Wyoming Early Childhood Behavior Consultants (WYECBC)

October 14: Transitions and Other Classroom Expectations

Throughout this session, we address classroom set ups and routines and using our previous sessions, explore how these procedures and interactions cause problems at times for young children and what alternatives or supports would assist within the classroom setting.

Presenter: Martha Nesslinger, L.P.C., Counselor, Wyoming Early Childhood Behavior Consultants (WYECBC)

October 28: ADD, Autism, Trauma and Other Unique Brain Wiring Conditions

We will use some of the most current information about how to help nurture the brain and thinking patterns of children who actually have brain changes or differences that get in the way of their social/emotional growth. We will explore skills that caregivers and parents can utilize to support these children and how these skills actually build long term change for the children who need the most support.

Presenter: Martha Nesslinger, L.P.C., Counselor, Wyoming Early Childhood Behavior Consultants (WYECBC)

Spring 2023  

Spring sessions will occur on Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and Mar. 3. Session titles and presenters coming soon. 

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1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2977


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