Professional Development Workshops 

For over four years, Child Development Center has been at the forefront of professional development training on topics related to early education, special needs, and inclusion. Our highly qualifiedstaff is able to customize our presenta-tions to suit your goals and target audience. Our workshops are conducted onsite for your convenience and include handouts. 

Managing and Making Sense of Challenging Behavior  

This popular workshop will be presented as a series in order to target specific age groups and provide practical tips along with an extended question-and-answer session by Carole McGuinness. From toddlers that have excessive tantrums to inattentive students in the senior class-room, parents and teachers face many types of challenging behaviors. This series is suitable for all early years' educators, support staff, shadow teachers/therapists and of course, parents! The workshop will address the following key areas: 

  • Examine why challenging behaviors occur using a functional approach 
  • Suggest practical methods to reduce and effectively manage challenging behavior at each age group. 
  • Problem-solve real case scenarios from the audience

Session 1: Tuesday,  7 Nov. 2017, ages 0-4 

Session 2: Tuesday, 14 Nov. 2017,ages 4-9 

Session 3: Tuesday, 21 Nov. 2017, ages 10+

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm (including an extended Q&A)

Venue: Child Development Center, OT Room (Ground Floor)


Registration price (non-refundable): 

QAR 325 per person per session 

(10% Early Bird Discount: Register before Oct. 15)  

(15% discount for groups of 5 or more) 

To register please send the following information to 

Name of Attendee (s):

Designation/Job Title:                                               Institution:

Contact email and phone number:   

Professional Development Topics 2017-2018

Series 1 - Milestones & Red Flags:

A.1 Normal Speech and Language Development

A.2 Gross Motor, Fine Motor, and Activities of Daily Living

A.3 Cognitive and Behavioral Milestones 

Series 2 - Classroom Tricks & Tips:

B.1 Differentiation Instruction in the Context of a Classroom

B.2 Fine Motor Development and Handwriting

B.3 Occupational therapy in Physical Education

B.4 Managing and Making Sense of Challenging Behavior in the Classroom

B.5 Special Education Provision in Mainstream Schools: Structuring Shadow Teachers into Your Department

Series 3 - Best Practices in Early Education & Intervention:

C.1 Lesson Plans: The Importance of Planning Ahead

C.2 Individualized Education Plan

C.3 Multi-modal Teaching

C.4 Therapy 101 

Series 4 - "My Child Won’t Talk!":

D.1 Introduction to Speech Delays and Possible Causes 

D.2 Verbal Behavior Approach

D.3 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (AACS) 

D.4 Language Acquisition through Play 

Individual Training Modules:

PD.1 Disability Awareness & Sensitivity Training

PD.2 Language based Learning Disabilities

PD.3 How Challenges in Communication Affect Behavior 

PD.4 Prolonged Bottle Drinking and Non-Nutritive Sucking: The Pros & Cons 

PD.5 An Introduction to ABA (Technical)

PD.6 ABA in the Context of SLP Intervention 

PD.7 How to Become Board-Certified

Learn more about our new professional development training topics including a series format of closely aligned topics!
PD Training 2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 541.8 KB

Past Workshops 

Date Topic
May 17, 2017

Early Education: Music as a Teaching Medium

(Reception - Grade 4)

April 4, 2017 Occupational Therapy Tips for the Classroom
March 4, 2017 Pregnancy & Parenting Workshop: Developmental Milestones
Feb. 26, 2017 Managing and Making Sense of Behavior Problems 
Feb. 25, 2017 3rd Annual Autism Conference
Nov. 23, 2016 ABA Applied at Home 
Nov. 16, 2016 Managing & Making Sense of Behavior Problems 
Nov. 9, 2016 Child Development: Fine Motor and Gross Motor Skills 
October 23, 2016 Early Years Education Training
May 31, 2016 Fine Motor Development & Handwriting 
February 2016 2nd Annual Autism Conference 
January 1, 2016 Sensory Integration 
December 15, 2015


Multi-Topic Presentation: Differentiation, Sensory Integration,

Play with Purpose, and Managing Challenging Behavior 

April 17, 2015    

ABA at Home

Music and Movement at Home 

January 15, 2015 Dr. Stephen Shore: Introduction
  Music for ASD
January 16/17, 2015 Annual Autism Conference 
Nov. 15, 2014 Art Integration 
2014 (multiple dates) Orton-Gillingham Training 
October 24, 2014 Picture-Exchange Communication System (PECS)
June 14, 2014 Social Stories
May 3, 2014 Brain Overload and Working Memory: Overcoming the Obstacles
April 30, 2014 doTerra Essential Oils
April 28, 2014 Language Acquisition and Play Skills Workshop
February 12, 2014 Living with a Sibling With Special Needs 
February 5, 2014  The Importance of Routine in Children's Lives
January 23, 2014 Picture-Exchange Communication System (PECS)