Workshop Available on Sensory Problems and Behavior in Child Care

CLEARFIELD – “Sensory Processing Issues: Understanding How Senses Affect Children’s Behavior in the Classroom” is being offered May 16 by Penn State Extension of Clearfield County at the Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus in the second floor student lounge.   

All parents, foster parents, child care providers, teachers and other service professionals are encouraged to attend the training being conducted by Kylie Yanock, OTR/L, occupational therapist, with Clear-Care Corp., a division of Penn Highlands Healthcare.

Jacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger, Penn State better kid care educator, says that “Sometimes called sensory processing disorder or SPD, these issues happen because the brain has trouble organizing information from the senses.

“Children (and adults) with sensory processing issues can be oversensitive to sights, sounds, textures, flavors, smells and other sensory input.”

In this workshop, participants will learn about sensory processing issues, what to look for, and how it affects children’s behavior in the classroom. Participants will discuss strategies to deal with children with sensory issues and consider some at-home treatment ideas.

During the workshop, the presenter will shed some light on what it is like to deal with over-stimulation and demonstrate what it would feel like for children.  

The cost of the training is $7 per workshop. Pre-registration is required on the PA Keys Web site at or call the Penn State Extension Office at 814-765-7878 if you have any questions.

The workshop is part of a statewide Better Kid Care child care provider training program presented by Penn State Extension. It is partially underwritten by Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services.  It is being sponsored by the Northwest Regional Key.

Child care providers can receive two DHS training credits for participating in each workshop.  Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider. Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that this program fits their school district’s professional development plan for Act 48.

You can earn two hours toward fulfilling Act 48 requirements by attending this entire program.  CEU hours are available upon request. 

This workshop is another in a series of trainings scheduled as an educational workshop for early childhood and school-age caregivers/educators. 

Amor-Zitzelberger will be coordinating these efforts to bring this program to not only local child care providers, but also interested parents and other service providers.   

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Amor-Zitzelberger at 814-765-7878 in advance of your participation or visit.

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