Educators, youth workers and community members came together Monday morning to take part in a non-violent communication training session.
The Disability Action Center hosted the training for teachers and others who come in contact with children on a daily basis through work and other events.
“It’s not just good skills and good communication to learn for working with people with dissabilities,” said Julie Sole, director of the D.A.C.”This is wonderful to do across the board, whether you are teaching in a classroom, you can be at another non-profit United Way agency that works with another marginalized population. Anyone who can be at risk or under stress or anxiety. So, learning how to use the right communication skills, de-escalate a situation before any type of situation can start is just really valuable.”
The two-hour session featured a presentation that focused on ways to appropriately approach children in a proactive manner during a crisis situation to de-escalate problems.
“A lot of things happen on the way to a school or bus stop. Somebody says something, parents have a bad day with them, these kids are showing up and they got this chip on their shoulder. So, how do we help them get that chip? How can we be supportive of them and the ways that we do that will hopefully prevent them from acting out,” said Jim Davis.
The Disability Action Center hosts a variety of public training and educational presentations throughout the year. For more information on the D.A.C. and its programs you can visit their website at www.disabilityactioncenter.com.