Using Connection and Compassion to Address Challenging Behavior

2-Hour Self-Study Course

Challenging behavior is often cited as one of the primary obstacles to successful interactions when working with young children. Pediatric therapists and early childhood teachers must continuously assess each child’s readiness to learn and determine when to focus on supporting emotional regulation and when to focus on building new skills. This course will explore the importance of embracing connection, compassion, and co-regulation to support young children during times of distress. 

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1.    Analyze the functions of challenging behavior.

2.    Explain how stress impedes learning.

3.    Describe 5 relationship-based strategies to address challenging behavior that help keep young children engaged during daily routines and classroom/therapy activities.

Timed Agenda:

5 minutes      Introduction

20 minutes    Understanding the functions of challenging behavior

30 minutes    Observable behaviors and individual differences

65 minutes     Using co-regulation to address challenging behavior

Meet The Speaker

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She works exclusively with young children, birth to age five, and their families and believes that early intervention is the key to future success. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language, and social-emotional development.


Non-financial: Cari has an autistic son and shares personal experiences in her trainings.

Financial: Cari receives royalties from all product sales on her website. She also benefits financially for presenting this course.  

This course is approved for Individual use only. For groups
interested in purchasing this course please contact [email protected]

Refund Policy

  • If a student orders and completes at least 15%, but no more than 30%, of the course and is dissatisfied with the material, then a refund will be considered on a case by case basis. The student will be required to state their specific issues with the course as it relates to their profession for a refund to be considered.
  • If a student completes more than 30% of a course, there will be no refund.
  • If a student fails to complete the course within the 120 day time period, there will be no refund.
  • If a student purchases a course but never starts it within the 120 day time period for any reason, there will be no refund.
  • If a student completes a course but fails to print their certificate of completion, there will be no refund. A certificate of completion will be issued to the student after verifying that the course was completed.