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Motivating Children to Learn

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP; Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Motivating Children to Learn is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides strategies and activities to help children overcome their academic and social challenges.

This course describes various challenges that can sidetrack children in their developmental and educational processes, leaving them with a sense of discouragement and helplessness. Such challenges include learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavior disorders, and executive functioning deficits. Left unchecked, these difficulties can cause children to believe that they are not capable of success in school, which can precipitate a downward spiral of poor self-esteem and, eventually, school failure.

However, when parents, teachers, and therapists engage children in activities that develop their innate intelligence and strengths, children may develop a growth mindset and love of learning that lasts a lifetime. This course details multiple strategies and techniques for recognizing individual needs, arranging for a series of successful experiences, building children’s self-esteem, and supporting children’s learning,.

Course #40-55 | 2021 | 80 pages | 25 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List eight learning disabilities that can impact a child’s educational and social development
2. Explain three activities that make the most of children’s multiple intelligence strengths
3. Name five techniques for helping children identify and use their strengths
4. Identify ten exercises to teach children character strength
5. Specify the three components of Growth Mindset
6. Describe ten strategies for teaching children executive functioning skills

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLPis a Parent Educator, Professional Development Instructor and Speech-Language Pathologist working with children in a school setting. She received her B.A. in history from Queens College and her M.S. in communication sciences from Hunter College. Adina is the founder of ParentingSimply.com. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for Speech-Language Pathologists, teachers and other health professionals. Adina is available for speaking engagements. You can reach her at asoclof@parentingsimply.com or check out her website at www.parentingsimply.com.

Financial: Ms. Soclof receives royalty payments from Professional Development Resources on sales of her courses.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 

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