AT+ YOU = Children DO

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2018

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Inspire the assistive technology (AT) champion in you! Discover how YOU can support the use of AT so children can DO the everyday things that promote participation and learning. Examine and demystify the myths related to using AT with young children. Explore and learn about the functions of a wide range of AT that supports children’s participation in everyday routines and activities. Leave with an understanding about the roles that various early childhood professionals play in using AT with young children.

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1

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10

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3

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6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

Power to the Profession: What does it mean to you?

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2018

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Participate in the dialogue – and share your feedback on the current decision cycles of the Power to the Profession Initiative. Discuss the work/updates from the perspective of participating Task Force organizations to include NAEYC, Child Care Aware of America, and DEC. What are your questions, concerns and aspirations for an evolving field?  This will be an engaging discussion about the impact of reports that inform our work, such as “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation”  (IOM) and Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education (NAM) on communities, states and national practice and  policy. 

Information  can be found at:https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/initiatives/profession 

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1

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2

Can We Talk? Frank Dialogue to Support Head Start, Schools and Families in Collaboration

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2018

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Join us for a facilitated conversation about collaborations to support successful inclusion. National perspectives on the challenges faced by families, Head Start and school district personnel will be shared.  Participants will have opportunities to identify their challenges, learn about the importance of dialogue, and explore successful strategies and approaches to collaboration.  This session will provide a framework for stating the issue (and assumptions), listening, leaning into dialogue, and finding shared understanding.  

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1

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10

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3

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2
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1
7

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2

Making and Tinkering with AT: Helping Young Children “Do”

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2018

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Did you know that the most frequent users of AT are babies? That's right… infants and toddlers with disabilities use the widest variety of AT supports throughout each day to participate in routine activities. The Let’s Participate! Project will share findings and trends, including tips for customizing ordinary items and applying DIY and Maker Movement resources to design AT supports for every young child. We know that all children develop and learn by doing… come and see how AT can help!

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

Making IEP Team Placement Decisions: It is a Process!

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2018

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This session will review the process for developing functional IEP’s that meaningfully involves families as critical members of the team. The session will discuss all aspects of IEP development, including planning for evaluation, developing the IEP and determining placement. Participants will actively engage in discussions and activities related to using an effective process to make placement decisions. Specifically, we will discuss guiding principles, along with questions for the IEP team to consider when making decisions.

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1

Room: 

10

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Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
2
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7
8

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2

Just do it! - in your community – ordinary people design and build extraordinary assistive tools for children with disabilities

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2018

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Real life examples will be shared to illustrate the outputs of a local initiative called fabricATe demonstrating the effectiveness of a community maker-movement approach that provides families and young children with quick access to low- and light assistive tools and promote access to and participation in daily routines and activities. Participants will leave this session with inspiration for and very practical information about starting a similar initiative at home.

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1

Room: 

10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

Assessing and Supporting Quality Inclusion

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2018

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This session will focus on supporting continuous quality improvement of inclusion using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP). The session will present an overview of the ICP tool, a tool designed to measure and support the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms.  A pilot project from one state will be presented and discussed in relation to how the ICP was used to support quality inclusion. Real life video clips of project participants were utilized during the follow up trainings to highlight actual inclusive practices in action.  Participants will be able to view these training clips and discuss challenges and opportunities to improve the quality of inclusive practices within their own program.  

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1

Room: 

10

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Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
2
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2
5

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2

Inclusion Across the Lifespan: What We Have Learned Over 150 Years about Humanism, Humility, Humor, Hurt, and Hugs

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2018

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Rud and Ann Turnbull, internationally acclaimed speakers and leaders in the fields of disability law, public policy and family support, have recently both had zero birthdays.  Their ages total 150 years.   What lessons have they learned, especially related to parenting their beloved son Jay whom they describe as their best teacher on the topic of disabilities? What lessons have withstood the test of time? What are their “truths” that have enabled them to not only survive but prevail?  They subscribe to full disclosure: Be ready for humanism, humility, humor, hurt, and hugs.  Maybe even for knowledge that aged to become wisdom!

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6

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10

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3

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6

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2

Getting the Wiggles Out: Promoting Participation with Assistive Technology Supports

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2018

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Assistive Technology is a proven support to help young children with disabilities actively participate  (move, use materials and communicate) in daily routines and activities.  But did you know AT can also help when children find it difficult to attend, read social cues, follow rules, and interact in daily activities?  AT can help reduce frustration, increase emotional awareness, expand understanding,  and guide appropriate behaviors.  Come and explore the use of sensory and visual supports and how they can promote  a child’s engagement. Sharing  ‘what works’ with families and staff can help children ‘participate’ in all daily activities.

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1

Room: 

10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

My Father, My Son, Myself: Reflections on Overcoming Challenges

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2018

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How can we draw inspiration from the obstacles that life sends our way? What can we learn from the challenges that others face in life? What do those lessons tell us about how we can best support children with disabilities? As an early childhood professional with a disability, a child of a parent with a disability and the mother of a son with a disability, Jani Kozlowski brings a unique perspective to this work of inclusion in early care and education. In this session, Jani will share personal stories and reflections that highlight the human potential for overcoming challenges, and share strategies for how to shift attitudes in early education so that we will always view children with disabilities as individuals that demonstrate tremendous strength, grit and resilience.

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2

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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