Integrating Evidence-Based Professional Development Resources to Support Children with Disabilities: Recommended Practices Modules (RPMs)

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2017

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Come explore a new series of free web-based modules for faculty and professional development providers to embed in their coursework or professional development opportunities. These modules build on existing high quality professional development resources such as CONNECT Modules and are aimed at helping learners implement the DEC Recommended Practices. In this session, you will learn how these modules complement CONNECT modules and can be embedded into your coursework and professional development opportunities.

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1

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10

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2

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3

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DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

Teaching Functional Skills to Infants and Toddlers with Severe Disabilities

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2017

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What is “functioning” in an infant or toddler with severe-profound disabilities? This session will identify functional skills within different routines, focused on engagement, independence, and social relationships. We will explore how professionals can promote evidence-based parenting and instructional practices to foster functioning. Finally, participants will see how principles of applied behavior analysis, so often used in decontextualized ways, can be used in playful, ordinary routines

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1

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10

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1

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1
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3
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6

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2

A Tale of Two Classrooms: A Child’s Eye View

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2017

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How can we help teachers and program leaders understand more about how children spend their time in school?  This is particularly important when we think about children with special needs in inclusive settings.  How do we know that such children are having meaningful experiences?  How do we move from token inclusion to authentic inclusion?  In this session, we will introduce and discuss the EduSnap, a tool that provides a minute-by-minute picture of how children spend their day in school, allowing educators to examine the degree to which those experiences are similar or different when comparing children with different needs and abilities.

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1

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6

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05/11/2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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3

Age Group: 

4

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1
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DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
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2

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Collaboration and Coordination is the Key: Promoting Inclusion Across All Service Systems and Levels

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2017

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Representatives from states participating in the ECTA and DaSy Center’s Inclusion Cohort intensive technical assistance project will share perspectives on improving and supporting inclusion at different levels of the state and local service systems. This cross-sector panel will discuss the infrastructure components necessary for building and supporting inclusion at both the state and local level. Their successes and challenges related to ensuring stakeholder engagement and fostering family involvement will be provided, as well as the positive changes and challenges they witnessed as their inclusion journey evolved.  Session participants will learn effective strategies to strengthen collaborations between state and local systems and programs that will lead to improved outcomes for both young children with disabilities and for the programs that support them. This session will provide multiple opportunities for discussion and reflection from meeting participants. 

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1

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10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

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1
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7

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2

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Strategies for Financing Preschool Inclusion

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2017

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Providing inclusive environments for preschool children with disabilities can be a challenge, yet it is a requirement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Intentional collaboration and braided funding with early childhood partners can create high-quality programs that support inclusive opportunities. This session will highlight finance strategies and funding mechanisms that may be used to create inclusive early childhood environments.  Participants will have an opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes and preview tools that may be used to support the financing of inclusive programs.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
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2

aRPy’s Ambassadors: DEC Recommended Practices for all the Little Ones

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2017

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Participants in this interactive session will engage with products developed by the ECTA Center to promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices by practitioners, families, and professional development providers. They will experience how the ECTA center products were developed, apply the products to challenges in real practice, generate practice challenges of their own for future training, and test drive training activities. A key feature of this session will be reacting to aRPy Ambassadors’ work in state improvement efforts and creating “game plans” for their own programs.

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1

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11

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am

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2

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
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7

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2

Autism: The Antidote to the 25 Hours of Professional-Delivered Service

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2017

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A big challenge in early-childhood programs is how to serve children with autism, especially in the face of pressure to maximize hours of service. In this session, we present a model for giving children enough learning opportunities without robbing them of their childhood by having them in “services” for 25 hours a week. Parents and other natural caregivers learn to use caregiver-mediated interventions in which families learn to use incidental teaching, a naturalistic approach from applied behavior analysis. This session demonstrates how inappropriate ABA is bad but appropriate ABA is good.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4
5

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2

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Trusting Family Partnerships as a Way Forward to High Quality Inclusive Practices

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2017

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This session will provide a model for establishing trusting partnerships with families in promoting inclusive education.  Grounded in research, the new federal policy on family engagement, and DEC/Head Start family frameworks, Ann will  delineate 6 key principles of trusting partnerships—communication, professional competency in fostering child outcomes, respect, commitment, equality, and advocacy.  Then she will apply these principles to family-practitioner partnerships to overcome inclusion barriers and to expand inclusion resources.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

Repeat from last year?: 

2

21st Century AT for young children – cutting edge technologies that support children’s access to learning opportunities

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2017

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The assistive technologies of today represent a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for children with any disability. Trends discussed may include: wearable technology, 3D printing, the internet of things, telepresence and robotics, and the crowdfunding and do-it-yourself movements.

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1

Room: 

9

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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EZ-wee-AT – using ordinary items in new ways to promote child participation in everyday activities

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2017

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Things that help children with a disabilities do something they could not otherwise do are called Assistive Technologies (AT).  For very young children ordinary or simple items used in new and creative ways are transformed into AT that can expand opportunities for participation in everyday early childhood and family activities. Learn about and experience hands-on activities to discover your potential for providing AT to young children.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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