Search Past Institutes

2014
This session will include a parent panel reflecting on their child's experiences in inclusive education.  Parents will share lessons learned from first hand experiences with IEPs, special and regular education, and from their children's preparation and transition to post-secondary education and employment.  Parents will discuss their children's early intervention, elementary, and secondary experiences focusing on the successes and challenges in transitioning the young adult with disabilities toward a self sufficient and rewarding inclusive adulthood. 
2014
Inclusive settings offer many potential learning opportunities for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  However, simply placing a child with ASD in such settings without accompanying supports can be a challenge for both the program and the child.  In this presentation, a model for designing programs for young children with ASD will be described.  Based on the work of the National Professional Development Center on ASD, participants will learn about assessing quality of programs, designing measurable objectives, and linking objectives to evidence-based practices recently... more
2014
Working with and caring for infants, toddlers and their families is relationship-based and requires us to engage our emotions as well as our intellect. This interactive session will provide early care and educational professionals an opportunity to apply a self-reflective process through which they will learn to recognize the personal factors that influence their caregiving practices and decisions. User-friendly tips and tools will be provided through the use of case scenarios and videos and offer opportunity for reflection and dialogue as participants determine what infant, toddler and... more
2014
How to use the Routines-Based Interview in preschool settings to determine the ecological congruence between the demands of classroom routines and children’s interests and abilities. People have a sense about the importance of looking at context, but this session will focus on advanced information for determining skills the child needs to participate in classrooms as well as at home and in the community. Participants will give feedback about critical skills for common classroom routines. We will discuss how many assessment sources are really necessary to develop a functional IEP.
2014
This session will provide an overview of a conceptual model being used to design a new framework for assessing early childhood program quality.  Information will be provided on the measurement design process, as well as implications for children with disabilities and inclusion.  Participants will be provided with an opportunity to give feedback on framework development process. 
2014
Online learning presents an opportunity for early childhood practitioners to engage in high quality professional development while overcoming geographic restraints and the expense of on-site professional development.  Yet, online quality varies greatly and it is often difficult to determine how to evaluate the different approaches of online learning.  Participants in this workshop will explore best practices for online learning that improves classroom and program practice, especially in inclusive settings.  Come find out what makes some online learning experiences more effective than others... more
2014
Whether navigating the early intervention transition to preschool or the transition from high school to adult, preparation is the key to success.  This preconference session, designed for families, advocates and practitioners, will provide practical information and strategies, from a variety of perspectives, to navigate challenges and opportunities associated with adolescent and young adult transitions. Presenters include national experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents and professional staff from Family Support Network and the Parent Training and... more
2014
The field of early childhood is challenged by policies that differ across funding agencies.  This is evident in the disparate requirements established for child assessment across state-funded infant/toddler and preschool programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and early intervention/early childhood special education programs.  The result can be challenges for teachers who face assessment requirements that seem excessive, may not be designed to match the service delivery model, may not be appropriate for all children, and may not produce timely and useful information for guiding... more
2014
What does planning and developing a new subdivision of homes have to do with providing quality early intervention, Part C services?  Come and discover. During the first half of this session we will explore the homes by describing the essential foundational pillars, recommended and agreed upon practices and the various service delivery approaches all coming together to create a quality “house”.   In the second half we will explore a new resources title the “Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services” and how this workbook and the additional resources can be used by... more
2014
According to the 2012 American Psychological Association report, nearly half of all Americans report levels of stress which have a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives.  This session will focus on building resilience in adults through strength-based practices, highlighting a paradigm shift from the problem approach most commonly used across disciplines.  Resilience places an emphasis on the process that brings individuals and groups back to a state of homeostasis when faced with stress.  This presentation will introduce participants to skills and strategies that can... more

Pages