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.
21st Century AT for young children – cutting edge technologies that support children’s access to learning opportunities
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.
A Place to Be and Something to Do: Evidence-based Practices for Children with ASD in Preschool Settings
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
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
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... more
This special Pre-Institute Workshop will provide participants with concrete strategies that address challenging behavior across roles and in a range of inclusive settings, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care, PreK, and Special Education classrooms. Participants will learn the reasons children engage in challenging behavior and identify strategies to employ to address these behaviors effectively. In addition, presenters will cover policies and practices on preventing suspension and expulsion and provide helpful resources Come prepared to actively engage colleagues. Video... more
This session explores how early childhood professionals can support families and partner with early intervention (EI) providers when a child’s screening results indicate the need for assessment. Learn strategies for discussing assessments with families and engaging parents in EI services. Participants will also identify methods to collaborate with EI providers when services are delivered at an early childhood site. Finally, participants will review the IFSP and discuss how it relates to their work with children and families.
Ever thought about using music for inclusion programming? This session will address how to make environmental adaptions and create expanded opportunities for all children to learn through music in the outdoor environment. Take away evidence-based facts, innovative ideas, practical suggestions, and a renewed understanding of the value that music making may bring to children with disabilities, their families, and friends.
This interactive session will focus on supporting practitioners in using program and child level data to make decisions about practice improvements. Specifically, this session will focus on: How to be a data based decision maker, including how to efficiently and intentionally use data to make decisions about practice implementation. How to use child level data, such as progress monitoring and engagement measures, to understand practice implementation and make necessary changes. How to create a culture of decision making, including the questions practitioners might need to ask and... more
Everybody knows North Carolina is the home of basketball, but the home-visiting rule described in this session is the Hoosiers Rule. That’s because a Tarheel by adoption borrowed the rule from the famous movie and applied it to home visiting, to make visits more collaborative and less prescriptive. Applying this basketball strategy empowers families and makes interventions more functional.