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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. 
2013
Through the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Program and other reform efforts, states are being challenged to develop systems for rating, monitoring and improving early learning and development programs. This challenge includes improving the quality of programs serving high-need children. This session will share findings from a demonstration study in North Carolina that investigated the acceptability, reliability and validity of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), a tool used to assess the quality of inclusive classroom practices. Results will be discussed in terms of the... more
2017
This session will engage participants in a series of activities designed to facilitate the use of assessment to inform instruction in inclusive settings.  The session will begin with an overview of Embedded Instruction -  an instructional strategy that embeds instruction on individualized learning targets in ongoing activities, routines and transitions in inclusive preschool settings.  Participants will learn how to identify individualized learning targets that relate to IEP goals as well as early learning foundations and curriculum. In addition, participants will engage in planning activity-... more
2013
The way in which some children process sensory information may make them feel out of control, exhibit a whole host of behaviors, and have difficulty concentrating and focusing – is there a role for assistive technology (AT) in promoting positive behaviors and enhance development and learning?  Join us to explore how AT may be used to support these young children.  Review key aspects of AT services and devices. Explore the various roles that adults play in collaborative planning specific to the use of AT. Learn about a decision making process about promoting children’s development and learning... more
2015
Discover how YOU can use assistive technology (AT) to expand learning opportunities for young children to DO. Is this important topic? YES! Almost 30 years of research and experience have demonstrated that supporting the use of technology (what is that anyway? children using technology?), including AT devices (things) and AT services (people), maximizes accessibility for children with disabilities and enhances their opportunities for learning. Participants will: Examine and demystify the myths related to using assistive technology with young children Explore and learn about the... more
2016
“Our teachers don’t have the special training.” “We don’t have enough people.” “We don’t want to harm the child.” There are lots of reasons teachers believe they can’t do inclusion but the biggest barrier is the attitude of the adults involved. This workshop provides a series of activities and reflections to stimulate your own thinking and to use in professional development. These experiences help adults discover the source of their own resistance to inclusion and to appreciate welcoming one child at a time. This special Pre-Institute Workshop is OPEN with new seats available even though the... more
2017
Our presentation is our story. We share our journey from DJ’s diagnosis at the age of three to where we are today. Dj discusses his Imagifriends of Imagiville and the lessons they teach and how he is using his art to raise Awareness and Acceptance for all those with Autism and Disabilities. We share our “Journey Together.”
2017
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.
2015
Early childhood professionals are dedicated to supporting the well-being of young children and families. However, they often experience intense stress in their work. In addition to supporting children’s development and learning, they are responsible for guiding children’s behavior and social-emotional learning, supporting positive social interactions, and interacting with similarly-stressed families and colleagues. Emerging evidence suggests that the impact of stress on health and relationships can be reduced by practicing mindfulness -- the practice of focusing one’s attention in the present... more

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