Attitudes and beliefs influence our approach to implementing inclusive practice. This session will address how attitudes and beliefs can be viewed using a system’s level perspective from our personal behavior with others including collaborative teaming within individual programs and across programs within communities. Participants will use tools to assess individual and program practices as a vehicle for small and large group discussion activities.
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.”
DJ and I share our story from DJ’s diagnosis to the present. We present our different perspectives of Autism. DJ speaks about what it is like to have Autism and I about being an Autism mom. We call it “Our Journey” because we continue to “Navigate” Autism daily. No two days are the same, but we travel them together. By sharing our story, we hope to raise Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Also let people know that those with Autism can do great and amazing things and give hope and encouragement to all who attend our session.
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.
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
Begin with the End in Mind: Making Inclusion Work from Early Intervention to Post Secondary Services
This presentation will highlight the perceptions of families and their adolescents with high functioning autism who are graduates of inclusive early intervention and school based programming regarding adult life. The need for family and youth empowerment for greater advocacy and self determination will be emphasized. Specifically, the elements of transition planning and supports needed at the early childhood to secondary levels to ensure successful inclusion and enhanced quality of life for individuals with ASD and their families will be addressed.
A parent panel will describe their children’s inclusion experiences from early intervention settings and beyond providing recommendations for proactive planning to create successful futures for children and youth in inclusive community based settings.
The national emphasis on early childhood program quality has never been higher, especially evident in the number of states building TQRIS systems. At the same time the attention to cross-sector collaboration across the multiple early childhood sectors has moved beyond lip service. Multiple state and federal initiatives, such as RTT-ELC, have brought money to the table to put the talk about quality and collaboration into action. How do these opportunities support inclusion? Come to this session to ponder the issues, hear about some innovative ideas being implemented and/or explored by two... more
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
Beyond Preschool: Where Will the Inclusion Journey Take Us? New directions for adolescents and young adults with special needs/disabilities
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