2017 Sessions

Sessions are still being added to the 2017 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.

What Rocks Your Boat? One Practitioner’s Favorite Strategies for Engaging and Teaching Young Children with Disabilities

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic: Inclusive Practices

This presentation is designed to show how finding the answer to the question “What Rocks Your Boat?” can be a key to success for young children with disabilities in the early childhood classroom.  Evidence about the role of child preference in learning will be presented.  Participants will learn easy to use child and classroom assessment tools to individualize teaching in the context of the well-engineered classroom.  Presentation of basic prompting strategies to sustain high levels of success will provide further daily use strategies for teaching children in the midst of the busy daily activities and routines of the early childhood classroom.  Discussion and small group breakout sessions will be used to provide participants opportunities to share their own favorite strategies.  And in recognition of the daily challenges involved in running the early childhood inclusive classroom, participants will also be asked to share their greatest challenges.   Strategies and challenges will be compiled and posted on the Institute website to grow the implementation toolboxes for the practitioner and the policy maker.   

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

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

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Families
Topic: Inclusive Practices

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.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment

A Strength-based Approach: Seeing Children as “At Potential”

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

Every student has strengths but these may get overlooked as we focus on needs and difficulties.  Learn how to systematically and intentionally observe students as “at potential” vs. “at risk”!!  Use the TOPS (Teachers Observation of Potential in Students) to see and document student’s strengths to plan strength-based instructional experiences.  Reflect with your colleagues on how a strength-based approach to children and learning impacts classroom practices!

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Transition

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

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic: Systems and Policies

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.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Transition

Addressing Challenging Behavior in Diverse and Inclusive Settings Across the Workforce

Other Speakers:
Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families, Local Administrators
Topic: Inclusive Practices

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 vignettes illustrate key points, and discussion sections foster learning. Resources will be shared and you will learn strategies you can put into play when you return to your work.

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming. The $150 cost for this Pre-Institute Workshop includes free breakfast and lunch.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

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

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Professional Development

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.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Assessment to Inform Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

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-focused observations to ensure that learning targets identified are functional and proximal for the child.  Participants will learn how to use an activity matrix to embed instruction on learning targets in ongoing activities in the classroom.  Finally, participants will learn how to embed assessment in typical activities, routines and activities and how to analyze assessment results to inform changes in instruction.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Instruction

Autism, Our Journey Together, A Message of Hope

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

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.”

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family

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

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

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.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Instruction

Begin with the End in Mind: Making Inclusion Work from Early Intervention to Post Secondary Services

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic: Systems and Policies

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. 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Transition

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