Capacity-Building Resource Support: Family Well-Being Supports Inclusion

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2019

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Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education providers may overlook the need to help families overcome the resource barriers (transportation, stable housing, and expendable funds) that can impede their inclusion in community activities and opportunities. Learn strategies for helping families identify, mobilize and evaluate formal and informal resources to ensure families have what they need to enable participation.

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3

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2
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

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2

From All to Each and Every: Resources to Bring an Emphasis on Inclusion to ANY Conversation

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2019

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Looking for ways to skillfully steer any professional development conversation toward how to include children with disabilities and their families? This presentation will offer resources and examples to support your work, including how to incorporate an emphasis on individualizing in any conversation, ranging from professional development to policy development.

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1

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10

Target Audience: 

6

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3
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6

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2

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Tune up Music to Turn on Inclusion

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2019

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Music-based inclusion practices can support children of all abilities and their families to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts. This presentation will focus on developmental goals addressed by music-based intervention ideas that can be implemented by practitioners and families in collaboration with music therapists. Learn about how to plan, use, and monitor song interventions effectively to create access, participation and supports for children with disabilities and their families. Be ready to sing, move, and play!

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

6
7

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2

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Words, Sign, Pictures & Gestures: Strategies for Promoting Social-Communication in Inclusive Settings

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2019

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Social-communication skills are important for communicating wants and needs, developing relationships and friendships, and can impact overall quality of life. This presentation will include discussion and demonstrations of recommended-practices that can be used to promote and enhance social-communication skills of young children with disabilities. Strategies for arranging the physical and social environments in both home and pre-school settings will be described. In addition, participant-engaged activities will include group sharing, video reflections, and practice opportunities.

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1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
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6

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2

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EarlyEdU Alliance: Free inclusion resources and effective professional development for early childhood educators

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2019

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Participants will discover the range of resources available through the EarlyEdU Alliance for use in professional development and training. Additionally, they will explore implementation of the EarlyEdU approach that uses video and communities of reflection and practice to support teacher observation skills, ability to provide feedback, and improve practice. Session will include small and whole group practice, discussion, and planning for local implementation.

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1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
2
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

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Red Light! Green Light!: Supporting Peer Relationships Through Physical Activities

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2019

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The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include the following: a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendship formation, and development and learning to reach their full potential. In particular, research has shown that many children with disabilities have motor delays and do not engage in recommended daily amounts of physical activity. Given that children with disabilities often lack critical social skills that can negatively impact the development of peer relationships, physical activities are an excellent context to support gross motor development and other school readiness skills including social emotional development. In this session, participants will learn specific strategies that can be implemented to support motor development and peer interactions. Activities, group sharing and discussion will be utilized.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
5
6

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2

Eliminating Suspension and Expulsion: Where to Start and What You Can Do

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2019

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National data continue to provide evidence of preschool suspension and expulsion, with boys and children of color experiencing these inappropriate discipline practices disproportionately. Join this interactive session to explore issues of equity and inappropriate discipline practices. In this session, you will also have an opportunity to share your perspectives, learn about promising programmatic approaches, and become aware of tools that can be used to address these concerns.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
5

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2

Rhode Island’s Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service-Delivery Model: Implementation Challenges & Solutions

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2019

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The collaboration between early childhood educators and special educators is critical for young children with disabilities.  This session begins with a brief overview of Rhode Island’s Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education (IECSE) Service Delivery Model that allows for the provision of embedded instruction within high-quality general education settings.  The presentation continues with a panel discussion, allowing the opportunity to hear from a variety of RI’s IECSE technical assistance providers, as they discuss implementation challenges encountered and solutions identified.  Please come with your inquiries, as there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
3
5
6
7

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2

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Practical Skills for Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom: Supporting Children of All Abilities

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2019

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Challenging behaviors in child care can be one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks facing early learning providers. Join us as we present practical tools and research-based strategies geared toward positive, proactive behavior management in the classroom. Participants will learn that all behavior is communication, how to interpret what children are communicating, practice brainstorming replacement behaviors, and how to support children through challenging behaviors. We will utilize research from a cognitive-behavioral, sensory, and trauma-informed lens to guide our conversation. Participants will have opportunities to engage in exercises and collaborative conversations that build upon these ideas and generate solutions for challenges that are being experienced in the classroom.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

2

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2

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Family Style Dining: Supporting Children of All Abilities During Mealtime

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2019

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Family-style dining is an opportunity in your classroom to support healthy relationships with food, teach independent self-help skills, promote social inclusion, and engage in meaningful conversations. Do you have children in your classroom who have difficulty during mealtime? In this session, we will provide you with the tools to determine if it’s picky eating or problem feeding and what to do in each situation. We will also discuss how to include children with special health care needs during mealtimes, so that you can create a positive family-style dining experience for all children. Join us to learn ways teachers can support children through their feeding development. This session will explore family style dining through a feeding therapy and sensory lens to support early childhood educators within their classrooms.

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1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2

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2

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