Autism, Our Journey Together, A Message of Hope

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2017

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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.”

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1

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10

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Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

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2

Daily Dilemmas in Implementing Inclusion – and How to Make it Work

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2017

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High-quality, inclusive programs and environments support development and learning for young children (0 – 5 years) with and without disabilities. However, wanting to provide high quality educational programs for children in inclusive settings and doing it successfully can be challenging. It is difficult to meet the diverse needs of children, families and colleagues, and the demands of partner-regulators, and school districts. Participants in this session “roundtable” will share their experiences to generate a collection of practical strategies and wisdom for going forward in our work. The voices of teaching professionals, inclusion specialists, therapists, administrators, TA providers and family members are welcome and needed in this discussion. Come prepared to listen, share and learn from your colleagues.

Type: 

1

Room: 

5

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
7
9

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2

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Using Children’s Literature to Support Children’s Understanding of Social Justice

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2017

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Story reading and picture books have always served as a means for adults to educate children about sociocultural norms and expectations. In an increasingly diverse society with growing economic and social disparities, it is important to use high quality children’s literature to support children’s learning of empathy, compassion and social justice.  This interactive session will use children’s books, and focus on how children benefit from opportunities to learn about real societal challenges via literature that considers and respects their developmental capacities and understandings.

Type: 

1

Room: 

11

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4
5
6

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2

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Life Without Limitations…..The Family Perspective on Early Intervention

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2017

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When Vance Kanell was very young, doctors informed his parents of the likelihood that their son would never walk, speak, read or write.   At that moment, Vance’s parents faced a choice; would they accept the limitations the diagnoses placed on Vance, or would they seek support and believe that through early intervention their son could defy expectations and live a life without limitations.  Using Vance’s story, the presenters will discuss the role that early intervention plays in supporting the entire family on their journey of acceptance and support of all of their children, from the perspective of the sibling, parent and the now 21-year-old young adult himself.  There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing strategies for preparing an entire family for a life without limitations.

Type: 

6

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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

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2017

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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. 

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4
7
8

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2

Wired to Move: Facts & strategies to support boys an early childhood setting

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2017

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In this session participants will learn how to create a boy –friendly classroom that understands and support boys in their different learning styles, how to partner with parents, build relationships and promote social/emotional development, how to address challenging behaviors in the classroom and how to promote positive racial, ethnic, and gender identity in the early childhood classroom/environment. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a boy-friendly implementation plan including strategies for collaboration needed for implementation of the plan.

 

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

Repeat from last year?: 

1

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Making Connections: Fostering Friendships for Youth with and without Disabilities

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2017

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The best thing that a child can gain from your program is a quality friendship. Many times, children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this workshop, participants will learn how to help all youth develop their friendship skills by practicing activities to remove the barriers to friendships and applying a social mapping tool to examine friendship interactions.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
6

Repeat from last year?: 

1

Handouts: 

Powerful Perspectives: How New Federal Policies and Position Statements Can Inform Our Work

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2017

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The past 18 months has seen the emergence of new policies, position statements, and guidance in four areas of early childhood/early childhood special education: 1) family engagement; 2) inclusion; 3) dual language learners; and 4) suspension and expulsion.  Each of these has tremendous implications for individual, program, agency, and state efforts to support inclusion. This session will provide a very brief overview of key guidance in each area, then dive into the policy statement on inclusion. Together we’ll model a process that you can use with your colleagues to discuss how the policy statement can inform daily interactions, research, technical assistance, professional development, and product development.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

My Father, My Son, Myself: Reflections on Overcoming Challenges

Conference Year: 

2017

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How can we draw inspiration from the obstacles that life sends our way? What can we learn from the challenges that others face in life? What do those lessons tell us about how we can best support children with disabilities? As an early childhood professional with a disability, a child of a parent with a disability and the mother of a son with a disability, Jani Kozlowski brings a unique perspective to this work of inclusion in early care and education. In this session, Jani will share personal stories and reflections that highlight the human potential for overcoming challenges, and share strategies for how to shift attitudes in early education so that we will always view children with disabilities as individuals that demonstrate tremendous strength, grit and resilience.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
4
6
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Assessment to Inform Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms

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2017

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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.

Type: 

1

Room: 

2

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2
5

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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