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

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2017

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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.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4
5

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2

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Trusting Family Partnerships as a Way Forward to High Quality Inclusive Practices

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2017

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This session will provide a model for establishing trusting partnerships with families in promoting inclusive education.  Grounded in research, the new federal policy on family engagement, and DEC/Head Start family frameworks, Ann will  delineate 6 key principles of trusting partnerships—communication, professional competency in fostering child outcomes, respect, commitment, equality, and advocacy.  Then she will apply these principles to family-practitioner partnerships to overcome inclusion barriers and to expand inclusion resources.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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

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2017

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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.

Type: 

1

Room: 

9

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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EZ-wee-AT – using ordinary items in new ways to promote child participation in everyday activities

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2017

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Things that help children with a disabilities do something they could not otherwise do are called Assistive Technologies (AT).  For very young children ordinary or simple items used in new and creative ways are transformed into AT that can expand opportunities for participation in everyday early childhood and family activities. Learn about and experience hands-on activities to discover your potential for providing AT to young children.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Autism, Our Journey Together, A Message of Hope

Conference Year: 

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.”

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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

Conference Year: 

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

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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

Conference Year: 

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

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

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

Conference Year: 

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

Conference Year: 

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

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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

Conference Year: 

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

Handouts: 

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