This session will include a parent panel reflecting on their child's experiences in inclusive education. Parents will share lessons learned from first hand experiences with IEPs, special and regular education, and from their children's preparation and transition to post-secondary education and employment. Parents will discuss their children's early intervention, elementary, and secondary experiences focusing on the successes and challenges in transitioning the young adult with disabilities toward a self sufficient and rewarding inclusive adulthood.
21st Century AT for young children – cutting edge technologies that support children’s access to learning opportunities
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.
Working with and caring for infants, toddlers and their families is relationship-based and requires us to engage our emotions as well as our intellect. This interactive session will provide early care and educational professionals an opportunity to apply a self-reflective process through which they will learn to recognize the personal factors that influence their caregiving practices and decisions. User-friendly tips and tools will be provided through the use of case scenarios and videos and offer opportunity for reflection and dialogue as participants determine what infant, toddler and... more
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... more
Ever thought about using music for inclusion programming? This session will address how to make environmental adaptions and create expanded opportunities for all children to learn through music in the outdoor environment. Take away evidence-based facts, innovative ideas, practical suggestions, and a renewed understanding of the value that music making may bring to children with disabilities, their families, and friends.
“Our teachers don’t have the special training.” “We don’t have enough people.” “We don’t want to harm the child.” There are lots of reasons teachers believe they can’t do inclusion but the biggest barrier is the attitude of the adults involved. This workshop provides a series of activities and reflections to stimulate your own thinking and to use in professional development. These experiences help adults discover the source of their own resistance to inclusion and to appreciate welcoming one child at a time. This special Pre-Institute Workshop is OPEN with new seats available even though the... more
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.
The inclusion experiences of families and their children across the continuum of services from early intervention to school age will be described. Strategies for forming partnerships with interdisciplinary and community professionals will be highlighted as a family capacity building skill promoting informed advocacy. The role of the professional in helping families learn to navigate the systems of supports in early intervention and beyond will be promoted. Strategies such as information sharing, coaching, and support will be described for empowering families in their advocacy roles.
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.