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2018
Inspire the assistive technology (AT) champion in you! Discover how YOU can support the use of AT so children can DO the everyday things that promote participation and learning. Examine and demystify the myths related to using AT with young children. Explore and learn about the functions of a wide range of AT that supports children’s participation in everyday routines and activities. Leave with an understanding about the roles that various early childhood professionals play in using AT with young children.
2017
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.”
2018
This session will provide participants with an evidence base for using virtual Communities of Practice (CoP) and online platforms as tools to offer, support and extend professional development and training opportunities. The Head Start Disabilities Inclusion Network, facilitated by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL), will be highlighted as an example. Best practices and lessons learned from the Network for sharing and exchanging of knowledge, onboarding and engaging members, facilitating and sustaining, and monitoring and evaluating CoPs will... more
2018
This session will share best practices in development and use of implementation teams in the exploration stage for supporting inclusion practices. Participants will receive guidance on benefits, potential barriers, and feasibility of developing implementation teams. During the session, participants will identify and discuss possible opportunities within their systems to develop implementation teams. Resources and supports to strengthen teaming structures that improve the quality of implementation of inclusion practices will be shared.
2019
In this session, you will learn how to build and operate as part of a successful IEP team with the very important objective of helping a child reach their fullest potential.  We will discuss common errors made by teams, how to correct mistakes, build from experiences and talk about the results that can be achieved when the IEP team works together as a true team.
2019
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.
2018
This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of research in early childhood suspensions, racial disparities in the application of severe disciplinary practices in the preschool years, and strategies that will prevent the suspension of young children in early childhood setting. Participants will engage in hands on activities to identify ‘hot buttons’, cultural disconnects and personal biases that may be present in the early childhood environment that are most likely to lead to early childhood suspensions and harsh discipline of young children.
2019
Participants will learn how creative movement is a vital part of a preschool child's development. Participants will learn creative movement through skits, songs, and presentations as well as a simple children’s yoga story. Modifications will be explained for all types of learners. Participants will learn how to use various props that enhance the creative movement experience for all preschoolers. Miss Kim will demonstrate all of these skills as well as show videos of her working with special needs children.
2018
Research demonstrates that dialogic reading enhances language development substantially more than traditional storybook reading, including the language of children with disabilities and English Language Learners. Come learn the intentional Dialogic Reading PEER and CROWD strategies to incorporate this foundational practice in your classroom or home on a daily basis.
2019
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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