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.
“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
Attitudes and beliefs influence our approach to implementing inclusive practice. This session will address how attitudes and beliefs can be viewed using a system’s level perspective from our personal behavior with others including collaborative teaming within individual programs and across programs within communities. Participants will use tools to assess individual and program practices as a vehicle for small and large group discussion activities.
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.”
DJ and I share our story from DJ’s diagnosis to the present. We present our different perspectives of Autism. DJ speaks about what it is like to have Autism and I about being an Autism mom. We call it “Our Journey” because we continue to “Navigate” Autism daily. No two days are the same, but we travel them together. By sharing our story, we hope to raise Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Also let people know that those with Autism can do great and amazing things and give hope and encouragement to all who attend our session.
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.
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.