Come discover rich resources that can help administrators, staff, and families to support the success of every young child to fully participate. We'll explore evidence-based tools including activities, videos, websites, and training modules. Handouts will include diverse examples that can be helpful in many settings and applications. This session will feature an engaging combination of presentation and facilitated discussion coupled with demonstrations of media and websites. This session was on the program of the 2011 Inclusion Institute.
During this interactive session, participants will learn how to use the Family Resource Support Guide to assist family members in identifying priorities related to resource needs. Participants will then practice coaching conversations using Roadmaps for Reflection based on identified needs. These innovative tools promote practitioner/family member collaboration to support families in taking action to achieve outcomes related to complex issues (e.g., housing, transportation, paying bills, finding a medical home).
This session will highlight evidence sources, print materials, audiovisual materials, and websites with information for translating DEC’s newly revised Recommended Practices into daily use. Come discover high quality, no cost or low cost resources to support early interventionists, teachers, therapists, administrators, families, and professional development providers.
What is evidence-based practice and what does it look like early childhood? Can appropriate practice and rigor coexist? What does rigor look like for children in various stages of development? Specific strategies will be shared to support early educators. A number of “turn and talk” opportunities will be utilized to encourage participants to process information and share knowledge with others. Participants will have the opportunity to use information gained to think about plans for next steps in their local classrooms/schools. Participants may choose to further enhance knowledge gained... more
As a Service Coordinator or EI practitioner, would you like to learn about a new tool to support you in using coaching on initial visits to enhance family engagement in developing the IFSP? As a family member, would you like to learn more about how you can participate in the assessment process? If so, this pre-institute workshop is for you! Drs. Rush and Shelden will focus on how to use coaching roadmaps to assess child participation in real-life routines. This session will be especially helpful for all involved in pre-IFSP assessment with a focus on learning how to use coaching to support... more
High-quality, inclusive environments support learning and development for young children (0 – 5 years) with and without disabilities. However, educating and caring for children in inclusive settings can be extraordinarily challenging. It is difficult to meet the diverse needs of children, families and colleagues, and the demands of partner-regulators, and school districts. In this roundtable we will share some of those challenges, and generate a collection of strategies and wisdom for going forward in our work. The voices of teaching professionals, inclusion specialists, therapists,... more
An ongoing and seemingly intractable challenge that families face on a daily basis is the fragmentation and variability in the quality of supports and services available for young children with disabilities. At the heart of this challenge is the fact that early childhood, as a field of practice, is not well defined. This makes it difficult to identify those responsible for ensuring a competent and accountable workforce to address the unique needs of all children and each child, including those with or at risk for disabilities. Too many young children are falling between the cracks and... more
In this plenary follow-up to the keynote presentation, Kate Turnbull will facilitate an interactive discussion in which diverse panelists will share their stories of growing up in a family with a sibling with a disability. Panelists will reflect on their joys, sorrows and challenges, and most importantly, they will share what they have learned about being resilient from their sibling relationship. Be ready to be inspired and learn from rarely heard sibling voices in the disability community.
Social Emotional Strategies for Infants and Toddlers: Determining the Meaning of Infant/Toddlers’ Behaviors and Developing Appropriate Responses
This interactive workshop will help participants better understand ways to support young children’s social emotional development. The training will highlight the new Infant/Toddler materials from CSEFEL (Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) as a focus on how to utilize a deep understanding of infants' and toddlers' behaviors, feelings, and needs in order to responsively support and address challenging behaviors.
Starting With Their Strengths: Using Young Children’s Interests to Promote Concept and Skill Development in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms through the Project Approach
Participants will learn strategies for creating a classroom based on the evidence-based, child-initiated project approach. A discussion of vignettes presented will allow small group exploration and planning for an environment that promotes concept development through this joyful learning approach. Through this session, the authors communicate how teachers/administrators/directors/ policy makers can provide the essential framework that allows teachers in early childhood special education classrooms to facilitate children’s learning in this developmentally appropriate manner.