May 1, 2019—Preconference
May 2 & 3, 2019—Conference and Exhibits
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Preconference Sessions - 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

PRE01: Strategies for Young Children with Dual Sensory Disabilities: The Sooner the Better
PRE02: Expanding Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Young Children
PRE03: Infant Mental Health 101: An Introduction to Infant Mental Health
PRE04: Responding to ACEs with Strengthening Families
PRE05: Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques for Childhood Dysarthria
PRE06: Building Teams of Shared Learning
PRE07: Making Inclusion Work for Toddlers and Preschoolers with ASD
PRE08: Leading with Racial Equity in Early Learning: Understanding Yourself is a First Step
PRE09: PBIS in Early Childhood Settings
PRE10: The Growing Brain; Understanding Social-Emotional Development and Behavior from Birth to 5




9:00 AM–5:00 PM Preconference Sessions

PRE01: Strategies for Young Children with Dual Sensory Disabilities: The Sooner the Better, presented by Nancy Hatfield (bio), PhD, Washington Sensory Disabilities Services, with Tracey Gaver (bio), MA, Kindering, Emma Packard (bio), MA, Washington Sensory Disabilities Services
Children born with complex health needs are affected in a constellation of ways which often include hearing and vision. Health needs might take higher priority in the beginning, but too often attention to the impacts of the child’s hearing or visual system is delayed because the effects are “invisible,” compared to physical development. Fact: a child’s use of vision and hearing affects all areas of development. Families need information about how their child can better access communication and learning, embedded in daily routines. This session will increase your awareness of risk factors for hearing and vision issues and how to address concerns. Learn about the multiple developmental impacts of combined vision and hearing loss, from early bonding and communication to exploration and self-determination. Most importantly, learn key strategies to support a child’s development in all areas, even if a definitive diagnosis has not yet been made. We will use videos and stories to demonstrate impacts and effective strategies. If you currently work with, or have, a child with a diagnosed or suspected combined hearing and visual impairment, come prepared to apply what you learn to your individual situation.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3, Birth through Age 5

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Increase awareness of risk factors for hearing loss and visual impairment.
  • 2. Learn about the multiple developmental impacts of combined vision and hearing loss.
  • 3. Develop understanding of key strategies to support a child's development when there are known or suspected hearing and vision issues.

This is an Intermediate session.

Handouts:




PRE02: Expanding Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Young Children, presented by Lisa Greenwald (bio), PhD, Kindering, with Jennifer Ajumogobia (bio), MSW, Kindering, Debra Dineen (bio), BCBA, LBA, Holly Ridge Center, Molly Poole (bio), M.Ed., Kindering, Angela Raught (bio), BA, Kindering, C.J. Stout (bio), Kindering
This presentation will focus on three primary areas 1) Becoming a Center of Excellence for Autism Diagnosis 2) Creating an ABA program for Young Children 3) Using Telehealth for Young Children's therapy services.

This is an advanced full-day session.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Healthcare Staff, Interested Professionals

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the steps necessary to becoming a Center of Excellence for Autism Diagnosis.
  • Consider ABA program options for young children.
  • Explore allowable uses of telehealth in the treatment of autism.

This is an Intermediate session. Some understanding of early identification, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in young children is required.

Handouts:

This session has a $10 materials fee.

Materials Provided: A binder with handouts




PRE03: Infant Mental Health 101: An Introduction to Infant Mental Health, presented by Virginia Buccola-Tournay (bio), DNP, PMHNP, Parent Child Relationship Programs/UW
This is a day long intensive overview of Infant Mental Health/Early Childhood Mental Health. We will cover the foundations of early attachment, impact of early adversity, attachment theory as well as a closer look at parenting behaviors and models of intervention.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning

Age Group Addressed: All age groups

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of early adversity on infant and child development
  • Become familiar with Attachment Theory
  • Practice parent-child observation skills
  • Consider intervention models to best support development of health attachment

Materials Provided: Copies of Powerpoint handouts




PRE04: Responding to ACEs with Strengthening Families, presented by Holly Wyrwich (bio), MA, Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families, with Debbie Peterson (bio), BA, Because it Takes a Village
Multiple studies showcase the effect ACEs have on human development over the lifespan. Evidence bases are building to prove the effectiveness of a protective factor approach to preventing and mitigating the effects of child abuse and neglect. This session will ground participants in ACEs knowledge and connect participants to tools to support Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework implementation.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

Age Group Addressed: All age groups

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Participants will be able to express an understanding of ACEs as presented from the NEAR perspective.
  • 2. Participants will understand the Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework and become familiar with supporting tools and resources
  • 3. Participants will create a plan to strengthen their ability to support providers to implement the Strengthening Families Framework

Handouts:

Materials Provided: Handouts




PRE05: Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques for Childhood Dysarthria, presented by Ruth Stoeckel (bio), PhD, Mayo Clinic (retired)
Diagnosis of motor speech disorders in young children can be challenging, due in part to the likelihood of co-occurring conditions. This presentation will cover a range of ages, from red flags in early childhood to ongoing treatment for older children, with an emphasis on preschool-age children. Case-based discussion will include evidence-based, practical suggestions for diagnosis and intervention specifically for childhood dysarthria. Principles applicable to the more general diagnosis of motor speech disorder, not otherwise specified (MSD-NOS) will also be discussed.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers, Teachers, Therapists, Interested Professionals, Students

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe characteristics suggestive of motor speech disorders in children
  • Use best available evidence to determine an approach to treatment
  • Evaluate progress in treatment for childhood dysarthria

This is an Intermediate session. Understanding of early speech-language development, including basic knowledge of anatomy, particularly oral anatomy

Handouts:

Materials Provided: Handouts.




PRE06: Building Teams of Shared Learning, presented by Greg Abell (bio), BA, Sound Options Group, LLC
Serving the needs of children and families is a complex task requiring collaboration between parents and professionals. This session will focus on skills and strategies in support of effective teaming and involving diverse participants in pursuit of serving the unique needs of children.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Age Group Addressed: All age groups

Who Should Attend: All, Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers, Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Healthcare Staff, Home Visitors, Family Resources Coordinators, Interested Professionals, Students, Trainers, Adult Educators

Learning Objectives:

  • Strategies for building and maintaining effective teams
  • Structuring conversations of shared learning in support of complex challenges
  • Aligning our collective action to committment to respecting diversity

This is an Intermediate session.

Handouts:




PRE07: Making Inclusion Work for Toddlers and Preschoolers with ASD, presented by Dr. Ilene Schwartz (bio), PhD, University of Washington, with Julie Ashmun (bio), M.Ed., BCBA, University of Washington, Haring Center, Alice Bravo (bio), MEd, University of Washington
Children with ASD are children first. As such they need to spend time everyday interacting successfully with their typically developing peers. The purpose of this workshop is to describe how to create programs that support inclusion and intensive instruction fo children with ASD,

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers, Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Family Resources Coordinators, Interested Professionals, Students, Trainers, Adult Educators

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a plan to embed explicit instruction in inclusive settings for children with ASD.
  • Participants will begin a plan to ensure effective communication between and among all service providers working with a child with ASD.
  • Participants will describe strategies to evaluate their program and child progress.

This is an Intermediate session.

Handouts:




PRE08: Leading with Racial Equity in Early Learning: Understanding Yourself is a First Step, presented by Michelle Morse (bio), MSW, Puget Sound Educational Service District, with Heather Kawamoto (bio), MA, Puget Sound Educational Service District
This workshop grounds participants in self-reflection and self-awareness as a first step towards leading with racial equity using the lens of “Leadership of Self.” Through interactive and exploratory experiences, participants will gain multiple strategies to discover their own personal 'why' as well as approaches to lead with racial equity. By examining racial identities and bias, participants will gain a better understanding of how race applies to their work.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Age Group Addressed: All age groups

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify why leading with racial equity is important to them personally
  • Participants will be able to identify their own racial identities and biases and how it applies to their work.
  • Participants will develop a plan how they can lead with racial equity in their work.

This is an Intermediate session. Understand why it is important to talk about race in Early Learning

Handouts:




PRE09: PBIS in Early Childhood Settings, presented by Scott A. Spaulding (bio), PhD, University of Washington, with Carol Davis, Ed. D. (bio), EdD, University of Washington, Elizabeth Kelly (bio), M.Ed., University of Washington
This workshop teaches participants effective strategies for using a multi-tiered system of behavior support known as positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) in early childhood settings. Participants will learn about the 3 tiers of PBIS with a focus on tier 3 individualized supports for children that engage in persistent, challenging behaviors.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through 5

Who Should Attend: Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Interested Professionals, Trainers, Adult Educators

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will describe what PBIS for early childhood looks like and its efficacy for preventing challenging behaviors in young children.
  • Participants will describe how early childhood teams contribute to the overall effectiveness of behavior supports.
  • Participants will practice using indirect and direct behavior assessments.
  • Participants will develop function-based intervention recommendations.

This is an Intermediate session. Some knowledge about general practices in early childhood classrooms.

Materials Provided: Paper hand outs, pens




PRE10: The Growing Brain; Understanding Social-Emotional Development and Behavior from Birth to 5, presented by Maia Thomas (bio), MA-SLP, MPH, Early Supports for Infants and Toddlers, DCYF, with Tammy McCauley (bio), MA, DCYF/ESIT
Decades of research indicate that the early years of life are a period of exponential brain development, characterized by great opportunity and vulnerability, dependent on the relationships and environment in which the child is growing. This innovative training focuses on giving early childhood providers evidence-informed strategies to support their vital role in building healthy brains. The curriculum fills a unique niche by providing a comprehensive understanding of how the brain develops, along with ways the provider can encourage healthy brain development in children. Participants will learn skills and strategies for:

1.Informing their practice with an understanding of early brain development

2.Supporting prosocial behavior and social-emotional development

3.Reducing toxic stress that can negatively influence brain development of very young children.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers, Teachers, Therapists, Healthcare Staff, Home Visitors, Family Resources Coordinators, Interested Professionals, Students

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the parts of the brain and their functions.
  • Identify factors that positively and negatively affect brain development.
  • Understand how to social-emotional development unfolds, and how to support it.
  • Understand key brain structures and factors that influence behavior.
  • Understand the roles of relationships and stress on social-emotional development.

This session has a $10 materials fee.

Materials Provided: Four full-color, spiral bound participant manuals (apprx. 100 pages total). Crafts and misc. items used for group activities during the session. Light snacks.




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Co-Conference Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Continuing Education
Diversified Services, Inc.
Stanwood, WA 98292
Email: amandacardwell@frontier.com

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Conference Administrator
Boyer Children's Clinic
1850 Boyer Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
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