May 3-7, 2021 – Virtual via zoom

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Thursday Session Descriptions


HA1: Brave Conversations

Presenter: Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW, UNC Asheville

In conversations about Race and Racism, it is often said: "I didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything." This training is for people who want to learn what to say, and how to overcome the fear and anxiety that gets in the way of saying it, specifically as it relates to professionals who work with children and their families. During the 90 minutes of the session, participants will receive an introduction into deepening their understanding about how Race impacts interpersonal relationships, relationships with children, and how to initiate dialogue about these issues within a professional relationship. Participants will expand their vocabulary around topics specific to antiracism, begin unpacking their own racial identities, and develop techniques to navigate conversations about sensitive topics.

About the presenter: Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW, is a psychotherapist living in Asheville, NC. She works with college students at UNC-Asheville, and has a private practice where she works with adults using equine-assisted psychotherapy (therapy with horses). Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for anti-racism and equity in the Mental Health world and frequently facilitates workshops and consultation events for therapists and professionals on the subject. She has been published in Psychology Today magazine and featured in the New York Times. You can find these articles and more about Elizabeth at .

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions

**Note: This is an intermediate session.

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to define racial trauma and understand how it impacts the children and families they are serving.
  2. Participants will be able to initiate a conversation about race and racism with their children, families and coworkers, having been given the concrete tools to do so.
  3. Participants will be able to identify their intersections and identify potential blind spots/biases.


HA2: Family Resources Coordinator Networking

Presenter: Carol Hall, ESD 112 and Adrienne Obrien, Early Support for Infants and Toddlers

This interactive session will provide Family Resources Coordinators (FRCs) an opportunity to meet and get new ideas andstrategies related to their work. The session will include current issues/trends in Early Intervention, table talks, Q & A, and resources.

About the presenter: Carol Hall has worked in the field of early education for 35+ years. Current work focus is as Director of Early Intervention, Local Lead Agency for four counties and Family Resources Coordinator Training Project at ESD 112.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: Family Resource Coordinators


HB2: Building and Sustaining Effective Collaboration

Presenter: Gregory Abell, Sound Options Group, LLC

Working to meet the needs of of infants and their families is a complex task requiring collaboration among a range of people. This session will focus on a framework for building and sustaining effective teams.

About the presenter: Greg is the Principal at Sound Options Group, LLC, a Conflict Engagement firm. His particular area of expertise is in assisting agencies, organizations and communities in designing and implementing systems for more effectively engaging conflict and facilitating productive and collaborative work environments.

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

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers


HB: Navigating the To Do List after your Child's Autism Diagnosis (0-3)

Presenter: Ashley Penney, BCBA-D, Research Scientist, University of Washington Autism Center with Adriana Luna, University of Washington

This session is for parents who have a child three and younger who has recently been diagnosed with autism. Parents will learn about four strategies designed to promote meaningful learning through playful interactions and have a chance to discuss recommendations on their child’s diagnostic report, ask questions, and build community with other parents.

About the presenter: Ashley is Licensed Behavior Analyst and Research Scientist at the UW Autism Center.

Ashley earned her PhD at the University of Washington in Special Education in 2016. Her dissertation was on the effects of a naturalistic, behavioral parent-implemented group intervention for very young children with or likely to have autism. Ashley has worked in the field of autism intervention for over 15 years and as an educator, clinician, and researcher. Currently, her research work focuses on increasing access to developmentally appropriate behavioral intervention for infants and toddlers with autism. Ashley is passionate about supporting access to family-friendly, evidence-based services and believes that parents and families are an integral to success. Her current research focuses on developmentally appropriate, effective intervention that fits within existing service delivery systems and increasing collaboration among professionals from different service delivery systems.

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

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name four early goal areas for very young children (0-3) with autism.
  2. Understand a simple approach for embedding a learning opportunity into a naturally occurring play routine.
  3. Have a plan for practicing simple strategies to address the four goal areas within daily routines.


HC1: Supporting Challenging Behaviors

Presenter: Michelle Duhon, Inclusion Consultant, IMPACT, Northwest Center Kids and Kristen Mcleskey, Inclusion Consultant, Northwest Center Kids

Challenging behaviors in child care can be one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks facing early learning providers. Joinus as we present practical tools and research-based strategies geared toward positive, proactive behavior management in theclassroom. Participants will learn to identify the function of behavior by examining triggers and effects. We will also developnew mental models for assessing behavior by shifting our perspective and viewing behavior through a sensory lens.Participants will have opportunities to engage in exercises and collaborative conversations that build upon these ideas andgenerate solutions for challenges that are being experienced in the classroom.

About the presenter: Michelle has worked in the field of early learning for over a decade and in that time has fulfilled a variety of roles. She has been a preschool teacher, school director, and a QRIS coach. She graduated with her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Colorado in 2020. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood & Family Studies from University of Washington. She is a passionate advocate for early learning professionals as well as supporting work towards high quality inclusive early learning classrooms. Michelle was born and raised in Orlando, FL but decided to move to Washington about ten years ago to enjoy the majestic beauty of the PNW. She enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking - anything outdoors! As well as creative interests in; painting, sewing, piano, and guitar.

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

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: All


HC2: Using A Triadic Approach in Parent Coaching to Support Families

Presenter: Shawna Harbin and Katelin Hobson, University of Washingtona Harbin and Katelin Hobson, University of Washington

Parent coaching is an essential component in early intervention and can help parents build confidence in their skills withsupporting their child’s development. This session describes a set of triadic strategies that early intervention practitioners canuse in their parent coaching during home visits and teleintervention sessions to facilitate positive, developmentally supportiveparent-child interactions. As a group, we’ll talk about why effective parent coaching is important, how a triadic approach canmeet parents where they are at, and how using these strategies can help families move toward their goals. Participants will alsohave the opportunity to plan for how they can begin applying the triadic strategies in their work. 

About the presenter: Shawna Harbin, M.Ed., BCBA, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington with ongoing experience coaching teacher candidates in the Early Childhood Special Education program, as well as preschool teachers and EI practitioners. Her research projects explore practitioner and parent perspectives of service delivery, as well as implementation of recommended practices. Before pursuing her PhD, Shawna served as a special educator for a Seattle-based early intervention agency.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: Therapists, Home Visitors, Family Resource Coordinators, Interested Professionals, Students, Trainers


HD: Disability Justice for Parents and Professionals

Presenter: Kaley Dugger and Jae Kim, the Arc of King County

This session will teach parents and professionals the ten principles of Disability Justice created by Sins Invalid, an organization led by and for disabled people of color and other multiply marginalized identities. These principles, such as intersectionality, interdependence, and collective liberation, assemble to create an anti-ableist and anti-racist framework that translates to all professions and stages of parenthood. This session will teach parents and professionals what disability justice is and how it can be taught and embodied during early childhood.

About the presenter: Jae Kim and Kaley Dugger work for The Arc of King County, an organization founded by parents of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that works to advance the civil and human rights of all people with I/DD. Kaley and Jae provide direct support to people with disabilities and their family members and lead presentations in front of a variety of audiences to promote the full inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all spheres of society. Jae and Kaley are both wheelchair users with lived experiences as people with disabilities.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the 10 principles of Disability Justice created by Sins Invalid and apply to parenthood and professions working with young children.
  2. Deconstruct the intricate connections between ableism, racism, and capitalism.
  3. Understand the importance of teaching children about anti-ableism and anti-racism through the Disability Justice lens.

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Conference Coordinator
AC Consulting
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Conference Administrator
Boyer Children's Clinic
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Seattle, WA 98112

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