May 3-7, 2021 – Virtual via zoom

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Tuesday Session Descriptions


TF2: Reflecting on Bias: Implications in Understanding Behavior in Children

Presenter: Carol Good, Continuing Education Specialist, University of Washington - Barnard Center

Childcare expulsion rates continue to persist at an unacceptably high rate. Black and Hispanic males in particular continue to be most affected by this practice. This workshop will begin to explore the role bias has in the observation of behavior in early childhood.

About the presenter: Carol Good, MSW, LICSW, has over 27 years’ experience providing infant/early childhood mental health services in both a community mental health setting, and in early intervention services in Washington State. Her focus of practice has consistently been assisting parents in better understanding their child’s social and emotional needs and the interplay between trauma and attachment relationships. She has been providing supervision and training to practitioners in the field of infant/early childhood mental health since 2001 as well as providing workshops for parents of infants and toddlers. She joined the University of Washington as a Promoting First Relationships (PFR) Master Trainer in 2014. Since that time she has provided workshops and training on a variety of topics including PFR throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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

**Note: This is an intermediate session. Participants must have prior knowledge of writing and providing IFSP services.

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5

Who Should Attend: Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Interested Professionals, Students

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the impact childcare expulsion has on individual children, childcare environments and families
  2. Understand how bias impacts professional observations of behavior
  3. Understand the role reflection plays in keeping bias "in check"


TA: Essential Practices for High Quality Inclusion "LEAP"s into Washington

Presenter: Johanna Wasser, Senior Research Assistant / LEAP Consultant University of Denver - PELE Center with Portia Drew, Diane Loghry, Galynn Mills, Phillip Strain, Rebecca Von Duering and Cari Wood

Participants in this session will receive information regarding high quality early childhood inclusion practices, through the implementation of the LEAP Model. Learn how special educators, general educators, service providers, and system leaders can work together for inclusive and effective early learning environments. This session will be presented by the developer of the LEAP Model as well as the Washington State LEAP Consultant and Washington State (from Camas and Evergreen) practitioners, consisting of administration, coaches, and teacher.

About the presenter: Johanna Wasser is a Senior Research Assistant for Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center at the University of Denver. Her current projects include LEAP Model and PTR-YC consultation; and is a member of the National Center of Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) staff. Johanna has dedicated her professional career to promoting social emotional competence and inclusion practices in early childhood education for over 20 years and has been a coach of the Pyramid Model since 2007. She has a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and maintains her license as an Early Childhood Special Education. Johanna has worked with children, families and professionals in a variety of settings including home, community, early childhood programs, and public school districts.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Relative Care Givers, Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Family Resource Coordinators, Interested Professionals, Students

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will begin to understand the essential components to high quality inclusion practices for all children and their families, based on over 40 years of research and practical experiences.
  2. This session will highlight two Washington early childhood education programs (school districts and ESD112 partners) launch into the LEAP model certification process.
  3. The audience will learn how a multi-tiered support system (training, consultation, coaching, administration, and transdisciplinary team) in order to meet high fidelity in early childhood inclusion practices.


TB: A Wholistic Approach to ESIT Services: Including Parents and Caregivers in IFSP Services for Children in Dependency

Presenter: Jennifer Gears and Mara Calhoun, Kindering CHERISH Program

Reunification with parents is the primary plan whenever possible for children in Washington State Child Welfare dependency, therefore it is best practice to include parents in ESIT services so that they are informed and have the opportunity to learn about their child's needs and development. ESIT services are more effective and can provide healing for families when caregivers and parents are included and engaged. Through years of navigating services with children, families, and the child welfare system, the CHERISH program has gained knowledge and experience providing dual-family ESIT services. In this presentation, developed in collaboration with Adrienne O'Brien from the WA state DCYF ESIT office, CHERISH staff will share lessons learned and recommendations for a more inclusive approach to IFSP services.

About the presenter: Jennifer is currently the CHERISH Program Coordinator, but started as a Family Resource Coordinator at Kindering. Through recognition and deep respect for the important role communities have in nurturing the next generation, Jennifer is continuously seeking opportunities to learn from the unique challenges and incredible strength that families in our community share. She is also passionately committed to confronting inequity and creating a more inclusive network of support that comprehensively meets the needs of systematically oppressed individuals and communities.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

**Note: This is an intermediate session. Participants must have prior knowledge of writing and providing IFSP services.

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3, Adults

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Why engaging both caregivers and parents in ESIT services is best practice
  2. Establish common language, empathy, and understanding for various perspectives. Share considerations and resources for application
  3. Foundational logistics of providing dual-family IFSP services


TC1: The Three Prong Approach to Vision and Hearing Screening: Updates, Refresher, and New Tips for Virtual Screening

Presenter: DeEtte Snyder, Statewide Coordinator/B-3 Outreach Director, WA State School for the Blind

This presentation will provide an introduction or review of the updated tool for screening as a recommended best practice for addressing vision and hearing during intake procedures and ongoing monitoring of children's progress within Birth to 3 support services. The Three Prong Approach (TPA) uses a comprehensive method of gathering information about vision and hearing concerns through interview, a checklist, and direct observations. The tool allows early childhood practitioners to document that vision and hearing is addressed, as required by Washington state's lead IDEA Part C agency (DCYF/ESIT), at intake and annual reviews. In addition to meeting documentation requirements, this tool assists Part C service providers, including Family Resource Coordinators and Intake Coordinators, to identify key risk factors to identify possible sensory disability categories (blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blindness) and make appropriate referrals, both medical and educational, to meet the unique needs of children with a range of sensory concerns. Special procedures and tips will be provided for screening occurring through virtual home visiting methods and distant consultations.

About the presenter: DeEtte Snyder is the Statewide Coordinator and Outreach Director for Birth to 3 Services at the Washington State School for the Blind and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. She is a certified teacher of students with visually impairment and early childhood educator. She earned her PhD in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in May 2018 with a focus on blindness, early childhood, and educational leadership. For over 30 years she has worked with blind children aged birth to five, and their families, both as an educator and program administrator.

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

Age Group Addressed: age group

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Implement vision and hearing screening tool into existing intake procedures, including those provided through virtual methods
  2. Learn to use parent interview, developmental skills checklist, and observation to identify children at risk for vision and hearing issues and potential sensory impacts to development
  3. Develop familiarity with high risk factors for vision and hearing concerns in young children
  4. Learn to make appropriate referrals for diagnostic medical or educational follow up


TC2: Family Ties within Washington Pyramid Model Implementation

Presenter: Julie Dean, Kim Lyman and Carrie Saunders

Early Childhood Special Education Panelists across Washington State have partnered with The Office of Superintendent ofPublic Instruction Early Childhood Special Education Division to explore family voice and engagement inspired byWashington Pyramid Model Implementation to further support ongoing learning processes, collaboration, and high quality inclusionary practices for young children.

About the presenter: Kim Lyman is the Education and Disability Coordinator for Education Service District (ESD 101) and a program coach implementing Washington state Pyramid Model Practices across the ESD 101 region.

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

**Note: This is an intermediate session.

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8

Who Should Attend: All


TD: Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation

Presenter: Katherine Zintel, Occupational Therapist, Wonderland Child & Family Services

This session will provide a deep look at the anatomy and physiology of the various sensory systems, including the vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive systems. This information will be used to better understand the concept of self-regulation and how challenges in this area can manifest, including poor attention, difficulty problem solving, and behavioral challenges. Examples will include those seen in children with prenatal substance exposures. We will discuss how to assess sensory reactivity and intervention ideas will be presented, which can be used by anyone supporting children and their families.

About the presenter: Katherine Zintel, OTR/L is a treating occupational therapist and therapy supervisor at Hope RISING Clinic for Prenatal Substance Exposure. She works with children ages 2 through 12 and their caregivers to better understand the impacts of prenatal exposure on development. Katherine works closely with families and clients to support and develop sensory processing, social skills, attention, impulse control, and problem solving. Katherine is the evaluating occupational therapist at Hope RISING Clinic's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnostic clinic. Trainings and certifications include: CLASI Module 1 & 2 (The Collaborative for Leadership for Sensory Integration), Interoception 101 at STAR Institute, PACT (Parents and Children Together), Motivational Interviewing, Oral Motor Feeding, and Poly Vagal Theory.

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

**Note: This is an intermediate session.

Age Group Addressed: age group

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define sensory integration.
  2. Describe the main anatomy and physiology of the 8 sensory systems.
  3. Identify at least 3 interventions for sensory reactivity.

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Conference Coordinator
AC Consulting
Stanwood, WA 98292

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Conference Administrator
Boyer Children's Clinic
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Seattle, WA 98112

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