May 3-7, 2021 – Virtual via zoom

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Wednesday Session Descriptions


WA1: Coping with COVID 19: Behavorial Health Trends, Workforce Impacts & Resources

Presenter: Dr. Kira Mauseth, Washington State Department of Health

We are all impacted by COVID-19 in our daily lives in some ways that we may not recognize. This presentation will address thespecifics about where we are on a larger scale with our Behavioral Health responses in the context of the pandemic as a naturaldisaster across the state, and how our brains and bodies function accordingly at home and in the workplace. We will discuss: •common neurological and physical responses at the current phase of the disaster response and recovery cycle • commonsymptoms and experiences • challenges over the next few months • and what can be done to prevent burnout and increaseresilience factors as we continue into 2021. Specific ideas will be provided about how to communicate and interact moreeffectively with others in the context of COVID-19, and increase our own sense of strength and resilience.

About the presenter: Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who splits her professional time between seeing patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates, teaching as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serving as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. Her work and research interests focus on resilience and recovery from trauma as well as well as disaster behavioral health. She has worked extensively in Haiti with earthquake survivors, in Jordan with Syrian refugees and Jordanian relief workers, and with first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States. Dr. Mauseth also conducts trainings with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals


WA2: Washington State Inclusive Practices in Preschool Demonstration Sites Project

Presenter: Catherine Borges, Haring Center with Katherine Bateman, Ilene Schwartz and Monique Worthy, Haring Center, University of Washington

In 2019 OSPI implemented the Inclusionary Practice Professional Development Project for K-12 schools. A highlight of this project is a network of demonstration site schools across the state. Last year, with support of OSPI, four preschool demonstration site schools were identified. The purpose of the demonstration sites is to provide an opportunity for educators to learn about supporting inclusive education from their peers. This presentation describes the outcomes of evidence based inclusive practices in preschool inclusion demonstration states across the state of Washington. Participants will gain information related to ways to increase dissemination of inclusive practices, build knowledge, capacity, and strategies to increase implementation for practitioners serving preschool children. Participants will learn about how to provide transformational learning experiences or start to envision which inclusionary practices they can implement in their own schools. Information about how to build an inclusive culture will be discussed as well as engaging in an asset-based approach to school reform. Participants can take what they have learned and begin to implement it in their own schools to work toward their journey for inclusion.

About the presenter: Cassie Borges M.Ed., BCBA, LBA is a passionate person devoted to the concept that all can benefit from quality inclusive practices. She attended the University of Washington and received a Master’s degree in Education, Washington State teaching certification with a Special Education Endorsement, and fulfilled required practicum to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Cassie has experience as an Early Childhood Educator at the Experimental Education Unit in an inclusive classroom setting with birth to three and preschool. While working as a Parent Trainer for the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound Learning Program, Cassie was able to see first-hand the strengths and struggles families endure. She also has clinical experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis as a Behavior Interventionist for Success Through Education, Play and Support (STEPS) Summer Program, a Certified Behavior Technician, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the University of Washington Autism Center. She is currently the Lead for the Preschool Demonstration Site Project at the Haring Center partnering with OSPI to disseminate inclusive practice throughout the state of Washington. Embedded within this project she and her team support 4 demonstration sites with their journey to inclusion through professional development and professional collaboration. These experiences have helped Cassie gain more insight into important concepts such as the neurodiversity movement, equity, and inclusion for all.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain concrete strategies to support inclusion in preschools settings.
  2. Understand more about supporting key stakeholders in the implementation of inclusive practices to increase sustainability of these practices.
  3. Disseminate evidence base inclusive practices utilized and review professional and social networking data/outcomes of inclusion support in 4 preschool settings across the state or Washington.


WB: Introduction to Inclusion in Early Learning

Presenter: Elizabeth Carley, OTD, OTR/L, Northwest Center Kids AND Cheyenne Dixon, OTR/L, IMPACT

This session introduces the concept of inclusion in early learning through an equity lens. Participants will consider examples from classrooms that illustrate the differences between separation, exclusion, integration, and genuine inclusion. Defining features and facts about inclusion will be shared in an engaging, interactive format. Attendees are invited to share their perspective about the benefits of inclusion in early learning for children with special needs, typically developing children, teachers/administrators, and communities. Research on expulsions will be discussed, with emphasis on the implications for children of color. Environmental adaptations and effective practices will be discussed, and participants will learn concrete techniques for increasing inclusion in their programs to best serve children of all abilities.

About the presenter: Elizabeth is an occupational therapist and is the Program Coordinator and Mental Health Consultant on the IMPACT team. Her background is in non-profit work in community mental health as well as experience in academia on faculty at the University of Southern California. In her current role Elizabeth supports early learning and child care programs with professional development training related to inclusive practices.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5

Who Should Attend: Teachers, Administrators, Interested Professionals

Learning Objectives:

  1. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will understand the research-based benefits of inclusion for all children enrolled in early learning programs.
  2. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to understand inclusion through an anti-bias and racial equity lens.
  3. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to identify concrete steps they can take to increase the inclusive capacity of their early learning programs.


WC: Project ECHO: Supporting Parents, Caregivers, and Family Members of Children with Challenging Behavior.

Presenter: Katherine Bateman and Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington

Project ECHO is an evidenced-based, synchronous on line learning approach to professional development and support. Inthis presentation we will describe a 16 week parent support/education group that was provided to parents of children withIDD and challenging behaviors. Every week parents participated in an on line learning event that included a short didacticlesson, a case study presented by a parent, and problem solving in which parents and content experts took turns inpresenting strategies and solutions. Data will be presented to demonstrate the acceptability and effectiveness of this intervention.

About the presenter:

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All


WD: Embedded Instruction & Activity Matrices: Teaching IEP and IFSP goals within On-Going Routines and Activities

Presenter: Ariane Gauvreau, Senior Director, PD and Training, Haring Center

This training will discuss strategies and systems for creating embedded instruction plans and providing instruction within on-going classroom and home routines. Embedded instruction is one inclusionary practice that involves providing instruction on IEP and IFSP goals within existing classroom routines and activities. We will review strategies for embedded instruction, ways of planning for embedded learning opportunities, and methods for creating classroom Activity Matrices.

About the presenter: Ariane has extensive experience leading professional development and in-service trainings on topics including inclusion, neurodiversity, home visiting, tiered systems of support, individualized instruction and family collaboration. She is author of many peer-reviewed articles and chapters, including Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs. Ariane is an active member of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), on the Editorial Board of Young Exceptional Children and a part of several state and national committees promoting inclusion and best practices in education

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

**Note: This is an intermediate session.

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review examples of embedded instructional strategies
  2. Create plans for Embedded Learning Opportunities
  3. Discuss methods for organizing instruction and data collection for embedded learning in a Classroom Activity Matrix


WE: Supportive Feeding Strategies for Picky Eaters

Presenter: Sarina Murrell, Director, The Airplane Spoon

This session will teach Parents, Caregivers, and Providers about the fundamentals needed for progressing in eating skills. Often, parents think or are told that their child is "picky," but what does that even mean? Everyone has their own definition and it is not supportive in helping a child to develop skilled and positive feeding practices. We will discuss what"picky eating" looks like in children and when it goes beyond that and how to support children who might be more than picky or have other feeding challenges affecting them. Practical strategies will be discussed so that Parents and Providers can apply some ideas right away with their children.

About the presenter: Sarina Murrell is the founder and director of The Airplane Spoon - a private clinic that supports babies, children, and parents in feeding, communication and coaching. Sarina has a background in medical speech-language pathology, infant mental health, and education. She has worked across many settings and locations including home-provided early intervention, NICU, Autism Center, schools, and now through her own company. She believes that the central bond between parent and child stands at the heart of all progress and collaborations. She promotes positive learning through reflective practice and hands-on experiences.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the difference between picky eaters and feeding disorder
  2. Consider the various stages to break-down a new feeding experience to the basic steps
  3. Develop short-term and long-term goals to work towards feeding progress

For Additional Information

Amanda Cardwell
Conference Coordinator
AC Consulting
Stanwood, WA 98292

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

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