May 2-6, 2022 - Virtual via Zoom

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tuesday - Morning Session A - 9:00 - 10:30 AM

TA1: Evidence-Based Practices: What Are They And Why Are They Important?

Tuesday - Morning Session B - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TA2: Overview of the DC:0-5 for Early Childhood Professionals

Tuesday - Afternoon Session - 1:00 - 2:30 PM

TP1: Learning to Learn for Special Populations; The Power of Visual Supports in Early Intervention Programs

Tuesday - Afternoon Session - 1:00 - 2:30 PM

TP2: ALL IN: Building a Supportive Community, One Family at a Time

Tuesday - Evening Session - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

TE1: Unlearning Ableism

Tuesday - Evening Session - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

TE2: Picky Eating and Other Special Considerations for Inclusive Group Mealtimes




9:00 - 10:30 AM Tuesday - Morning Session A

TA1: Evidence-Based Practices: What Are They And Why Are They Important?, presented by Julie Dean (bio), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, with Valerie Arnold (bio), DCYF, Laura Batcheller (bio), OESD 114, Kim Lyman, NEWESD 101, Gretchen Stahr Breunig (bio), OSPI
This session will focus on identifying evidence-based practice and related high-leverage practices to support responsive environments for children Birth-8. Presenters will use a variety of modalities to engage the audience to participate in session by encouraging caregivers to share their varying expertise with support to children, communities, and programs.

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3, Birth through Age 5, Birth through Age 8, Age 3 through 5, Age 5 through 8

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Participants will be able to identify 3 specific evidence-based practices following this session.
  • 2. Participants will be able to Identify (High-Leverage Practices) HLP across evidence-based Practices (EBPs) for early learners.
  • 3. Participants will learn to utilize a self-assessment checklist (and related resources) for various age groups across multiple settings (e.g., home, community, classroom) to help support the implementation of evidence-based practices.

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tuesday - Morning Session B

TA2: Overview of the DC:0-5 for Early Childhood Professionals, presented by Jamie Elzea (bio), Nurtureways
The DC:0-5 (Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood) is the internationally accepted system for developmentally appropriate assessment of young children’s mental health. It uses developmentally specific diagnostic criteria that reflects mental health disorders that are typically diagnosed in infancy and early childhood. In Washington state, Medicaid mental health providers are now required to use the DC:0-5 as the diagnostic manual for mental health assessment for children younger than six. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the background, approach, and content areas of DC:0-5™ and will support early childhood professionals in understanding the importance of developmentally appropriate diagnostic practices.
**Note - participants will receive a certificate of completion for this session directly from the presenter at no additional charge. This is separate from the Official Certificate of Attendance provided by the conference.

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

Who Should Attend: Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Healthcare Staff, Home Visitors, Family Resources Coordinators, Interested Professionals, Trainers, Adult Educators

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the background and benefits of the diagnostic classification of mental health and developmental disorders of infancy and early childhood
  • Understand the importance of relational, developmental and contextual approach to diagnosis and diagnostic formulation.
  • Understand how to apply knowledge about developmentally appropriate diagnosis to practice, with a specific focus on referrals to and partnership with mental health treatment providers.

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1:00 - 2:30 PM Tuesday - Afternoon Session

TP1: Learning to Learn for Special Populations; The Power of Visual Supports in Early Intervention Programs, presented by Sharon Loudon (bio), ESD 105
Participants will gain new skills on how to support young children in experiencing success moving through basic learning routines with the use of visual tools. Emphasis will be placed on looking at a child's unique developmental level to ensure that the visual tools being utilized are meaningful to the child as well as how to generalize visual supports from more structured learning environments into a child's home and community.

Age Group Addressed: All age groups

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • Participates will be introduced to why visual supports are utilized in evidence based programs for all children. Information will be provided to explain the efficacy in using visual tools to promote success across all developmental skills from play to the development of academic skills.
  • Participants with learn the hierarchy of visual supports and how to select the correct tool based upon a child's unique developmental level. Creating meaningful visual supports will be emphasized throughout the training.
  • Participants will learn how to utilize visual supports to increase a child's success moving through daily routines, communicating their wants and needs, increasing independence and in creating motivation to move through less preferred tasks or activities.

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1:00 - 2:30 PM Tuesday - Afternoon Session

TP2: ALL IN: Building a Supportive Community, One Family at a Time, presented by Tracie Hoppis (bio), Washington State Parent to Parent
Washington State Parent to Parent provides social, emotional and informational support to families raising children with developmental disabilities and/or special healthcare needs. Attend this session to learn more about the Parent to Parent Network, and hear directly from family members who have experienced the benefits of Parent to Parent support!

Age Group Addressed: All age groups

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the Parent to Parent network- Mission, Vision and Values; and services provided.
  • Participants will be able to locate a Parent to Parent program either in, or nearby, their county of residence.
  • Participants will hear personal testimony from parents and family members who have experienced the value of Parent to Parent support.

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7:00 - 8:30 PM Tuesday - Evening Session

TE1: Unlearning Ableism, presented by Melissa McPheeters (bio), Rise to Resilience
This session is designed to support participants' understanding of what ableism is, how it shows up in classroom settings, and how they can challenge ableism in their practices. We will explore such topics as TL Lewis' working definition of ableism and consider several models of disability. It is possible that participants may experience discomfort during or after the presentation as we learn how we have perpetuated ableism ourselves. Discomfort is a normal experience as part of growth and the (un)learning process.
1. Identify what ableism is
2. Explore how ableism manifests in the classroom and school settings
3. Determine how we challenge ableism in our practices

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8

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

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7:00 - 8:30 PM Tuesday - Evening Session

TE2: Picky Eating and Other Special Considerations for Inclusive Group Mealtimes, presented by Erica Yuen (bio), Northwest Center, with Jennifer Bianzon (bio), NWC Kids IMPACT
Group mealtimes in are an important opportunity to support healthy relationships with food, build independence with self-help skills, engage in meaningful conversations, and promote social inclusion. In this session, participants will learn how to navigate special considerations at mealtime, so that ALL children can fully participate. First, participants will examine strategies for supporting picky eaters and how to promote food exploration for all children. Next, participants will explore ways to create a culturally inclusive mealtime. Lastly, participants will learn strategies for promoting safety and inclusion for children with allergies and individual care plans at mealtime. Throughout the training, participants will get to explore case studies to help them build their tool kits for offering inclusive group mealtimes.

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

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

Learning Objectives:

  • After discussing developmental reasons for selective eating habits, participants will analyze children’s eating patterns through a developmental lens and identify at least 2 strategies to support a developmental eating stage and to encourage food exploration
  • After discussing cultural differences between home and school mealtimes, participants will use a culturally responsive approach to collaborate with a family with differing home meal practices than the school setting.
  • After reviewing health and safety guidelines for group mealtimes, participants will analyze the needs of a child with special health care needs, and identify at least 2 strategies to maintain the child’s health and safety during an inclusive group mealtime.

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