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Tuesday, October 1
 

7:30am

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration (Pre-Conference Only)
Registration materials will be available for pre-conference attendees. If you would like to register for a pre-conference session, please visit the Solutions Desk adjacent to registration.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 7:30am - 1:00pm
Chantilly Foyer

8:00am

JEI Executive Board Meeting
Meeting for editorial board of Journal of Early Intervention


Tuesday October 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Morocco

8:30am

Meeting FACES: Community-Based Programming for Underrepresented Families of Children with Autism
Requires Registration & Additional Fee:  There exists a wealth of resources to support the needs of children with autism and their families in NC, and a troubling gap in under-served families' access to those services. The purpose of Meeting FACES was to bring together parents, educators, and providers to learn more about available autism services. 

Speakers
JP

Jamie Pearson

North Carolina State University


Tuesday October 1, 2019 8:30am - 11:30am
Miro

8:30am

MTSS Frameworks: Successfully Educating Young Children with Disabilities in ECE/ECSE Blended Programs
Requires Registration & Additional Fee:  Many early learning programs have shifted into inclusive/blended MTSS frameworks to enhance delivery of high quality services. Learn how educators, parents, and program leaders are partnering to ensure that the needs of learners who have or are at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities are met in these systems.



Tuesday October 1, 2019 8:30am - 11:30am
Obelisk B

8:30am

Trauma Crossroads: Where Trauma and Developmental Disabilities Intersect
Requires Registration & Additional Fee:  Trauma-informed practice (TIP) is a vital movement. Come connect the intersectionality in children and the impact of trauma on both them and their family. The presenters include a parent and the co-author of the "TIP for Early Childhood Educators: Relationship-Based Approaches that Support Healing and Build Resilience in Young Children."

Speakers
avatar for Dana Cox

Dana Cox

Research Associate, WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies
Dana has been in the field of child health and development for over 35 years, as both a Registered Nurse and an Early Childhood Special Educator, working in emergency/critical care, pediatrics/ maternal-child health, and early intervention/home-visiting settings. Her current professional... Read More →
avatar for Julie Kurtz

Julie Kurtz

Author, Trainer, and Therapist, Julie Kurtz Consulting
Julie Kurtz is a national speaker and expert consulting and training on trauma and social-emotional skills for early childcare professionals. She is a co-author of Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Relationship-Based Approaches that Support Healing and Build... Read More →



Tuesday October 1, 2019 8:30am - 11:30am
Obelisk A

11:30am

Lunch on Your Own
Counter Offer — 24-hour Grab-n-go dining includes coffee bar with espresso, breakfast and lunch items, as well as hot sandwiches, fresh fruit, energy drinks, soups and salads throughout the day. Also serves a limited Starbucks® menu.

Media Grill & Bar—opens daily at 11:00am to allow conference attendees to enjoy the restaurant's lunch menu seven days a week. The impressive, high-energy eatery also boasts complimentary WiFi, and wall-to-wall televisions.

Available WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
Exhibit Hall Concessions (CREDIT CARDS only) — various sandwiches, salads, chips, drinks, and dessert.



Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
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11:45am

Open Meeting: Indiana DEC
The Indiana Subdivision of DEC will meet to review annual goals and progress towards goals. We will also discuss upcoming initiatives.


Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Obelisk A

1:00pm

Eliminating Suspension and Expulsion Through the Pyramid Model
Requires Registration & Additional Fee:  High fidelity implementation of the Pyramid Model has shown positive outcomes for children, teachers and programs. This workshop covers: 1) Pyramid Model resources, 2) policies to eliminate suspension and expulsion, and 3) data tools for making decisions about implicit bias and appropriate responses to behavior. Participants will develop action plans.

Speakers
avatar for Lise Fox

Lise Fox

professor, University of South Florida, Tampa



Tuesday October 1, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Obelisk A

1:00pm

Gender Fluid and Transgender Preschoolers: Supporting These Young Learners and Their Families
Requires Registration & Additional Fee:   Children typically solidify their gender by ages of 3-6.  What happens when family, society and your own body says that you are a boy/ girl, but your brain/heart tells you something else? What does a young learner do whose gender is fluid?  Come and we will learn together



Tuesday October 1, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Miro

1:00pm

Foster Executive Functioning with Environmental, Instructional and Child-specific Scaffolds: Build for Tomorrow
Requires Registration & Additional Fee:  This hands-on workshop will increase knowledge and skills of professionals and families on the “why “and “how’ of building executive functioning in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays. Learn to employ environmental, instructional and child-specific scaffolds woven routinely into growth-promoting experiences in inclusive settings.

Speakers


Tuesday October 1, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Obelisk B

1:00pm

Full Conference Registration (All Attendees)
Registration materials will be available for all conference attendees. If you would like to register for a pre-conference session, please visit the Solutions Desk adjacent to registration.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Chantilly Foyer

4:30pm

The Early Advantage: Learning Lessons from Diverse Countries (Opening Keynote)
Drawing from an empirical study of early childhood systems in six countries, the presentation will focus on the lessons learned especially regarding existing approaches to, and services for, young children with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Although grounded in different contexts, ideologies, and service values, the countries have important and highly applicable strategies that bear consideration in the United States context. Nordic, Asian, and Anglo approaches will be discussed, as will specific recommendations for the United States. The presentation will highlight country similarities and differences, and address early childhood generally as well as services for youngsters who are at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

Bio
Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center. Recognized
internationally and nationally for her accomplishments related to the care and education of young children, Kagan is a prolific pubic speaker, author of 325 articles and 16 books, a member of over 30 national boards or panels. Recipient of countless research awards, Kagan focuses the development of new knowledge that impacts governments and institutions as they craft policies for young children, according particular attention to systems theory, governance, finance, pedagogy, and transitions. Drawing on leadership experiences as a public school administrator, Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Early Childhood Education as well as policy work in 78 countries around the world, Kagan has been instrumental in altering policies affecting young children and families.



Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Chantilly E Ballroom

6:00pm

First Time Attendee and New Member Meet & Greet
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Sexton

Sarah Sexton

Associate Director, Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP)


Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

6:00pm

 
Wednesday, October 2
 

7:00am

Open Meeting: Early Intervention Community of Practice (NOW TO METRO ROOM)
Face-to-Face meeting for the EI CoP. We would like to meet for 60-90 mins to develop a strategic plan for next year’s focus and priorities.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Metro

7:00am

Open Meeting: Subdivision Leaders Meeting
The annual meeting of DEC's State Subdivision Leaders.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:00am - 9:00am
Monet

7:30am

Full Conference Registration (All Attendees)
Registration materials will be available for all conference attendees. If you would like to register for the conference on-site, please visit the Solutions Desk adjacent to registration.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:30am - 5:30pm
Chantilly Foyer

7:45am

8:00am

Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behavior Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration (Poster #4)
This presentation illustrates an interdisciplinary collaboration model among an early childhood teacher, an itinerant early childhood special education teacher, an occupational therapist (OT), and a behavioral specialist (BCBA) working together with parents as partners in developing a positive behavior support system to address a child's challenging behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Boulanger Thompson

Michelle Boulanger Thompson

Doctoral Student, Virginia Commonwealth University
I'm an Occupational Therapist with 30 years experience working with young children and families in homes and schools throught Early Intervention and Public Schools. I'm currently a doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University. My research interest is the impact of Coaching... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

CANCELLED - Supporting Sensitive Interaction Between Parents & Babies Through Loving Touch Infant Massage (Poster #17)
Infant massage is a culturally sensitive parent enrichment activity that increases caregiver confidence and supports responsive parent & child interactions. Evidence based research supports numerous benefits for both babies and their caregivers. This interactive session will use video to highlight cues parents & babies use to communicate with one another.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Fostering Collaborative Partnerships: Making Inclusion Work (Poster #8)
Collaboration is essential in inclusive preschool settings. Synonymous with this year's conference theme, the presenters will share strategies for collaboration and partnership to assist with facilitating instruction and family involvement. The strategies provided are grounded by the experiences of the presenters, connected to recommended practices, and supported by the literature.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Beyond the Book: Building Emotional Literacy Through Partnership with Children and Families (Poster #23)
This poster provides strategies and resources for using children's books to support the social emotional development of children. Ideas for designing activities to be used in a professional’s practice will be shared. Books that depict unique circumstances families face, including military deployment, incarceration, and others will be highlighted.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Caregiver Coaching in New Hampshire Part C: Perceptions and Factors Influencing Implementation (Poster #21)
This presentation provides a baseline of perceptions of caregiver coaching implementation and factors influencing implementation in New Hampshire's Part C early intervention programs. This sequential mixed methods case study explores multiple stakeholder perspectives through surveys, focus groups, and semi-structured interviews. Findings, implications, limitations, and ideas for future research are described.


Speakers


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Collaborating with Practitioners and Families to Address Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development (Poster #14)
This poster describes the process for implementing an infant/toddler social-emotional assessment (SEAM) and home-based intervention (SELECT Curriculum). It highlights a coaching model used to support both practitioner and family fidelity of implementation. In-depth information is provided on how the intervention was informed through a community-research partnership.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Fathers of Children with Disabilities and CLD Fathers: Maximizing Engagement and Collaboration (Poster #6)
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) fathers and fathers of children with disabilities continue to be underrepresented in both research and practical application of parent engagement opportunities often extended to mothers. In this session, participants will learn how to individualize collaborative practices for this unique group of parents.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Impact of Shared Reading on Parents' and Their Children's Attitudes Toward Disabilities (Poster #25)
Thirty-five parent-child dyads from kindergarten classes read books that include characters with disabilities. The relationship between parents' and their children's attitudes toward people with disabilities as well as their recorded conversations are analyzed to understand their attitudes toward people with disabilities and how parents' attitudes are transmitted to their children.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Roles of Language Interpreters for Immigrant Families of Children During IEP/IFSP Conferences (Poster #13)
Supporting immigrant families who encounter barriers in participating in their children's education is critical to address their children's needs. The purpose of this session is to increase practitioners' awareness of diverse roles that a language interpreter can play to advocate for immigrant families of children with disabilities during IEP/IFSP meetings.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Systemic Needs and Strategies to Support Vulnerable Young Children and Families (Poster #2)
This session presents results of a research study focused on investigation of (a) stressors that affect families with low income and their ability to access early intervention services, (b) practitioners ' and families' experiences with early intervention services, and (c) recommendations to enhance service accessibility.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Addressing Inappropriate Discipline Practices: State Policies on Suspension and Expulsion (Poster #5)
This poster will provide data from the 2019 review of policies related to suspension and expulsion from every state. The analysis focuses on elements included in state policy statements and their relationship to the joint statement recommendations issued by US Department of Health and Human Services and Education.

Speakers
avatar for Lise Fox

Lise Fox

professor, University of South Florida, Tampa
avatar for Toni Miguel

Toni Miguel

Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Enhancing Leadership Capacity to Support Inclusion in Child Care (Poster #7)
Recent changes to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) acknowledged young children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable and need special policy intervention to access high-quality child care. This poster will present an analysis of the intersection between QRIS standards in three states and the DEC Recommended Practices.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Project Open House: Inclusion in Early Care (Poster #22)
Join a discussion about the current state of inclusion in child care and preschool programs. Discover the results of a statewide survey of parents, providers, and administrators and learn about the initial phases of an inclusion pilot project in NW Ohio funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Using the IDC Indicator Display Wizards to Collaboratively Examine SPP/APR Indicators (Poster #3)
Over the last several years, state/local programs in early childhood systems have expressed a need to visually depict their SPP/APR data. To help address this need, presenters will use the IDC Indicator Display Wizards for Part C and Part B.

Speakers
avatar for Vera Stroup-Rentier

Vera Stroup-Rentier

Senior Study Director, Westat


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Collaborating with Parents to Identify Children's Strengths and Needs (Poster #24)
Including parents in planning their child's education has been a recommended practice since PL 94-142 became law. This poster describes a process for including parents as collaborative partners in establishing goals for their child and embedding those goals in inclusive environments.

Speakers
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Patricia Sheehey

Associate Professor, University of Hawaii Manoa
early childhood education, families, cultural issues


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for Progress Monitoring and Informing Intervention (Poster #29)
Four Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for infants and toddlers aligned with recommended practices for early childhood assessment are described. Advances in psychometric properties, training and administration protocol as well as online data management reports and graphs are presented in addition to associated tools facilitating databased intervention decision-making.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Conduct Psychological Evaluations among Minority Children with Autism (Poster #10)
This poster highlights the facilitators and barriers to recruiting minority families of children who require autism evaluations. The authors highlight the process for recruiting families, conducting the evaluations in a University psychoeducational clinic, and provide implications for practice across settings.

Speakers
JP

Jamie Pearson

North Carolina State University


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education: Project iSHINE (Poster #27)
Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE) is a personnel preparation project designed to prepare pre-service special educators, speech-language pathologists, and reading specialists to serve children with “high-intensity” needs. This session describes the interdisciplinary academic and field-experiences related to instructional practices and teaming/collaboration used in this project.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Practice-Based Evidence: Building Practitioner Skills Through Reflective Practice (Poster #16)
We will present longitudinal data from a cohort of graduate students from rural communities completing their degrees in ECSE. Project STRIDE Scholars rated their performance, critical knowledge, and dispositions across: Learning Differences, Planning for Instruction, and Instructional Strategies using a tool that encourages reflection of practices organized around InTASC standards.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Preparing Future Professionals to Support Early Literacy Through Public Library Partnerships (Poster #1)
This presentation describes a university - public library partnership to train pre-service early childhood special educators in early literacy development. The university students studied inclusive story time practices and helped prepare the summer reading program for preschoolers and their families. Special attention was given to supporting diverse families.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Big Dreams and a School District's Collaborative Journey For Early Childhood Inclusion (Poster #19)
This interactive session focuses on the experiences of an urban local school district as a collaborative early childhood team works toward expanding inclusive practices and programs in their community and highlights components of systemic change and implementation processes.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Richardson

Jane Richardson

Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, Alexandria City Public Schools


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Effectiveness of Preschool in Promoting and Maintaining Early Literacy Skills (Poster #30)
This study a) investigates the linkage in skills from preschool to beginning of Kindergarten, b) examines programmatic differences in the degree to which preschool programs increase acquisition of early literacy skills; and c) further explores characteristics of programs that lead to positive early literacy outcomes for children. Implications are discussed.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Executive Function of Young Children with Disabilities Who Are Dual Language Learners (Poster #11)
This poster will summarize a) research on executive function of children who are dual language learners with special needs; and b) review strategies used to support executive function skills of young children with a linguistically responsive framework. Implications for research and practice will be shared.

Speakers
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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Experiential Learning and the Acquisition of Early Childhood Candidates' Assessment Skills (Poster #26)
This presentation will highlight the outcomes of an experiential learning project with professional development on pre-service teacher candidates' ability to conduct Child Find and analyze data. Findings will be presented in the context of candidates' who participated in the project versus those who only received the professional development.

Speakers
SD

Stephanie DeSpain

Northern Illinois University



Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Internal Coaching in Part C: The Impact on Providers, Families, and Children (Poster #18)
This session will describe a federally funded research project that measured the effectiveness of a multicomponent internal coaching intervention in IDEA Part C. The professional development model will be described, results of the study shared, and application to states' Part C systems will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Schnurr

Melissa Schnurr

Iowa Dept. of Education



Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Let's Move: Findings from Research Focused on Motor Activities for Preschoolers (Poster #28)
While many preschoolers with disabilities have motor deficits, most do not spend enough time in motor play. This poster session will highlight research findings from a randomized control study designed to support motor development and school readiness skills (social, language, pre-academics) using lessons embedded with universal design for learning strategies.

Speakers
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Hsiu-Wen Yang

PhD., OT, College of Education/University of Illinois / Department of Special Education


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

PBS-EI Intervention Study: Family-Centered Approaches to Addressing Children's Challenging Behaviors in EI (Poster #20)
This poster presents findings of a study that examined the effectiveness of PBS-EI training and support as a means of equipping EI professionals with strategies to support families in addressing challenging behaviors at home. Implementation framework and future directions will be shared.

Speakers
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Shawna Harbin

Doctoral student, University of Washington


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Refugee Children with Special Needs: A Content Analysis of Recent Literature (Poster #12)
Refugee children with special needs often are invisible. This poster provides an overview of the challenges that refugee children with special needs experience in host countries. Certain themes emerged during the review and their implications are discussed. In particular, the need for valid and reliable assessment procedures/protocols will be highlighted.

Speakers
DS

Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Testing the FBSApp: Increasing Parent Strategy Use and Decreasing Child Challenging Behavior (Poster #15)
The FBSApp uses positive behavior support framework to guide parents in using functional assessment based interventions to address their child's challenging behaviors. We will describe an experimental single case study that examined the relation among the FBSApp, parent implementation of function-based supports, and child challenging behaviors.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

The Diversity of Research Participant Selection in Single Case Studies (Poster #9)
The purpose of this session is to present the results of a systematic review that examines the demographic makeup of preschool age children who participated in single case studies from 2010 through 2018. These results will be compared to those who received services as listed in IDEA federal data.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

9:15am

Examining Teacher Responses to Challenging Behaviors Through Transdisciplinary Teaming
A transdisciplinary team shares collaborative approaches for responding to challenging behaviors and supporting social-emotional development based on findings from a study conducted in an inclusive early childhood setting. Concrete examples of a variety of responsive strategies that contribute to children's success and are aligned with DEC recommended practices are examined.

Speakers
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Allison P Golish

Special Education Teaching Assistant, Ben Samuel's Children's Center


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Sapphire

9:15am

Parent Perspectives: The Impact of Coaching and Natural Learning Environment Practices
Coaching is easy…until it isn't. Many practitioners encounter families who, for whatever reason, are difficult to engage in the early intervention process. This presentation uses interviews with families receiving early intervention services to provide insight and advice to practitioners using coaching and natural learning environment practices.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Madrid

9:15am

DREAM BIG! Partnering with Families to Plan for a Positive Future
This session will inspire attendees to DREAM BIG for the future of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Attendees will learn strategies to help families maintain a positive perspective and plan with intention and possibility to keep moving forward during the often overwhelming beginning portion of their journey.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Holman

Katherine Holman

Associate Professor, Towson University
Katherine Holman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University and a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Dr. Holman has been a UDL University Coach for the past two years and consulted to school programs on implementation... Read More →



Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Metro

9:15am

Supporting and Sustaining Family Leaders (OSEP)
OSEP, family leaders, and Parent Center staff, will discuss strategies to sustain family leadership initiatives, highlighting the work of the OSEP-funded Parent Training and Technical Assistance Center network. Presenters will share effective strategies

Speakers
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Stephanie Moss

Chief Operating Officer, Parent to Parent of Georgia
avatar for Darla Gundler

Darla Gundler

Associate Director, EARLY CHILDHOOD PERSONNEL CENTER (ECPC)
Engaging families of young children with disabilities in early childhood


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Governors Lecture Hall

9:15am

The Lived Experiences of Families with a Prenatal Diagnosis: Stories of Supports
Families eligible for Early Intervention based on diagnosis sometimes know prenatally. However, little is known of families' current and needed prenatal supports. Using interview excerpts and discussion, participants will take a deep dive into families' prenatal experiences, their perceptions of supports received, and what families think early intervention could offer.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Morocco

9:15am

Building Systems that Promote High-Quality Inclusion
This session will share the essential elements needed for state and local systems to increase high-quality inclusive opportunities. This interactive session aims to share indicators of high-quality inclusion, developed with partners from across early learning programs, and to engage participants in activities designed to support implementation of high-quality systems.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Emerald

9:15am

Operationalizing Transdisciplinary Service Delivery to Streamline Service Provision in Early Childhood Classrooms
Transdisciplinary service delivery is ideal for providing embedded, inclusive services in early childhood settings. This session will discuss the foundations of transdisciplinary service delivery and operationalize strategies for implementation. The discussion will be guided by examples from a preschool classroom team who uses transdisciplinary service delivery successfully.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Miro

9:15am

Preventing Suspension and Expulsion of Children with Disabilities and Their Families
Research has shown that young children are suspended or expelled more often than school-aged children. What does this mean for children with disabilities and their families? Presenters will explore these issues and provide opportunities for participants to engage in scenario-based activities that reflect real world experiences of children and families.

Speakers
avatar for Jani Kozlowski

Jani Kozlowski

Inclusion Specialist, Zero to Three
Jani holds an MA in Child Development and has worked in the early care & education field for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Inclusion and Professional Development Systems Coordinator for the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning at Zero... Read More →



Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Monet

9:15am

Authentic Assessment: Collecting and Using Data in the Real World Together
This session describes how transdisciplinary teams can use the authentic assessment (AA) process to gather robust data, plan/implement appropriate services, and monitor progress in inclusive B-5 settings. Participants will explore illustrative examples of dynamic strategies and tools to collect and analyze multifaceted assessment data through video examples and case studies.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Topaz

9:15am

Collaborative Practice Based Coaching Effects on Preschool Teachers' Shared Book Reading Strategies
Practice-based coaching (PBC) is a collaborative professional development model with the potential to influence preschool teachers' knowledge and implementation of instructional strategies with fidelity. PBC will be presented as an effective tool for facilitating teacher's use of inferential/literal language, expansions, and engagement with students during shared book reading.



Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Manchester

9:15am

Optimizing Home Visits with PEER (Partnering to Enhance Effective Reflection) Groups
PEER Groups (Partnering to Enhance Effective Reflection) using a community of practice (CoP) model are being implemented to facilitate continuous quality improvement among home visitors. PEER Group sessions include information sharing, planning for targeted home visiting strategies, and sharing home visit video clips to facilitate reflection on success and challenges.

Speakers
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Carla Peterson

Professor, Iowa State University


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Monte Carlo

9:15am

Project Ready: A Comprehensive Early Learning Program to Close the Readiness Gap
This presentation outlines a research project focused on a collaboratively created preschool program that supports children living in poverty and specifically those who are dual language learners. The goal of this study was to design and share an easy to implement, research validated program which emphasizes language and knowledge development.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Murdoch

Amy Murdoch

I am the program director of Mount St. Joseph's fully online graduate Reading Science program. We offer a Master's degree, Dyslexia Certificate, and Ohio Reading Endorsement.



Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Coral

9:15am

Shared Visions: Combatting the Opioid Crisis to Improve Child Outcomes
Effecting population-level change is a multifaceted process. This session presents findings from a community-academic partnership that built a foundation to conduct an exploratory qualitative study examining factors that promote the success of mothers in opioid addiction recovery within a rural community. Implications for child outcomes and strategies for prevention and intervention focused on family-centered practices will be discussed.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Milan

9:15am

Hot Topic: Noticing and Appreciating Simple, Everyday Interactions
FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED & AVAILABLE HERE

This is an interactive and practice-focused workshop to appreciate and promote simple, everyday interactions between professionals and children with disabilities and their families.

In this workshop, we will be using the “Simple Interactions” approach to closely examine adult-child interactions in everyday contexts. We will practice appreciative “noticing” and reflective “wondering” to understand the dynamics within even the simplest human interactions. We will discuss how these interactions weave together four basic building blocks of the human relationship – connection, reciprocity, inclusion, and opportunity to grow – to make positive developmental impacts. We will also extend these principles to reflect on the “parallel processes” of adult-adult interactions that support professionals and families.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:15am - 11:45am
Senators Lecture Hall

11:00am

Imaginary Play and Flexible Mindsets: Building Capacity for "Learning HOW to Learn".
Children's successes require the tools to “learn HOW to learn”. This session highlights the role of imaginary play in developing executive function processes. Imaginary play encourages creation of new ways of thinking and solving problems. Discover how learning communities build capacity for children and adults to “learn HOW to learn”.

Speakers
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Julie Dunstan-Brewer

Founding Director; MA, Ph.D. (Cantab.), reFELXions
Psychologist Julie Dunstan, MA, PhD (Cantab) has spent most of her career in the field of learning differences. She conducts neuro-developmental assessments and has developed interventions to address math-related learning differences and promote phonological awareness. Recently, Julie... Read More →



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sapphire

11:00am

Making Curriculum Adaptations for Children with Special Needs in the Inclusive Classroom
This presentation provides an overview of research-based strategies for adapting activities from preschool curricula to meet the needs of diverse learners. Example lessons and appropriate modifications and adaptations from two widely-used curricula will be presented. Participants will have opportunities to discuss modifications for different types of activities and learning needs. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coral

11:00am

NAS and the Children of Tomorrow: How to Collaborate with Their Families
Research describes a growing trend in children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. This national trend impacts early intervention systems as we provide services to such young children and their families. This session will discuss strategies for building trust and supporting interactions, and experiences in one local outreach will be shared.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Topaz

11:00am

Pioneering the Way! Leadership Strategies for Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behavior
In this session, participants will examine strategies for improving program quality by using the DEC Recommended Practices (RP) and other evidence-based models such as the Teaching Pyramid. Presenters will share innovative and concrete strategies that lead to increased opportunities for high-quality inclusive practices for children, particularly those with challenging behavior.



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Morocco

11:00am

Building a Future for the DEC Recommended Practices
This session (for practitioners, researchers, faculty, and families) will provide an overview of activities around the DEC Recommended Practices. Through brief presentations and discussion, we will review the development of the practices; implementation and dissemination at the practitioner-, program-, and state-level; and plans for future revisions to the Recommended Practices.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monte Carlo

11:00am

Developing a Multi-Faceted Tiered Leadership Curriculum
Leadership is needed by all in Early Childhood Intervention as described by the DEC Leadership Position Statement. The Early Childhood Personnel TA Center will describe a leadership curriculum with competencies for state administrators, IHE faculty, doctoral students and families which was jointly developed with early childhood organizations and TA centers.

Speakers
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Darla Gundler

Associate Director, EARLY CHILDHOOD PERSONNEL CENTER (ECPC)
Engaging families of young children with disabilities in early childhood
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Peggy Kemp

Executive Director, CEC Division for Early Childhood
Welcome! Thank you for attending DEC 2019! Please introduce yourself if we are in sessions together and tell me a bit about your work/dreams for DEC/questions/concerns! - Peggy
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Mary Beth Bruder

University of Connecticut


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madrid

11:00am

Rights-based Approaches in the Field of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
The DEC International Committee invites you to a discussion on rights-based approaches in early intervention/early childhood special education. Join us to watch and learn from a documentary on the actions of children in eight diverse sites. A list of res

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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Emerald

11:00am

EI Providers' Beliefs and Preparedness in Supporting Families of Limited Financial Resources
This presentation will review findings from a study that investigated the beliefs and preparedness of EI service providers in supporting families of limited financial resources.

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Robyn Ridgley

Middle Tennessee State University



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Manchester

11:00am

Opportunities to Respond in Inclusive Preschool Environments: The What, Why, and How
Opportunities to respond (OTR) are instrumental to effective instruction. This study examined the use of OTRs by teams of early childhood educators in inclusive preschool classrooms. Distinctions between use of child-led, adult-led, and least to most supported OTRs will be discussed along with implications and recommendations. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monet

11:00am

Promoting Equitable Access: Participation for Young Children with Disabilities in STEM Learning (OSEP)
Young children develop the foundations of STEM from infancy and young children with disabilities have limited access and engagement within STEM instruction. This interactive session will share the importance of early STEM learning for children, including

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Dawn Ellis

US Department of ED/OSEP


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Governors Lecture Hall

11:00am

Teaming and Collaboration Monograph 6: Building and Sustaining Partnerships- What works?
Come learn about DEC’s newest Recommended Practices Monograph on Teaming and Collaboration from the authors. This session will provide a brief overview of each article from the monograph and the collaborative implications for practice and research in the field of early education and intervention. Participants will engage in a discussion around use of the teaming and collaboration practices and discuss ways to maintain collaborations over time.



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Miro

11:00am

The Current Status of Service Coordination Across the Country
The current status of service coordination across the country will be described through survey data and case studies. The panel will illuminate and discuss the challenges facing service coordinators and families as reported in the data. Recommendations for service coordination will be solicited from the audience.

Speakers
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Mary Beth Bruder

University of Connecticut
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Dana Childress

Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant, Partnership for People with Disabilities/VCU



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Milan

11:00am

Using a Tiered Approach to Coaching on the Pyramid Model
This presentation describes findings from a Latent Profile Analysis and a Tiered Coaching decision making model for matching teachers with different levels of support in using Pyramid Model Practices. Findings from our initial field test of the Tiered Coaching Model and the decision making framework will be shared. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Metro

12:00pm

Lunch on Your Own
Exhibit Hall Concessions (CREDIT CARDS only) — various sandwiches, salads, chips, drinks, and dessert.

Counter Offer — 24-hour Grab-n-go dining includes coffee bar with espresso, breakfast and lunch items, as well as hot sandwiches, fresh fruit, energy drinks, soups and salads throughout the day. Also serves a limited Starbucks® menu.

Media Grill & Bar—opens daily at 11:00am to allow conference attendees to enjoy the restaurant's lunch menu seven days a week. The impressive, high-energy eatery also boasts complimentary WiFi, and wall-to-wall televisions.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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12:15pm

Open Meeting: Ohio DEC Meet & Greet
Ohio DEC (ODEC) is inviting Ohio conference attendees to join for a meet and greet with its board members. Bring your lunch and come to get to know and chat with your subdivision leaders and other ODEC members.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Metro

12:30pm

What's Happening in Washington
Grab your lunch and join us for this annual Federal update recapping legislative and executive branch activities that impact young children and their families. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education will provide updates on their agencies’ priorities. The session will review the activities of the first session of the 116th Congress and discuss possibilities for the second session to begin in January 2020. This will include progress towards reaching agreement on funding levels for federal programs for 2020 as well as updates on new IDEA authorization bills, important reauthorizations and other legislation on the Congressional agenda. 



Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Governors Lecture Hall

2:15pm

The Power of Simple Interactions
In our work to encourage, enrich, and empower the human relationships around children, we learn from professionals and families who support and advocate for children with disabilities. We are inspired by their resourcefulness, persistence, and joy of community. Their stories, captured and told through video footage of their daily work and lives, exemplify the simple power of human interactions, the under-appreciated potential of human capacity, and the resilient hope of the human spirit.

Bio
Junlei Li is the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in early childhood education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and practice focuses on understanding and supporting the work of helpers–those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. Li studied and learned from a wide range of developmental settings with low resources but high-quality practices, including orphanages, childcare, classrooms, and community youth programs. He developed the "Simple Interactions" approach to help identify what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments and made that the basis for promoting positive system change. Li frequently delivers keynote presentations and workshops for national, state, and international conferences focused on improving practices, programs, and policies for children, families, and professionals, with a particular emphasis on early childhood development. He teaches about improving human interactions and supporting adult helpers at HGSE and the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy. Li's work is significantly influenced and inspired by the pioneering work of Fred Rogers (creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood). He previously served as the Co-Director and Rita M. McGinley Professor for Early Learning and Children's Media at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Chantilly E Ballroom

4:00pm

Becoming A Trauma Informed Early Interventionist During Troubling Times. A Chicago Story
When community violence was rapidly increasing, service delays followed. The flight of Early intervention providers was imminent. Meanwhile, families struggled to balance the needs of their children with their socioeconomic priorities. Participants will learn how the establishment of safe location protocols and trauma informed reporting tools effectively stabilized our workforce.

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Carol R Muhammad

Program Administrator/Operations, La Rabida Children's Hospital



Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Manchester

4:00pm

Inclusive Mealtimes: Tier One Supports for Social Communication and Adaptive Skills
This presentation describes the outcomes of two studies designed to support the adaptive and social communication skills of young children with and without disabilities, as Tier One supports. Concrete strategies directly related to several DEC Recommended Practices, to support families and young children during mealtimes will be shared. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sapphire

4:00pm

Beyond Open-Ended Questions: Reflecting on Discourse to Promote Shared Decision-Making
Dialogue with families is integral to effective partnerships. We will examine research-based strategies early educators can use to enhance communication with families, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. Participants will learn to identify and interpret key aspects of communication, focusing on implications for parents' participation in decisions about their child.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monet

4:00pm

Building a Future of Professionals Prepared for Meaningful Inclusion
Meaningful inclusion is still missing for many young children. A group of parents are working to change that through state legislation. We will share a parent's perspective and discuss factors necessary to ensure successful inclusion of children with complex needs at the classroom, school, and LEA levels.

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Summer Gunn

Clinical Instructor, Utah State University



Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Miro

4:00pm

Leveraging the Joint Planning Process in Early Intervention: Building Caregiver Capacity
The joint planning process in early intervention supports partnerships with families and documents what transpires in the delivery of services. This session shares results of a study examining how one program identified strengths and challenges related to documenting both practitioner efforts to provide effective supports and changes in caregiver capacity.

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Ann Mickelson

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte



Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Emerald

4:00pm

Can We Play Too? Including Early Intervention in Statewide Initiatives (OSEP)
What are the expectations for states to include young children with disabilities in the planning and implementation of statewide initiatives like ESSA and Preschool Development Grants? This presentation will provide an overview of common initiatives and


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Governors Lecture Hall

4:00pm

All Children Can Learn: Applying UDL in Early Childhood Settings
This presentation introduces how the three principles of Universal Design for Learning are applied in early childhood settings to maximize active participation and meaningful inclusion of all children. Specific strategies, applications, and resources will be shared and discussed.

Speakers
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Ching-I Chen

Assistant Professor



Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Topaz

4:00pm

Consuming the Research in Early Literacy
Educators are responsible for using evidence-based practices (EBPs) in their classrooms, but what does that mean and how are EBPs found? The objective of this session is to help practitioners identify evidence-based early literacy practices and how to unpack the research to implement interventions for their struggling readers and writers.

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Trudy Little

PhD Student, Vanderbilt University



Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Coral

4:00pm

Enhancing the Evaluation Process Through Collaboration and Authentic Play-based Assessment Practices
Collaboration and authentic assessment practices should be an integral component of any play-based assessment during the evaluation process. In this session participants will be introduced to the key components of play-based assessment and strategies to support collaborative assessment activities.

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Teresa Brown

Consultant, State Support Team Region 4


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Madrid

4:00pm

Successful Partnership with Hispanic Families of Young Children with Autism
This presentation depicts a capacity-building framework for building and maintaining partnership with Hispanic families of children with Autism. The presentation will illustrate how to operationalize project-based, data-driven practitioner-family partnerships through authentic supervised field experiences. Survey data from parents and practitioners suggest this partnership approach could build trusting practitioner-family partnerships.

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Angela Smith

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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Hsuying C Ward

Associate Professor, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Hispanic parent engagementWorking with Hispanic parents of children with Autism



Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Milan

4:00pm

Teaching Early Numeracy Skills to Young Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
This presentation will explain how to use two different strategies to teach early numeracy skills to young children with autism spectrum disorder. The first strategy is an adapted version of Number Talks that combines constructive approaches with explicit instruction. The second strategy is the concrete, representational, abstract (CRA) instructional sequence.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Morocco

4:00pm

Improving Outcomes by Overcoming Barriers to IEP Data Collection in the Classroom
Practical solutions supporting effective IEP data collection are necessary to achieve goals for data-driven, individualized instruction in authentic environments. This presentation will discuss results and recommendations from a study examining beliefs of special educators, focusing on how attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived abilities relate to teacher's data collection intentions.

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Brenna Rudolph

ECSE Licensure Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monte Carlo

4:00pm

Integrating Cross Sector Statewide System Supports for Early Childhood: An Innovative Model
Through collaboration and partnerships, the Office of Innovative Projects at CCRESA has established statewide and local supports for early interventionists, early childhood special educators, administrators, child care providers, families, and more. Join us to leverage knowledge of systems to strengthen qualifications of providers and improve outcomes for children and families.

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Christy Callahan

Director, CCRESA Office of Innovative Projects


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Senators Lecture Hall

4:00pm

The Impact of a Professional Development Package on Early Childhood Teachers' Practice
We used a single case design to determine the effect of technology enhanced performance-based feedback and video analysis on preschool teachers' use of naturalistic communication strategies, teachers' quality use of naturalistic communication strategies, and child responses, . We observed a functional relation on teachers' practice and child responses.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Metro

5:00pm

Open Meeting - Kentucky DEC Meet & Greet
Kentucky DEC members! Join us at 5:00 p.m. as we network, address our upcoming year, and lift our “spirits” at the Gossip Bar located in the Hilton Anatole.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gossip Bar

5:00pm

5:15pm

A Video Modeling-Based Intervention Package to Teach Hand-Washing to Children with ASD (Poster #13)
The intervention package includes video modeling and SLP (System of Least Prompts) to teach four children with ASD. Each child had different adult, selected from her/his preschool teachers, to perform the target skill on the video. The intervention package was found to be effective to teach the skill taught.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Effects of Coaching on Teacher Implementation of Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies (Poster #9)
Evidence-based promotion and prevention practices increase children's social-emotional competence. Coaching has been found to be effective in supporting teachers' fidelity of implementation. This session examines the effects of practice-based coaching on teacher implementation of Pyramid Model social-emotional teaching strategies in a pre-K classroom using a pre and posttest design.

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avatar for Audra Classen

Audra Classen

Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

English and Vocational Instruction for Young Children with Visual Impairments in Vietnam (Poster #8)
In the US, 37% of adults with visual impairments are gainfully employed full-time. Learn how a school for children with visual impairments in Vietnam has integrated vocational training and English language instruction into programming for young children and how to embed job skills activities into educational settings.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Decision-Making by Families and Home Visitors During Early Head Start Home Visits (Poster #1)
Collaborative decision-making by early educators and families regarding their child's development is recognized as a critical component of partnerships. In this session, we present a mixed methods study investigating how early educators and parents negotiate power and identity through talk as they make decisions about young children's learning and development.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Effects of a Head Start Family Day Experience on Undergraduate Student Perspectives (Poster #19)
Family Education Day is a collaboration between college faculty and students and Head Start administration and families. This poster will demonstrate how the Family Day experience is meeting the unique needs of children and families while also providing college students with new perspectives on their own confidence and skills.

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Katherine Green

Associate Professor, University of West Georgia


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Parent-Implemented Intervention Studies: Do They Align with DEC's 2014 Recommended Practices? (Poster #11)
A systematic review was conducted to determine alignment of parent/caregiver-implemented intervention studies for infants and toddlers with DEC's 2014 recommended family practices. Findings have implications for future studies, as research conducted with infants and toddlers assists in bridging the gap between research and practice for Part C services.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Parental Advocacy: Research Investigating Caregivers' Experiences in Early Intervention (Poster #17)
Parents often assume positions where they intentionally or unintentionally advocate for their children with disabilities. In this qualitative study, families of children in early intervention (receiving birth-3 services) were asked how they define advocacy and ways they advocate for their children. Supports and hinderances to advocacy efforts will be discussed.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Open Meeting: Texas DEC Meet & Greet
All conference attendees from Texas are invited to attend the Texas DEC "meet and greet". Join us to learn more about the Texas DEC subdivision and to network with families and early childhood intervention and early childhood special education professionals from across the state.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Monet

5:15pm

VOICES Community of Practice
Please come and join the new VOICES Community of Practice  for an informal discussion. This group is open to everyone interested in discussing issues related to inclusion, equity, and social justice in early childhood special education. Share with us your thoughts and suggestions on how we can support each other to become part of a change-agents community.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Topaz

5:15pm

Global Perspectives on Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention (Poster #7)
ECE/ECSE/EI is growing internationally, as nations are recognizing the importance of high-quality early learning and developmental support systems for young children and their families. This poster will highlight the use of DEC Recommended Practices and ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment. Outcomes from interviews with international ECE/ECSE/EI professionals will be shared.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Intervention Programs and Child Welfare (Poster #5)
The purpose of this poster is to provide a literature review on the importance of cross-system communication between early intervention programs and the Child Welfare and recommend implications for practice and policy to support collaboration and coordination between two systems.

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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.
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Kelly Brown

University of Massachusetts Boston
Kelly Brown is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Certified Early Intervention Specialist. Her research includes collaborations between early intervention/child welfare and trauma-informed practice.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Effects of Adding Novel Materials to Non-Preferred Classroom Centers on Child Engagement (Poster #16)
The presented studies evaluated the effectiveness of adding sociodramatic, literacy, and math materials to non-preferred classroom centers to increase child engagement. Social validity findings, implications for practice, and future directions will be discussed.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Interviewing Preschoolers with Disabilities: A Study About Group Membership (Poster #14)
Group membership is a key component of successful inclusion of children with disabilities. Findings from an interview study about classroom membership, conducted with preschoolers with disabilities, will be presented. Additionally, the methods used to elicit conversations will be shared. Key findings, implications, and limitations of the study will be highlighted.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Suspension and Expulsion: What Does the Literature Say? (Poster #20)
Advocating to eliminate suspension and expulsion in early childhood requires familiarity with the underlying influences on teacher decisions to engage in these disciplinary procedures. Findings from a scoping literature review revealed several things that will be highlighted in this session: contributing variables, ongoing efforts to mitigate the issue, and implications.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Trauma-Informed Preschool Classrooms: Preventing Challenging Behavior By Supporting Social-Emotional Development (Poster #12)
Many preschool children have experienced trauma that has interfered with the development of social and emotional skills. This poster session will describe the characteristics of a trauma-informed classroom and how to embed prevention strategies into daily classroom routines and activities that support positive social-emotional development and decrease challenging behavior.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Disparity Between Pediatricians Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Early Intervention Services (Poster #4)
An estimated 15% of children in the United States have developmental delay, yet less than one-fifth of those children receive early intervention services before three years of age. This poster presentation will provide insight regarding pediatrician's knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding screenings and referral processes to community early intervention providers.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Professional Development for Managing Challenging Behavior in Early Childhood (Poster #3)
This literature review examined professional development to help manage challenging behaviors for early childhood students. The findings indicate that while coaching and performance feedback is successful in helping teachers manage students' challenging behaviors, that the time allocation, dosages and resources often impact the quality of early childhood coaching.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Reciprocal Peer Coaching and Teaching Team Use of Pyramid Model Practices (Poster #6)
A multiple probe design within and across teaching teams was used to evaluate the effectiveness of reciprocal peer coaching on preschool teaching team use of Pyramid Model practices. After receiving training, teachers observed and coached one another within daily classroom activities. Results, applications, limitations, and areas for future research discussed.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Supporting Early Childhood Coaches in Indiana: An Examination of Strengths and Needs (Poster #25)
Early childhood coaches' goals are to support high-quality child care service. Yet the approach, format, and quality of coaching varies. This study gathered and analyzed Indiana stakeholder strengths and needs with respect to early childhood provider coaching. Results of focus groups are presented with implications for research and practice.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

A Meta-Analysis of Coaching Interventions to Improve Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes (Poster #15)
This poster presentation will provide the results from a systematic literature review and meta-analysis on coaching interventions used in preschool settings that aim to improve the social emotional, and behavioral outcomes in young children.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

A Systematic Review of Early Childhood Single-Case Behavioral Interventions in Inclusive Settings (Poster #33)
This systematic literature review examined behavioral interventions within an inclusive education setting for 3 to 8 year old children in with disabilities. Ten articles were found with interventions that yielded successful results related to behavior, the generalization of skills, academic improvements, as well as teacher and peer perceptions.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Caregiver Perspectives of Social Interactions of Young Children Who Are Minimally Verbal (Poster #37)
Findings from a focus group study with parents and teachers will be discussed. Perspectives related to the social interactions between young children who are minimally verbal and their typically developing peers were explored to identify the needs of both caregivers and children to better support and promote prosocial behaviors.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Classroom Management and Challenging Behaviors: Comparing Pre-service and Novice Teachers' Perspectives (Poster #31)
Researchers disseminate findings from interviews on the confidence and competence of pre-service and newly practicing teachers. The purpose of this study is to identify the educational opportunities educators have related to behavior management in teacher preparation programs, and the way those opportunities prepared them for managing classroom and challenging behaviors.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Comparison of Prompting Procedures: Constant Time Delay and System of Least Prompts (Poster #10)
Systematic prompting procedures are effective for teaching skills to children, but how should practitioners select which procedure to use for whom? This study compared the efficacy of two prompting procedures--CTD and SLP--to teach expressive identification to 10 preschoolers with and without disabilities. Outcomes and implications for practice will be discussed.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Creating Personalized Implementation Support Plans to Increase the Use of Evidence-based Practices (Poster #23)
This poster will describe the development of a tool and process designed to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the traditional coaching model by informing personalization of implementation supports. There will be a discussion related to the usefulness of data-driven personalized implementation support plans and differential coaching for early childhood educators.

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Brenna Rudolph

ECSE Licensure Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Distribution of Social Capital: Examining Participation in Parent Support Communities (Poster #2 )
In this poster, Pierre Bourdieu's (1986) social capital theory and McMillan and Chavis' (1986) Sense of Community framework are combined to examine how community participation by parents of children with disabilities leads to stratified networks of institutionalized relationships. Implications address the influence of in/formal social institutions within special education.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Early Childhood Teacher Candidate Perceptions on Usefulness of Universal Screening of Numeracy (Poster #29)
This pilot study investigated five teacher candidates' perceptions of the usefulness and feasibility of universal screening in preschool. Following training to administer and use universal screening measures of numeracy, participants reported how their views on universal screening changed. Results indicate that training positively impacted teacher candidates' views on universal screening.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Entering Preschool: Early Intervention Providers Experiences with the Transition Process (Poster #26 )
This poster session will present results from a qualitative case study designed to understand the transition process from early intervention to early childhood special education programs from the perspective of providers at one early intervention program located in the New England region. Best practice in transition will be described.

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Stephanie Silva

University of Massachusetts Boston
Stephanie Silva is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master’s Level Psychologist in Early Intervention. Her research includes transitions into and out of early intervention.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Examining Professional Development Needs of Early Childhood Special Education Professionals (Poster #34)
The purpose of this poster is to present early childhood special education professionals' perceived training needs and preferred methods of training regarding supporting children who present challenging behaviors. We will discuss the rationale, method, results, and implications for research and practice.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Exploring the Perspectives of Refugee Parents in Preschool Services (Poster #24)
This session examines the perspectives of refugee parents regarding preschool education and services in the United States and parents' relationship with the preschool teachers. As the method, a phenomenological approach will be used, and data will be collected through observations and in-depth interviews with the refugee parents and the teachers.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Implementation and Sustainability of Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Programs (Poster #35)
This poster presents a survey study that examined the current status of the use of positive behavior support (PBS) practices within early childhood settings in the State of Kansas. Grounded in an implementation science framework, this study expands the field's knowledge on real world implementation and sustainability of PBS practices.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Implications for Promoting Cultural Sensitivity of SEL Practices: A Comparison Study (Poster #32)
This session will showcase findings from a comparison study of SEL programs for children with and without disabilities in preschools in mainland China and the US. The implications for promoting the effectiveness of SEL practices in today's US and China will be discussed from a global perspective.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Leadership Research Trends in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (Poster #36)
This session will present results of a systematic review on the leadership research trends in EC and ECSE. Collectively, 1416 articles on the topic were reviewed and a total of 124 were identified and summarized using a number of variables.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Partnering with Families within Residential Recovery Programs as Children Enter School Settings (Poster #22)
Educators have opportunities to partner with families and their children, who reside in residential recovery programs. These families may be impacted by challenging situations including addiction, poverty, and homelessness. Findings from a qualitative study provide important insights into how educators can meaningfully advocate and support these families within school settings.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Partnering with Parents of Children with ASD Through a Behavior Mentoring Program (Poster #21)
This study explores how an individualized mentoring program supported parents in Hong Kong to build up positive behaviors of their children with ASD. The experiences of three parent-child dyads and mentor-parent interaction in the mentoring process indicated positive outcomes in both parents' knowledge and skills and children's behavior change.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Partnering with Parents to Promote the Motor Development of Preschoolers with Disabilities (Poster #18)
Young children with disabilities often experience delays in motor development (i.e., jumping, throwing, balancing). Parents could play a crucial role in supporting children's motor skills. In this poster session a home-based program in which parents were trained and coached to support their children's gross motor skills will be described.

Speakers
HY

Hsiu-Wen Yang

PhD., OT, College of Education/University of Illinois / Department of Special Education


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Systematic Review of Inclusion for Young Children with Significant Disabilities (Poster #27)
Equitable access and participation for all is key to inclusive education. Children with significant disabilities, however, are less likely to experience inclusion. The findings of a literature review designed to understand the unique challenges as well as the strategies to facilitate inclusion of children with significant disabilities are presented.

Speakers
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Eva Horn

University of Kansas


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Understanding Teachers' Responses to Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings (Poster #28 )
Challenging behaviors exhibited by young children can present a series of difficulties in both the child's development and the teachers' daily operation of the classroom. This poster will focus on current literature on teacher's perceptions of challenging behaviors the behavior management tools that are typically employed to address those behaviors.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

5:15pm

Using Antecedent Exercise to Reduce Young Children's Challenging Behaviors (Poster #38)
Challenging behavior has long been recognized as an obstacle to education, and the number of preschool children demonstrating challenging behavior in the classroom is on the rise. This study served to examine the impacts of antecedent exercise on the challenging behaviors and appropriate classroom engagement of preschool children.

Speakers
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Erin Barton

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University


Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

6:30pm

Michigan DEC Meet & Greet
Connect with fellow MI DEC members and leaders!



Wednesday October 2, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Coral

6:30pm

Open Meeting: DECIDE Mentoring Meet & Greet
The purpose of the DECIDE Mentoring event is to provide an opportunity for students and faculty to network with one another.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Metro
 
Thursday, October 3
 

7:15am

7:30am

Full Conference Registration (All Attendees)
Registration materials will be available for all conference attendees. If you would like to register for the conference on-site, please visit the Solutions Desk adjacent to registration.

Thursday October 3, 2019 7:30am - 5:30pm
Chantilly Foyer

7:45am

Awards Breakfast
Ticketed Event - Sorry, this event is sold out.

Thursday October 3, 2019 7:45am - 9:00am
Chantilly E Ballroom

7:45am

8:00am

Developing the BAER: Use of Modified Delphi Method for Initial Item Generation (Poster #6)
The Brief Assessment of Emotional Regulation (BAER), screens children 18-36 months of age for emotional regulation. Toddlers are developing abilities to recognize, express, control emotions as well as learning skills to communicate their feelings to others. Currently, no scalable tool exists that directly and comprehensively assesses ER processes in toddlers.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Newton

Jen Newton

Ohio University


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Parents' Hospital School Experience for Their Children with Disabilities in Korea (Poster #9)
This session will share the research results of Korean parents' perceptions of On-line Hospital School System for their young children with health impairments. Importance–performance analysis (IPA) method was used for data analysis. Parents' needs and concerns with Hospital School System and implications for Hospital School System are also discussed.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Childcare Provider-Parent Partnership to Identify Children At-Risk for Developmental Delay (Poster #21)
Presenters will describe efforts to develop and implement an online screening system for use within childcare programs to promote universal screening and the identification of young children at-risk for developmental delay. The focus will be on the partnership between parents and childcare providers in the developmental screening process.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Ambitious Teaching in Higher Education: Presuming Competence, Rethinking Relationships, and Trusting Students (Poster #7)
High expectations are powerful for student success. However, attempts to control students suggests an inherent distrust in them to meet demands. This objective of this session is for leaders, faculty, and researchers in teacher education preparation programs to consider how student-faculty interactions support or challenge future early childhood practitioner success.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Newton

Jen Newton

Ohio University
avatar for Chelsea Morris

Chelsea Morris

Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Coaching the Coaches: Training and Reflection of Pyramid Model Leaders (Poster #8)
In this conference session, the relationship of teachers' answers on the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) interview and teachers' self-efficacy will be presented in an effort to promote reflection beyond quantitative results when implementing the Pyramid Model in high-needs, under-resourced preschool classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Morris

Chelsea Morris

Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Collaborate, Don't Remediate: ECSE Students Learn from Immigrant Families (Poster #18)
Traditional approaches to "family involvement" are remedial, rather than authentically collaborative, and dispositions of Early Childhood Special Education teacher candidates can reflect this view. This session presents the Family Immigration Story Project along with analyzed results, which revealed the potential for interrupting this view and re informing perspectives on collaboration.

Speakers
RP

Rebecca Pruitt

Program Director/Early Childhood Special Education, Lewis University
Rebecca Pruitt, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Director of Early Childhood Special Education at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Prior to her transition into higher education, she served children, families and educators for nearly 20 years as an early... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Embedding Trauma-Sensitive Practices within the Pyramid Model Framework (Poster #13)
In this poster, the Pyramid Model is examined through a trauma-sensitive lens in order to demonstrate that the assumptions and core components of the framework can support young children who have had adverse child and family experiences.

Speakers
CC

Catherine Corr

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
avatar for Chelsea Morris

Chelsea Morris

Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Evidence Synthesis of DEC Recommended Practice: Teaming and Collaboration 2 (Poster #15)
The DEC Recommended Practice TC2 emphases practitioners and families working together to systematically and regularly exchange expertise, knowledge, and information to build team capacity and jointly solve problems, plan, and implement interventions. Information from the systematic review on this recommended practice, including the evidence and strategies used will be presented.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Features of Supplemental Vocabulary Instruction for Dual Language Learners within the MTSS (Poster #25)
Children's early vocabulary development plays a critical role in their later reading achievement. This poster describes synthesized outcomes from studies of supplemental vocabulary instruction with a focus on dual language learners including those with/at risk for language impairment. Effectiveness and intervention features will be discussed with implications for MTSS research.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Mixed Method Look at Transforming EI Assessment into Family-centered Practice (Poster #29)
Routines-Based Interview (RBI), an intensive semi-structured interview that captures daily routines, family strengths and challenges, and desired functional outcomes for the child and family, is described. A comparison of quantitative and qualitative family outcomes before and after statewide implementation of RBI is presented, along with research and practice implications.

Speakers
avatar for Karen McCurdy

Karen McCurdy

Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Rhode Island
Karen McCurdy, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island where she has taught courses on family policy and child development for 20 years. For the past ten years, she has served as the lead investigator on outreach and research projects... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Predicting Psychological Stress and Professional Burnout Among Early Childhood Special Education Teachers (Poster #16)
A study designed to investigate the stress of ECSE teachers will be presented. Results discussed will describe the prevalence of ECSE teachers' stress and burnout, examine possible risk and protective factors contributing to the stress and burnout and their well-being, and provide suggestions to support the development of healthy teachers.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Supporting Fidelity Implementation of Evidence-based Practices: The LEAP Quality Program Indicators (Poster #27)
For 30 years the LEAP Model has been developing and utilizing an implementation and fidelity tool to support evidence-based practices in inclusive PreK classrooms. This session will introduce the LEAP Quality Program Indicators, its use as a practice-based coaching and fidelity implementation tool and its correlation with the TPOT.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

The Effectiveness of Shared Storybook Reading Interventions: A Meta-Analysis (Poster #11)
The study was conducted to examine the characteristics of shared story book reading interventions and to quantitatively examine the effects in increasing children's language and communication skills. This meta-analysis included 10 group and 18 single-case design studies. Results will guide researchers and practitioners in the utility of these interventions.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Training Preservice Professionals to Be Responsive During Child-led Activities (Poster #23)
Some early childhood professionals may lack skills considered necessary to promote early social communication in children. This presentation will highlight the process of identifying baseline levels of responsivity in adults and how to train adults to promote successful social communication in children during typical activities.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Using Coaching with Paraprofessionals to Implement Explicit Play Skill Instruction (Poster #28)
The poster will highlight research that was done using a coaching model with paraprofessionals. The focus of the coaching model was supporting paraprofessionals to implement explicit play skill lessons with preschool students. The lesson implementation and coaching model are part of a a whole preschool PBIS implementation process.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Using Technology as a Culturally Responsive Tool During Evaluations for Young Children (Poster #14)
This poster explores technology as a culturally responsive tool for use during transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team evaluations of children birth – 8-years old. The information in the session uses DEC recommended practices (A1,A2, A11) as a framework for practice.

Speakers
SL

Sara Luke

Mercer University


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Using the IDC Data Meeting Toolkit for Collaborative Data Analysis and Use (Poster #20)
This poster session will present the IDC Data Meeting Toolkit, a multi-component guide created to help states and local agencies leverage data they have gathered, engage in a process of data-informed decisionmaking through guided conversation, and build capacity for the ongoing analysis and use of data for continuous improvement.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Lessons Learned: Implementing an Interdisciplinary Training For Early Intervention Professionals (Poster #2)
An interdisciplinary personnel preparation program in early intervention that has been in existence and federally funded since 1987 will be described. The current program is a one year competency based hybrid course referenced to the CEC/DEC personnel standards which results in an early intervention state credential. Data will be shared.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Strengthening Knowledge, Skills and Partnerships Among Service Coordinators Through Communities of Practice (Poster #5)
Come learn what service coordinators, and those who help prepare them, say they have gained as a result of their participation in communities of practice. The framework used for two communities of practice will be shared along with data collected from meetings and a participant evaluation of the communities.



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Cross-cultural Curricular Adaptations for Teaching Children with Autism: Effectiveness, Benefits, and Challenges (Poster #35)
In examining the effectiveness and adaptability of a Western special education curriculum being implemented in China and the challenges it presents, this study aims to provide suggestions for curriculum designers, teacher educators, administrators, and others on how to effectively work with children from diverse backgrounds using Western teaching concepts.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

ECSE/EI Preservice Teacher Field Experiences: Alignment with DEC Personnel Standards (Poster #31)
A survey was conducted of 4-year institutions with Early Childhood Special Education and/or Early Intervention teacher preparation programs to determine how closely program components align with recommendations outlined in the DEC Personnel Standards in Early Childhood Special Education 2017 position statement.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hardy

Jessica Hardy

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Educating Children with Autism in China: Learning from Each Other (Quchang Buduan) (Poster #26)
We present the progress and context of education for children with autism in China, including results from our study of non-governmental educational organizations. Relationships between organizations are examined, as well as parents' roles. Challenges remain, but parents and professionals currently emphasize collaboration and learning from each other (quchang buduan).

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

EI Service Models: Findings Between Collaborations (Poster #34)
This session focuses on system collaborations between Early Intervention Specialists and the Department of Audiology at a large pediatric hospital. When these two departments share information and outcomes, the result is a data rich quality improvement plan to better support families and improve communication goals for the Deaf/Hard Hearing population.

Speakers
KM

Kaleigh Matesick

Early Intervention Specialist, Nationwide Children's Hospital


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Evaluating Family-Professional Partnerships in Nebraska Early Intervention Home Visits (Poster #30)
This presentation reports results from a qualitative study that explored influences of the Getting Ready approach on routines-based home visits. Interviews with early intervention providers, service coordinators, and families were analyzed. Key themes related to action plan development and family use of strategies in-between home visits will be discussed.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Infant Signs, Symbolic Gestures, Naturally Occurring Gestures, and Sign Language: Conceptual Examination (Poster #19)
A conceptual model illustrating how infant signs, symbolic gestures, naturally occurring gestures, and sign language are related in order to better understand their connections. Participants will learn the similarities and differences in these terms, in order to collaborate with families in order to best meet the needs of their children.

Speakers
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Fain Barker

Assistant Professor of Child Development, Meredith College
JK

Jean Kang

Senior Research Scientist, University of North Carolina Greensboro



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Judgments of Service Coordinator Practices and Transition-Related Outcomes for Children and Families (Poster #3)
A case study research design was used to investigate the transition practices reported by Part C service coordinators (SC) regarding the experiences and transition-related outcomes for children and families leaving Part C. SC interview data was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. The results include recommendations for research, policy, and practice.

Speakers
MB

Mary Beth Bruder

University of Connecticut


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Managing Up: Using the DEC Recommended Practices for Leadership as Beginning Practitioners (Poster #22)
Many new practitioners may think that the Leadership Practices only apply to their administrators and supervisors. In this session, we will explore how the DEC Leadership practices can apply to the work of new practitioners, with a particular focus on managing up from the field to administration level.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sarah Geldart

Dr. Sarah Geldart

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, AnLar
Dr. Geldart has extensive experience providing early childhood technical assistance and strategic planning at the state, district, and program level. At AnLar, Dr. Geldart oversees change management and capacity building projects, including work focusing on early childhood special... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Video Modeling: Key Variables to Consider (Poster #10)
An organizational matrix highlighting key variables to consider when designing video modeling (VM) interventions will be discussed. To support matrix use, application of a single-case design comparing the effects of point-of-view video modeling with and without narration on the play skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be highlighted.

Speakers
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Brenna Rudolph

ECSE Licensure Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Something's Gotta Give! Special Educators Tell About Teaching Under Perpetual Stress (Poster #33)
The presenter will share findings from a study involving early childhood special education teachers' experiences with work-related sustained stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Symptoms experienced by participants and strategies used to manage the effects of stress on their personal and professional lives will be discussed. Attendees will brainstorm possible solutions.

Speakers
MR

Maria Ruiz

University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Understanding Factors Related to Children's Responsiveness to Preschool Literacy Instruction (Poster #32)
Practitioners need better information regarding how preschool children are responding to literacy instruction to guide instructional improvements and IEP goals. This poster reports findings that support an observational measure's relationship to children's pre-academic behaviors and teacher's literacy focus during daily preschool activities. Implications provide practical guidance for improving intentional instruction.


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Using Fidelity Data in Pyramid Model Implementation (Poster #12)
Learn about data tools to assess Pyramid Model implementation fidelity. Information will be provided on the multiple fidelity tools used to examine implementation of the Pyramid Model and the accompanying resources designed to help leadership teams engage in data-based decision making using fidelity data.

Speakers
avatar for Lise Fox

Lise Fox

professor, University of South Florida, Tampa


Thursday October 3, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

9:15am

Teaming Matters! Practitioner Perceptions of a Primary Service Provider Approach to Teaming
Teaming in early intervention is essential to combine the expertise of multiple disciplines and provide family-centered services. Hear from a panel on their experiences with teaming. Session participants will also see a video of a family's experience with PSP and engage in a deep-dive discussion about the presenters' research results.


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Metro

9:15am

The Connections Collaboration: Improving Practice Through Intentional Teaching on Early Social Connections
Gain strategies to build early social connections for young children with disabilities and capacity-building practices for families through a community collaboration between an Infants and Toddlers program and a local higher education institution. Information will be shared related to the early intervention instructional practices and coaching strategies used with practitioners.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Holman

Katherine Holman

Associate Professor, Towson University
Katherine Holman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University and a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Dr. Holman has been a UDL University Coach for the past two years and consulted to school programs on implementation... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Emerald

9:15am

Can Family Engagement Fail Families?
Does family engagement lead to the development of collaborative practitioner-family partnerships? This session outlines the issues with the construct of family engagement, presents an alternative perspective that restores power to families, and provides examples of partnership strategies that lead to collaborative partnerships between families and practitioners.

(No Longer Eligible for BCBA CEs)


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Obelisk B

9:15am

Creating Culturally Responsive IEP Teams with Families of Young Children with Disabilities
Teaming and collaboration are synonymous with teaching young children who have disabilities because multiple adults from various disciplines provide services to these children. This session provides practical strategies for teaming with families across the spectrum of diversity using DEC recommended practices (F1;TC2;TC3) as a cornerstone for practice.

Speakers
SL

Sara Luke

Mercer University


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Manchester

9:15am

Equipment You Will Actually Use: Elevating Family Priorities in Assistive Technology Selection
Assistive technology (AT) is an intimidating topic for many. Caregiver priorities often take a back seat to practitioner preferences, leaving families with expensive equipment that does not meet their needs. This session will use team-based learning and practical tools to build families' and practitioners' capacity to make informed AT decisions.



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Monte Carlo

9:15am

Parent 4 C's for Positive Outcomes in Young Hispanic Children with Autism
This presentation shares a grant funded program that builds Hispanic parents' capacities, connections, cognition, and confidence in educating their young child with Autism. Parents learn and work together to improve their child's learning. The presentation demonstrates evidence-based strategies and ways for parents to learn and mentor each other.

Speakers
avatar for Hsuying C Ward

Hsuying C Ward

Associate Professor, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Hispanic parent engagementWorking with Hispanic parents of children with Autism



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Obelisk A

9:15am

Preparing Early Childhood Preservice Teachers to Engage with Diverse Families
This presentation demonstrates how a university educator preparation program facilitated growth of preservice teachers working with families of young children with disabilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. Further, this presentation describes how the EPP tailored course expectations to enhance preservice teachers' experiences for understanding and applying the principles of family partnership.



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Sapphire

9:15am

Research Committee Interest Forum - We Need Your Ideas!
Are you interested in the research component of DEC? Join us as we re-envision
DEC's work as aligned with the topic of research. What is DEC's role now and in the future? What can we do to support new researchers? How do we help close the research to practice gap? How do we embed research priorities within the DEC priority issues agenda? We are interested in input from all sectors of DEC - researchers, practitioners, families, administration, IHE, related services.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kemp

Peggy Kemp

Executive Director, CEC Division for Early Childhood
Welcome! Thank you for attending DEC 2019! Please introduce yourself if we are in sessions together and tell me a bit about your work/dreams for DEC/questions/concerns! - Peggy


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Anatole - Atrium Suite 934

9:15am

Collaboration and Partnerships with Diverse Learners: Coaching and Cultural Differences in EI
How do cultural differences impact your coaching practices in early intervention? Do you feel the ideas of coaching often get lost in translation if the family you are working with speaks a different language? Join us for an interactive session to discuss and overcome the challenges of coaching across cultures.

Speakers
DC

Dana Childress

Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant, Partnership for People with Disabilities/VCU
avatar for Patricia Eitemiller

Patricia Eitemiller

Infant Development Specialist, City of Alexandria (VA)
avatar for Cori Hill

Cori Hill

EI Professional Development Specialist, Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU
I am passionate about EI, especially family-centered practices, effective implementation, personal/professional biases, and inclusive practices.



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Coral

9:15am

How to Make EI/ECSE Functional and Family Centered
Early interventionists (birth-5) want their support to focus on functional skills for children and on family priorities. This session focuses on three strategies practitioners can implement: addressing EISR, conducting an RBI or having an RBC, and using family or collaborative consultation. These letters will be put into practical steps.


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Milan

9:15am

Observing and Coaching Classroom Interactions that Promote Active Engagement
Educators and coaches will explore a new observation system focused on augmenting universal practices that represent high quality, with intentional adult interactions that promote active engagement in learning for all students, though especially those with developmental delays and disabilities. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)

Speakers
BR

Brenna Rudolph

ECSE Licensure Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Miro

9:15am

Partnering with Families for Assessment of Children who Immigrants and Refugees
An overview of evidence-based practices for collaborating with families during screening and assessment of children who are language minorities will be provided. The development of intercultural competence, working with cultural liaisons/interpreters, using culturally relevant authentic assessments to capture valid data on child's strengths and needs will be discussed.

Speakers
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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.
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Sheresa Boone Blanchard

East Carolina University


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Monet

9:15am

Project Approach for All Learners: Supports for Fidelity of Implementation
The Project Approach has been found to increase the quality of inclusion of diverse learners in the curriculum. However, this approach can be challenging to learn to implement. In this session we will describe steps that have been identified to support teachers in implementing the Project Approach with fidelity.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Cook

Gail Cook

Early Education Consultant, GWAEA


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Madrid

9:15am

Building Fidelity in Early Intervention Coaching Practices Through Training and Mentorship
Kentucky's strong leaders dreamed of a bigger tomorrow. A dynamic team collaboratively developed training and mentorship activities to enhance EI provider understanding of the purposes of EI and transform their practices in support of families with young children with disabilities using the evidence-based strategy of coaching.

Speakers
avatar for Serena Wheeler

Serena Wheeler

Early Intervention Specialist Coach, University of Louisville



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Topaz

9:15am

OSEP Personnel Prep and Leadership Grants: Strategies and Opportunities
This session focuses on increasing the quality of successful OSEP Masters' and Leadership grant applications. Tips for using DEC Recommended Practices to enhance proposals will be shared, as well as strategies for interdisciplinary collaborations to develop a quality proposal exemplifying evidence-based practices in professional development, that are achievable and fundable.

Speakers
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Harriet Able

UNC at Chapel Hill
JK

Jennifer Kilgo

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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RM

Rebecca McCathren

University of Missouri


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Morocco

9:15am

Using Data to Understand and Address Challenging Behavior (OSEP)
It is important for programs to use data in their decisions as they address child challenging behavior. Learn about how the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations' tool - Behavior Incident Reporting System- efficiently gathers data on behavior incidents.

Speakers
avatar for Lise Fox

Lise Fox

professor, University of South Florida, Tampa



Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Governors Lecture Hall

9:15am

Hot Topic: Through the Lens of Lived Experience: Meaningfully Involving Families at All Levels in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED & AVAILABLE HERE

Historically, families of children with disabilities were perceived as passive recipients of information and resources to support a child with a disability. Legislation and advocacy have changed the predominant view of the role of families with infants and toddlers with disabilities. It's now understood that family is the primary developmental context for younger children; family support is critical to impacting child outcomes; family goals and outcomes are successful benefits to the child; and the voices and perspectives of families are a necessary component to a successful Early Intervention system. However, although steps in these directions have been taken, outcome measures still show barriers to meaningful family engagement and leadership. To truly achieve best outcomes at all levels of early intervention and early childhood special education, we must go further.

This interactive session will include remarks from a national parent leader (TBD), a panel of parents to explore meaningful family engagement and leadership throughout EC and ECSE, a Q&A with members of the DEC Family Committee, and small group work that will generate a document attendees and the DEC Family Committee can use to inform priorities and action plans to increase meaningful family involvement.


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:15am - 11:45am
Senators Lecture Hall

11:00am

The Power of Partnerships to Learn the Signs and Act Early!
Join us to learn more about collaborating with partners in early care and education, child welfare, and health to improve child find, developmental monitoring, and partnerships with families. This hands-on session will provide examples of cross-sector collaborations using FREE resources from the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign.

Speakers
avatar for Deana McGuire Buck

Deana McGuire Buck

Assistant Director and Early Childhood Content Leader, Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU



Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coral

11:00am

Family-Practitioner Collaboration in Writing Functional Outcomes
Effective IFSP outcomes are the foundation of intervention. This presentation reviews new guidance documents adapted from the ECTA Functional Outcome Framework. Visual guidance documents will be used to support functional outcome writing partnerships between family and practitioners. A self-assessment process for individuals and teams will be shared.


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Emerald

11:00am

Partnership to Build the Capacity of Teachers to Improve Children's Language-Learning Opportunities
Early childhood program staff and researchers collaborated in a partnership to demonstrate the effectiveness of implementing an evidence-based language intervention to build the capacity of educators and parents to address the word gap with infants and young children. To sustain the use of the intervention, a peer-coaching model was implemented.


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monet

11:00am

Supporting Families with Complex Needs in Early Intervention
This presentation will discuss strategies early interventionists utilize in a rural state to support families with complex needs, including neonatal abstinence syndrome, poverty, caregivers with disabilities, and maltreatment. Discussion will encourage participants to share practitioner strategies and professional development opportunities for enhancing competence in supporting families with complex needs.


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Miro

11:00am

ECPC: From Exploration to Implementation of a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
Highly qualified personnel are necessary for effective child and family outcomes in early childhood intervention. The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) is facilitating the development, implementation, and evaluation of statewide comprehensive systems of personnel development across 12 states. This session will provide an overview of the CSPD’s in these states.

Speakers
avatar for Darla Gundler

Darla Gundler

Associate Director, EARLY CHILDHOOD PERSONNEL CENTER (ECPC)
Engaging families of young children with disabilities in early childhood
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Mary Beth Bruder

University of Connecticut


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Metro

11:00am

Engaging Young Children with Developmental Disabilities Through Nature-Based Teaching
Guided by the DEC Recommended Practices, this session will introduce nature-based teaching and its developmental benefits, discuss challenges that may arise for teachers and children, and offer evidence-based strategies for overcoming them. Resources and tools for teacher/program self-assessment and intervention implementation will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Collazo

Sylvia Collazo

Doctoral Candidate & Project I^2 Supervisor, Florida Atlantic University



Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Obelisk A

11:00am

Enhancing the Quality of Coursework and Field Experiences in Early Childhood Programs (OSEP)
The session will share resources for integrating the DEC Recommend Practices, preparing future professionals to support young children of diverse cultures, languages and abilities, addressing family engagement, and enhancing the quality of professional de

Speakers
avatar for Camille Catlett

Camille Catlett

Scientist, University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Camille Catlett is a scientist at the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She has helped over 30 states to organize collaborative professional development efforts that support the full participation of each young child and his or her family... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Governors Lecture Hall

11:00am

Preparing Culturally Responsive Early Intervention Professionals Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
This session addresses the conference theme by demonstrating an interdisciplinary collaborative personnel preparation model in early intervention. Presenters will discuss strategies supported by DEC Recommended Practices, specifically in Teaming and Collaboration (TC1, TC2) and Assessment (A2, A10). Additionally, presenters will share evidence-based teamwork examples and resources for practitioners and families.


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Obelisk B

11:00am

Preparing ECSE Candidates to Meet the Needs of Diverse Children and Families
ECSE candidates are prepared to assess strengths and needs of young children and their families (birth – 8), so appropriate interventions may be implemented. Strategies for taking candidates to diverse settings so they understand the local assets and risk factors helps them work with ALL children families more effectively.

Speakers
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Stephanie DeSpain

Northern Illinois University



Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Manchester

11:00am

Stimming, Eloping, and Pinching—Oh My! Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors of Young Children with Exceptionalities
Early childhood educators and early interventionists are well-versed in strategies for preventing and responding to common undesirable behaviors of young children. However, when a child has an exceptionality that exacerbates the intensity or frequency of undesirable behaviors and/or has difficulty responding to commonly used behavioral strategies, even highly effective educators. The purpose of this presentation is to share strategies for preventing and responding to more extreme maladaptive behaviors of young children with severe communication disorders and/or behavioral disorders (including autism spectrum disorders).  Particular focus with be placed on communicating behavioral strategies and collaborating with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Speakers
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Kelly M. Carrero

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University--Commerce
Dr. Kelly M. Carrero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Special Education at Texas A&M University - Commerce. She earned her doctorate in special education with an emphasis on behavioral disorders at the University of North Texas. Prior to entering academia... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Milan

11:00am

Supporting American-Born, Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Children: Understanding Complex Trauma
Exposure to trauma can have devastating effects on a child's developmental trajectory. In this presentation participants will become familiar with symptoms of trauma exposure and learn strategies that are aligned with DEC Recommended Practices to build strong family and teacher relationships to support the social-emotional development of children.

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Fewster

Darlene Fewster

Associate Professor of Special Education, Towson University



Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sapphire

11:00am

Trauma and Teachers: Building Provider Resilience for Improved Child and Family Outcomes
In this interactive session, participants will examine the impact of stress and trauma on practitioners and their ability to develop relationships and provide protective factors for children and families. We will share foundational definitions of trauma and resilience, as well as strategies for resilience building in individuals and teams.

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madrid

11:00am

"They Don't Really Have a Role in Supporting Their Children's Social-Emotional Development"
Partnerships between families and professionals are the key to the success of young children, yet many early educators face challenges in working with families. Using findings from a mixed-methods study, this presentation aims to facilitate discussions around responsive ways to support families particularly those of children who have social-emotional needs.

Speakers
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Eva Horn

University of Kansas


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Morocco

11:00am

Developing and Testing the Family Behavior Support App
The FBSApp uses positive behavior support framework to guide parents in using functional assessment based interventions to address their child's challenging behaviors. We will describe a randomized controlled trial that examined the relation between the FBSApp, parent implementation of function-based supports, and child challenging behaviors. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Topaz

11:00am

Using Technology to Increase Functional Communication Skills of Children with Developmental Disabilities
The presenter will report on two sequential studies in which the researchers used iPad communication applications. Each study included three children with reported diagnoses of autism or a developmental disability. Procedures included behavioral techniques that aimed to increase both vocal and iPad-based communication skills. Implications for practice will be provided. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monte Carlo

12:00pm

Lunch on Your Own
Lunch Concessions in Chantilly Ballroom Foyer (CREDIT CARDS only) — various sandwiches, salads, chips, drinks, and dessert.

Counter Offer — 24-hour Grab-n-go dining includes coffee bar with espresso, breakfast and lunch items, as well as hot sandwiches, fresh fruit, energy drinks, soups and salads throughout the day. Also serves a limited Starbucks® menu.

Media Grill & Bar—opens daily at 11:00am to allow conference attendees to enjoy the restaurant's lunch menu seven days a week. The impressive, high-energy eatery also boasts complimentary WiFi, and wall-to-wall televisions.

Thursday October 3, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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12:15pm

No Small Matter (a viewing)
No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.


Speakers
avatar for Diana Stanfill

Diana Stanfill

Associate Director, DEC


Thursday October 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Governors Lecture Hall

12:15pm

DEC Past Presidents' Meeting
Meeting of DEC's Past Presidents

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kemp

Peggy Kemp

Executive Director, CEC Division for Early Childhood
Welcome! Thank you for attending DEC 2019! Please introduce yourself if we are in sessions together and tell me a bit about your work/dreams for DEC/questions/concerns! - Peggy


Thursday October 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Monet

12:15pm

Open Meeting: DECIDE Business Meeting
The DECIDE business meeting will serve as an opportunity for members of DEC to learn about current initiatives and ongoing supports for doctoral students and early career faculty.


Thursday October 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Miro

12:15pm

Open Meeting: Leadership Community of Practice
Annual meeting of the Leadership Community of Practice.


Thursday October 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Morocco

12:45pm

1:00pm

The Impact of Teacher Student Relationships on Preschool Expulsion and Suspension (Poster #19)
The Impact of Teacher Student Relationships on Preschool Expulsion and Suspension will highlight the current state of preschool discipline in the public school systems in the United States through a comprehensive review of current literature and district, state, and federal policy protecting our nation's youngest students.

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Your Voice Matters! A "How To" for Engaging with EI/ECSE Policy (Poster #23)
Recent research, codes of ethics, and recommended practices emphasize the need for education and early childhood professionals to understand and engage in advocacy and policy efforts (e.g. West & Shepherd, 2016, Whitby & Wienke, 2012). Therefore, this session provides foundational principles and real-world examples for engaging in EI/ECSE policy.

Speakers
avatar for Sondra M Stegenga

Sondra M Stegenga

Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Utah
I have over 20 years experience in the fields of health and education working with individuals across the lifespan. I have provided services and supports to children and families as a home visitor, occupational therapist, early intervention program administrator, and state council... Read More →
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Catherine Corr

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

A Tiered Model for Behavioral and Emotional Support in Early Education (Poster #25)
The speakers will describe the effective elements and outcomes of the tiered promotion, prevention, and intervention model for birth to 3rd grade behavioral and emotional support. The model is designed to build teachers' and parents' capacity to support children's social–emotional competence and reduce challenging behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Larson

Tracy Larson

Director, Early Childhood Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Devleopment


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Advancing Social-communication And Play (ASAP) for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Poster #15)
In this session, we describe research-based assessment and intervention strategies to target the social-communication and play skills of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. In addition, we describe a new website designed for parents and school providers to foster their implementation of the ASAP intervention across home and school settings.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Building Inclusive Relationships in the Preschool Classroom: Teachers collaborating for Inclusion (Poster #11)
During this session, participants will engage in activities that promote inclusive practices in the school setting. Participants will learn ways to collaborate with other educators and plan activities that will build connections between general education students and special education students.

Speakers
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HELENE WEINGARTEN

Inclusion Specialist, BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOLS
Inclusion in the Head Start Classroom


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Collaborating and Coaching for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Poster #7)
This training will focus on children under 3 that are deaf and hard of hearing and
Teach providers how to use a group setting/curriculum to coach parents on skill development/Bilingualism
Partner with local agencies to get resources for families
Discuss different ways to Collaborate with families
Understanding access to language

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Effects of Antecedent-Based Interventions on The Challenging Behavior of Young Children (Poster #12)
A review of the assessment and intervention development processes in early childhood classrooms will be provided. Child behavior outcomes, implications for practice in early childhood settings, and social validity findings will be discussed.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Evidence-based Decision-making: Preparation Programs Report on Initial Competencies for EC/ECSE Teacher Candidates (Poster #14)
Evidence-based decision-making is a collaborative process EC/ECSE teacher candidates need to learn and use for their future practice. Thus, this presentation will discuss survey results from teacher preparation program faculty about the competencies EC/ECSE candidates needed upon program completion in order to be competent in evidence-based decision-making.


Speakers
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Eva Horn

University of Kansas


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Storybooks Readings About Emotions for Improving Social-emotional Learning of Young Children (Poster #18)
This presentation will demonstrate a storybook reading intervention promoting children’s social-emotional learning. The intervention focused on improving children’s emotion recognition skills and using facial expressions as a response. Interventionists used five books focusing on emotions and completed repeated readings. Additional perspective was gained through observation of intervention and children.

Speakers
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Merve Ozdemir

Doctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina Greensboro



Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

What Increases Children's Executive Function? Focusing on Experimental Studies in South Korea (Poster #22)
This paper investigates how intervention research on executive functions (EF) of young children has been conducted in South Korea. In order to understand the types and effects of EF interventions, a systematic literature review is used. The results support educators and families to understand practices facilitating children's EF.

Speakers
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Sohyun Yang

Grad Student, University of Kansas


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Building Preservice Teacher Use of DEC Recommended Practices: Practice-Based Coaching (Poster #24)
How can preservice teacher educators consider ways to meaningfully impact student teacher practice? In this session, participants will be able to consider benefits to using coaching models during student teaching practicum to enhance the uptake of evidence-based practices by future early childhood educators.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Miguel

Toni Miguel

Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Effects of Training and Feedback on Promoting Social Interactions by Preservice Teachers (Poster #3)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between training and performance feedback on preservice teachers’ use of promotion of social interactions (PSI) with young children at-risk for or diagnosed with disabilities during free play.

Speakers
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Erin Barton

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Moving Beyond A "Tourist Approach": Preservice Teachers' Awareness of Multicultural Education (Poster #5)
The changing composition of early childhood classrooms challenges teachers and practitioners to be more responsive to the diverse needs of all children and families. The study sought to analyze pre-service teacher knowledge of multicultural education and anti-bias practices through an online early childhood course.

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptations to Promote Engagement in Early Literacy Learning (Poster #9)
Rooted in the DEC Recommended Practices, Step Up AT provides integrated professional development designed to train teachers to adopt evidence-based AT practices and environmental supports to promote early literacy skills for young children with disabilities. This presentation will discuss preliminary findings on effective strategies for improving engagement and learning opportunities.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Early Childhood Educator Perspectives about Effective Behavior Supports (Poster #10)
Outcomes from a qualitative study at the University of Washington with early childhood educators and behavior specialists will be presented. Attendees will learn about educators' perspectives on providing positive behavior supports related to four topics of interest: (a) coaching, (b) family collaboration, (c) teaming, and (d) the classroom context.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Evaluation of the Telepractice Parent Coaching for Language and Communication Interventions (Poster #20)
In this session, we will share the results of a research synthesis on the use of telepractice to coach parents to implement communication interventions with their children. Telepractice is a broad-term describing intervention services that utilize information communication technology to deliver services. Implications for research and practice will be provided.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Evidence Synthesis of DEC Recommended Practice: Instruction 13 (Poster #4)
The DEC Recommended Practice INS13 emphasizes using coaching or consultation strategies with caregivers or other adults to facilitate positive adult-child interactions and instruction intentionally designed to promote child learning and development. This poster will present information from a systematic review focused on coaching and consultation including the specific practices utilized.

Speakers
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Erin Barton

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University
avatar for Jennifer Bancroft

Jennifer Bancroft

PhD student
Play, pragmatic language, speech and language, communication.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Fathers' Experiences In Early Intervention: Marooned in the Kitchen or Full Collaborator? (Poster #17)
In-depth experiences of six fathers who participated in Illinois Early Intervention are presented. Fathers expressed varied levels of engagement in services, varied outcomes in their level of understanding or and capacity to meet their children's developmental needs after exciting EI. Fathers with family-centered providers perceived better outcomes for themselves.

Speakers
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Megan Schumaker Murphy

Assistant Professor, Salem State University


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Home-Based Enhanced Milieu Teaching for Dual Language Learners with Language Delay (Poster #1)
Four Dual Language Learners with language delay participated in a play-based language intervention, Enhanced Milieu Teaching, to learn English vocabularies. Parent interview and direct observation were completed to assess children’s preferences, strengths, and needs. Children’s use of vocabularies was monitored. Parents evaluated the adaptability and long-term impact of intervention.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Language and Social Abilities in Young Children with Language and Developmental Delay (Poster #6)
Research supports the link between language and social abilities. Little work has been conducted with children who have both language and developmental delay and who also use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This study tests the transactional relationship between language and social abilities in this specific subgroup of children.

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Parent-Mediated Social StoryTM Intervention for Korean American Children with Autism (Poster #2)
Three Korean American mothers were trained to read the Social StoryTM to their child with autism. Mother-child play was observed to evaluate the effects of intervention. Children presented greater responsivity, initiations, and positive affects after the introduction of intervention. Parents reported high satisfaction of intervention procedures and outcomes.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Partnering with Paraprofessionals: Expanding Preschool Children's Responses Through Dialogic Reading (Poster #16)
Shared interactive reading is an evidence-based practice where professionals can collaborate to promote literacy and language skills in young children. Results from research examining types of questions asked by paraprofessionals before and during a dialogic reading intervention will be shared. Impact on children’s language use during reading will be discussed.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Practitioner Experiences in EI: Are We Engaging Families in Culturally Responsive Partnerships? (Poster #21)
This poster presents interview data exploring early intervention practitioners’ experiences working with diverse families, including how challenges encountered in practice are understood and navigated. Implications for delivering culturally-sensitive, family-centered practice are discussed, considering supports needed for practitioners to build respectful partnerships with a diverse range of families.

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Shawna Harbin

Doctoral student, University of Washington


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Training Teachers in Inclusive Preschool Classrooms to Monitor Child Progress (Poster #8)
Progress monitoring is an essential skill within the implementation of tiered support systems. This skill allows teachers to collect meaningful data and make data-based decisions about student progress and the effectiveness of instruction. We summarize and present data from an in-progress study evaluating teachers' generalization of progress monitoring strategies.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Using the System of Least Prompts Paired with Verbalizations to Teach Play (Poster #13)
A multi-probe across participants single case design was used to examine the relation between an intervention package using the System of Least Prompts (SLP) with peer models and the play skills of three children with disabilities. Results indicate the intervention package is promising, and implications for practice will be outlined.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bancroft

Jennifer Bancroft

PhD student
Play, pragmatic language, speech and language, communication.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

2:15pm

Dreaming Big with Families: Sharing Our Stories (Keynote)
Bethany Van Delft Moffi will speak at the DEC 35th Annual Conference to share her experiences as a storyteller and Parent Advocate who has been active in the special needs community since the birth of her daughter, Lulu, in 2011.
Visit the link below to hear the heartfelt story of her daughter’s birth. Hosted on Moth Radio.
https://themoth.org/storytellers/bethany-van-delft

Bethany Van Delft Moffi is a comedian, storyteller, emcee, and Parent Advocate who has been active in the special needs community since the birth of her daughter Lulu in 2011. She's completed leadership and advocacy trainings through Mass Families Organizing for Change, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant Institute. She was awarded the FCSN Patricia Blake Parent Advocacy Award in 2017, given to an individual who exemplifies the belief in the potential of all children with disabilities to achieve, and earned a certificate from the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress in supporting best practices for educating students with intellectual disabilities.

Bio
As a comedian Bethany has performed at the prestigious “Just for Laughs” Festival in Montreal and San Francisco’s “SF Sketchfest”, and made appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and 2 Dope Queens podcast. She is a regular host for “The MOTH” live events in her home town of Boston and nationally. Her Moth story sharing her post partem challenges has 15+ million views, and is also included in The MOTH’s 2nd book “All These Wonders”.


Thursday October 3, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Chantilly E Ballroom

4:00pm

CANCELLED - Today's strategies for children with visual Impairments leads to a successful tomorrow.
This session will discuss interventions that allows children with visual impairments to be
successfully included in early childhood classrooms while increasing their self-determination skills.
Topics include: modifications that make the daily schedule more engaging, benefits of peer
support, and task analysis that can help develop a higher level of independence.

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Obelisk B

4:00pm

IFSP Collaboration: Building and developing high quality IFSPs Through partnerships
A tool for rating Individualized Family Service Plans was developed in New Mexico as part of the state's federal systemic improvement plan (an OSEP requirement). Innovative pedagogical strategies were implemented to train and coach EI providers on rating and scoring IFSPs to achieve fidelity. Practical will be lessons shared.


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Morocco

4:00pm

Story Drama and Social Connections in Inclusive Environments
In collaboration with Rice University's School Literacy and Culture program, the general and special educators of the Houston JCC implemented a story drama curriculum to promote the social and language development of children. Storyacting is a useful tool for promoting child engagement and learning through sustained social interactions with peers.

Speakers
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Faye Casell

Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
I supervise a private preschool inclusion program at the Jewish Community Center. I am interested in inclusion, emergent curriculum that can flexibly meet the needs of diverse learners, and issues of social justice in early childhood.



Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Miro

4:00pm

Beyond Family Involvement: Advancing True Collaboration with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Families
Family-Professional collaboration is a cornerstone of IDEA and DEC's recommended practices. However, research has repeatedly found that families from culturally and linguistically diverse groups face barriers to true collaboration opportunities. This session contrasts traditional notions of parent involvement and collaboration to highlight how practitioners can truly partner with diverse families

Speakers


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Coral

4:00pm

It Matters: Collaborating and Partnering with Foster Families for Future Success
What we do..matters. How we do it..matters. The future of foster families..matter. Join us as we experience the heartfelt story of Kathy-Joy from her adopted mother's/practitioner's point of view. There is an identified need to support foster parents. Presenters will share preventive strategies to implement into practice.

Speakers
avatar for Elvia Cortes

Elvia Cortes

Executive Director/Infant Mental Health, Family Intervention Nurturing Empowerment, Inc
Elvia Cortes, MS, Ph.D Candidate, is the executive director of FINE Infant Program, providing early intervention services to children 0-3 years and their families in California. Her extensive background includes over 20 years in program administration, professional development, reflective... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Terry

Lisa Terry

Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant, Virginia Commonwealth University/Partnership for People with Disabilities
Lisa provides support for the design and implementation of professional development activities for early intervention providers and administrators in Virginia. She has worked in early intervention for over 8 years as an educator, service coordinator, and clinical supervisor. Lisa... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Topaz

4:00pm

Assessing culturally and linguistically diverse children: Current practices, challenges and training needs
In this presentation, early educators' current assessment practices perceived assessment challenges, and professional development needs related to assessing young children from culturally and linguistically diverse background will be discussed. In addition, presenters will share ideas for designing best supports for early educators to implement culturally responsive assessment practices.

Speakers
avatar for Audra Classen

Audra Classen

Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
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Jean Kang

Senior Research Scientist, University of North Carolina Greensboro


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monet

4:00pm

Implementing Evidence Based Hearing Screening: Collaboration to Promote Early Language Development (OSEP)
Learn of the benefit of periodic hearing screening to children 0 – 5 years of age in a variety of settings and the collaborative efforts Early Childhood Educators, Early Head Start, and Early Intervention programs to promote early language development.



Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Governors Lecture Hall

4:00pm

Managing Powerful Emotions: Preschool Social & Emotional Skills Groups
The content of this workshop includes integrating self-regulation, social-emotional skills into classroom and home routines. We will emphasize the integration of positive social-emotional strategies such as controlling emotions, interacting, and relating to others. These strategies can be implemented immediately in inclusive early childhood classrooms and homes.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanine Coleman

Jeanine Coleman

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Denver
Jeanine Coleman, PhD, is part of the Teaching & Learning Sciences Department at the University of Denver. She is the Clinical Associate Professor and program director in the Early Childhood Special Education program. Jeanine has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Madrid

4:00pm

Toddlers and Autism: Building Capacity in Communities
The presenters, along with a panel of community collaborators, will provide an overview and paradigm shift in addressing the needs of families and their toddlers with autism. Working as a community, stakeholders can build a better future by supporting and providing an evidence-based curriculum developed for IDEA Part C Programs. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)

Speakers
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Michelle Campbell

Co-Owner, Pathways Early Autism Intervention



Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Milan

4:00pm

Collaboration and Innovation: A Professional Development Model for Implementing MTSS in Preschools
A multi-component professional development model for applying Multi-Tiered System of Supports in early childhood settings was developed iteratively in collaboration with teachers. Professional development focusing on MTSS, early literacy, assessment, and intervention were coupled with an electronic data management/expert decision-making system to produce sustainable efforts to enhance school readiness.

Speakers
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Howard Goldstein

Associate Dean of Research, University of South Florida


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Senators Lecture Hall

4:00pm

Early Childhood Personnel Competencies across Disciplines: Common Areas of Practice
Children and families need the expertise of multiple professional disciplines. These disciplines may have different priorities for interventions. This session will provide perspectives from professional organizations (AOTA, APTA, ASHA, CEC, DEC, NAEYC, Zero to Three) using core competencies for ECI professional developed by them and the Early Childhood Personnel Center.

Speakers
avatar for Darla Gundler

Darla Gundler

Associate Director, EARLY CHILDHOOD PERSONNEL CENTER (ECPC)
Engaging families of young children with disabilities in early childhood
avatar for Peggy Kemp

Peggy Kemp

Executive Director, CEC Division for Early Childhood
Welcome! Thank you for attending DEC 2019! Please introduce yourself if we are in sessions together and tell me a bit about your work/dreams for DEC/questions/concerns! - Peggy
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Mary Beth Bruder

University of Connecticut


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sapphire

4:00pm

EI/ECSE Personnel Preparation Standards: Guided by the Past, the Future is Bright!
EI/ECSE Personnel Preparation Standards guide pre-and in-service programs in efforts to build a high-quality EI/ECSE workforce. The DEC Personnel Preparation Committee will discuss the history and evolution of EI/ECSE standards, and the relationship to EC

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Eva Horn

University of Kansas
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Ann Mickelson

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Jennifer Kilgo

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monte Carlo

4:00pm

Moving Knowledge Not People: Can Online Professional Development Impact Child Challenging Behavior?
Can practitioners learn how to implement a manualized process of individualized positive behavior support in an online learning community? This session will provide an overview of the Project ECHO pilot study that considered this question. An overview, preliminary findings, lessons learned and recommendations will be discussed. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Manchester

4:00pm

Coaching Coaches to Coach With Fidelity
We will describe a single case study measuring the efficacy of external coaching support in increasing classroom coaches' implementation of Practice-Based Coaching to support classroom teachers' use of Pyramid Model practices. We will outline the external coaching intervention and share classroom coach and teacher implementation data. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)

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Erin Barton

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Emerald

4:00pm

Promoting adult learning using a rapid training and coaching model
The primary purpose of this session is to provide an overview of a rapid adult training and coaching model for caregivers and educators, highlighting findings from a series of studies. This model is designed to serve as a standalone adult intervention or to compliment more complex adult coaching models. (BCBA Type 2 CE Eligible)


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Metro

4:00pm

Young Exceptional Children Series Monograph No. 18: International Perspectives on Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education
Join the editors to discuss innovative international EI\ECSE approaches that address rights, access, equitable service delivery, DEC RPs, and inclusive early childhood education.

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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Obelisk A

5:15pm

Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Standards: Input on Standards Needed!
This interactive session will include: a brief rationale for the development of EI/ECSE Standards; an overview of CAEP development requirements, activities to date, projected timeline of activities; and an introduction to the draft standards and supporting materials will be presented.  Semi-structured questions will be used to solicit participant feedback on draft standards documents and comments on next steps in the process.  Input will be recorded and used to inform continued work on the standards and supporting resources.



Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Manchester

5:15pm

Building a climate of reciprocal trust for effective collaboration and inclusive futures
Participants in this highly interactive session will examine these five facets of trust, recognize the contribution reciprocal trust makes to leadership and team performance, assess their level of trust, and create a personal action plan to develop or strengthen reciprocal trust within teams and enhance their leadership skills.

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Morocco

5:15pm

Inclusive, Social Justice Approaches for Young Children: Anti-Bias Curriculum and Critical Praxis
In this interactive session, we share innovative practices and frameworks featured in Young Exceptional Children’s inaugural Special Issue on social justice approaches for young children. We highlight opportunities for early educators to engage in critical praxis and anti-bias curriculum to advance inclusive early childhood education.


Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Milan

5:15pm

Power to the Profession 2019 Updates
Participate in the dialogue – and share your feedback on the current decision cycles of the Power to the Profession Initiative. Discuss the work/updates, What are your questions, concerns and aspirations for an evolving field? This will be an engaging discussion about the impact of reports that inform our work, such as “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation”

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kemp

Peggy Kemp

Executive Director, CEC Division for Early Childhood
Welcome! Thank you for attending DEC 2019! Please introduce yourself if we are in sessions together and tell me a bit about your work/dreams for DEC/questions/concerns! - Peggy


Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Madrid

5:15pm

Family-Centered Practices? Culturally-Responsive Teaching? Supporting Bigger Tomorrow's Through Collaborative-Transitions Across EI-ECSE
Recognizing that terms such as, family-centered practices‚ and culturally responsive teaching‚ promote the same respectful, anti-biased, relationship-building practices is foundational across the birth-5 continuum. Join us to consider practices/strategies to prepare preservice and inservice practitioners working in EI or ECSE to support successful transitions for all children and families.

Speakers
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Cori Hill

EI Professional Development Specialist, Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU
I am passionate about EI, especially family-centered practices, effective implementation, personal/professional biases, and inclusive practices.
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Jen Newton

Ohio University


Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Miro

5:15pm

Interdisciplinary Education Module for the Early Intervention Team
This presentation will outline a module about early intervention (EI) team collaboration. This virtual Blackboard module consisted of five sessions. Participants took a pre- and post-test survey to assess their knowledge of team collaboration in EI. This workshop will present this module focusing on the team in EI.

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Beth Elenko

Associate Professor, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Occupational Therapy Program


Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Coral

5:15pm

International Partnerships to Implement the DEC Recommended Practices
Learn about an initiative that began in Spain to translate resources to promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices that is growing internationally. A Professor-Mom will share her dream to promote family-centered practices and the collaborations that are working to make that a reality.

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Margarita Cañadas

Catholic University of Valencia
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Christina Kasprzak

Senior TA Specialist; Co-Director of ECTA, ECTA Center at FPG Child Development Institute



Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Emerald

5:15pm

Interprofessional Education, Teamwork, and Collaboration: The Future of a High-Quality EI/ECSE Workforce
Interprofessional education is critical to the future of a high-quality early intervention/education workforce. This session will illustrate how the Teaming and Collaboration Recommended Practices can be addressed in interprofessional coursework. A case study approach will be presented as a framework for addressing teaming and collaboration in interprofessional education.

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Jennifer Kilgo

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Sapphire

5:15pm

Supporting Service Coordinators Through a Family Assessment Professional Development Linked Series
This session explores a professional development series designed for service coordinators focused on strengthening their skills in Family Assessment and problem solving around practical challenges in gathering assessment information. An overview of the curriculum & activities will be explored. Data from participant evaluations and practice changes will also be shared.


Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Monet

5:15pm

Swimming in the Deep End: Creating the Conditions that Promote Evidence-Based Practices
Tired of wondering how to get early Intervention providers oriented and operational in the use of evidence-based practices? How programs approach the task of inducting early intervention practitioners into the fold matters a great deal. Attend this session to learn about the essential features of professional induction into evidence-based practices.

Speakers
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Sarah Sexton

Associate Director, Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP)



Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Monte Carlo

5:15pm

To infinity and beyond: Collaboration in the 21st Century
Coaching is recognized as the most effective PD practice to support growth and fidelity of implementation. This session will describe an implementation process, with a specific focus on using Practice-Based Coaching as a PD method that effectively promotes family-guided, routines-based intervention.



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Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Topaz

5:15pm

Early Childhood Intervention Teachers' Beliefs and Use of Peer Social Interaction Interventions
Peer social interaction interventions (PSII) facilitate social exchanges between children with and without disabilities. Teachers report children with disabilities require instruction to interact with peers, however research indicates teachers do not use PSII. This poster describes a study examining teacher beliefs regarding the acceptability, feasibility, and use of PSII.

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Mary Beth Bruder

University of Connecticut


Thursday October 3, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Metro

6:30pm

Open Meeting: Georgia DEC Meet and Greet
Georgia DEC Meet and Greet. Come and meet the board, find out how to get involved, help inspire upcoming events!


Thursday October 3, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Metro

6:30pm

Crafting Slam Style Stories
FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED & AVAILABLE HERE

StorySlams - performances where tellers share short 5 minutes stories on a theme - are enjoying huge popularity. We use stories everyday in our advocacy as parents, teachers, service providers. Painting a picture for medical professionals, legislators, decision makers can often shift perspectives, leading to important conversations, or even great strides. Participants will get tips for crafting and telling a 3-5 minute slam style story, as well as performance tips, and ways to use in advocacy.


Thursday October 3, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Senators Lecture Hall
 
Friday, October 4
 

7:30am

Full Conference Registration (All Attendees)
Registration materials will be available for all conference attendees. If you would like to register for the conference on-site, please visit the Solutions Desk adjacent to registration.

Friday October 4, 2019 7:30am - 12:00pm
Chantilly Foyer

8:00am

DEC Annual Business Meeting
Join us for the Annual Business Meeting of Division for Early Childhood.

Friday October 4, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Sapphire

8:00am

Open Meeting: DEC Policy & Advocacy Committee
Please join the DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee for an open meeting and discussion.

Speakers

Friday October 4, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Monet

8:15am

8:30am

Spirituality of Caregivers of Children Receiving Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood Intervention (Poster #23)
This study sought to identify the relevance and need of spirituality of caregivers of children who currently receive occupational therapy through Early Childhood Intervention. The research question posed in this study was: How do caregivers of children receiving occupational therapy perceive their spiritual needs have been addressed?

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Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Coaching Parents with Developmental Disabilities: Reviewing Recommendations to Support Early Intervention Providers (Poster #16)
Early Intervention (EI) providers coach caregivers in using strategies to support child outcomes. A scoping review of the literature and a survey of members from DEC's EI Community of Practice shed light on what is known about coaching caregivers with developmental disabilities in Part C. Findings and implications are discussed


Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Envisioning the Future Today: Family Strengths; Professional Practices, Beliefs, and Values (Poster #20)
Early Intervention professionals utilize and build on family strengths. This session will be a reflective opportunity to define strengths-based practices during assessment, planning, and intervention and brainstorm the underlying beliefs and values of a strengths-based mindset. Ethnographic and social validity data on family strengths and interventions will frame the conversation.



Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

CAL-DEC
Our Cal-DEC subdivision just restarted this spring 2019. We will host a meet and greet member meeting at the DEC conference for our California members.

Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Metro

8:30am

CANCELLED - Reducing Challenging Behaviors in Preschool with a Check In Check Out Intervention (Poster #21)
This presentation will provide an overview of Check-in/Check-out (CICO), a positive behavior intervention. Based upon the use of positive consequences contingent upon appropriate behaviors, early childhood educators can implement CICO interventions to prevent behavior problems and promote social skills for children who require more focused attention.




Speakers

Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Beating the Odds: Induction Designed to Keep New Professionals IN the Field (Poster #3)
How do we keep strong early career professionals IN early intervention/early childhood special education? Participants will learn about and discuss how induction programs can support early career professionals to become long-term providers growing in their practices and leadership to build the professional rather than becoming a statistic and leaving it.

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Megan Purcell

Purdue University


Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Creating a Bigger Tomorrow: Opening Community Day Care Doors with Inclusion Training (Poster #5)
This session will explain a project that used the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Recommended Practices training materials with community day care providers. Selected practices were taught and then discussed in follow-up meetings to facilitate application in each setting. Challenges and solutions discovered during the training will be presented.

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Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Interdisciplinary EI Scholars Program: Promoting Collaboration in Pre-service Trainings (Poster #4)
This poster presents an innovative interdisciplinary pre-service training for future early intervention professionals. We will share the training framework and the four key components to our pre-service training program that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in early intervention settings.


Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Outcomes for Underrepresented Graduates from Early Childhood Blended Program (Poster #2)
Project PIECE: Promoting Inclusion in Early Childhood Educators is a blended program for underrepresented scholars to receive a teacher license in ECE with a graduate endorsement in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. A poster session will present data from graduates who are in their first year of teaching.

Speakers

Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am

Supporting Leadership Skills for Local Early Intervention Program Coordinators (Poster #1)
This poster describes a state initiative, as part of a comprehensive professional development system, designed to support new program coordinators to understand their role, responsibilities, and become leaders of their early intervention program. This initiative is based in the understanding that capable leadership ultimately positively impacts child and family outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kemp

Peggy Kemp

Executive Director, CEC Division for Early Childhood
Welcome! Thank you for attending DEC 2019! Please introduce yourself if we are in sessions together and tell me a bit about your work/dreams for DEC/questions/concerns! - Peggy


Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Chantilly W - Exhibit Hall

8:30am