Monday, February 7, 2:00 3:30

Concurrent Sessions Round 2

State Snapshots Assistive Technology (AT) Use With Young Children Across
The United States

Philippa Campbell, Suzanne Milbourne, Brook Sawyer and Lauren Dugan

Presenters will provide information obtained from a review of policy & procedure documents, guidelines & training resources from all 50 states plus D.C. regarding the use of AT with young children. Hard copy documents will be available for examination and participants will receive an annotated resource guide so that they will be able to use information in their own states.


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Early Intervention Assistive Technology Resource Chart



Families Of Little Ones Have Big Dreams Too: Person-Centered Planning For Young Children

Ann Donoghue Dillon

Person-centered planning is an effective planning tool that can help teams develop common visions and shared goals during pivotal times in a child's life, such as transition or when starting on a new venture. In this interactive presentation, the presenter will offer perspectives as both facilitator and parent.


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AnnDillonWashington PPT


Head Start A New Technical Assistance Structure For A Longstanding Partner In Serving Young Children With Disabilities

Jim O'Brien and Amanda Schwartz

Participants will learn about the revised structure of Head Start/Early Head Start (EHS) technical assistance (TA) that includes locally-based Head Start/EHS TA providers operating under regional contracts to assist all state HS/EHS programs to identify and address technical assistance needs. A disabilities services specialist in each region helps the network of local TA providers identify resources and address needs specific to disabilities services. Presenters will engage audience in a discussion of TA priorities for improving disabilities services for young children and their families and solicit ideas on building and sustaining collaboration between Head Start/EHS programs and their partners in the implementation of the IDEA.


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Training Teachers To Use Effective Strategies For Promoting Children's Early Literacy Development

Mary Louise Hemmeter

This session will provide information from a research study in which five teachers were trained to implement three clusters of strategies for promoting early literacy development in preschool children. In addition, the presenter will describe an ongoing study of the impact of the use of teaching strategies in young children's early literacy skills and development. Issues related to training and implementing the strategies will be discussed.


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Screening & Monitoring Programs For Children Who Are At Risk: A Comparison of Systems from 3 States

Linda Goodman, Carla Javier and Mary Jones

Connecticut, Nevada and Idaho will provide an overview of the screening and tracking systems used in their states to address the needs of children who are at risk for developmental delay. Information will include historical context, system specific procedures, funding source information and data on measures of success.


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Prevalence Rates: A Working Model And 2 State Experiences

Karleen Goldhammer, Mary Ann Discenza and Lizette Stiehr

This interactive session will present some background and a methodology that may be used to estimate the number of children that should be served by a State's Part C system. Alaska and Virginia will discuss their experiences using the model, statewide projections, selected variables, credibility, what leads to success and subsequent use for the information.


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Making Early Childhood Development Everybody's Business

Nancy Birnbaum

The session will offer strategies for securing corporate and other partnership support for large-scale public education campaigns designed to create broad-based understanding and support for early childhood development services and support. The presenter will share sample materials and facilitate discussion to develop strategies for tailoring your message.

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The Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center And The Early Childhood Outcomes GSEGs: Highlights of Current Activities

Kathy Hebbeler, Nan Vendegna, Susan Smith and Beth Rous

This session will describe the ECO Center's work with state GSEG Projects, provide an overview to the proposed work of the sixteen state grantees, and feature two state presenters, who will describe their GSEG projects.


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State ICCs: The Who, What, When, Where, How And Whys

Judith Bendersky and Joann Moton

Representatives from three State ICCs will share, in panel format, how their ICCs work, how they provide meaningful parent opportunities, and will describe some of their accomplishments and challenges. Discussion and questions from participants will be encouraged.









Using Data To Guide Continuous Improvement: Data Analysis (Part 1)

Ruth Ryder, Larry Ringer, Maral Taylor, Kristen Reedy, Marsha Brauen,
Jane Nell Luster and Lynne Kahn

States can use data to sharpen their improvement strategies and use scarce resources more efficiently. When states conduct careful and comprehensive analysis of data from multiple sources, they focus their understanding of the presenting problems, the factors that are contributing to them, and the kinds of strategies that are likely to result in improvements. This two-part workshop will focus on practical application of data analysis strategies.


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Making Research Come Alive: The Professional Development In Autism (PDA) Center's Approach To In-Service Training

Ilene Schwartz

The prevalence of autism is increasing at a dramatic rate, creating a challenge for Part C and 619 providers. In this presentation and facilitated discussion we will share information about the PDA Center, including how programs in your state can sign up for training. We will also describe recommended practices for young children with autism.


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Autism Method Research



Why Is It So Hard? Facilitating Recommended Practices In Natural Environments

Larry Edelman, Joicey Hurth and Lynda Pletcher

The Community of Practice on Part C Settings/Natural Environments completed a series of eight conference calls with national researchers and trainers on effective practices in early intervention. A number of common themes and key practices emerged from the calls. This interactive session will review these themes and practices, explore implementation obstacles, and suggest approaches to facilitate the adoption of recommend practices.


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