Tuesday, February 8, 3:30 – 5:00
Concurrent Sessions Round 4
Early Red Flags Of Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Early
To Early Intervention
Amy Wetherby and Juliann Woods
The FIRST WORDS Project identified "early red flags" of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in infants and toddlers. These "early red flags' will be presented and illustrated with examples on video. In addition, presenters will share information from the Early Social Interaction Project on the social communication outcomes of children with ASD using caregiver-implemented interventions in natural environments.
Focused Monitoring And The NCSEAM Family Survey: Assisting States In Their General Supervision Efforts
Alan Coulter, Batya Elbaum, Katharine Thomas and Sharon Walsh
This presentation will describe current activities of the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring (NCSEAM) designed to assist state Part C systems with general supervision responsibilities. Focus of the session will be a description of the status of both the Massachusetts's Part C focused monitoring system and the NCSEAM Part C family survey.
Federal Support For Young Children With Disabilities – Beyond IDEA
The largest federal funding streams for early childhood education are the Child Care Block Grant (CCBG), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Head Start. To assure quality early childhood programs for all children, it is important to understand what's going on with reauthorization funding for these 3 programs. The discussion will focus on implications for young children with disabilities.
Parent Leadership Development For ICCs: Outcomes And New Opportunities
Richard Robison and Barbara Popper
This session will present the major accomplishments of the Institutes of the National Parent Leadership Development Project for ICCs based upon evaluation data. We will describe the use of the model for a new parent/professional research project on collaboration between parents and school personnel in selected urban school districts.
Para elink: Where Paraprofessionals Learn On Line
Paraprofessional training has never been easier. Para eLink, an online training initiative, includes modules which correspond to core competencies and specialized areas, including ECSE, established by the Minnesota Paraprofessional Consortium. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of Para eLink by one of the developers.
Taking Steps In Using Medicaid As A Funding Source For Part C Systems
Maureen Greer and Sue Mackey Andrews
Medicaid is identified by states/territories as a major funding source for early intervention services and administration. Increasing challenges to the effective use of and access to Medicaid have been documented by Part C Coordinators. This breakout will be an interactive, issue identification session that will serve as the beginning of a dialogue resulting in concrete action steps and policy initiatives needed to maintain this important finance component. Participants will receive a summary copy of the discussion and next steps.
Beyond The Prescription Pad: Physician Involvement In Early Intervention
Corinne Garland, Beppie Shapiro and Suzanne Gilchrist
Parents, physicians and early intervention providers are mutually dependent in order for referrals to be timely, and for information exchange to be family-centered and useful for program planning. This panel discussion will address the medical home model and physician training as strategies for success. In addition, family challenges and strategies will be shared. Conference participants will be invited to share their expertise.
APR + Communities Of Practice = More Preschool Inclusion
Catherine Benitz and Shelley deFosset
The OSEP Annual Performance Report (APR) requires that states present data on Preschool LRE and to develop a plan for improvement when the data show that improvement is needed. Presenters will provide a synthesis of the states' responses and improvement strategies for the Preschool LRE probe. The Preschool LRE Community of Practice facilitators will share activities that the states proposed to address their improvement efforts.
Training For Diversity: Are We Prepared To Serve All Children and Families?
Betsy Ayankoya and Christina Kasprzak
Many teachers and early intervention providers feel unprepared to serve children from cultural backgrounds different from their own. New Voices/Nuevas Voces, an OSEP-funded Early Childhood Demonstration Project, will share their approach to training and supporting early intervention and preschool providers to better serve children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The session will provide information about the overall approach to training, as well as select activities from the curriculum about childrearing across cultures and Latino cultural perspectives on childrearing.
Getting Your Work Done Strategically
Martha Diefendorf, Anne Lucas, Brenda Bledsoe and staff, Ruth Littlefield, Carolyn Stiles and Wendy Whipple
State Part C and Section 619 representatives from Tennessee, New Hampshire and Nevada will describe ways strategic planning with NECTAC has supported their efforts to improve systems and services. Learn how they have accessed additional resources and organized existing in-state resources to address pressing implementation challenges. Participants will learn what states have accomplished to date on their paths toward improvement.
FASD Information Exchange, Networking, and Partnership: Constructing An Action Agenda For Young Children
Anne Smith and Callie Gass
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) affects 1 in 100 live births or as many as 40,000 infants each year, which is more than spina bifida, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy combined. Individuals affected by FASD may have brain damage, facial deformities, growth deficits, mental retardation, hyperactivity, attention and memory problems, poor coordination, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities. Despite the enormity of this issue, early intervention and education systems are often unprepared to provide appropriate supports and services to these children and their families. Presenters from OSEP, SAMHSA, and the FASD Center for Excellence will share information and will ask session participants to help construct an action agenda for early intervention and education to support children and families affected by FASD.
Gathering Information From Families (Cancelled)
Having respectful, on-going conversations with families should shape the early intervention process from first contacts through the provision of early intervention services and supports in the context of family and community activity settings. This session will explore the research support and recommended practices for gathering and using information from families.