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The 2005 OSEP National Early Childhood Conference

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Concurrent Session - Round 1

Monday, Dec. 12, 2005

11 : 00 AM - 12 : 30 PM

A Logic Model for the Effective Implementation of Service Coordination: Culmination of Five Years of Research

Mary Beth Bruder, Michael Conn-Powers, Gloria Harbin, Julia Rusert

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Training developed from research on essential outcomes and practices of service coordination will be highlighted at the family, service coordinator, and system administrator levels. The focus will be on practices and tools to achieve service coordination outcomes that are essential to children, families and systems within early intervention.

Can Children with Developmental Disabilities Learn More Than One Language?

Lillian Duran

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This presentation will include an overview of the current research on second language acquisition as it relates to Early Childhood Special Education assessment and intervention. Program models and policy issues will be discussed. Participants will have time to discuss specific issues from their own communities.

Characteristics, Services, and Outcomes for the Nation's Preschoolers with Disabilities

Elaine Carlson, Amy Shimshak

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The Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) is a national study of children with disabilities ages 3-5. Using Wave 1 data, presenters will share information on child characteristics, services and outcomes, with a particular focus on children with autism.

Creating Partnerships to Enhance Family Involvement

Cassandra Johnston

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This interactive session will focus on how Part C Programs and ICC's can work with Parent Training and Information Centers, Community Parent Resource Centers, and other family support groups to assure meaningful family involvement and collaboration. The necessary elements for successful partnerships will be identified and challenges as well as strategies will be discussed.

LRE in ECSE under IDEA.and Other Interesting Acronyms

Lisa Backer, Darren Kermes

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Participants will actively consider the following questions to support the provision of ECSE in the LRE. What does IDEA really say? What guidance has OSEP provided? What direction can be taken from due process hearings? How can ECSE leaders build district capacity to meet the LRE mandate?

Research to Practice: The Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center.

Barb Gruber, Carol Quirk

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As the prevalence of autism increases, so does our need to have highly qualified professionals who are skilled in designing programs and delivering instruction to these children. In this session, participants will learn about the PDA Center's approach to inservice training, quality indicators of effective programs, and how school districts in your state can sign up for training. Through presentation of information and facilitated discussion, participants will learn recommended practices for educating young children with autism.

Resources from the Good Start, Grow Smart Federal Interagency Workgroup

Carmen Bovell-Chester, Beth Caron, Shannon Rudisill

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Federal representatives from the Good Start, Grow Smart interagency workgroup will describe the goals of this early childhood initiative. Resources that support improved early care and education for young children with and without disabilities will be provided from the Child Care Bureau, Head Start and the Office of Special Education Programs.

State Profiles of Effective Assistive Technology Services for Infants and Toddlers

Philippa Campbell, Lauren Dugan, Suzanne Milbourne

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In this session, state profiles will be presented for participants to identify characteristics for optimal assistive technology services for infants and toddlers. Analysis of state and regional documents were used to create the profiles that identify optimal activities.

The Early Childhood/Juvenile Justice Connection

Marshall Cheatham, Tecca Thompson

This interactive presentation with activities and a sample program offers an opportunity for the participants to connect the dots between the Juvenile Justice System and the services offered through Part C and 619 agencies.

The Use of Private Insurance to Support Part C Systems

Ron Benham, Andy Gomm, Maureen Greer

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This panel presentation will focus on the experience of two states in the development of insurance legislation, the challenges and opportunities of this fund expansion and its impact on families. Presenters represent states that have successfully implemented and expanded their access to insurance and a state with newly passed legislation, and the issues of implementation.

Translating Research Evidence into Usable Practice Guides

Carl Dunst, Carol Trivette

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The Research and Training Center (RTC) on Early Childhood Development is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the healthy development of young children with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The RTC was established to create a bridge between research evidence and early childhood intervention practices. This presentation will describe practice guides in Solutions Tool Kits that focus on how a practice is done, where it is done, why it is done, when it is done, and with whom it is done in order to afford practitioners and parents the opportunity to use evidence-based practices.

Update on NEILS: Kindergarten Outcomes

Kathleen Hebbeler, Donna Spiker

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NEILS findings presented in this session will focus on kindergarten outcomes of former early intervention recipients. Developmental (cognitive, communication, social, and motor) and academic, behavioral, and health outcomes will be described along with data on the children's functioning and continued need for special services in kindergarten.

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