Conference Schedule

Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2017 features three full days of conference activities.  Click below for pre-conference and concurrent session offerings organized by day.  Conference maps, presenter details, and session handouts will be available in the conference app, due to be released in June.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Pre-Conference 

8:00 Registration Opens
8:00-9:00 Breakfast Buffet
9:00-12:15 Pre-Conference Sessions: Part 1
12:30-1:15 Lunch Buffet
1:30-4:45 Pre-Conference Sessions: Part 2
4:30-6:00 Registration Open

Thursday, July 20, 2017: Conference Day 2

7:30 Registration Opens
7:30-8:45 Breakfast Buffet
8:45-10:30 Opening Session with Keynote Presentation
11:00-12:30 Concurrent Sessions
12:30-1:45 Lunch Buffet
1:45-3:15 Concurrent Sessions
3:30-5:00 Concurrent Sessions

Friday, July 21, 2017: Conference Day 3

7:30 Registration Opens
7:30-8:30 Breakfast Buffet
8:30-10:00 Concurrent Sessions
10:15-11:45 Concurrent Sessions
11:45-1:15 Conference Luncheon
1:15-2:45 Concurrent Sessions
3:00-4:30 Concurrent Sessions


Detailed descriptions of pre-conference sessions can be found on the Pre-Conference page.  Please note, these sessions require advance registration.

Session Schedule: Wednesday, July 19

9:00 am - 4:45 pmPre-ConferenceCommunity of Practice in Autism (CoPA) Heads WestJoin CoPA,a statewide network of providers supporting infants and young children (birth-3 years) with (or suspected of) a diagnosis of autism, and their families, to learn effective coaching strategies to assist caregivers in breaking complex processes into smaller tasks. A panel will also share innovative autism initiatives program strategies. Autism Infant/Toddler
9:00 am - 4:45 pmPre-ConferenceUsing Assessment and Performance Monitoring in Early Childhood Special EducationThis session will provide early childhood special education teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver effective assessment and performance monitoring strategies to enable ALL students to progress towards positive outcomes. Ongoing assessment can ensure identification of meaningful goals as well as inform instructional strategies delivered. Children with Special Needs Preschool
9:00 am - 4:45 pmPre-ConferenceProject PASS: Supporting Educators So All Children AchieveThis session will describe the Project PASS initiative while providing participants with greater knowledge and understanding of assessment and goal development, instructional strategies developed from evidence-based practices, differentiating instruction and ensuring it meets the needs of all students, and incorporating social and communication instruction into the school day. Evidence-Based Practices Preschool
9:00 am - 4:45 pmPre-ConferenceInfant and Early Childhood Mental HealthSession details are forthcoming. Behavioral Health & Learning: Early Childhood Mental HealthAll
9:00 am - 4:45 pmPre-ConferenceSay What? Teaching and Learning About Core VocabularyHow can young children with complex communication needs access the magic of communication? Speech-language pathologists, assistive technologists and teachers are learning the benefits of using core vocabulary. This session will highlight how to teach core vocabulary words through meaningful language experiences, opportunities for active participation, aided language, and vocabulary reinforcement. Evidence-Based Practices All


Session Schedule: Thursday, July 20

8:45 am - 10:30 amKeynoteSupporting the Whole Child and Family Intervention: What it Means and What it TakesPulled by forces of policy and funding and trends, we in early childhood are often tempted to emphasize one aspect of children’s development over another. We emphasize cognitive, literacy or mathematics learning, social development or language. But development does not play out in isolated skills. Brain development teaches us that supporting the child means attending to composition of the whole child: physical, cognitive, social and emotional. It means understanding children as individuals, and in families, programs, schools and neighborhoods. It means understanding the centrality of relationships for healthy development. Supporting the whole child and family takes putting relationships and positive "serve and return" interactions in the forefront of our practice. It takes working together across disciplines – health and school, childcare and early intervention - to build effective systems for young children and families. Collaboration: Family All
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentA Sensory Experience: Working with Children with Hearing and/or Vision LossThis is an interactive session on meeting the basic needs of infants and toddlers with deafness and/or blindness. It will include discussions, simulations of sensory loss, and many take away resources. Children with Special Needs All
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentCollaboration with Child Care Providers in Early InterventionAre you looking for fresh ideas to foster collaborations with child care providers in your community? What kinds of challenges do you face when working with child care providers? Join us for an invigorating discussion and take away 2-3 new strategies to add to their practice. Collaboration: Team Infant/Toddler
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentM-CHAT R/F: A Great Screening Tool for Early Intervention ProgramsUsing the MCHAT R/F as a standard process in early intervention has reliably increased the rate at which children with autistic characteristics are identified and linked to a developmental pediatrician. Autism Infant/Toddler
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentOngoing Assessment: Strategies, Tools, and Documentation for Early Intervention ProvidersOngoing assessment is an essential element of evidence-based practice in EI. Conducting effective ongoing assessment continues to be challenging for many EI providers. During this session, the what, when, where, and how of ongoing assessment will be presented. Participants will discuss how EI principles are integrated into ongoing assessment practices. Assessment Infant/Toddler
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentSelf-Determination: A Journey of a LifetimeLearning to become self determined is a journey that starts in early childhood. This engaging session will explore key foundational skills that foster self-determination. During this hands on session participants will create materials to use to guide their preschoolers on the road to becoming a self-determined youth in the future.Children with Special Needs Preschool
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentTrauma Webs: Understanding the Structure Behind the BehaviorThis journey explores the effects of abuse, neglect, domestic violence and abandonment and how it impact the structure and functioning of the brain. From infants to age 8, from withdrawing to physically aggressive behaviors, we will examine the “why” behind the behavior as well as the “do’s and don’ts”. Behavioral Health & Learning: Trauma Informed Care All
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentUsing Curriculum-Based Assessments to Design Effective InstructionCurriculum-based assessments are an important tool for designing and implementing effective instruction. Participants will learn how to use assessment results to drive goals and the implementation of differentiated instruction that meets the needs of individual students. Assessment Preschool
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentUsing Picture Books to Build Essential Life Skills: Connecting to Mind in the MakingLearn about the 7 essential life skills as articulated in Mind in the Making by engaging with great picture books and learn how simple games and activities support the development of executive function. Participants will get book lists for each skill and see specific books used to model strategies for identifying and enhancing the developing skills with young children (and themselves!). Behavioral Health & Learning: Social Emotional Development Preschool
11:00 am - 12:30 pmConcurrentWhy Children Eat Dirt, and Other Lessons of Intimacy with NatureNature-based education is a world-wide movement. Why is this important? Photographs, philosophy and practical lessons from presenter's experience as director of a developmental, nature-based preschool will be presented. Participants will understand how nature-based education helps deepen engagement and relationships, teach preschool concepts, ameliorate stress, and support well-being in families and schools. Behavioral Health & Learning: Early Childhood Mental Health Preschool
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmLunch and LearnTapping Into State Resources for Professional DevelopmentInterested in enhancing your skills in early care and education? Want to make yourself more marketable for higher level jobs? Come learn about the many PD resources available through the state: new training, free and low-cost courses, the child care Scholarship Program, career assistance, mentoring, and more! Curriculum and Instruction All
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmLunch and LearnUpdate on Statewide Early Childhood Initiatives: Virginia Department of EducationThe session is designed to provide an overview and update of statewide early childhood initiatives. Participants will hear from the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) staff at the Virginia Department of Education. Collaboration: Program Preschool
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmLunch and LearnVirginia's QRIS: An Overview for Early Childhood Administrators and ProvidersVirginia Quality is Virginia's Quality Rating and Improvement System. This session will provide an overview of the Virginia Quality standards and process for awarding quality levels to both center based and family home providers. Evidence-Based Practices All
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentBringing "Serve and Return" into Assessment, Planning, and InterventionChildren thrive on interactions with adults that are focused on their individual needs and
interests. Whether working with groups of children or with families, we can intentionally target children’s individual needs, help assess, plan and set goals, teach, and support. And—we can use some of these same individualizing strategies with families – to support their interests in teaching their children. In this interactive workshop, we will use scenarios to identify how to individualize our interactions with children and families, making "serve and return" powerful interactions the center of practice.
Collaboration: FamilyAll
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentBack to the Future: A Parent’s PerspectiveJoin us for a journey back in time. I will share the story of my daughter’s early years and the manifestation of her mental-health conditions. Will have interactive discussion on the importance of early screening, addressing infant mental health and the impact it could have made on my daughter’s trajectory. Behavioral Health & Learning: Infant Mental Health All
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentBeyond Cultural Competence: Effectively Using Coaching for ALL FamiliesAs early interventionists, we work with many diverse families and caregivers. Cultural competence- what does that really mean, and where does coaching fit? This session will demonstrate how to use cultural humility, move past implicit biases, define a person’s culture, and give you ideas on how to serve ALL families. Collaboration: Family Infant/Toddler
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentBrain States and Behavior: Understanding the Link!Many people are unaware of the relationship between brain-body states, behavior, and learning. Explore the Conscious Discipline® brain state model and gain valuable insight into how brain-body states dictate behavior. Also, discover how to recognize brain-body states and strategies to help achieve the optimal state for learning. Behavioral Health & Learning: Social Emotional Development All
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentBuilding Partnerships to Support, Instruct, and Assess Dual Language LearnersThis session covers a comprehensive approach to supporting and assessing early language development which helps promote educational equity of Dual Language Learners (DLLs) through three key components: Understanding and utilizing the WIDA Early Language Development Standards: making informed decisions using the suite of early language development assessments; promoting family engagement Dual Language Learners Preschool
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentGetting from Here to There: Navigating Part C to Part B TransitionTransition services assist a toddler with a disability and his/her family to experience a smooth transition from Part C early intervention to Part B early childhood special education. This session will increase your confidence in implementing the transition requirements and local interagency agreements to support transitioning toddlers and families. Transition All
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentInclusion for Students with Autism and Other Low Incidence DisabilitiesThis session will discuss the recommendations included in the Department of HHS and the DOE joint statement on the need to include children with disabilities in early childhood programs. The presenters will also discuss practical tips about how to include students with autism and other low incidence disabilities. Inclusion Preschool
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentSuper Hero Play: The Good, The Bad & The UglyParticipants will learn previously implemented curriculum instruction and strategies to reframe The Chase, The Catch, The Capture of active and sometimes aggressive preschool super hero play. Evidence-Based Practices Preschool
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmConcurrentThe Affects of the Opioid Crisis on Infants and ToddlersAn increased number of infants are born each day substance exposed, putting them at risk for possible developmental delays, trauma, and infant mental health issues. This session will provide an introduction on how the growing opioid crisis is impacting infants and toddlers . Behavioral Health & Learning: Social Emotional Development Infant/Toddler
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentAligning Instructional Practices with Common Deficits for Student with Autism Spectrum DisorderThis session will focus on interventions and strategies to address common deficits for students with autism spectrum disorder. The session will address the use of universal strategies to support all students and how modifying these supports can help address students with more significant needs. Evidence-Based Practices All
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentFamily-Centered Literacy Practices: Moving Beyond Books!In this interactive session, participants will learn how to build on family strengths and incorporate family-centered practices to enhance literacy skills for young children. Participants will reflect on their own biases surrounding literacy practices using reframing techniques and learn how to implement evidence-based practices to enhance family-centered literacy practices. Collaboration: Family All
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentFunctional Assessment: Moving Beyond ChecklistsCome ready to learn about the importance of individualizing assessments and interventions for young children Infant/Toddler years old around the natural environment and family-centered practices. Assessment Infant/Toddler
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentLoose Parts: Promoting STEAM EducationThis hands-on workshop will explore the theory of Loose Parts and how loose parts promotes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) in the early childhood classroom. Curriculum and Instruction All
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentMusical Moments for Me and You: Songs of Shared AttentionParticipants will explore songs for children ages 2 and up that provide an opportunity for meaningful shared attention between children and adults while exercising adult mirroring, working memory, executive brain functions, and relationship skills. Behavioral Health & Learning: Social Emotional Development Preschool
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentNewborn Hearing Screening: Moving from Screening to Service DeliveryThe workshop goal is to support families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The session will discuss the process of newborn hearing screening to potential diagnosis and treatment. Key roles of providers and families will be covered in dealing with hearing loss, language acquisition and environmental adaptations. Collaboration: Family Infant/Toddler
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentPractitioners as Leaders: Building a Climate of Reciprocal TrustParticipants in this highly interactive session will examine 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. Collaboration: Team All
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentTrauma-Informed Practices: Supporting At-Risk Families in Early InterventionAbuse and neglect negatively impact children seen through early intervention, but a personal history of abuse and neglect may also impact a parents’ ability to be a partner in EI services. Early interventionists have the unique role of helping young children and their families overcome challenges associated with trauma. Behavioral Health & Learning: Trauma Informed Care Infant/Toddler
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrentYou Matter! To Young Children Experiencing Homelessness and Placed in Foster CareUnder the Every Student Succeeds Act, young children experiencing homelessness and those in foster care have increased rights to services to support their growth and development. This session will review the new requirements and discuss how Virginia is working to implement the changes. Collaboration: Program All


Session Schedule: Friday, July 21

8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentBringing Books to LifeThis workshop will explore movement as a tool in the promotion of children's emergent literacy. It offers teachers a fun and easy way to bring movement moments into their classroom. To educate the whole child, we must recognize that we are responsible for children's bodies as well as their minds. Curriculum and Instruction Preschool
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentCoaching: How Do I Know if I’m Doing it Right?Since children and families cannot benefit from an intervention they do not receive, it is critical to examine the extent to which coaching is being implemented as intended (fidelity). Participants will learn how to use Virginia’s Coaching in Action checklist to ensure providers are confidently and competently using coaching practices. Evidence-Based Practices Infant/Toddler
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentCollaborating with Culturally Diverse Families in Assessment and InstructionPresenters will discuss strategies for collaborating with culturally diverse families throughout the process and intervention/instruction. This session aligns with DEC Recommended Practices, specifically in assessment, family, and instruction. The system of family empowerment model will be introduced with examples. Outcomes of empowered families will be demonstrated with evidence. Collaboration: Family All
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentEarly AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five PopulationSeveral myths about using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with the birth-five population have been dispelled through research in the field of speech pathology. Early introduction of AAC has shown a positive impact on verbal speech, successful communication, and overall independence. Children with Special Needs All
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentIncorporating Emotional Health and Attachment Into Your Work with FamiliesThis session will focus on the incorporation of infant mental health principles into the day to day work of those who work with infants, toddlers, and their families.The session will consist of facilitator-lead presentation and some small-group activities. The intention of this session is to move from theory to practice. Behavioral Health & Learning: Infant Mental Health Infant/Toddler
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentMore Than Monitoring: The Value of Service Coordination OnlyThe Service Coordination ONLY program was developed, implemented and enhanced to strengthen monitoring and respond more flexibly with services to meet the changing needs of families connected with ITC Fairfax-Falls Church. Families benefit from primary services provided by their Service Coordinator in partnership with interventionists. Collaboration: Program Infant/Toddler
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentPD Your Way: EdCamp/Unconferences as a Model for Collaboration and PersonalizationSatisfy your curiosity about the innovative unconference/EdCamp format for PD by experiencing it firsthand as a participant! Collaborate and personalize your learning - and then reflect on your experience. Hear about a successful implementation in the field, and generate scenarios in which to try unconferences in your own professional context. Collaboration: Program All
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentResponding to Sensory SignalsContent focuses on sensory signals, the physical reason behind them and concrete strategies for teachers to use in response to disruptive behaviors. These specific strategies will include how to address key classroom activities such as transitions, circle time and walking in line. Behavioral Health & Learning: Social Emotional Development Preschool
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrentThree Letters That Pack a Punch: YetWhen we are documenting children’s skills, knowledge, and behaviors to plan instruction and monitor progress, we can see opportunity and strength or failure and deficit. In this session, we will learn about how to shift our thinking to build capacity in leaners to tackle challenges and rise to high expectations. Assessment All
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentEmbedding Speech-Language Intervention in the Classroom: Let’s Do It Together!This session will focus on (a) building an effective working, collaborative relationship between educators and speech-language pathologists to encourage and ensure successful integrated school-based services and (b) strategies utilized by speech-language pathologists to embed speech, language, communication, literacy, play, and interaction goals in “real life” situations in the classroom setting. Curriculum and Instruction Preschool
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentGetting in Front of It! Preventing Challenging Behavior with Antecedent Based InterventionParticipants will explore the strategies to prevent challenging behavior for students in the preschool setting. These evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder will be translated as universal strategies for all learners, including modifications to the classroom environment or routine that change the signals that prompt challenging behavior. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Preschool
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentImplementing the Pyramid Model In Your System to Support Social Emotional DevelopmentParticipants will use the Pyramid Model to promote the social, emotional, and behavioral development of young children. Participants will understand promotion, prevention and intervention strategies to address the needs of our families. Training expands understanding social-emotional competence and evidenced-based practices of social-emotional development in the creation of behavioral intervention strategies. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Infant/Toddler
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentNumber Sense and Counting: What's It All About?This workshop will give participants a better understanding of the math expectations for 3-5 year olds. You will leave this session with many hands-on activities you can use when you return to your classroom on Monday morning. Participants will also explore children's books that reinforce number sense and counting. Curriculum and Instruction Preschool
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentOut of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Growing Up BlindWhat is it like growing up with a visual impairment? Let's talk about the effects of a visual impairment on development, what information is gathered through a functional vision evaluation and hear from parents who are blind and traveled through the EI program with a child with a visual impairment. Children with Special Needs All
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentStart Where You Are: Building a Positive Classroom for Young ChildrenWhat is positive guidance? How do teachers create a positive classroom environment and teach appropriate behavior with effective strategies that support learning and development without punishment? How do you connect your role to your goal?
Session will address common challenging behaviors in the classroom.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports All
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentWhat Picture Does Your Contact Note Paint?Session will provide overview of the contact note checklist and focus on documentation meaningful to all readers. Participants will learn how to write notes that comply with regulations and capture the whole picture of the child. Participants will gain awareness of continuity in documentation that supports ongoing assessment. Collaboration: Family Infant/Toddler
10:15 am - 11:45 amConcurrentWho, What and Why of Mental Health Consultation in EI/ECSEResearch on early brain development highlights the importance of early support for social/emotional development and good mental health. This session will highlight key features of early social/emotional development, the parent-child relationship, and the role of the mental health consultant in EI/ECE/ECSE. Presenters will share informational and training resources. Behavioral Health & Learning: Early Childhood Mental Health All
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentAugmentative and Alternative Communication: Assessing Needs and Aligning Supports for ChildrenThis session will provide an overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for parents and educators who support children with complex communication needs. An overview of AAC tools and supports for educators and families will be provided. Examples of AAC assessment considerations, resources, and strategies for treatment will be shared. Children with Special Needs All
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentAuthentic and Dynamic! Beyond the Assessment Tools in Early InterventionAuthentic assessment and dynamic assessment are two evidence-based approaches that work in conjunction with many traditional tools. Using a hands on approach, this presentation will examine the efficacy of integrating these approaches in order to thoughtfully assess children in their natural environments. Group participation will be strongly encouraged! Assessment Infant/Toddler
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentContracts and CollaborationThis presentation will describe how the Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax/Falls Church used their vendor contract as a conduit for trainings, support, and implementation of best practices of early intervention services in natural environments. Collaboration: Program Infant/Toddler
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentCreating Engaging Read Alouds for All LearnersEngaging read-alouds provide powerful learning opportunities for children with disabilities. This session addresses how to create engaging read-aloud experiences. Participants will learn to identify features that lead to strong read-alouds, how to encourage participation, enhance language/literacy development, and how to add music/dance, art, and sensory play to the reading experience. Children with Special Needs All
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentHow Can I Improve Preschool Practices? Diving into PD Resources on VPIplus.orgTeachers, administrators, and coaches all want to promote quality early childhood practices-- but how? This session will share a sample of the 150+ video clips and related PD resources from the VPI+ website ( and help participants plan ways to use these resources to promote quality in their role/setting. Evidence-Based Practices Preschool
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentKeep Calm and Include ALL!Augusta County Schools inclusive preschool classrooms provide high quality experiences for all children by providing a learning environment that supports access and participation for all. Children with identified disabilities attend preschool in their neighborhood school with their peers. It is incredible to see all children learning together. Inclusion Preschool
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentOur ACTION system: The Basis for Development and FunctionOur bodies, the environment, and the desired goal interface for learning. Perception-action creates a cyclic experience for the developmental process and discovery of effective goal-driven solutions. Learn how development unfolds, the cascading effects of subsystems, what leads to adaptive behaviors, and the primary skills all infants need for exploratory play. Evidence-Based Practices All
1:15 pm - 2:45 pmConcurrentTeaching Beyond BarsThere is 1 in 14 children in the US with a parent incarcerated. This session will peel back layers of the traumatic impact children face and the "how" to providing strategic support for families. Get ready to learn, role play and gain invaluable resource materials to support children and families. Collaboration: Family All
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentGetting Kids to Kindergarten at a Healthy Weight: Evidence-based, Practical Approaches68% of children in today’s early learning programs will become overweight/obese adults – unless early care professionals do something about it! This interactive, lively workshop will discuss research-based recommendations from the CDC and share examples of real-life, national best practice models being used in Virginia to cultivate children’s healthy weight. Evidence-Based Practices All
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentLiteracy Instruction Based on PALS-PreK Assessment DataParticipants will examine PALS-PreK assessment data upon which whole-class, small group, and individualized instruction can be planned and student growth monitored. Additionally, effective, research-based instructional activities, based on PALS-PreK tasks, will be described and practiced. Assessment Preschool
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentMamaBear: Using Parent Knowledge and Experience to Improve Practice and Family EngagementPresented by the mother of a child with disabilities and an educator, this session integrates stories and perspectives of parents while sharing a process, structure, and framework for practitioners to utilize the funds of knowledge of parents to better engage and support and the families of children with disabilities. Collaboration: Family All
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentMarching to Their Beat: Kiddos Learning Through MusicDuring this hands-on session, a Music Therapist-Board Certified will discuss how music can be used to assist children in learning. You will learn several songs and brainstorm ideas on how to adapt these songs to facilitate individualized learning with the children you see every day. No music experience needed! Evidence-Based Practices Preschool
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentPrinciples, Planning, and Partnerships, Oh My! Expanding Application of UDL in PreschoolIn this session we will explore the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) and discuss practical applications across lesson planning and family and professional partnerships for promoting diverse children’s learning and inclusion in preschool classrooms. Presenters will model UDL principles while participants expand existing conceptualizations of UDL in practice. Inclusion All
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentThe Heart of the At-Risk Child: Understanding the Needs of Impoverished ChildrenThis session will provide a closer look at the unique challenges of inner-city preschool children and the effect on their classroom behavior. Strategies to support and promote positive social-emotional behavior will be explored as well. Behavioral Health & Learning: Social Emotional Development Preschool
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentThe Primary Service Provider (PSP) Approach in Action: We Can Do This!Panel discussion with representatives from vendor companies that currently provide EI services in Northern Virginia. Panelists will share their experiences with the process of implementing the Primary Service Provider (PSP) approach in their program including tips and tools, setbacks they have encountered, and what they have learned along the way. Collaboration: Team Infant/Toddler
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentUsing Technology to Connect with Parents and CaregiversThis presentation highlights current practices and uses of technology to facilitate collaboration with families and caregivers in a local early intervention program. These strategies are used as a platform to further discuss risks and benefits of emerging technological resources. Collaboration: Program Infant/Toddler
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConcurrentVA NICU Early Intervention CollaborativeThirty years ago, Congress expanded the Education for All Handicapped Children law to include early intervention (EI) for infants/toddlers with disabilities. While EI benefits are universally acknowledged, the referral process from hospitals to EI varies. This session shares preliminary findings from the Virginia NICU EI Collaborative a statewide grant-funded project. Collaboration: Program Infant/Toddler