2018 Los Angeles Conference Program 

9:00am-12:00pm Workshop – Museum A 

Developing Higher Order Thinking: Using Key Strategies That Promote Higher Student Achievement

Daysha Underwood, Christina Rigsby, & Cynthia Santana

This training will focus on the why, what, and how of supporting young children and their development of higher order thinking skills.  Trainers will share exciting research that highlights the link between higher order thinking and increased student success. Using a variety of modalities: engaging, hands-on activities, discussion, reflection, true accounts from the field, PowerPoint/video, and brief lecture, participants will have the opportunity to explore the cognitive development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as, Bloom’s Taxonomy and how to identify lower versus higher order thinking. Training participants will leave with resources, effective strategies, and useful techniques that can easily be adapted for immediate application in a variety of program settings. More specifically, participants will learn how to integrate practical strategies to support executive functioning and reflective learning.

9:oo am – 12:00 pm Workshop – Museum B

Promoting Desirable Behavior: Five Effective Ways to Stay One Step Ahead of Misbehavior

Carolina Valdovinos & Viviana Longoria

This training will focus on the why, what, and how of behavior guidance and management of toddlers and preschoolers.  Trainers will share current research that highlights why using a proactive approach to support children’s behavior is most beneficial and effective.  Through experiential hands-on activities, discussion, reflection, teacher stories, PowerPoint/video, and brief lecture, participants will explore the social-emotional development of young children, as well as, how to create a learning environment that promotes desirable behaviors.  Participants will leave with resources, practical strategies, and useful techniques that can easily be adapted for immediate application in a variety of program settings.  Training participants will also gain insight into how a proactive behavior management approach aligns with higher quality teacher-child interactions as measured by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop – Watercourt A

Powered by STEAM: Engaging Young Children in Meaningful, Fun, and Hands-On Experiences to Investigate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Dominique McMillan, Eliana Mancilla, & Petra Cervantes

This training will highlight the why, what, and how of STEAM education for young children.  Trainers will share exciting research that demonstrates why STEAM experiences are critical for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Using a variety of dynamic learning modalities: engaging, hands-on activities, discussion, reflection, real-life stories from the teaching perspective, PowerPoint/video, and brief sections of lecture, participants will have the opportunity to explore all five content areas of STEAM, and will gain insight into how all of these areas are interconnected.  Participants will also learn how to encourage parent and family engagement in exploring STEAM-related concepts with children at home.  Training participants will leave with resources, effective strategies, and practical, affordable ideas that can easily be adapted for immediate application in a variety of program settings.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop – Museum A 

Developing Higher Order Thinking: Using Key Strategies That Promote Higher Student Achievement

Daysha Underwood, Christina Rigsby, & Cynthia Santana

This training will focus on the why, what, and how of supporting young children and their development of higher order thinking skills.  Trainers will share exciting research that highlights the link between higher order thinking and increased student success. Using a variety of modalities: engaging, hands-on activities, discussion, reflection, true accounts from the field, PowerPoint/video, and brief lecture, participants will have the opportunity to explore the cognitive development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as, Bloom’s Taxonomy and how to identify lower versus higher order thinking. Training participants will leave with resources, effective strategies, and useful techniques that can easily be adapted for immediate application in a variety of program settings. More specifically, participants will learn how to integrate practical strategies to support executive functioning and reflective learning.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop – Museum B

Promoting Desirable Behavior: Five Effective Ways to Stay One Step Ahead of Misbehavior

Carolina Valdovinos & Viviana Longoria

This training will focus on the why, what, and how of behavior guidance and management of toddlers and preschoolers.  Trainers will share current research that highlights why using a proactive approach to support children’s behavior is most beneficial and effective.  Through experiential hands-on activities, discussion, reflection, teacher stories, PowerPoint/video, and brief lecture, participants will explore the social-emotional development of young children, as well as, how to create a learning environment that promotes desirable behaviors.  Participants will leave with resources, practical strategies, and useful techniques that can easily be adapted for immediate application in a variety of program settings.  Training participants will also gain insight into how a proactive behavior management approach aligns with higher quality teacher-child interactions as measured by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop – Watercourt A

Powered by STEAM: Engaging Young Children in Meaningful, Fun, and Hands-On Experiences to Investigate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Dominique McMillan, Eliana Mancilla, & Petra Cervantes

This training will highlight the why, what, and how of STEAM education for young children.  Trainers will share exciting research that demonstrates why STEAM experiences are critical for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Using a variety of dynamic learning modalities: engaging, hands-on activities, discussion, reflection, real-life stories from the teaching perspective, PowerPoint/video, and brief sections of lecture, participants will have the opportunity to explore all five content areas of STEAM, and will gain insight into how all of these areas are interconnected.  Participants will also learn how to encourage parent and family engagement in exploring STEAM-related concepts with children at home.  Training participants will leave with resources, effective strategies, and practical, affordable ideas that can easily be adapted for immediate application in a variety of program settings.

8:30am-9:20am Keynote Presentation – Bunker Hill

To Be Announced

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Bunker Hill

How to Promote Healthy Social-Emotional Development in the Young Child

Luz Castellanos, MSW, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA & Ana Alvarez, MSW, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA

This presentation will review healthy social-emotional development, discuss promoting healthy social-emotional development strategies, and exploring caregiver-child relationships. It takes a village to raise a positive, confident, and resilient child.  Topics discussed will include:  Importance of healthy social-emotional development, building trusting relationships, and developing healthy social skills. We will take a multidisciplinary approach through the lens of the Strengthening Families framework in addressing the importance of collaboration in supporting the child and family during these fundamental years.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Museum A & B

Childhood Trauma – Impacts of Trauma on Student Behavior and Learning

Chelan Shepherd, MA, Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum and Intervention, Golden Valley Unified School District, CA

The ever-increasing population of students experiencing trauma in early childhood is impacting the educational environment.  Student behavior is disrupting the learning environment and students are struggling to learn the necessary concepts and skills needed to be successful in the classroom.  Often these students are seen as nothing more than a behavior problem and dealt with only through discipline.  Attendees will walk away from this session with a better understanding of the impacts of childhood trauma on development, the impact trauma has on student learning and behavior, and strategies to help manage behavior to improve the classroom environment and student learning.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Create with the Passion of a Villain and the Heart of a Superhero

April Shoemaker, MA, Founder of Empowering Parenting, Home School Association of California, CA

You are invited to step into the non-judgmental zone and look newly at villains and superheroes in order to discover new ways to create, and own your superpowers (your unique talents, skills and abilities). We also look at what you currently consider impossible but you would like to see manifested. After this presentation, you will be able to use what you already know about villains and heroes, in surprising ways to empower yourself and your children. Presentation is interspersed with humorous stories to help you to remember the content to use naturally in your own life.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Help With Lesson Plans is Just a Click Away:  Exploring PEACH Georgia’s Online Lesson Planning System

Jennifer Cluley, Associate Project Director, Georgia State University, GA

Planning Educational Activities for Children (PEACH) is an interactive website that puts thousands of high-quality, developmentally appropriate activities at your fingertips! The activities available are designed for children ranging in age from birth to five years old and are directly linked to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS). This session will explore the importance of intentional lesson planning and will include a live demonstration of the PEACH (Planning Educational Activities for Children) website. Using the site, teachers can customize lesson plans based on their schedule and individualize instruction for children as well as add custom activities.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

Sentence Structure for Developing Writing, Reading, Speaking, and Listening Comprehension

Judith Fuhrman, MS, SLP, Staff Development Specialist, Riverside Unified School District, CA

Mastering English syntax has far-reaching effects on written and oral language.  This fast-paced, hands-on session will introduce a clear, thoughtful process for teaching sentence structure, elaboration, and punctuation using non-linguistic representations for the functional uses of words.  Concrete examples will be provided for how to use this knowledge to improve writing quality, reading Fluency, and language comprehension.  Participants will leave with practical ideas that lay a foundation for skills that students can apply throughout their educational experience, from kindergarten through college.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Bunker Hill

Bring Out the Best in Your Students, Children, and Yourself

Ilene Val-Essen, PhD, President, Quality Parenting, CA

We’ve all faced challenging students. How can we support them, their classmates, and ourselves? We’ll begin by viewing a child’s difficult behavior as a cry for help – “Help me become the capable student I want to be.” Children yearn to be cooperative, responsible, and independent. This awareness changes everything.  In this workshop, we’ll meet a cast of humorous characters that surface under stress. We’ll learn simple, yet powerful tools to help us reduce stress and create an environment that models mutual respect. As we bring out the best in our students, we’ll inevitably discover the best within ourselves.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Museum A & B

Asperger Syndrome:  Where Have You Gone?

David Ferrin, PsyD, NYS Licensed Psychologist, All About Kids, NY

With the 2013 publication of DSM-V, the diagnostic category, Pervasive Development Disorder became Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Asperger Syndrome, one under the PDD umbrella disappeared.  A new conceptualization of this disorder was adopted, and what was Asperger Syndrome became Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder. This workshop will explore how social communication/pragmatic impairments overlap and/or differ from language impairments, ASD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  New conceptualizations of treatment issues will be discussed.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Building Better Brains: The Pathway to Learning for Our Children

Lyanne Lee, MSW, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA & Mary Ann Bridge, MA, Program Leadership Consultant, LAUP, CA

Children’s brain development and learning potential are maximized when they are in quality early learning environments. This presentation will discuss how the brain develops and what it needs to function optimally, and will connect quality early learning experiences to a young child’s developing brain. Additionally, presenters will highlight the vital role that educators and caregivers play in building better brains in young children. Classroom and parent engagement strategies for fostering the skills necessary for learning will be provided. Participants will leave with an understanding of purpose for intentional teaching and strategies to implement in their everyday practice.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Observation Through the Lens of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Tool

Maria Ciccone, MA, PD, Consultant, The Executive Leadership Institute, NY & Carol Wertheimer, MS, PD, Coordinator, Executive Leadership Institute, NY

This presentation provides leaders/supervisors of Early Childhood programs with a clear understanding of the CLASS observation and evaluation tool to better support the Early Childhood teachers. Participants also explore the CLASS Domains and Dimensions and align them to the Danielson Framework.  Through observation scenarios activities, participants evaluate the effectiveness of classroom interactions that promote children’s cognitive and emotional development. A culminating video clip class lesson observation engages participants in giving quality feedback to teachers to maximize students’ interest, engagement, and ability to learn from lessons and activities.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

ADA in the Preschool: What Are Your Rights and Obligations?

Laurel Francoeur, JD, Attorney, Francoeur Law Office, MA

The presentation will give an overview of the Americans With Disabilities Law and how it applies to preschools, with emphasis on how the ADA helps children with disabilities in preschool. It will discuss what rights the ADA confers upon children with disabilities and what steps a preschool must take to ensure compliance. Specific cases involving preschools will be discussed. The concept of accommodations will be explained, with concrete examples of what accommodations at preschool might look like. Discussion about when a preschool may not have to comply with the ADA and steps a preschool must take to avoid liability.

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Keynote Presentation – Bunker Hill

To Be Discussed

 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Bunker Hill

Creating a Positive Classroom Environment for Preschoolers to Reduce Challenging Behaviors

Sherry Howard, MS, Project Director, Georgia State University, GA

“10-30% of preschool students are not behaviorally and emotionally ready to succeed in school.” Preschool children experience social emotional delays that result in challenging behaviors. Teachers can set up their classroom environment to support children’s social emotional development. Giving children expectations of behavior in each area of the classroom while intentionally teaching children friendship skills, how to recognize and identify emotions in themselves as well as others and learning how to self-regulate can eliminate many challenging behaviors. Learn how to create resources for the classroom that support a positive environment.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Museum A & B

Using Music to Support Young Children as They Heal from Trauma

Justine Chadly, MA, Director, In Harmony Music, CA & Katie Statman-Weil, MS, LCSW, Instructor, Portland State University, OR

In this presentation, participants will learn how early trauma experiences can have emotional, behavioral, neurobiological, and developmental consequences throughout children’s schooling and adult lives. This workshop will examine the ways exposure to traumatic experiences can influence young children’s development, with a specific focus on the behavioral and learning challenges we see in early childhood Education classrooms. Further, workshop participants will learn how music can support young children as they heal from trauma. Participants will leave this workshop with practical skills, songs, and musical games to use in the classroom to support young children’s self-regulation and social emotional development.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Science Inquiry:  The Key to Unlocking the Scientist in EVERY Child!

Stephanie Lester, MA, College Instructor, Antelope Valley College, CA

Experience this hands-on workshop demonstrating how on-going science inquiry benefits ALL children through the facilitation of science activities.  Implementing instructional strategies that develop science inquiry skills using the Project-Based Learning Approach increases student engagement, learning and achievement. Recognizing and identifying the connections between scientific inquiry, Project-Based Learning, STEM/STEAM activities, and the Common Core standards will maximize the learning opportunities for ALL children. Nurturing science inquiry skills by introducing science activities utilizing Project-Based Learning effectively guides ALL children toward becoming SUCCESSFUL scientists!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Building Social Skills in Children:  Creating an Environment That is Safe and Helps Children with Problem-Solving, Decision-Making, Self-Management, Peer Relations

Jane Montgomery, MA, Director, Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, GA

Emotional competence is the key to strong preschool social skills (Denham 1997).  Social skills allow children to interact with other children and adults, make friends and act appropriately in different situations.  For some children, a friendship or even a basic interaction with others is extremely difficult.  When children enter early childhood programs, they begin the process of making friends.   The presentation will explore components of social skills including empathy, assertiveness, problem solving skills and self-expression.  The group participating will look at scenarios of three children involving social skills and the educator’s modifications to the classroom experience to nurture this development.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

Ready for Success in Kindergarten with I Can Read Songs

LaDonna Wicklund, MA, Early Literacy Specialist, I Can Read Non-Profit, IA

Joyous literacy songs, gifted to you, will boost the children in your care in essential language and literacy skills. Learn to sing and dance your children into reading and writing beginning words, looking at simple print, forming letters, and having an I CAN attitude toward literacy.  You will have fun while learning to get your children ready for literacy success in kindergarten. You will also learn how to help involve parents in literacy at home.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Bunker Hill

Get the Confidence and Skills You Need to Transform Challenging Behavior in Your Program Today

Barbara O’Neill, EdD, Consultant, Transform Challenging Behavior, CA

Learn the strategies you need to successfully support children exhibiting challenging behavior. Whether the problem is hitting, biting, throwing toys, or children not listening you will get the necessary tools for designing effective, strength-based interventions. Through a combination of case study examples, interactive exercises, and video clip reflections you will be introduced to the Transform Challenging Behavior Method and be guided in applying the strategies to immediately help the children in your classroom or program. You will leave with increased confidence in your ability to support even the most challenging children and with concrete tools for doing so.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Museum A & B

Dyadic Art Therapy:  Effective Intervention for Young Children with ACE

Katherin Freier Randall, PhD, Psychologist Consultant, DMCC, CA; Maria Jesus Ampuero, PhD, LMFT, Behavioral Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA & Rosalina Becerra, MS, LCSW, Behavioral Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA
The modality presented utilizes art expression to assist young children who have experienced trauma to develop healthy, trusting, and secure relationships with their parents/caregivers. It allows for enhanced attachment/attunement by bringing the parent to the creativity/developmental level of the child. The intervention strengthens communication in the dyad while also harnessing the child’s core developmental competencies through sensory experience and internalization. Thus, the intervention assists the young child to process and positively build around core trauma symptomology of trust/safety (relationship/environment), control, sensory experience and the need to be ‘understood’. Intervention examples for individual and group dyad settings will be offered.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Exploring Mindfulness Teaching In Preschool through Reflective Practices and Effective Learning Environments

Lisa Wilson, MEd, Owner, Professor, Consultant, Professional Education Development Technology, CA

Lisa Wilson will utilize her extensive early care and education experience to provide an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation for educators. Educators will learn the importance of including daily reflective practices such as: note taking and meditation into their days for improved individualized curriculum and learning environments that are most effective for the child. The presentation will focus on progressing through the Cycle of Learning which includes: play, exploration, discovery, inquiry, further inquiry, continual curiosity, and life-long learners.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

DIR/Floortime, the iPad and Augmentative Communication: Application in Children with ASD from Birth to Five

Michelle Havens, EdD, Consultant, Imagine Academy, NJ & Elisa Chrem, MA, Principal, Imagine Academy, NY

Many children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder have limited verbal and/or leisure skills. These same children may have a strong interest in technology, but it is not used due to repetitive and self-directed behavior. Newer technologies, such as the iPad, have great applicability with this population as a method of assistive/augmentative communication, as well as to age-appropriate and community-accepted leisure skills.  This presentation will address using the iPad, with DIR/Floortime principles, productively with this population.

8:30am-9:20am Keynote Presentation – Bunker Hill

To Be Announced

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Bunker Hill

To Be Announced

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Museum A & B

Taming your Wiggles and Giggles through Sensory Strategies, Rhythm, and Touch

Maria Jesus Ampuero, PhD, LMFT, Behavioral Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA; Rosalina Becerra, LCSW, Behavioral Health Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA & Cheryl Goldberg-Diaz, LCSW, Program Manager, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA

The presentation will provide participants with information, understanding and take away strategies related to sensory integration and input for self- regulation. The session will Include hands on techniques, that teach healthy values, cooperation and social skills when working with the preschool population. It will provide foundation of Group Theraplay® principles, how to lead groups in a directed, structured, playful, safe and nurturing way. It will promote group functioning, positive relationships, enhancement of self-esteem, empathy for others and improved emotional state. Utilizes attachment based interactive play, that provides corrective attachment experiences.   Presentation will include understanding of impact of early trauma.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Sesame Street:  Building Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds Through Daily Routines

Tina Moglia, Supervising Producer, Sesame Workshop, NY

Sesame Street invites you to learn more about how we can positively impact children’s health and wellbeing on a daily basis in this interactive presentation: “Sesame Street: Building Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds Through Daily Routines”. Together we will explore ways to help support young children (ages 2-5) and families’ health and wellness by establishing everyday routines, as well as utilizing multimedia tools and resources. We’ll practice hands-on activities you can use to engage kids and families to help them develop a foundation of healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Coordinated Emotional Support plus Instructional Support Equal School Readiness Success

Carolyn Harvey, EdD, Shelby County School District Early Childhood Advisor, Shelby County Schools District, TN

School readiness is acquired through the participation of families, schools and communities providing environments and experiences that support the physical, social, emotional, language, literacy, and cognitive development of young children. Gain knowledge on how to increase the percentage of early childhood students meeting grade level expectations for early literacy and improve a coordinated continuum that aligns standards, curriculum, instruction, assessments, family engagement and which creates a seamless and effective pathway of learning for all children.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

It Takes Time: Relationship Building With Families Though Home Visiting

Jennifer Sturgeon, MA, Executive Director, Omaha Early Learning Centers, MA

The earliest experiences in a young child’s life set the stage for future success. Attendees will examine the effects of poverty and adverse childhood experiences on a family and will discuss the positive impact home visitors can have on young children and their families. The speaker will discuss the stages of home visiting and share specific strategies that focus on building relationships with parents or caregivers living in crisis. This session is for administrators, teachers, therapists, or social workers that interact with families in their homes or natural environment.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Bunker Hill

To Be Discussed

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Museum A & B

Setting the Foundation of Healthy Social-Emotional and Developmental Pathways for Ages Zero to Five

Cheryl Goldberg-Diaz, LCSW, Program Manager, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA & Belinda Jauregu, LCSW, PPS, RPT-S, Clinical Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA

This training will explore the critical social and emotional developmental foundations of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. the training will assist participants in understanding what “healthy” social and emotional development looks like for little ones ages zero- five years old.  Training will touch on brain development, screen time dilemma and provide strategies and resources for working with our infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The training will also include some experiential activities to demonstrate movement helpful with learning self-regulation and increased focus and attention to facilitate learning.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Love to Move! Move to Learn!

Charmaine Turpin, Educational Consultant, Zoo-phonics, CA

Rather than using abstract letters, Zoo-phonics uses the WILD to teach the child as students use their bodies and senses to learn the alphabet, reading, spelling and writing skills.  This playful, physical, mnemonic, novel, vervistic curriculum gets children out of their seats to learn, putting new information into long term memory.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Engage and Empower Your Students With SEL Skills Through Animal Assisted Activities

Renee Metty & Karen Schumacher

Experience this hands-on presentation demonstrating how to integrate animal assisted activities into a quality SEL program. Discover program options that provide engagement through real-life interaction with animals. Research has shown many benefits from integrating animals into the classroom including contributing to emotional and relational development. Having an animal creates an atmosphere of trust that motivates children to expand their skills in communication, expressive language, receptive language, joint attention, social pragmatics as well as reading and literacy.  Learn what Animal Assisted Activities are and how they boost the benefits of Social Emotional Learning for children through mindfulness.  Walk away with activities, ideas and key concepts.

10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

Shared Values: Responsibilities, Connections and Daily Actions in an Inclusive, Reggio-inspired Preschool

Patty Randall, Director of Educational Practices, Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, GA

The presenter will focus on identifying shared values and the role they play in the daily life of a school. Using the daily accounts of ordinary experiences within a Reggio-inspired preschool, the presenter will offer opportunities for reflection upon responsibilities and connections educators face within their unique contexts. The presenter will share the story of daily life in an inclusive, Reggio-inspired preschool and along the way, foundational values will be discussed and debated within the group. Together the group will explore strategies of support in identifying shared values and in living shared values.

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Keynote Presentation – Bunker Hill

To Be Discussed

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Bunker Hill

Taking the Challenge Out of Challenging Behaviors

Tamar Andrews, EdD, Director, Temple Isaiah Preschool, CA

Every challenging behavior meets a child’s need. It is often difficult to know what that need is or how to make accommodations to either eliminate or minimize the behaviors. Sometimes, challenging behaviors are just that, challenging… and the child is simply high maintenance. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the most common challenging behaviors as well as easy-to-implement techniques to create successful learning environments for young children. Examples will be provided in video and picture format in settings that have successfully implemented these strategies. Appropriate for providers working with 0-6 year olds.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Museum A & B

Social Problem Solving For Children – Utilizing Collaborative Problem Solving with Preschoolers

Claire Hyland, MEd, R. Psych, Psychologist, Sturgeon Public School Division, Canada & Lana Kuntz

This presentation will demonstrate how the model of collaborative problem solving can be successfully used with preschoolers.  Based on the philosophical beliefs that kids do well if they can, challenging kids do not choose to be challenging and that every behavior is communication or result of a lagging skill. The goal of social/collaborative problem solving is to move development forward by teaching the skill.  Challenging preschoolers will buy into this process if they are a part of the problems solving process. Oppositional preschoolers will often push back when solutions are imposed.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Careful That’s Hot – A Burn Prevention Program for Parents and Caregivers

Debbie Karaman

Nearly half a million children receive a burn each year requiring medical attention.  Scalds and contact burns are the most prevalent, and 80% are preventable.  This program covers why small children have increased risk of burn injury, degrees of burn, common and uncommon burns and their prevention, and burn first aid.  Emphasis is on the supervising adult’s responsibility to prevent burns. This very devastating injury, which often requires surgery, hospitalization, and can leave scars for a lifetime, can be prevented!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Strategies For EEC Professionals to Support Immigrant Children and Families

Ruby Velasco, MS, Counseling Concentration MFT, Mental Health Specialist, CAMFT, CA

With the current immigration climate, EEC professionals are faced with meeting the challenging needs of immigrant families. The goal of the presentation will be to provide strategies that Administrators and Teachers can utilize in the classroom to support children and share resources that families can implement at home. The presentation will address better understanding of the effects of stress and trauma have on children, self-reflection in terms of setting healthy boundaries, while negotiating feelings of empathy and helplessness and understand cultural components working with immigrant families.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

The Experiences of Parents Caring for their Children Diagnosed with Autism

Staci Ratcliffe, MA, Lecturer, Federation University, OR

The presentation discusses the findings collected from qualitative interviews with parents of children diagnosed with autism.  The limited studies on parent’s experiences suggests that parents are tasked with the traditional role of caregiver and a prominent role in their child’s autism treatment, specifically as a decision maker and a facilitator of therapy.  As parents are tasked with this pivotal role they are seen as the most important member of their child’s care team and as such it is vital that professionals understand their vulnerabilities and the most effective supports. This study using grounded theory provides a voice to parents.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Bunker Hill

They Didn’t Teach This in Graduate School: Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in Children

Tenise Wall, PhD, Mental Health Clinician, Institute For Family Health, NY

This presentation is designed to provide an understanding of the etiology of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). The symptoms of ODD will be discussed, allowing for participants to deepen their knowledge in this subject matter. It is not always that a child is diagnosed, but rather they are diagnosable, and therefore such strategies can be an effective resource in a parents’ or professionals’ “toolbox.” It will provide participants with an understanding of what the behaviors look like and provide resources and strategies for working with children who meet the clinical criteria of this behavior disorder.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Museum A & B

Watch, Think, Tell: Supporting Narrative in Children with Social Learning Challenges

Anna Vagin, PhD, Speech Language Pathologist, Private Practice, CA

Social thinking challenges affect relationships and language development.  Narrative reflects our knowledge, impressions, and opinions of events, and can be challenging for young children who struggle with perspective taking, social sequencing, inference, and the emotional understanding of action and reaction!  We will first discuss the social cognitive and emotional foundations of narrative. Then, we will examine how our behavior influences the narrative we hear from children, as we review the importance of silence, pacing, gesture, visual supports, our own language. The majority of the presentation will focus on engaging ways to support narrative development in the early elementary age student.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Watercourt A & B

Using Powerful Interactions to Create an Emotionally Responsive Learning Community through Intentional and Mindful Collaborative Planning and Goal Setting

Kristina Satchell, MSEd, Educational Supervisor, Columbia University Early Head Start, NY

In this presentation – using hands-on activities and interactions discussion – the presenter will share how she and her colleagues have incorporated the three steps of Powerful Interactions (Be Present, Connect and Extend Learning) and “I notice” statements to increase efficiency in their work and more importantly to create an emotionally responsive, strengths-based program culture that highlights the strengths of each member.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Bradbury/Rose

Vision Problems in 0-5 Year Olds and Their Effect on Learning and Development

April Nakayoshi, MPH, Vice President Program and Evaluation, Prevent Blindness Northern California, CA

One in 10 preschoolers has a vision problem requiring correction, but preschoolers don’t know what normal vision looks like don’t complain of difficulty seeing. Vision problems in early childhood results in lower scores on early literacy and math tests, and can adversely affect 3rd grade reading proficiency.  I will explain how vision problems can exacerbate existing learning difficulties and even masquerade as other behavioral or learning difficulties. I will cover visual development from birth to age 5, vision problems that can affect early learning, and approaches to detecting and treating vision problems in young children.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation – Hershey/Crocker

Male Engagement Eliminating the Barriers and Stigmas across Early Childhood Education

Ana Duarte, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA & Luis Barajas, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA

The presentation will focus on opportunities for male participation in the classroom and at home as it pertains to a child’s social and emotional development.  In order for participants to find success in addressing male involvement, we must first analyze the root of the deficit at its inception.  The presentation will focus on barriers and traditions that lead to minimal male involvement in the early stages of a child’s development.  Participants will receive resources and strategies to strengthen male engagement at all levels of their program.