Los Niños Training presents:

14th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference NYC

The 14th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference promises to be another highly rated inspiring professional development opportunity. Use this as your professional development days. 

  • New this year is the Autism Intervention Summit Day presented by Profectum Foundation and Los Niños Training.
  • Learn effective interventions for young children from a wide range of experts.
  • Return to your community refreshedrevitalized with new strategies to help young children.
  • Be inspired by wonderful keynotes & presentations that will allow you to learn methods to work with young children that you can apply the next day.
  • Network & connect with all kinds of professionals from around the world.
  • Watch our conference video.

Our conference brings everyone together who works with and cares for young children to help them learn and grow such as teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students. Are you a fan of our conference? See what attendees have to say.

Los Niños Training presents this conference and its mission is to provide helpful learning to all early childhood professionals in order to elevate the important work with do to care for and educate young children. It is a sister organization of Los Niños Services (a provider of therapeutic services to young children in New York City and Westchester County). This conference was founded in 2003 by Dr. Vincent Alfonso (Dean of the School of Education at Gonzaga University) and Dr. Scott Mesh (CEO of Los Niños Services).

2017 Keynote Speakers: (More to Come…Stay Tuned)

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 (8:30am – 9:20am)

David Rendall, DM, Founder, The Freak Factory, NC

The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness

What’s your problem? I’m serious. What do you wish you could change about yourself? What is the complaint that you hear the most from those closest to you, your friends, co-workers, and family members? Are you too loud or too quiet, too hyperactive or too sedentary, too organized or too messy? You get the idea. So, what should you do? Most people think that they should find and fix their weaknesses. Unfortunately, this just leads to frustration and failure. Your weaknesses are actually the best clue to your strengths. Furthermore, building your strengths, not fixing your weaknesses, is your best strategy for success. This presentation will encourage you to become more of who you are, not to turn you into someone else. It’s about becoming more different and more unique, not more average and more mediocre. You will learn how to:
• Discover your distinctive strengths and weaknesses • Frame your unique characteristics in a positive way • Find situations that highlight your positive qualities • Maximize your self-control • Implement permanent procrastination

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 (1:00pm – 1:50pm)

Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, Founder, Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC, NY

True Grit: Building Persistence and Resilience in Young Learners

Young children today face a great many challenges. If they are to become good citizens in the truest sense of the word – to be productive and able to interact in patient ways with themselves and others – they will need our help learning how to face and embrace adversities.  As educators and professionals working with young children, it is we who need to teach and nurture their grit.  It is we who need to partner with their caregivers to foster resilience. There is a science of relationship building that when incorporated correctly helps children increase frustration tolerance and self-regulation so they can learn to rise up after falling. And fall they will! Join Dr. Kurtz as he explores how to incorporate relationship building with growth mindset approaches into the important early childhood work we do.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 (8:30am – 9:20am)

Jeison Aristizábal, President & Founder, Asodisvalle, Colombia

2016 CNN Hero of the Year

Three Secrets of Being Happy

Mr. Jeison Aristizábal will share his personal story with important lessons on how to raise young children to be able to maximize their full potential. Mr. Aristizábal and was born with Cerebral Palsy. This created numerous challenges in his childhood and adult life. Mr. Aristazabal’s mother was told that she should buy a shoe shine kit because that was all her son would be able to do with his life. He was bullied and teased throughout his childhood. With the incredible support of his mother Mr. Aristizábal overcame many challenges. She kept giving him positive messages that he could do anything he wanted to do with his life. He followed his dream of helping other children with disabilities and how he created an organization which serves 200 children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Speech and other developmental delays and disorders. Mr. Aristizábal incredible story holds lessons for anyone who works with young children and how the messages we deliver to young children can shape the direction of their lives.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 (1:00pm – 1:50pm)

Pam Schiller, PhD, Senior Author of Research Based Curriculum and EC Curriculum Specialist, Frog Street, TX

Seven Skills for School Success

A child’s ability to navigate the complex structures of his or her world depends on human interactions and experiences that begin at birth. Social and emotional skills don’t just unfold, they have to be intentionally taught. Research indicates a child’s intellectual capacity is only achieved when his or her social and emotional competence is developed. This presentation will focus on how social and emotional skills are wired and on simple strategies for supporting the development of these skills. Following her keynote address will be a 1 hour presentation on the Ten Strategies to Boost Brain Power in the Early Years.

Friday, May 5th, 2017 (8:30am – 9:20am)

Howard Glasser, MA, Founder, Children’s Success Network, AZ

Awakening the Greatness in Children

The Nurtured Heart Approach is a systematic way of seeing and reflecting the beauty in children in a way that it inspires them to live that greatness. NHA consists of three main “Stands” that are achieved entirely through relationship: Refusing to energize or reward negativity; Creating and energizing pervasive experiences of success; while still providing a perfect level of limit-setting and consequences. The approach focuses on building Inner Wealth…children who are nurtured to experience who they really are as positive influences, as making thoughtful choices, and as having excellent character traits…tend to grow those very seeds planted on their own as they take root. NHA helps children to realize their greatness, helping them live this out in their everyday lives. We are confident that this Keynote will strengthen your relationships and inspire you to new ways to celebrate and influence the children you work with. Following his keynote address will be a 1 hour presentation on the Transforming The Intense Child.


Friday, May 5th, 2017 (1:00pm – 1:50pm)

Patty O’Grady, PhD, Professor, The University of Tampa, Fl

Are You a Positive Psychology Teacher? 

How do you discipline young children in positive ways? How do you leverage your children’s developmental strengths? How do you manage the complexities of your classroom? How do you motivate young learners? How do you bring happiness and joy to learning while also ensuring that students are cognitively competent and academically ready? The new science of positive psychology enables early childhood educators to positively nurture and motivate young students in their learning. The new science of positive psychology is the best way to deploy the neuroscience of learning in your classroom and move beyond behavioral strategies. Participants adopt a positive psychology mindset to creatively engage their students. Join us to find out if you are a positive psychology teacher or how to become one! Following her keynote address will be a 1 hour presentation on How to Teach the Positive Psychology of Winnie the Pooh.

Autism Intervention Summit Day – presented by Profectum Foundation &

Los Niños Training:


Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 (8:30am – 4:30pm)

Autism is a spectrum of complex developmental and brain disorders with many different challenges requiring a variety of interventions.  While early screening and assessment have greatly improved, which interventions are best suited have to be determined on an individual basis. For parents and programs there is a no more compelling task than organizing the combination of services that will best meet their child’s and family’s needs.

This summit is a unique opportunity to understand in one day how different interventions tackle the developmental and learning challenges of Autism. Learn how various educational, clinical and parent-mediated research based models are implemented including DIR, ESDM, JASPER, Verbal Behavior, NEST, and Special Education.  Find the answers to to help children form relationships and friendships, communicate, regulate behavior, play and develop the skills they need for a meaningful future. Enjoy over 25 speakers and more than 15 presentations on this day! Click to see the program here – http://youngchildexpo.com/nyc-conference/program-nyc/

Special Registration Fee: Early Bird $175 until 4/7/17, After Early Bird $225. Group Pricing also Applies. This fee is independent of any conference fee. You may register for this day instead of, or in addition to, the conference. Click the following link for pricing & to register – http://youngchildexpo.com/register/

Half-Day Workshop:

The NeuroNet Learning Program: The Neuroscience Behind Movement-Based Learning


Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Nancy Rowe, MS, Audiologist, NeuroNet Learning, FL

During a child’s formative years, the strongest emphasis should be placed on activities that promote both cognitive and motor development. This presentation will provide an overview of the neuroscience behind movement-based learning and the neurological process that takes place in the brain as children develop fluency in basic academic skills. Participants will receive access to 2 software programs — PreK and Program Level 0 — in addition to iPad assessments. These programs contain 160 days of unique movement-based learning activities that can be used to develop motor and cognitive skills as well as fluency in early literacy, math, and handwriting skills.

Special Registration Fee: Regular Rate $195. This fee is independent of any conference fee. You may register for this day instead of, or in addition to, the conference. Click the following link to register – http://youngchildexpo.com/register/ 

Half-Day Workshop:

Transforming the Third Teacher: High Quality Classrooms from the Inside Out



Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

Michael William Figueroa, MS, Early Learning Coach, Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) – Quality Practice Professional Development (QPPD) Unit, WA; Miriam Zmiewski-Angelova, MPH, Early Learning Coach, Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) – Quality Practice Professional Development (QPPD) Unit, WA 

A high quality and culturally responsive Early Learning environment is the third teacher. A well-organized learning environment with balanced stimulation has the potential to establish good active learning practices and mitigate commonly mislabeled behavioral concerns in children. By allowing children to see clearly defined interest areas for various types of play, explore open-ended materials intentionally derived from their interests and reflections of their culture, language and family throughout the classroom, the learning evolves organically and children’s imaginations blossom. In the spirit of active learning principles, we will use a combination of dialogue, alignment with common assessment tools (ECERS, PQA), small group collaboration, and real-application to your classroom to help you transform or simply enhance your classroom environment.

Special Registration Fee: Early Bird $85 until 4/7/17, After Early Bird $115. This fee is independent of any conference fee. You may register for this day instead of, or in addition to, the conference. Click the following link to register – http://youngchildexpo.com/register/

Conference Activities:

Early Childhood Networking Reception

Join us for a special reception at Skyroom on Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017 – 5:00pm -7:00pm. It’s one of the city’s highest rooftop bar & skyline lounge with 360 degree views. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeurves with early childhood professionals from around the world. Simply bring your conference badge as your admission. Come celebrate with us. Skyroom is located at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square – 330 W. 40th St, New York, NY 10018, (212) 380-1195, www.skyroomnyc.com

Early Bird $25 until 4/7/17, After Early Bird – $45, Click the following link to register – http://youngchildexpo.com/register/

If you already registered and would like to add this on to your conference experience call 1-212-787-9700 x 333 and speak to Nancy Evangelista, Conference Coordinator.

Join Your Colleagues to Dine Around NYC! 

A Local volunteer tour guide from Los Niños Services will be guiding groups for dinner to restaurant hot spots around NYC on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5pm – 7:30pm. These restaurants attract locals and tourists alike.

For those that are not familiar with NYC, this is a great way to experience the city while not worrying about getting lost! You will have the chance to network with the conference director, Scott Mesh and fellow attendees from around the world.

Simply sign up for a dinner group and our local volunteers will take you to the local restaurant.  Diners will walk, or take a cab or subway to the venue.  Attendees are responsible for the cost of their meals therefore we recommend that they bring cash.  Note that attendees are also responsible for their travel costs.

To Sign Up:

  1. Register by clicking on REGISTER NOW. Remember no payment is required for registration!
  2. Meet your group in the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel lobby at 4:45pm on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and present your group reservation to your tour guide
  3. ENJOY dinner!
  4. Your tour guide will take the group back to the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Feel free to explore the city on your own or catch a Broadway show after dinner!

You may only choose ONE restaurant option. Space is extremely limited so be sure to reserve your spot! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hang with your international colleagues!

The restaurant options are below.  Click the restaurant name to be directed to the website:

  1. Carmine’s (Italian)
  2. Gaonnuri (Korean BBQ Restaurant)
  3. Junior’s Restaurant Times Square (American)
  4. Pio Pio (Peruvian Restaurant)
  5. Smash Burger (Burger/American)   

If you any questions or additional concerns, feel free to contact our conference team at  at (212) 787-9700 ext. 336. You may also contact them via email at expo@losninos.com.

See details on each restaurant below:

  1. Carmine’s (Italian)


Address:  200 West 44th Street, NY, NY 10036 (Theatre District)

Phone Number: (212) 221-3800

Website: http://www.carminesnyc.com/locations/theater-district-nyc/

Description: Carmine’s is a family style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. Platters of home-style antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine’s, meant for sharing amongst friends and family!  Be sure to check out the menu on the website. **NOTE: They do not give individual bills at Carmine’s!  In other words, they only provide one bill and then you are responsible for splitting the bill. It is recommended that you bring cash! 

  1. Gaonnuri (Korean)

Gaonnuri (2)

Address: 1250 Broadway Penthouse (39th Floor), New York, NY 10001

Phone Number: (212) 971-9045

Website: http://gaonnurinyc.com/

Description: The name GAONNURI represents our placement in what we believe is the center of the world, both physically and figuratively. Located in the heart of New York City, a city that represents the intersection of the finest cuisines and eclectic cultures, GAONNURI seeks to gather people of all backgrounds to share in a traditional Korean dining experience. We hope that the authenticity of the food and the enjoyment of the dining experience will invite patrons for generations to come. Thank you for allowing us to invite and serve you in our own culinary center. 

  1. Junior’s Restaurant (American)

Junior's Cheesecake

Address: 1515 Broadway (45th St. B/W Broadway & 8th Ave), New York, NY 10019

Phone Number: (212) 302-2000

Website: https://www.juniorscheesecake.com/blog/restaurants/times-square/

Description:  Home of the World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake! Whether you are seeing a Broadway show, touring the sights or just in need of a great stop in the heart of the city, Junior’s on Broadway is the ideal location at the Crossroads of the World. This spectacular restaurant features outdoor dining on our patio during the summer, a full service bar and beautiful new dining room. Our extensive menu features most of our favorite Brooklyn specialties as well as some added sophisticated salads and entrees perfect for a night out in the big city! We are located near the corner of Broadway and 45th Street with a take away entrance in the famous Shubert Alley linking 44th and 45th Streets. Of course, we have a bakery with a full selection of coffee drinks and cakes and pastries as well. Trivia Fact–when opened in 2006, our famous “Brooklyn, NY” sign on the Restaurant Kiosk confused tourists and locals alike who thought they exited the subway at the wrong stop. We like to call it a taste of Brooklyn in the heart of Manhattan.

  1. Pio Pio (Peruvian)

Pio Pio

Address: 604 Tenth Avenue (between 43rd & 44th Streets), NY, NY

Phone Number:  (212) 459-2929

Website: http://www.piopio.com/locations/hells-kitchen.html

Description: This Pio Pio location features multiple areas in which to experience the food, drinks, and “casa alegre” vibe. The 40 foot long marble bar offers plenty of space. The drink menu includes pisco cocktails made with fresh juices and marinated fruits, as well as white and red sangrias. Several tables and booths overlook a large double-floor dining room underneath a ceiling made of thousands of randomly-woven tree branches. According to the website, Architectural Record, it is a place in which one can “forget the streets of New York and soak in the enchanting quality of the place.” If you’ve been to Pio Pio but not here, please stop in. If you’ve been here before, we’re sure you’ll want to return for their chicken and other Peruvian plates, like their dozen-plus selection of ceviches, Chinese-Peruvian stir fries, steak, and fish. Make sure to check their website to look at their menu!

  1. Smashburger (American/Burger)

Smashburger Empire State (4)

Address: 10 W 33rd Street, NY, NY 10001

Phone Number: (646) 692-6445

Website: http://locations.smashburger.com/us/ny/new-york/1483

Description:  In 2007 we opened the first Smashburger with one simple notion in mind: despite the overwhelming number of restaurants serving burgers, Americans were starving for something better. And we could deliver. Our vision is to connect with America’s passion for its favorite food on a local level and in a space where “Smashed Fresh, Served Delicious” means dedication to crafting the best-tasting burger around. Our smashed burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, smashed and seared to perfection on our grill. Our menu is also kid-friendly, vegetarian-approved and topped off with frosty milkshakes. This Smashburger in particular is located right next to the Empire State Building! Check out the menu on their website.


Selected short films will run from 12:00pm to 12:40pm each day of the conference. These inspirational and educational films will delight you with their look into the world of special needs. Award winning filmmakers document the challenges and families as they negotiate their world. Preview these films for your own enjoyment and education.

Schedule of the 2017 films are listed below:

Wednesday May 3, 2017


Thursday May 4, 2017:

A Dose for Dominic

Chimes for Tyler

The Tales of The Golden Sand

My Little Brother from the Moon

Friday May 5, 2017:


I love Grilled Cheese

Father’s Voices: A Journey to the heart

Ups not Downs

Conference Features

  • Over 80 Conference Sessions
  • Certificates of Attendance
  • Full Day & Half Day PreConference Workshops
  • Excellent Value
  • Exhibitors/Resources
  • Continuing Education Credits to be announced


  • ADHD
  • Autism Assessment & Treatment
  • Autism Resources/Programs
  • Behavior Management
  • Bullying
  • Common Core
  • Curriculums
  • Early Literacy
  • Early Math Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence & Literacy
  • Innovative Programs/Approaches
  • Instruction
  • Motor Development
  • Music & Learning
  • Music & Movement
  • Music & Learning
  • Music & Movement
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Parent/Family Professional Relationships
  • Play Based Approaches
  • Positive Parenting
  • Resiliency Development
  • School Readiness
  • Sensory Integration/Issues
  • Social Emotional Skills Development
  • Special Needs
  • Speech/Language Issues
  • Technology Innovations (e.g. New Mobile & PC Applications & IPAD)
  • Trauma
  • Visual Impairments
  • Yoga & Holistic Integrative Approaches

Who Should Attend

Professionals who care for or work with all young children — including typically developing children, those with special needs, gifted and bilingual children, and parents:

  • Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Directors
  • Administrators
  • Case Managers
  • Parents, Grandparents, Caretakers
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • ABA Therapists
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Service Coordinators
  • School Counselors
  • Foster Care Providers
  • Students

Make the 2017 Young Child Expo & Conference your Professional Development Days!

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