Welcome to Our West Coast Conference Los Angeles!
We are very excited to bring the Young Child Expo & Conference to LA! It is a unique forum that brings together all early childhood professionals such as teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students to learn about the latest information, products, services, and resources for early childhood development. The focus of our conference is on the essential topics & innovative approaches that can help all young children learn & grow well. Our attendees seek practical information that they can use immediately in their work. Topics that will be discussed are social emotional development, literacy, language development, autism, behavior, and other developmental disorders. We strive for a WOW experience! Are you a fan of our conference? See what attendees have to say.
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2018 Keynote Speakers
Thursday January 18, 2018, 8:30am-9:20am
Chasing The Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising A Son On The Spectrum
Derek Volk, Author, D & A Publishing, ME & Dylan Volk, Author, D & A Publishing, CA
To significant international acclaim, Maine businessman Derek Volk has released his poignant memoir Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum. Co-written with his twenty-six-year-old son Dylan, who has Asperger’s syndrome, the book and their presentation highlight the Volk family’s significant challenges and heartfelt triumphs as well as the various coping strategies they have employed throughout Dylan’s life. The presentation details the Volk family’s frustration before Dylan’s diagnosis at age eight. It also offers a rare and brutally honest account of the experiences and heart wrenching feelings of both a father and son. Stories in this unique presentation range from Dylan’s early days to the specific behavioral challenges of his adolescent years to life in the “real world” as he transitioned to a young adult. Throughout the presentation, attendees are treated to Dylan’s incredibly insightful perspective about living a life on the spectrum. After over 100 presentations across the country, countless people have told the speakers, “Dylan is the voice for so many people who have the same experiences and perspectives but could never stand up in front of hundreds of people to express what it actually feels like to have autism.” Do not miss this powerful and important presentation.
Thursday January 18, 2018, 1:00pm-1:50pm
Address the Good/Bad of Technology for Young Children
Gabe Zichermann, MBA, CEO, Onward, CA
The marriage between games and learning is long, but uneasy. Over the past 30 years, games in education have been alternately lauded as the great savior of a struggling system and a full teacher replacement. After all, if it’s fun enough, why do we need anyone running the classroom at all? But amidst all the hype and confusion, there is a movement taking shape — based on science, practical examples and good fundamentals — that marries the best of educators with the power of games to improve outcomes and critical 21st century skills. Its name is Gamification — and from the boardroom to the classroom, it’s leveraging the best ideas from games, loyalty programs and behavioral economics to change the world. And just in time, too. Find out the latest patterns, research and concepts behind gamification from expert and author of “The Gamification Revolution”, Gabe Zichermann.
Friday January 19, 2018, 8:30am-9:20am
Never Too Young: A Call to Action for Equity, Inclusion and Multicultural Work in Preschool and Elementary School
Monique Marshall, MS, Elementary Educator, Wildwood School, CA
“Never Too Young” is Monique’s mantra. She believes in the importance of creating age appropriate learning opportunities around multicultural themes that spring from the naturally inquisitive world of our youngest learners in schools. Monique will invite us to think about how we can support young students’ conversations around race, class, gender and other social issues. In her presentation Monique will share examples of what this work with young children can look like. She offers a space for dialogue about often silenced topics. Monique will share video of young children modeling the impact of intentional multicultural curriculum. She will help participants explore a K-5 instructional model that uses doll stories to help young children normalize the noticing of difference and explore multicultural themes. Drawing from both her own experiences as a child as well as her 30 years of working with children, Monique will discuss the importance of the application of curriculum that invites identity investigation and inclusion into the classrooms of our youngest learners.
Friday January 19, 2018, 1:00pm-1:50pm
Cain’s Arcade: From a Movie to a Movement
Nirvan Mullick, MFA, Filmmaker (Cain’s Arcade) & Founder, Imagination.org, CA
Nirvan Mullick, creator of the viral film Caine’s Arcade, shares the inspiring story of how a community came together to celebrate the creativity of one child, and how that has since sparked Imagination.org, the Global Cardboard Challenge, and a movement to foster the creativity of children worldwide.