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2019 Los Angeles Conference Program 

8:30am-4:30pm Auditorium

Full Day Workshop

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and How to Teach Language to Children with Autism and Related Disabilities

Vincent J. Carbone, EdD, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, Carbone Clinic, MA

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a branch of the science of human behavior. During the last 75 years the natural principles of leaning have been uncovered leading to very effective methods of instruction and teaching. These principles and methods were derived from the experimental work and conceptual analyses of behavior provided by B.F. Skinner along with the researchers and practitioners who followed him. Applied behavior analysis has improved human performance in many areas, e.g. the workplace, schools, homes, etc.  One group of children who have benefited from this approach to instruction are children with autism. ABA methods are currently the standard of care within the field of autism education and treatment. The purpose of this workshop is to describe the basic principles and the ABA methods that have demonstrated benefit with children with autism. To accomplish this the presenter will describe the current literature that supports this approach and emphasize methods for teaching language to children with autism who do not acquire this skill typically.  Many video illustrations of teaching methods in school and clinical settings will be presented to illustrate the application of this scientific approach to education and treatment.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm Magnolia & Sycamore

Full Day Workshop

STEM: Bringing the Future into your Early Childhood Education Programs

Tamar Andrews, EdD, Early Childhood Education Professor, Santa Monica College, CA

The future is here. STEM is much more than its individual components of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is the integration of these concepts across the curriculum and in various contexts to solve real world problems. How could a pig build a house that won’t blow down in the wind? What could make an airplane fly farther? What kind of obstacle course can we build to keep bugs out the house? These and more fun problems will be solved in this hands-on very interactive day of learning and collaborating. Integrating STEM into the classroom and outdoors is not only easy and inexpensive, but fun to do and a very exciting way to increase enrollment. From beginner to master teacher, anyone can incorporate STEM into the classroom. Not just digging in the dirt and playing with blocks but real problem solving and engineering type of STEM! This workshop will give you everything you need and more to fully integrate STEM tomorrow.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sequoia

Half Day Workshop

Everybody In? Drama and Puppetry for Inclusion 

Olivia Karaolis, MA, Teaching Artist, Early Childhood Education, CA
Drama and Puppetry can provide early childhood educators with a meaningful way to bring about inclusion for young children. Participants will learn how to use drama strategies to bring about social connection and authentic engagement. Be ready to move, dance and play as well as effective ways to embed drama in the everyday and give children an additional language through the arts.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sequoia

Half Day Workshop

This is Learning Too! Exploring Learning as a Physical and Emotional Act Through Senses, Movement, and Imagination

Tommaso Lana, MA, Teaching Artist, Embodied Learning, NY

What if children just had a different idea about learning? With no instructions, they can still learn physically, emotionally, and cognitively; they build identity, self-awareness, and social competence through their senses, movement, curiosity, and imagination. This interactive and hands-on show shares zero-budget tools everyone can use to transform education, inclusively and right now, by approaching learning the way children have been trying to show us ever since daycares and schools exist. Experience how to see physical, emotional, and cognitive learning coming from your students. With zero-budget ‘sensory constructions’ we’ll discover inclusive children’s perspectives on learning.

8:30am-4:30pm Auditorium

Full Day Workshop

Advanced Topics in Teaching Language to Children with Autism

Vincent J. Carbone, EdD, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, Carbone Clinic, MA

B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior has inspired important research and clinical applications for teaching language to children with autism. The purpose of this presentation is to describe some current topics in the behavior analytic approach to teaching verbal behavior and how this information can be used to improve the instruction of children with autism. Research and clinical applications related to joint stimulus control and teaching advanced language skills will be discussed. Each of the topics will be addressed during half day presentations during the full day workshop. Within the discussion of each topic a review of the current research and conceptual analysis will precede an overview of clinical application.  In addition, numerous video illustrations of implementation of instructional methods in various settings will support the discussion.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Magnolia

Half Day Workshop

Mindfulness Education Practices in Early Childhood Education

Lisa Wilson, MEd, Founder, Early Bird Learning Center, CA

The presentation will provide information about, the theory and resources regarding mindfulness education in the field of Early Childhood Education. Mindfulness education is the ability to provide an equitable environment for every learner type through intuition, intention, and materials that ignite curiosity and understanding. Mindfulness education is the ability to construct knowledge from prior knowledge using a constructivism approach to learning. When all senses are engaged and children are ready to learn- optimal learning takes place.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sycamore

Half Day Workshop

Enhance Your Classroom Environment by Teaching Children How to Control Their Impulses: Their Bodies, Their Thoughts, and Their Actions

Jamie Goldring, MA, Teacher, Memphis Jewish Community Center, TN

Research tells us that children with self-control perform better in school and are better at managing their own behavior. Learn effective strategies that encourage the development of self-control and executive function skills. These techniques equip teachers with the tools and strategies they need to create a classroom environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Teach children how to manage their own behavior, take responsibility for their actions, stop and think about the consequences of their choices, and resolve conflicts peacefully. Teachers learn practical information and are given activities to incorporate into their curriculum to encourage the development of self-control!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sequoia

Half Day Workshop

Infancy Lays the Foundation for Life Long Learning

Christine Roberts, BFA, Founder, Nurturing Pathways, Inc, WA

During the first year of life babies brains develop rapidly, forming the sensory motor, emotional and attachment capacities that will shape the rest of the infant’s life. Discover the remarkable milestones that occur during the first year and activities that support healthy development. What do the babies need to thrive and grow physically, emotionally and mentally? Get ready to play and learn what supports the most important year of a child’s life.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Magnolia

Half Day Workshop

Managing Stress to be an Effective Educator

Lisa Wilson, MEd, Founder, Early Bird Learning Center, CA

This presentation will provide resources, take aways, and team building exercises for managing stress to be an effective educator.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sycamore

Half Day Workshop

Joshua Alvarez, MA, Education Consultant, Kaplan Early Learning, CA

Social Emotional Support: Dealing with Challenging Behaviors

Attendees will learn innovative ways in how to support children in developing positive relationships, how to deal with situations and conflicts, how to encourage and support children in enjoying learning, how to redirect children efficiently in a positive manner, how to make children feel comfortable in their environment and how to foster appropriate levels of independence. Will discuss what triggers challenging behavior, where does it come from what does it mean when we see it and what is the best way to deal with it.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sequoia

Half Day Workshop

Babies, Play and Promise: Shape Their Future with Play

Christine Roberts, BFA, Founder, Nurturing Pathways, Inc, WA

Babies are born to awaken their sensory motor systems to the world and learn how to interact with new and novel experiences. How we assist their discovery based on their temperament is vital for successful learning and integrated nervous systems. Come discover sensory motor activities for all types of babies from newborn to pre-walker and how open up the world of learning in a nurturing and respectful way. Join Christine for an afternoon of hands on learning.