2018 Schedule and Sessions

Call for Proposals

Conference Program 2018



7:00 Registration

8:30-10:15 Opening Session

Keynote: Family First

Phuong Palafox, SLP


10:30-12:00 Sessions

Literacy‐Based Interventions

Phuong Palafox, SLP


Home Visiting in the Real World

Amanda Marable, SLP; Bonnie Johnson, AEIS District EI Coordinator; Kennis Johnson, AEIS District EI Coordinator


Behavior Management in the Preschool Classroom

Tina Sanders, AL State Department of Education/Special Education Services


Using Visual Supports and Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Sheila Bolling, AL State Department of Education/Special Education Services


Recurrent Grief

Sandee Coker, OT/L, The Arc of Shelby County


Understanding the Impact of Maternal Depression

Stacy Snead, Ph.D., University of Alabama


1:30-3:00 Sessions

Introduction to Conscious Discipline: Using Brain Science to Understand Behavior

Joy Winchester, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education


Wobble Baby: An introduction to the Vestibular System and the Important Role it Plays in Infant and Early Childhood Development

Tiffany McKleroy DeLeonard PT, DPT, Children’s of Alabama and Karen McCormack OTR/L, CHT, MBA Children’s of Alabama


Communication Opportunities for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Carrie Overschmidt, Au.D., CCC-A Audiology Program Specialist, Children’s Rehabilitation Service


Screen Addiction for Young Children

David Finn, Ph.D. and the Gilchrist Family


Early Intervention Transition: What to Expect

Dr. Charla DeLeo, Clay County Schools, Tametria Conner, Parent


Assessment Tool Training – Battelle Developmental Inventory

Vanessa Hinton, Ph.D. Auburn University ECSE


3:15-4:45 Sessions

“Look Who’s Talking” – Supporting families who choose American Sign Language as their child’s primary language

Wendy Lozynsky, Kenora Fonseca and Matthew Pouncey, AIDB Regional Center


Importance of Completing an ECO Map

Brandi Brown, Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS) Rehabilitation Specialist; Wendy Pittard, AEIS District Coordinator


Building Social Communication in Children with ASD within Developmentally Appropriate Learning Contexts

Dr. Angela Barber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Alabama


Get Techie With It: Using Technology in the Preschool Classroom to Make Learning Fun!

Jennifer Hermann, MA, Muscle Shoals Schools


Cyber Threats and Vital Legal Information

Chris Williams, Esq., Hand Arendall Harrison Sale


What Can I Do for Children with Visual Impairment?

Susie Thomas, Ed.S., AIDB; Anna Whitworth, M.Ed.; Christy Leslie, Parent



7:00 Registration

8:30 – 10:15 Opening Session

Keynote: Vera Spinks, A Family’s Perspective


10:30-12:00 Sessions

What the RBI Really Is and What It’s Not

Pau Garcia-Grau, Ph.D., University of Alabama


Coaching Parents of Young Children with Disabilities Using Internet-Based Technologies

Dr. Yusuf Akamoglu, University of Alabama, Early Childhood Special Education


How to Rock Sensory Processing

Lakeeshia Sandlin, MA; TCR Parents as Teachers Panel; Paulette Daniels, Parent


Effects of Secondary Traumatic Stress

Dallas Rabig, LPC, IMH-E®


Filling Your Behavior Toolbox

Becky Odell, Ed.D. and Juanita Sheffield, M.Ed., Florence City Schools


D.A.T.S. M.O.M. Disability as an Ability toward Success: Understanding the Diagnosis and Journey while Executing the Plan

Tametria Conner Dantzler, M.A. & Founder of D.A.T.S. M.O.M.


12:30 – 3:00 Family Leadership Luncheon and Session

1:30-3:00 Sessions

Mission Success! How Data Brings Calm to Chaos

Shannon Ammons, CEO, Alabama Association of Nonprofits; Karen Stokes, Executive Director, The Arc of Shelby County


Trauma & Hope – Tools to Help Families Thrive

Janet Horras, Iowa Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals


Neonatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure in Infants and Toddlers

Morissa Ladinsky, M.D., UAB Pediatrics


Sustainability of Mental Health Consultation Services in Alabama’s Early Intervention System

Stephanie Covarrubia, Early Intervention Director of Community Services Programs; Stacy Snead, Ph.D., University of Alabama


Serving Preschool Children with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Leslie A. Allen, Esq., Partner, Resolutions in Special Education, Inc.


Service Coordinator Round Table

Facilitator: Kennis Johnson, AEIS District Early Intervention Coordinator


3:15-4:45 Sessions

Ensuring Progress for All Children and Families

Laura Schertz, OTR, Child’s Play Therapy Center; Jackie Criswell, District Early Intervention Coordinator, Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS); Wendy Pittard, District Early Intervention Coordinator, AEIS


Having that First Conversation with Families

Rachael Pilston, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind; Angie Weldon, Arc of Autauga/West Elmore County


Cultivating Curious Minds: Addressing Preschool Standards Outside the Classroom

Melanie Tew, M.Ed., Mobile County Schools


Infant Mental Health: Risk, Resiliency and Relationships

Dallas Rabig, LPC, IMH-E®


Alabama Department of Education Update: Part B Transition, LRE and the ELPP

Stephanie Frucci, MA; Denise Wilson, MA; Sheila Bolling, MA, Alabama Department of Education/SES


Brain Architecture Game

Amanda Cooper and Amy Brakenhoff, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education



8:00 Registration

8:30-10:00 Sessions

System of Care for Children with Autism and their Families

Anna McConnell, State Autism Coordinator, AL Department of Mental Health


In the Beginning: The Importance of Early Detection of Feeding Delays in Children

Megan Carpenter, OTC, OTR/L, SDFES, United Ability; Lara Johnsey, Parent


Understanding Part B Preschool Eligibility

Dr. Jennifer Carpenter, Bibb County Schools


Professional Development through the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals

Janet Horras, Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals


Use of Evidence-Based Practices to Minimize Preschool Over-Identification through Pre-Referral Services and RTI

Jan Enstrom and Julie Parks, Alabama Department of Education/SES


10:15-11:45 Sessions

What to do with a Diagnosis of Autism

Dr. Deana Aumalis, University of Alabama at Huntsville and Parent


Building the Team: Families AND Service Providers Working Together

Dani Rich, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Janelle Hodges, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham and Parent


Engineering Inclusive  Preschool Classrooms

Joylee Cain, Special Education Director and Deborah Owens, Preschool Teacher, Special Projects Center, Enterprise Schools


Listening and Spoken Language Communication Options for Children who are Deaf

Beverly Hunter, Ed.S, Alabama School for Hearing; Nancy Gregg, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS AVT, Alabama School for Hearing


Building Blocks to AAC Success: Block 1 – Speech and Language Development; Vocabulary and Motor Planning

Morgan Mayfield, MA, CCC-SLP