2018 Schedule and Sessions

Call for Proposals

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

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

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

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

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

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