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2015 Early On Conference Brochure

The theme for this year's conference is, "Everyday Heroes and Quality Practices: The Power of Early Intervention"! For more information about this conference, visit: or to learn about services for infants and toddlers, visit:

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2015 Early On Conference Brochure

  2. 2. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Table of Contents Registration Information ..................................... 3 Hotel Information ................................................ 3 Agenda at a Glance .............................................. 4 Wednesday Keynote ............................................ 4 Greeting from the Office of Great Start.............. 5 Continuing Education ......................................... 5 OAE Hearing Screener (formerly AuDX) ......... 5 Pre-Conference Sessions ..................................... 6 Session 1: Wednesday - 10:30am - 12:30pm ..................7-8 Session 2: Wednesday - 1:45pm - 3:00pm ....................9-10 Session 3: Wednesday - 3:30pm - 4:45pm ..................10-11 Breakfast Table Discussion Groups ................. 12 Celena Barnes Award ........................................ 12 Session 4: Thursday - 10:30am - 12:30pm ..................13-14 Session 5: Thursday - 1:30pm - 3:30pm ........................... 15 Early On Michigan Foundation Silent Auction ...................................................... 15 Driving Directions .............................................. 15 Things to Do in Traverse City .......................... 15 State Board of Education John C. Austin - President Casandra E. Ulbrich - Vice President Michelle Fecteau - Secretary Lupe Ramos-Montigny - NASBE Delegate Pamela Pugh - Treasurer Kathleen N. Straus Eileen Lappin Weiser Richard Zeile Ex-Officio Members Rick Snyder - Governor Brian J. Whiston - State Superintendent The Michigan Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Title II and Section 504 Coordinator Sherri Booker Michigan Department of Education 608 West Allegan Street P.O. Box 30008 Lansing, Michigan 48909 517-373-1757 This document was produced and distributed through an IDEA Mandated Activities Project for CCRESA EOT&TA, awarded by the Michigan Department of Education, for electronic distribution. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan State Board of Education, or the U.S. Department of Education, and no endorsement is inferred. This document is in the public domain and may be copied for further distribution when proper credit is given. For further information or inquiries about this project, contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909. Photo by Renee Bergeron 1 Title IX Coordinator Elizabeth Collins Michigan Department of Education 608 West Allegan P.O. Box 30008 Lansing, Michigan 48909 517-241-2091
  3. 3. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention Michigan Department of Education Dear Early Intervention Personnel: Greetings! The Michigan Department of Education, along with our collaborative partners, is pleased to offer the 2015 Early On Conference, Everyday Heroes and Quality Practices: The Power of Early Intervention. This conference will offer participants exciting learning opportunities that will renew and expand upon current practices, as well as opportunities to build new strategies for supporting families with infants and toddlers in Early On. Thank you for your work with families at such an important time in the lives of their young children – we know that intervening in the earliest years really makes a difference. Enjoy your 2015 conference! Sincerely, Brian J. Whiston, State Superintendent Clinton County RESA Office of Innovative Projects Early On Training and Technical Assistance (EOT&TA) is an Innovative Project of Clinton County RESA, funded by the Michigan Department of Education through Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to support and prepare personnel to work with infants and toddlers who are eligible for services through Early On Michigan and their families. EOT&TA provides information and training related to Early On processes, family-centered practices, child development, early intervention strategies, state policy, and federal regulations. This year’s conference, Everyday Heroes and Quality Practices: The Power of Early Intervention offers opportunities for early intervention personnel to consider the foundation of quality practices in many areas of early intervention, including: building the capacity of parents to support positive social-emotional outcomes, using a Primary Service Provider approach, support for roles as providers, feeding, autism, infant brains and language acquisition, trauma, hearing loss, routines-based intervention, and much more. A variety of sessions are offered that meet the needs of providers, administrators, faculty, and parents. This year we’re pleased to feature M’Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush who will offer a full-day Pre-Conference session, our opening keynote, and workshops throughout the conference. Our Conference Coordinators are Stefanie Rathburn and Carol Spaman. Congratulations and thank you for your heroic support in organizing this Early On Conference! Christy Callahan, Director CCRESA Office of Innovative Projects Photo by Renee Bergeron 2
  4. 4. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Conference Registration By October 16, 2015 After October 16, 2015 Pre-Conference (Tue., Nov. 10, 2015) $80.00 $110.00 Conference (Wed. - Thurs., Nov. 11-12, 2015) $140.00 $170.00 Wednesday Only (Nov. 11, 2015) $90.00 $120.00 Thursday Only (Nov.12, 2015) $90.00 $120.00 Student/LICC Parent (Wed. - Thurs., Nov. 11-12, 2015) $65.00 $80.00 Applying for Discounted Rates Students who wish to attend and receive the discounted rate must provide documentation on university letterhead indicating their enrollment at the college or university. Local interagency coordinating council (LICC) parents who wish to attend and receive the discounted rate must provide documentation on Intermediate School District (ISD)/agency letterhead indicating their current involvement as an LICC parent. Attendees traveling more than 300 miles, one-way, to attend the pre-conference and/or conference are eligible for the discounted rate of half off the pre-conference and/or conference rates. Please send requests for discounted rates and documentation to Lee Kleinjans at or fax it to him at (517) 668-0446. Registration Procedures Online registration is the preferred way to register and is available at Please remit payment online by credit card or by mailing a check or purchase order within seven days to CCRESA EOT&TA, 240 S Bridge St, Suite 250, DeWitt, MI 48820. Please direct registration questions to or call (866) 334-5437. Cancellation Policy Cancellation requests must be submitted via e-mail to on or before November 1, 2015. A $15.00 processing fee is charged for each cancellation. The full conference fee is due for cancellations after November 2, 2015. Substitutions may be made up to the start of the conference. Accommodations Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the conference should contact EOT&TA at (866) 334-5437 at least ten (10) days in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, and other assistance. Individuals may also indicate these needs in their online registration form. 3 Hotel Information Grand Traverse Resort 100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610 For conference participants, a block of rooms is reserved at the Grand Traverse Resort at the rate of $75.00, applicable Sunday, November 8, through Thursday, November 12. An assessment tax of 5% for local lodging applies. A daily resort fee of $14.95 will be added to the guest room charge, which includes high-speed internet access in hotel and tower guest rooms, daily newspaper upon request, use of safe deposit box, free parking, unlimited use of resort fitness center including cardiovascular and strength training equipment, whirlpools, saunas and indoor pools, and on-property shuttle service to Cherry Capital Airport and Turtle Creek Casino. Rooms are equipped with coffee makers, hair dryers, and irons. The Grand Traverse Resort is happy to honor the Early On discounted group rate for our block of rooms until October 19, 2015, subject to availability. Please remember to bring your tax exempt ID information with you to supply to hotel staff upon check-in. Registration can be made by either: • Calling the hotel directly at 1-800-968-7352 and mention the Early On Conference • Using the online system at �
  5. 5. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention Agenda at a Glance Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:00am - 12:00pm Pre-Conference Sessions 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm - 3:30pm Pre-Conference Sessions continued Wednesday, November 11, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00am - 5:00pm Exhibits & Vendors available 8:30am - 8:45am Welcome 8:45am - 10:00am Keynote 10:00am - 10:30am Break 10:30am - 12:30pm Session 1 12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch 1:45pm - 3:00pm Session 2 3:00pm - 3:30pm Break 3:30pm - 4:45pm Session 3 Thursday, November 12, 2015 7:00am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast 7:00am - 8:15am Breakfast Discussion Groups 8:30am - 10:00am Greeting 10:00am - 10:30am Break 10:30am - 12:30pm Session 4 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch 1:30pm - 3:30pm Session 5 Wednesday Keynote Building Parent Capacity to be Available, Mindful, and Responsive This exciting keynote presentation will focus on the use of promotional strategies to build the capacity of ALL parents to support attainment of positive social-emotional outcomes for young children. The presenters will provide an overview of the research to support parent-mediated intervention strategies as well as the importance of parent responsiveness throughout daily life. Coaching as an adult interaction style will be highlighted as an evidence-based strategy that can be used by early intervention practitioners to build the capacity of parents. M’Lisa Shelden, Ph.D., PT, is the Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) in Morganton, North Carolina. Dr. Shelden has consulted with over 30 states and numerous programs across the country and presents nationally on topics related to evidence-based practices, coaching, use of a primary service provider approach to teaming, and provision of services in natural environments. Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC- SLP, is the Associate Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) in Morganton, North Carolina. Dr. Rush and Dr. Shelden coauthored: Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood Intervention, The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook and The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook: A Primary Service Provider Approach. 4 Photo by Renee Bergeron
  6. 6. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Greeting from the Office of Great Start Susan Broman, Deputy Superintendent, Office of Great Start, Michigan Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Broman will kick off the day, welcoming participants with an overview of the Office of Great Start, current initiatives for early childhood in Michigan, and discussion about how Early On Michigan fits into the broader early childhood system. Vanessa Winborne, State Part C Coordinator, Michigan Department of Education Ms. Winborne will provide an update on state and federal activities, including the increased emphasis on supporting social-emotional development due to the State Systemic Improvement Plan as well as the development of new guidance for use of eligibility criteria for Michigan Mandatory Special Education. OAE Hearing Screener (formerly called AuDX) Calibration/updates of the OAE Hearing screening equipment will be available onsite. The OAE Hearing Screener must be calibrated every 18 months to remain accurate. If you have not had a chance to have your equipment calibrated since the last conference in 2013, this is an easy way to be up to date. Those interested are asked to register in advance. Watch the Early On listserv for registration information from Tiffany Kostelec, Early On Coordinator for Public Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Continuing Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) An application has been submitted for SCECHs. Credit will be offered for all workshops, pending approval. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) An application has been submitted for ASHA Continuing Education Units, through a cooperative agreement with Calvin College. Credit will be offered for all workshops, pending approval. Social Work Continuing Education (CE) An application has been submitted for Social Work CE. Credit will be offered for all workshops, pending approval. Course approval information for all continuing education will be available at the conference. Calvin College, Speech Patholgy and Audiology Program is apporoved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures. 5
  7. 7. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention Pre-Conference Sessions Tuesday, 9:00am - 3:30pm Using a Primary Service Provider Approach to Teaming M’Lisa Shelden, PT, Ph.D., Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Morganton, North Carolina Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC-SLP, Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Morganton, North Carolina This session is designed for practitioners that work on teams interested in implementing a primary service provider approach. Through the use of discussion, video, new tools and checklists, the presenters will walk participants through the nuts and bolts of how to implement this approach. The presenters will help participants define core teams, coordinate joint visits and conduct team meetings using the Checklists for Implementing a Primary Service Provider Approach to Teaming. The presenters will share effective strategies (tried and true) that have worked for a variety of programs in overcoming common challenges when implementing a PSP approach to teaming for urban, rural and remote program sites. A I’m Not a Social Worker! Why am I Expected to be one? Barbara Corbin, LMSW, Kent Intermediate School District Janice Fialka, LMSW, Office of Innovative Projects, Clinton County RESA Supporting families is both rewarding and complicated, especially as more families experience challenges in daily living. Topics will include: practical approaches for handling strong emotions, strengthening active listening skills, understanding the impact of emotional labor on providers, use of reframing as a tool to handle challenging interactions, the role of coaching, and promotion of partnerships with diverse families. Self-care strategies will be emphasized. Learning will take place through a series of guided exercises using real life situations, reflection time, small group discussions, video clips, and mini-presentation on evidence-based practices for working with families. This workshop will be interactive, engaging, and lively and will require a desire to be reflective. B The Stacking Model: How Feeding Disorders Develop Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, CIAO Seminars This session will help to broaden early interventionists’ understanding of the challenges faced by children with feeding disorders. What physiological concerns may have driven the feeding behaviors? What new and rising health care concerns or sensory challenges influence a child’s ability to tolerate certain foods? Understanding the broader picture of a child’s physiology, sensory system, and motor development, along with the behaviors that they adopt to protect those systems, allows the early intervention team to see the bigger picture - the whole child. C A Reflective Approach to Supporting Infant and Toddler Social and Emotional Health Kristin Tenney-Blackwell, MA, LLP, IMH-E® , Early Childhood Consultant Working with and caring for infants, toddlers and their families is relationship-based and requires us to engage our emotions as well as our intellect. This interactive session will provide early interventionists an opportunity to apply a self-reflective process through which they will learn to recognize the personal factors that influence their caregiving practices and decisions. User-friendly tips and tools will be provided through the use of case scenarios and videos and offer opportunity for reflection and dialogue as participants determine what infant, toddler and family information to consider when promoting social and emotional development and taking a relationship-based approach to challenging behavior. D 6
  8. 8. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Session 1 Wednesday, 10:30am - 12:30pm Roadmaps for Child Learning: Guides for Supporting Parents and other Caregivers M’Lisa Shelden, PT, Ph.D., Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Morganton, North Carolina Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC-SLP, Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Morganton, North Carolina This interactive session will enhance the abilities of early childhood practitioners to have conversations that assist parents and caregivers in supporting the learning of the children in their care. Practitioners will receive and practice using Roadmaps that support practitioners in engaging parents and caregivers in reflection, action, practice, observation, feedback, and joint planning to assist them in using everyday routines and activities as the venue for child learning. 1-A “A Gut Feeling” - Natural and Dietary Strategies for Improving Health in Infants and Toddlers Paula Johnson, OTR, Ingham ISD This workshop will give participants an in-depth understanding of the digestive system and how the function of the “gut” sets the stage for health issues. Attendees will learn about what factors break down the “gut” wall, what health issues are related to poor “gut” function, and specific strategies for infants and toddlers on how to navigate removing problem foods, and how to use supplements to repair “gut” function. 1-B Using Principles and Strategies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to Teach Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Amy Matthews, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University Jamie Owen-DeSchryver, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University Maximizing learning opportunities through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles can be highly effective to accelerate skill development in the areas of communication, imitation, attention, play, social engagement, and adaptive skills. Learn how to use ABA principles, such as prompting, shaping, reinforcement, and capitalizing on motivation to increase learning opportunities in daily activities and routines. 1-C Maximizing Parent Involvement in Your LICC Sandee Koski, MA, Michigan Alliance for Families Clare Brick, Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC) Parent Representative, Wayne RESA Kristen Carmany, MICC Parent Representative Alternate, C.O.O.R. ISD Research has shown that parent involvement helps improve outcomes for children and families. By participating in this workshop, you will gain an understanding of the needs of parents to be effective members of your LICC including tools for assessing your LICC practices for building capacity in parents and resources available to support and educate parents. 1-D 7
  9. 9. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention Supporting Parents through the Grief Process: A Workshop for Service Providers Working with Parents Who are Grieving Their Child’s Death Julie Kaylor, LMSW, Ingham ISD Karen Hoene, MS, Ingham ISD Supporting parents during their grief process can be emotionally challenging and stretch service providers beyond their current capacities. Strategies and resources that will enable service providers to meet their own needs while providing support to families during their grief and loss process will be highlighted in this workshop. 1-E Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss: How are We Supporting Their Language Development and How Does this Align with Best Practices and Parent Perceptions? Tricia Foster, OTR/L, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University Kalli Decker, Ph.D., Montana State University The target audience for this session is service providers who have worked with or currently work with infants or toddlers who have permanent hearing loss. Michigan research conducted from the 2014 Early On Faculty Grant Award will be shared. Participants will take part in group conversations and provide feedback about how to best serve parents of children with hearing loss in ways that align with best practices. 1-F Reflections on Our Journey to Implement the Routines Based Interview (RBI) Jessica Savoie, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD Service Providers This session will highlight the challenges and rewards of one service area’s journey towards implementing the RBI in hopes to help create more functional, family-driven Individualized Family Service Plan outcomes. Come hear why we took on the challenge, what our first steps entailed, and how families have responded to the RBI. 1-G 8
  10. 10. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | A Recipe for Play Across a Day Ann Gendron, MA CCC-SLP, Marquette-Alger RESA Michelle DenBeste, MA CCC-SLP, Marquette-Alger RESA Hear what the experts are saying about the importance of play, how play has changed, and the role of the early interventionist in promoting play with families. Participants will become well-informed in how to use play to impact language development. Audience members will explore recipes for play activities and leave with ideas for devising play opportunities throughout a day. Session 2 Wednesday, 1:45pm - 3:00pm Resource-Based Roadmaps: Coaching Families in Complex Situations M’Lisa Shelden, PT, Ph.D., Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Morganton, North Carolina Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC-SLP, Family, Infant and Preschool Program, Morganton, North Carolina Research suggests that there is a better way to address complex family issues while supporting parents’ confidence and competence. Roadmaps for Reflection are conversation guides that demonstrate an appropriate flow for resource-based coaching conversations. During this practical session, the facilitators will use specific scenarios and video to support early interventionists and service coordinators to practice using Roadmaps for Reflection. 2-A ‘Oh, Baby!’ Infant Brain Development and Language Acquisition Cynthia Sommerfeld, MA, SLP, Speech Sound Stories LLC Come listen to an overview of the findings from recent research regarding infant brain development as it relates to language development. Find out what makes today’s research more defensible than the information that we have gotten from research in the past. Explore what happens in the earliest months of language development and what parents can do to encourage language development. 2-B What You Need To Know to Influence Public Policy on Behalf of Children and Families Mina Hong, MSW, MPP, Michigan’s Children Learn how families, providers, and administrators can bolster the skills they already have to become effective advocates on behalf of children and families in Early On. Participants will learn the “who, what, when, and how” of influencing policymakers and learn about key opportunities to strengthen the Early On system in Michigan. 2-C 9 Sharing Parent Expertise: Top 10 Ideas Parent Leaders Want Practitioners to Know About Parent Engagement Lauren Heilman, MICC Parent Representative, Wexford-Missaukee ISD Melissa Epstein, MICC Parent Representative Alternate, Washtenaw ISD The focus of this session is on increasing parent engagement in the provision of quality early intervention services to support a child’s participation in family life. Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council parents will share personal stories and specific tips that could help enhance and improve the relationship between service providers and parents. 2-D 2-E
  11. 11. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention How is Early On Helping Families?: Many Voices from the Family Survey Charo Hulleza, MPA, Wayne State University Center for Urban Studies Kristina Donaldson, MICC Parent Representative, Kent ISD From the perspective of family-centeredness, the best interests of a child are viewed as being served not only through child-specific services but also by strengthening the family’s ability to support their child’s positive development. This presentation will provide an overview of the annual Family Survey, a federal accountability requirement under Part C of IDEA. Survey results will be available for all 56 service areas, providing information that could be considered for local improvement efforts. 2-F 10 Session 3 Wednesday, 3:30pm - 4:45pm Home Visiting and Early On: Building Strong Systems for Young Children Reneé DeMars-Johnson, MS, Michigan Department of Education Tiffany Kostelec, MA, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services This session is intended to provide a clear understanding of the difference between evidence-based prevention-focused home visiting and intervention-based home visiting. The presentation will provide participants with an understanding of how each program works, how to build collaboration, and how to work together to support the needs of the child and family. 3-A “I Want That!”: Teaching Manding to Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Jamie Owen-DeSchryver, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University Amy Matthews, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University Manding, or making requests, is a critical skill, yet this can be very challenging for young children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Increasing manding skills can decrease challenging behavior and improve social engagement. Participants will leave the session with ideas and strategies to support them in teaching requesting to young children in home or community environments. 3-B Nurturing Relationships: Supporting the Bond and Social Connections with Music, Movement, Literature and More Gari Stein, BA, Early Childhood Music and Movement Specialists Research supports the influence of music and movement on all developmental domains including social and emotional well-being and self-regulation. Learn songs and rhymes for everyday infant routines and lots of movement strategies for toddlers. Experience how music and movement can be your best friend, whether a home visitor, parent or administrator. 3-C The Impact of Trauma on Young Children Mary Mueller, LMSW, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services This session is designed to provide information about trauma and toxic stress and their impact on child development. Concepts about trauma and early brain development will be explored. Strategies for fostering resilience and mitigating the impact of trauma will be discussed in the context of home-based early intervention services. 2-G
  12. 12. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Session 3 Continued Wednesday, 3:30pm - 4:45pm Everyday Heroics to Strengthen Collaboration for CAPTA Referrals Rachel Harmon, MSW, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Victoria Meeder, BA, Office of Innovative Projects, CCRESA This session will share insight on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) operational systems relating to collaboration with Early On. The new Michigan Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System, MiSACWIS, will be highlighted and updates will be shared on work to provide better communication and quality referrals to local Early On programs. 3-D Documentation Made Easy Lynn Legg, BS, PT, Royal Oak Schools Susan L. Wit, M.Ed., OT, Early On Oakland Schools How can we streamline the necessary paperwork requirements for Early On and still make it meaningful? Learn and use methods that were created to be easily accessed and shared with others and walk away with templates to document daily work, monitor progress, create notes that meet Medicaid requirements as well as share information with families. 3-E Maintaining Your Professional Identity as an Early Interventionist Working within a Transdisciplinary Approach: Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist Perspectives Kathryn A. Edick, MS, OTRL, Grand Valley State University and Ionia County ISD How can early interventionists maintain their professional identities while working within a transdisciplinary approach? This presentation will educate participants on the transdisciplinary approach as best practice and then present findings from a current Grand Valley State University research project. In addition, a personal perspective of working within this model will be discussed. 3-F 11 For Early On Coordinators Only: Support for Your Daily Acts of Heroism Facilitated by Christy Callahan, MA, Office of Innovative Projects, CCRESA This session is designed specifically to support ISD level Early On Coordinators in their unique everyday hero administrative responsibilities for the implementation of Early On throughout an ISD/RESA service area. It will provide a blend of state-level updates as well as an opportunity to network on hot topics in the field of early intervention. 3-G Photo by Renee Bergeron
  13. 13. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention 12 Breakfast Discussion Groups Thursday, 7:00am - 8:15am The Early Intervention Workbook Study Follow-Up Facilitated by Nancy Surbrook, MA, Office of Innovative Projects, CCRESA This discussion group is for those service areas who participated in The Early Intervention Workbook book study webinar series hosted by EOT&TA and facilitated by Lynda Cook Pletcher and Naomi Younggren. Participants will have an opportunity to network while sharing the successes and challenges they experienced along the path of improving their early intervention practices. To ensure your spot, please complete the online form at: DEC Recommended Practices Facilitated by Tricia Foster, OTR/L, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University and Kalli Decker, Ph.D., Montana State University Take part in research by joining a focus group format and facilitated discussion about DEC’s Recommended Practices as they relate to family-centered practice. A review of the DEC’s recommended practices and research about families’ perceptions of early intervention services will be followed by group discussion centered on service provider’s perceived strengths, barriers, and suggestions for growth. Participant input is intended to inform future policy and practice around early intervention. Participation in the focus group is limited and a small stipend will be available to those who join. To reserve your spot in this group discussion, email Tricia Foster at Celena L. Barnes Family Leadership Inspiration Award Presentation on Thursday at 9:15am Celena L. Barnes was a devoted wife and mother, a tireless advocate, a committed leader, teacher, mentor, inspiration to other families, and overall phenomenal woman. Celena was a voice for families throughout the state of Michigan and the country. She served as a passionate member of the Wayne County Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC), the Wayne County Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), a parent alternate for the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC), a representative on the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Michigan Family Voices and many other councils, committees, and workgroups. Celena was a lifelong learner, attending and presenting at local, state, and national conferences. She was a graduate of the Parent Leadership in State Government training, and Leaders in Policy Advocacy Training. The knowledge she gained was always a resource for others that she shared with a smile. She was active in her community through her special needs ministry at Power, Hope and Grace Church, and her work for the Michigan Alliance for Families in Detroit. She will forever be remembered as being the voice for families who didn’t have a voice, mentoring and inspiring families to become partners in decision making, and cultivating parent and professional collaboration/partnerships at every level. For her many contributions within her community, the state of Michigan, and the country, we celebrate her legacy with an award that will be given during the 2015 Early On Conference to a parent family leader who embodies the characteristics that Celena possessed.
  14. 14. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Session 4 Thursday, 10:30am - 12:30pm Family-Friendly Behavior Supports for Everyday Routines Katrina Wandrie, MA, Lapeer Community Schools Heather Giguere, MA, SLP, Lapeer County ISD This session will provide a variety of strategies that can be implemented within the family’s everyday routines. Information shared will include the basics of behavior, emotions and adult interactions and how early interventionists can help build parental confidence and empowerment in addressing challenging behaviors utilizing evidence-based practices. 4-A Motor Skill Development: Seeing Beyond a Test Item Lynn Legg, BS, PT, Royal Oak Schools Susan L. Wit, M.Ed., OT, Early On Oakland Schools What should we be looking for when we determine if a child can stack three 1-inch cubes? Participants will look at motor development and recognize that test items are just a small portion of that whole picture. Participants will review and analyze videos and photographs to strengthen task analysis skills for movement. Activities, handling techniques, environmental modifications and ways to build supports into daily routines to promote motor development will be shared. 4-B To Bill, or Not to Bill Medicaid, That is the Question Michelle Nicholson, MA, Ingham ISD Nicole LaRue, BS, Ingham ISD Michael Grasseschi, MA, Public Consulting Group Jane Reagan, MPA, Michigan Department of Education Many Early On providers want to understand how, and if, they can bill for Medicaid services. This presentation will provide benefits and challenges to billing Medicaid for Early On services. Participants will also become familiar with how providers are identified as eligible to bill Medicaid and for which services they can bill. 4-C Parents and Young Children in Nature: Benefits, Strategies, and Organizing Sam Cornelius, MAE, Cheboygan Otsego Presque Isle ESD, Kids Outdoors Otsego Carolyn Belknap, MA, NW Michigan Community Action Agency Nancie Kersey, BA, Crawford County Early Head Start Direct activity in nature helps build creativity, curiosity, and confidence in young children. Made a regular part of a child and parent’s routine, the benefits just multiply! Participants will learn ideas for adventures, activities, and motivating parents to do more outdoors with their children. If setting and conditions permit, we will go outdoors! 4-D 13
  15. 15. Everyday Heroes & Quality Practices | The Power of Early Intervention Improving Outcomes for Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: The Impact of Early Identification, Parent Support and Early Intervention Amy Miller, MNS, SLP, Ingham ISD Michelle Garcia, Au.D., MDHHS - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program Kristen Carmany, MICC, Parent Representative Alternate, C.O.O.R. ISD What can Early On do to help parents support their children who are deaf or hard of hearing? In this session, discussions will include Early On service coordination and service provision for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Working with medical teams and transition to preschool to provide the most appropriate services will be highlighted. 4-E Trauma-Informed Caregiving: A Trauma-Informed Perspective for Working with and Caring for Infants, Toddlers and Their Families Pamela Green, MSW, Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham This session will help participants develop a trauma-informed perspective for working with infants, toddlers, and their families who have been traumatized. Information regarding the neurobiology of attachment and examples specific to infants and toddlers will be shared. Learn about strategies to create safety for infants and toddlers leading to better developmental, social-emotional, learning, and behavioral outcomes. 4-F Autism: Early Identification, the Medical Home and Working with Families Jane Turner, MD, Michigan State University Bambi VanWoert, Children’s Special Health Care Services What might early interventionists expect from primary care doctors (especially pediatricians) in their work with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays? This session will highlight the “how” and “why” of early identification and what families can expect from a family- centered medical home. Discussion will include how to help foster effective relationships between early interventionists, behavioral health providers, medical providers and families. 4-G 14
  16. 16. 2015 Early On Conference | November 10-12, 2015 | Early On Michigan Foundation Silent Auction Back by popular demand, Early On Training and Technical Assistance is hosting a silent auction to benefit the Early On Michigan Foundation! There will be amazing items, gift baskets, and much more for your bidding pleasure! Bidding will be open from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning break. All funds raised will go to support the Early On Michigan Foundation and will be awarded as mini grants to the field. Bring your checkbook, cash or credit cards, and your colleagues and friends - see you there! Relationships Count: Supporting the Social-Emotional Competence of Infants, Toddlers and their Families Marion Orihel, MA, IMH-E® (III), Early On Oakland Schools Jennifer Champagne, Ph.D., IMH-E® (II), Early Childhood Oakland Schools Come explore how early interventionists can promote secure attachments and strong relationships between caregivers and children during each early intervention home visit and what early intervention home visitors can do to promote positive interactions when challenges are evident. Participants will learn about providing support and gathering information through attentive listening and gentle inquiry and be able to recognize the importance of reflecting on thoughts and feelings before, during and after home visits. Session 5 Thursday, 1:30PM - 3:30PM 5-A 15 FOUNDATION the Grand Traverse Resort! While in Traverse City... Front Street is the main shopping thoroughfare. It is a bustling place with more than 150 boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and coffee shops. It has a small town flavor. Just around the corner, on Union Street, is the small but captivating Old Town district, and a few blocks to the west is the Grand Traverse Commons, where the rambling Victorian- Italianate buildings are being redeveloped into an elegant new retail district. For a complete listing of Traverse City experiences visit Directions From Grand Rapids: Go north on US-131 until you reach M-72 in Kalkaska. Go west on M-72 approximately 15 miles to Acme. Go right on US- 31 about 1/2 mile. Resort will be on the east (right) side of the road. From Detroit: Take I-75 north through Saginaw until you reach exit 254 (M-72/ Grayling). Go west on M-72 approximately 35- 40 miles through Kalkaska into Acme. Go north (right) on US-31 about ½ mile. Resort will be on the east (right) side of the road. From Lansing: Take Route 27 north to the merge with I-75. After the merge, continue to exit 254 (M-72/Grayling). Go west on M-72 approximately 35-40 miles through Kalkaska into Acme. Go north (right) on US-31 about ½ mile. Resort will be on the east (right) side of the road. From Mackinaw: Take I-75 south until you reach exit 254 (M-72/Grayling). Go west on M-72 approximately 35-40 miles through Kalkaska into Acme. Go north (right) on US-31 about ½ mile. Resort will be on the east (right) side of the road. Photo by Renee Bergeron

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