2011 Conference Presentations

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Adapting Social Skills Programs to Meet the Needs of Children with Social Emotional Deficits in an Early Childhood Special Education Program

By Marena Mitchell, Wendy Hymer Kim Osborne and Michele Di Brito

Description of Presentation: Participants will learn how to take social skill lessons/activities and adapt the materials to meet the needs of children with social emotional deficits in an early childhood special education program. Participants will learn different ways to create fun and interactive activities to target social skills. Scope and sequence of when and how to teach the skills will be discussed. Goals and objectives to target social skills will also be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to see adapted activities and view videos of the adapted social skill lessons.

Child Sexual Abuse: Advanced Training (How to recognize and respond to cases of child sexual abuse.)

By Tisha Whitehead and Horace Santry

Behaviors related to sex and sexuality in young school-age children

From the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

Your body belongs to you! Coloring book

Description of Presentation: Child care providers learn how to effectively communicate with and educate small children on the topic of personal safety in addition to recognizing behavioral, physical and emotional indicators of abuse. Using PowerPoint slides and interactive conversation, participants will learn different methods of starting a conversation with children about how to keep their bodies safe. Participants will aso learn warning signs of sexual abuse; behavior and phycical indicators of sexual abuse and more.

Creating and Supporting Professional Relationships: A Community of Practice Approach

By Kathy Easterly, Nancy Miller and Phoebe Rinkel

Description of Presentation: Did you or ever leave the KDEC Conference still thinking about something new you had learned that was especially exciting or confounding? Have you ever wished for a professional support group that extended beyond KDEC? Two years ago, a group of KDEC members developed their own local community of practice (CoP) and eventually created a shared wiki workspace that is now public. Come learn how to join the CoP or create one of your own.

Family Engagement: Building Early Learning Partnerships

By Linda Mitchell, Amy Mitchell, Larry Perlman, and Denise Gonzalez

Description of Presentation: In order for partnerships between parents/family members and school professionals to happen, relationships must be developed. This is not always easy, especially with parents/families who have different cultural norms than your own. This session provides strategies for making home visits and connecting families to school from one urban school model serving Hispanic families. The key is supporting parents/families in finding personal meaning and relevance in becoming involved in their chid's early learning and educational experiences.

Music and Play for Everyday: Developing Self-Regulation Skills with Young Children

By Anne Meeker Miller and Stephanie Parks

Music in the Life of a Young Child: Utility AND Necessity

By Anne Meeker Miller

Description of Presentation: The presenters will share their approach to teaching self-regulation skills to young children utilizing music and play. This interactive session will include a discussion of activity level, impulsivity, communication, arousal and anxiety reduction. Get ready to learn activities and songs to support self-regulation of the young children you serve.

Preschool Positive Behavior Support

By Nancy Miller and Stephanie Parks

Description of Presentation: Ask almost any preschool teacher or staff member what they consider to be their greatest challenges. If their first response isn't "children with challenging behaviors," it will almost certainly be in their top three. The presenters will discuss the use of a three-tier PBS model in preschool as well as nine evidence-based PBS practices that will promote engagement and participation it he preschool classroom as they decrease challenging behaviors.

Professional Development: It really does take a village

By Nancy Miller

Description of Presentation: Time for ongoing professional development in most school districts is a challenge for administrators and staff. Budgets are being cut, making it even more challenging to provide evidence-based and relevant training for early childhood staff. This presentation will describe a collaborative endeavor to provide meaningful professional development. Support from KITS, district administration and Baker University allowed the Blue Valley Early Childhood Special Education program to develop and present a book-study course on Activity Based Intervention.

Tools for Meeting Kansas Early Childhood Outcomes Requirements

By Phoebe Rinkel and Chelie Nelson

Description of Presentation: ECO, COSF and OWS. If you are a direct service provider or administrator in Part C or Part B program, these acronyms should make sense. If you are new to the field, you may not yet realize the critical importance of these COSF process and implications for the data entered into the OWS. Session participants will learn where and how to access the online tools and training necessary for meeting Kansas ECO requirements.

Using Cellular Phones to Enhance a Parenting Intervention for Families at Risk for Neglect

By Kathryn Bilelow and Judy Carta

Description of Presentation: Cell phones offer an innovative approach to increasing parent engagement and retention by maintaining communication with parents who are difficult to reach due to their high mobility, unpredictable schedules, and inconsistent land line phone service. Preliminary retention and engagement and parent and child behavior data will be presented, and strategies for applying the use of cell phones to other interventions will be discussed.

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