Intermediary

IDEA Knowledge You Need to Advocate for Preschoolers with Disabilities and their Families

Speakers
Sharon Walsh
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 4

his session will be an open discussion on the important topics you need to understand to advocate for young children with disabilities under Part B of IDEA including parent rights, child find and evaluation, eligibility, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), child records, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and extended school year. The implications of two other federal laws – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – will also be discussed.

Understanding the Importance of Screening and Assessing for Trauma in Young Children

Speakers
Lindsey Ondrak, LIMHP
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 5

This session will explain early childhood trauma, the importance of screening and assessing for trauma in young children, and will provide an overview of evidenced-based practices.

Intended Audience

All professionals working with children and families.

Changing the Intergenerational Pathway of Trauma

Speakers
Barbara Jessing, LIMHP
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 9

In our work with young children, we find challenges to engaging parents and supporting their changes. In this presentation, we will explore the pathway that can carry the imprint of trauma from one generation to the next. That same pathway can facilitate the transmission of intergenerational and cultural resilience. As we understand this framework, we can learn new ways to uncover hope and strength in parents, for the benefit of the children we serve. We intend for this presentation to give you some practical skills to strengthen a collaborative relationship with parents.

Perinatal Substance Exposure: Opioid & Substance Use & CARA Federal Law Implementation

Speakers
Ann Anderson Berry, M.D., Ph.D.
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 8

We will discuss current recommendations for identifying opioid use and substance use disorders in the perinatal population. Review best practices for support of the family and requirements and recommendations for reporting and developing plans of safe care for mother and infant. This work will be framed with the goal of supporting the mother and infant and working to provide support to the family during the process.

Intended Audience

All health care and social support professionals who interact with pregnant women and young families are encouraged to attend.

Changing the Intergenerational Pathway of Trauma

Speakers
Barbara Jessing, LIMHP
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 9

In our work with young children, we find challenges to engaging parents and supporting their changes. In this presentation, we will explore the pathway that can carry the imprint of trauma from one generation to the next. That same pathway can facilitate the transmission of intergenerational and cultural resilience. As we understand this framework, we can learn new ways to uncover hope and strength in parents, for the benefit of the children we serve. We intend for this presentation to give you some practical skills to strengthen a collaborative relationship with parents.

Perinatal Substance Exposure: Opioid & Substance Use & CARA Federal Law Implementation

Speakers
Ann Anderson Berry, M.D., Ph.D.
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 8

We will discuss current recommendations for identifying opioid use and substance use disorders in the perinatal population. Review best practices for support of the family and requirements and recommendations for reporting and developing plans of safe care for mother and infant. This work will be framed with the goal of supporting the mother and infant and working to provide support to the family during the process.

Intended Audience

All health care and social support professionals who interact with pregnant women and young families are encouraged to attend.

Overview of Child‐Parent Psychotherapy, Parent‐Child Interaction Therapy, and Circle of Security Parenting

Speakers
Samantha Bradley, LIMHP Samantha Byrns, LIMHP
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 7

It can be confusing seeking services for young children, especially in acronym shorthand…CPP, COSP, PCIT. If you have ever wanted to know more about the acronyms, this session is for you. We will provide an overview of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security Parenting and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, using case examples and treatment goals. There will also be time set aside for questions and discussions.

Intended Audience 

Professionals working with and making decisions for young children and caregivers.

Help Me Grow in Nebraska

Speakers
Holly Dingman, M.S. Rick Helweg Lindsay Bartlett
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Ruby 7

An overview on Help Me Grow Nebraska, including a look at the Lincoln/Lancaster County pilot and the plans to bring Help Me Grow statewide.

Intended Audience

Childcare providers, healthcare providers, parents, and caregivers.

Learning Objectives
  • The attendees will have a good overview of Help Me Grow Nebraska and learn who the initiative serves and how to refer children into HMG.

 

Tough Conversations in Child Welfare: Balancing Transparency and Compassion

Speakers
Jamie Bahm M.S. Michelle Paxton, J.D.
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 3

Navigating conversations with families involved in the child welfare system can be complicated and difficult. Trauma histories often impact their ability to regulate their emotions and retain information. Making it even more complicated, parents often interpret their surroundings and interactions, as a threat, whether real or perceived, due to dysregulated stress response systems. This session will help professionals learn how to navigate these difficult conversations through the following strategies:

Recommendations to the Court: How to Advocate for Young Children Through Observation, Questions, and Court Recommendations

Speakers
Michelle Paxton, J.D.
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 3

Representing children who are unable to tell you what they need presents a unique challenge for every advocate. This session will focus on important observation techniques to identify the needs of young children and provide specific examples of how to draft recommendations for court to adopt.

Intended Audience

Attorneys, Guardians ad-litem, and providers.