Young Child Development

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.

Early Childhood & Assistive Technology: Tips & Tools to Support Young Children

Speakers
Kim Bowen Stacey Hauser, M.A.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 8

Do you work with children birth to age 5 in a home-based environment or classroom who are receiving IFSP or IEP services? Do you know what Assistive Technology (AT) is and why it is important for very young children? Do you struggle with how to consider AT or write it into a child's plan if it is needed? Did you know there are supports available to you right here in Nebraska to help you with your AT needs?

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.

Understanding Brain Development from the Inside Out

Speakers
Jenny Benson, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Ruby 6

This session will explore basic concepts of brain development using scenes from Pixar's 2015 movie Inside Out to illustrate key ideas and bring the learning to life.

Intended Audience

Anyone working with or on behalf of young children.

Milestones Matter! Celebrating Children's Development and Improving Early Identification

Speakers
Kerry Miller, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 10

Typical child development usually follows a known and predictable course, and the acquisition of certain skills and abilities (developmental milestones) is used to gauge children's development. This session will discuss how these milestones form building blocks for growth and continued learning in typical development and what patterns of development may be early warning signs for developmental concern. Learn how you can use CDC’s “Learn the Signs.

Understanding Brain Development from the Inside Out

Speakers
Jen Gerdes, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Ruby 6

This session will explore basic concepts of brain development using scenes from Pixar's 2015 movie Inside Out to illustrate key ideas and bring the learning to life.

Intended Audience

Anyone working with or on behalf of young children.

Lead Exposures in Nebraska Children: Improving Health and Educational Outcomes through Prevention

Speakers
Derry Stover, MPH Naudia McCracken, MPH
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Ruby 6

Lead poisoning is considered the most significant environmental health hazard affecting young children. Studies show even low levels of lead exposure in young children can result in lifelong intellectual and behavioral consequences. Lead hazards are still common in both rural and urban areas throughout the Nebraska, and hundreds of children are found each year to have high levels of blood lead. While lead-based paint continues to be the most significant exposure source, there are other important sources of lead in children’s environments.

Early Childhood & Assistive Technology: Tips & Tools to Support Young Children

Speakers
Kim Bowen Stacey Hauser, M.A.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 8

Do you work with children birth to age 5 in a home-based environment or classroom who are receiving IFSP or IEP services? Do you know what Assistive Technology (AT) is and why it is important for very young children? Do you struggle with how to consider AT or write it into a child's plan if it is needed? Did you know there are supports available to you right here in Nebraska to help you with your AT needs?

Increasing Security: Attachment in Early Childhood and Practical Tips

Speakers
Samantha Byrns, LIMHP
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 7

This session provides a look into early childhood attachment, including its impact on development and the adverse effects of early childhood traumatic stress. Participants will be able to identify indicators of secure or insecure attachment behaviors. They will also be able to explain strategies for improving attachment relationships to mitigate the impact of trauma.

Intended Audience

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