2:45 - 3:55

Practical Strategies to Support Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Speakers
Johanna Higgins, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 4

The presenter of this session will discuss practical strategies that professionals can use to support children with autism in early childhood settings (e.g., childcare, home, classroom). Attendees will be asked to identify situations, with children they support, where strategies may be helpful. At the end of the session, the presenter will share several resources for individuals interested in learning more about autism in early childhood.

Intended Audience

Childcare providers, teachers, foster care workers, and other early childhood professionals.

Co‐Regulation and Responsive Relationships

Speakers
Lindsey Ondrak, LIMHP
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 5

Explore the importance of parent-child engagement and social-emotional development in the early years. Parents can offer their children rich, high-quality interactions that shows positive behavioral outcomes, supports emotional repair and develops cognitive functioning. Get ideas on what to look for in parent-child interactions as well as how to better interpret the reciprocity of the relationship.

Intended Audience

All professionals working with children and families.

Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion to Early Childhood Professionals: CHIME

Speakers
Jaclynn Foged, M.S. Lynn DeVries, M.S
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 10

The CHIME Program provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflection into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being, including reduced stress, improved emotion management, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships.

Intended Audience

Teachers and directors.

Bridging the Divide in Early Childhood: Practical Strategies for Collaboration with Community and Families

Speakers
Sara Westerlin, Ed.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 9

Collaboration between families, schools and communities can bring the strength of the home and the expertise of the center or school into a strong working partnership (Berger & Riojas-Cortez, 2016). This session will provide stakeholders with possible barriers to effective communication and collaboration between home and school. Participants will learn practical tips and strategies for building positive relationships with the families and community they serve. These strategies will have practical applications to implement immediately following the session.

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.