9:50 - 11:00

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.

IDEA Early Intervention (B‐3) and Preschool Special Education (3‐5): More the Same Than Different

Speakers
Sharon Walsh
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Ruby 6

This session will focus on the principles and IDEA requirements for young children with disabilities and their families. These principles such as individualization, intervention as early as possible, supporting families in helping their child grow and learn, being with peers and rights for families are reflected in the regulatory language under IDEA Part B for children 3 through 5 and Part C for children from birth to three years. The specific requirements for referral, evaluation, eligibility, timelines, IEP/IFSP plan components, natural environments vs. LRE, EI services vs.

Trauma and Resiliency in Families

Speakers
Mike Vance, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 5

The session will discuss strategies to develop resilience in patients and their families. We will explore how providers of all levels can strengthen their own resilience to reduce burnout and maintain a quality care relationship with patients.

Intended Audience

All levels of direct care providers.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to identify the 7 C's of resilience.
  • Participants will be able to identify and apply strategies for development of self resilience.

Boosting Your Expertise: Infant Mental Health Endorsement in Nebraska

Speakers
Samantha Bradley, LIMHP Kelli Hauptman, J.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 7

The Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health has joined the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Come check out how Infant Mental Health Endorsement®(IMH-E®) might enhance the work you are doing. If you work with young children and their families and have a commitment to their social emotional development and wellness, endorsement might be right for you! IMH-E® is an internationally recognized credential used to demonstrate specialization in the infant mental health field.

Pyramid 101: An Introduction to Transformational Practices that Support Children's Social‐Emotional Development

Speakers
Rosie Zweiback, M.A., Katie Zabel
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 3

The Pyramid Model is not a curriculum but rather a framework for Early Childhood educators to implement throughout the day. It is a positive approach to prevent, teach and respond to challenging behaviors and to support social-emotional development. Join us for an overview and explore the opportunities that are happening around the State of Nebraska and the evidence behind what is working. Practitioners, researchers, administrators and anyone who has pondered how to help children be their best selves in the early childhood setting will appreciate the power of the Pyramid Model.

Nebraska Home Visiting Initiatives Panel

Speakers
Stephanni Renn, M.A.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 9

30,0000 Of Nebraskans infants and toddlers live in households where parents struggle to provide consistent, high-quality learning experiences. Evidence shows that families that participate in home visiting programs, which focus on strengthening vulnerable families and children under age 5, are often more self-sufficient and better able to handle the challenges of parenting and to raise healthier, safer children.

Nebraska's Framework and Implementation of Plans of Safe Care

Speakers
Mikayla Wicks
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 6

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was amended by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in 2016. The legislation changed some requirements related to Plans of Safe Care and notification to Child Protective Services. Families falling under the new requirements include infants born with, and identified as being affected by, substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and their affected family or caregivers.

Families Thrive: A Framework for Strengthening Families

Speakers
Alyson Goedken Leslie Baker Sydney Shead
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 2

Join us in a conversation on how the Families Thrive framework can shift mental models in building relationships and working with young children and families. Families Thrive is a multi-generation, evidence informed approach that integrates the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ frameworks to strengthen families by enhancing promotive and protective factors.

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.