Fall Conference Workshop Information

Workshop Descriptions 

Workshop 1: Providing A Sensory Centered “in Sync” Classroom (60mins) and Family Resources (30mins)

Presenter: Beth Kimlick
Intended Audience: All

Children who have sensory integration challenges often experience “overload” throughout their day and have difficulty participating in group activities, transitioning, and making friends. Providing a variety of sensory opportunities throughout the day can help all children stay “in sync” and be more successful in their ability to focus, attend, and socialize with peers.

Parents often need assistance and guidance in finding resources and services for both home and school to support their child. This workshop will provide information on many of the available resources for both parents and teachers, including early intervention and special education services.

Workshop 2: Integrating Children with Special Needs Into the Preschool and Daycare Setting

Presenter:  Paragon Autism Services
Intended Audience: All

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 National Survey for Children’s Health (NSCH), children with disabilities constitute only 13% of preschool population; yet constitute 75% of preschool expulsions. Paragon Autism Services aims to combat these statistics and provide preschool and daycare professionals with the tools needed to support all children in their programs.   “Integrating Children with Special Needs Into the Preschool and Daycare Setting” provides professionals with a brief overview of developmental delay, developmental disabilities, and autism; provides examples of deficits in the areas of social skills, play skills, communication skills (expressive and receptive), behavioral skills, and cognitive skills; provides strategies to support all children in the preschool and daycare settings; provides an opportunity for teachers/staff members to problem solve with a behavioral professional; and provides resources to support families of children with special needs.

Workshop 3: Trauma, Resiliency, and Coping Skills: What are the Connections?

Presenters: Mary Braxton
Intended Audience: All

This workshop will help you to understand what trauma is, what the impact is, and discuss resiliency and the connections to building coping skills in your programs. The information learned will also assist with understanding and managing behaviors in the classroom as well as support children with special needs in your program.

Workshop 4: Inclusive Environments for Infants and Toddlers

Presenter: Lisa Dunn
Intended Audience: Infant & Toddler Teachers

Does the size of your playground limit the experiences you can offer your children?  Join this fun, informative training session to rethink outdoor play, no matter what size your playground is!  Learn why you should consider your next visit to the playground as a field trip to nature’s hands-on classroom and discover how to use outdoor play as an essential tool in a child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development!

Workshop 5: How a Child’s Brain is “Built”

Presenter: Nicole Lumpkin, M.Ed
Intended Audience: All

We know children develop emotionally and intellectually through experiences.  However, how that information is received and processed depends on how their brain has developed and where it is in its “construction.”  Based on the book, “The Whole Brain Child” by Daniel J Siegel, we will discuss how and when the brain develops and how a child’s behavior can be explained on how their brain deals with information given to them.  We will discuss tantrums v. meltdowns, overstimulation, and developmentally appropriate practices which allow a child’s brain to keep “building”.

Workshop 6: Create Classroom Calm Through Movement 

Presenter: Christine Garman
Intended Audience: All

All children learn through movement, this workshop will focus on teaching all different types of learners to help regulate their body in the sensory world and the emotions related to those reactions. We will focus on storytelling movement activities to teach literacy and encourage language and interaction (focused movement around the room) with the students. We will get back to the basics of movement and brain development to help children learn new skills. I will focus on teaching  some heavy work and deep pressure (sensory based) techniques to help children find calm in class. I will demonstrate the use of mindfulness for young learners to practice mindful listening in the classroom. This workshop will give you the tools to create a calm learning environment and to teach some “cool down” activities to help children rest.


Workshop 7: Giving All Infants and Toddler Their Best Chance

Presenter: Paula Bellville
Intended Audience: Infant & Toddler Teachers

In this session, we will explore ways to include all infants and toddlers.  We will focus on the importance of understanding the unique needs of infants and toddlers in group care. Participants will delve into temperament, development and play for infants and toddlers. We will also explain the importance of using developmental screenings in your classroom or child care program.

Workshop 8: More than Posters & Books: Navigating Cultural, Ethnic, and Language Diversity in Early Childhood Settings

Presenter: Amudha Mahendiran
Intended Audience: All

Diversity education is more authentic and relevant to young children when it’s delivered continuously, develop techniques to incorporate this approach into your early childhood classroom. Explore ways to move beyond stereotypical thinking and representation.




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