Pre-Institute Workshops | 2014 Inclusion Institute


Four pre-institute workshops conducted by national experts are offered on Tuesday, May 20, from 9:00 to noon. The $50.00 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, a break, lunch, and materials. Sessions are limited to 40 people. Sessions that do not draw a minimum of 10 registrants will be canceled by March 30, in which case the registration fee will be refunded. Participants may register for a pre-conference session without registering for the Institute.

The four concurrent sessions for 2014 are:

1. Demystify Assistive Technology and Inspire the Assistive Technologist in You! Promoting Participation, Development and Enjoyment Among Young Children through Assistive Technology and Related Strategies

Suzanne A. Milbourne
Sue Mistrett
Bridget Gilormini

There is evidence to suggest that young children’s participation in activities that provide a sense of accomplishment, enjoyment, and skill development might protect socially and educationally at-risk children against later mental health, academic, and social problems. Whether children are able to achieve participation successfully may be mediated by the availability of appropriate assistive technology, environmental modification or related strategies.  This session will focus on the use of assistive technology and related strategies (e.g., adaptations) and how, when needed it can serve as a bridge to achieving active participation and opportunity healthy child development. Take a journey that will demystify assistive technology, inspire the assistive technologist in you.  Discover assistive technology through real-life stories and experience hands-on-time with assistive technology and adaptations!

Register for Pre-Institute Workshop #1 (Assistive Technology).


2. Using Video to Promote High Quality Inclusion Practices

Larry Edelman

This session will illustrate many ways that digital video and video conferencing can support inclusion by enhancing a number of key practices, including assessment, documentation, individual and group planning, family support/engagement, self-reflection, coaching, reflective supervision, professional development, virtual participation, and more. The session will review equipment options and recommended practices for shooting, file management, editing, security, and sharing clips. An in-depth resource guide will accompany the session.

Register for Pre-Institute Workshop #2 (Using Video).


3.  Strategies for Effective Teaming and Collaboration

M’Lisa Shelden
Dathan Rush

This pre-institute workshop will focus on the practices and application strategies associated with teaming and collaboration in early childhood intervention (Part C) AND Exceptional Children services (Pre-K – 8 years). M’Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush will facilitate an interactive, skill-building session.

Register for Pre-Institute Workshop #3 (Strategies for Teaming).


4. Beyond Preschool: Where Will The Inclusion Journey Take Us? New directions for adolescents and young adults with special needs/disabilities  

Nancy Thaler
Chris Egan
Kenneth Kelty
Duncan Munn

Whether navigating the early intervention transition to preschool or the transition from high school to adult, preparation is the key to success.  This pre-institute session, designed for families, advocates and practitioners, will provide practical information and strategies, from a variety of perspectives, to navigate challenges and opportunities associated with adolescent and young adult transitions.

Presenters include national experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents and professional staff from Family Support Network and the Parent Training and Information Center, as well as a young adult with a disability.

Source: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

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