Together: Discovering Each Child’s Individual Profile
to Support Inclusive Early Childhood Education
October 22, 2009, 8:30am – 2:30pm
CONFERENCE UPDATE: As of October 15, Conference Registration is CLOSED,
as we have received the maximum number of registrants that we
Montclair State University’s Early Childhood Autism Institute will host a conference on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 8:30am – 2:30pm in the campus Student Center. The theme of the conference is “Dig Deeper Together: Discovering Each Child’s Individual Profile to Support Inclusive Early Childhood Education,” and will focus on fostering professional partnerships that support young children with autism spectrum disorders in inclusive settings.
The College of Education and Human Services’ Early Childhood Autism Institute aims to enhance the capacity of parents, care givers, educators, and school districts to increase their knowledge about the complex functional communication, cognitive and emotional developmental profiles of children with autism. The framework that guides the Early Childhood Autism Institute is responsive to individual differences, stresses affective development, and is consistent with quality early childhood educational practice. It is transdisciplinary and inclusive, and draws upon the DIR/Floortime approach. The Ben Samuels Children's Center at Montclair State University is a model program for this framework and serves as a lab school for University faculty and students.
The conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Gerard Costa, Director of the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, entitled “What Science Is Telling Us about the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Additionally, the conference will feature a variety of workshops and a panel presentation, including:
- Reviewing Current Best Practice in Inclusive Early Childhood Education and How It Guides Each Member of an Interdisciplinary Team
- Parent Panel: How an Individualized, Developmental Approach Helped Me Help My Child
- Using Transdisciplinary Team Practice to Uncover the Individual Strengths and Challenges of Each Child
This conference will benefit early childhood educators, special educators, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and child study team members. We invite all educators and therapists who are committed to or want to learn more about inclusive care and education of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities to join us in examining best practices for teaching and learning. We welcome attendees who will participate on an individual basis or as part of a school/organization team. ASHA Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hours for Teachers will be available. This conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University.
Breakfast, lunch and parking will be provided and is included in the $40 conference registration fee. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the conference.