Saturday, October 23 Sessions

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Check-In
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome & Announcements
8:15 – 9:15 General Session: Increasing Quality through Active Participation
9:15 - 9:30 Break/Transition to Session
9:30 - 12:30 Session One
12:30 - 1:15 Networking Session
12:30 - 1:30 Lavonne Plambeck Child Development Center Tour

Session One 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Option 1

Early Childhood STEM

Presenter(s): Dena Harshbarger, Jane Strawhecker and Paula Thompson
Child Age Focus: Ages Three to Five

Young children are naturally interested and capable of learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Early exposure and understanding of STEM topics can increase many important skills needed in life and school success. Participants will explore a variety of materials, gaining knowledge and confidence for supporting young children in STEM learning.

Option 2

Early Childhood & Assistive Technology: AT Tools to Support Young Children

Presenter(s): Stacey Hauser, Kim Bowen and Brian Wojcik
Child Age Focus: Birth to Five

How do we adapt learning environments and materials to help support a wide range of learners? Join the ATP Education Staff to learn about using Assistive Technology (AT) and creative adaptations to focus on making play, literacy, communication, and sensory integration flexible for young children. This session will be a mix of learning and play as we get creative with hands-on experience using and creating no-tech/low-tech assistive technology solutions to help adapt every-day items that any young child can use in their natural environments to meet a multitude of needs.

Option 3

Transition Planning Across Programs and Settings: A Conversation

Presenter(s): Marisa Macy
Child Age Focus: Birth to Five

Young children experience many transitions, including from home to an early care and education setting, between age groups or program settings, and from preschool to kindergarten. Supporting these transitions for children, families, educators, and service providers is critically important because even positive change can be challenging. Session participants will discuss the importance of transition planning for all involved, while identifying solutions and resources for working through the planning processes.

Option 4 (238 A 40-60)

Behavioral Strategies (Repeat from Friday AM & PM)

Presenter(s): Jean Anderson
Child Age Focus: Ages Three to Five and Grades K-3 

This session will focus on small changes adults can make to bring big changes in children's behavior. Brain development and the impact of trauma on the developing brain will be covered. Developing executive functioning skills will be practiced. Positive behavioral strategies will be the focus of this training.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Participants must reserve a spot for the networking session due to space   and refreshment order. During the networking session, participants will have opportunities to share ideas and ask questions of both peers and presenters. Tables will be marked with conversational prompts. Choose a  table topic that is of interest to you!