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Autism Basics
Presented by Kimberly Norris, BS, MEd
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Course: #30562Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course will examine autism through the lens of child development. The diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 will be defined for the learner.

Diversity and Cultural Awareness
Presented by Natasha Crosby Kile, MS
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Course: #30590Level: Introductory1 Hour
Diversity and culture are all around us and it is our job to introduce little ones to the wonders of our world. Teaching acceptance of one another, despite our differences, is one of the greatest lessons that we can provide to our children.

A Fine Motor Review: The Early Years (birth to 5 years)
Presented by Marina Calarco, MS, MS, OTR/L
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Course: #30449Level: Introductory1 Hour
This is a beginner course to introduce the new teachers, or the teacher starting out in early intervention, to fine motor skills for the young child (0-5 years). This course will focus on research, milestones, and activities.

Baby Picasso: Art with Infants and Toddlers
Presented by Natasha Crosby Kile, MS
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Course: #30589Level: Introductory1 Hour
Art with infants and toddlers is more than just cute hand or footprint projects — it is brain-building at its finest! Get some new ideas about art activities that you can do with your children, and learn how they help develop necessary skills.

How to Grow a Young Child's Reading Brain
Presented by Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
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Course: #30447Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will describe the pre-literacy and literacy process from an auditory neurolinguistics perspective. Practical suggestions will be offered for reading aloud to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and for developing foundational phonological awareness skills in young children.

Critical Skills to Teach First - Part 1
Presented by Liz Moore, MEd
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Course: #30560Level: Introductory1 Hour
Students who have challenging behavior are often times missing essential critical skills. Prior to students being ready to learn, they need to have important critical skills to be successful in the learning environment. This presentation is a two part series. Part 1 will focus on identifying why students misbehave and the four critical skills (sitting, waiting, giving up items, and transitioning). Participants will also learn strategies for teaching the first critical skill, sitting.

Feeding Tips for Young Children
Presented by Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L
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Course: #30587Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will provide participants with the developmental stages of feeding. Participants will also complete this course with practical tips for teaching young children how to eat.

Safety Tips for Young Children
Presented by Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L
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Course: #30588Level: Introductory1 Hour
The following presentation guides the participant through tips on how to prevent accidents and injuries in the car, home, and at play for young children. A special section will also be presented specifically for wandering in children with autism.

Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Young Children
Presented by Jane Madell, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
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Course: #30445Level: Advanced1 Hour
Children learn by listening to things around them. If children do not hear speech clearly because of hearing loss or auditory processing disorders, they will have difficulty learning. This workshop will help early childhood educators learn how to recognize auditory processing disorders in children in their classroom and offer management suggestions.

Managing the Child with Hearing Loss in the Mainstream Classroom
Presented by Jane Madell, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
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Course: #30446Level: Advanced1 Hour
With newborn hearing screening identifying hearing loss at birth, and the advances in hearing technology, 85% of children with hearing loss are now educated in mainstream classrooms. This course will assist regular classroom teachers in understanding hearing loss and how to maximize learning for children with hearing loss in their classrooms.