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AUCD - Poster Session: Early Childhood Strategies

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Monday, November 16, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am

Location: Renaissance Ballroom East

Session Description

AUCD poster symposia seek to deepen levels of engagement and connection between those interested in common topics. Posters have been hand-selected by a review committee and grouped by room according to theme. Facilitators will open each poster symposia with broad thoughts about the room's theme, and attendees will be allotted ample time for in-depth exploration of the information presented and make connections with others in the room. Attendees are free to select one symposia to attend during each time slot as space allows; pre-registration is not required.




Presenters

HealthyInfants: Enhancing Teen Parenting of High-Risk Infants via Tiered University-Community Prevention Partnerships in the Appalachian Region
Stephen BAGNATO, EdD, Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics, UCLID Center, LEND
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HealthyInfants is a University-Community partnerships model (LEND) which disrupts the cumulative effects of adverse life events in the lives of high-risk infants and their caregivers and promotes developmental competencies and responsive caregiving. Evidence-based prevention-to-intervention "tiers" of developmental healthcare, technology and mentoring supports targets the needs of infants, parents, and providers affiliated with Early Head Start and Early Intervention in the Appalachian region of PA and WV-rural and urban.

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Responding to the Communication Needs of Children and Families in the US Virgin Islands
Karen Brown, PhD, Associate Director , Virgin Islands UCE, UCEDD
Kimberly Mills, PhD, BCBA-D, St. Thomas, VI, United States, VI - Virgin Islands UCE, UCEDD;

Newly added to the series of trainings and technical assistance offered by VIUCEDD is an emphasis on topics related to early identification and speech and language development. The presenters conducted an analysis to determine the needs of school-based speech-language pathologists, educational administrators, and parents to better develop the communication skills (speech and language) of children in the US Virgin Islands. Session authors will present findings and action plan.

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Is Earlier Better? Screening Very Young Children for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Patricia Towle, PhD, Psychologist, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Patricia Patrick, PhD, Valhalla, NY, United States, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Eva Hecht, PhD, Green Chimneys School, Brewster, NY, United States;
Brittany Blumenthal, MPH, Valhalla, NY, United States, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;

Early detection of autism spectrum disorder is being emphasized because of the promise of early intervention. Although there are a number of established screening instruments for children 18 months on, several have emerged targeting children as early as 9-12 months. This poster will describe and critically review six early screeners.

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Project SEED (Social Emotional Education and Development) Virginia-Promoting Healthy Social Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers throughout Virginia
Jacqueline Robinson Brock, MSW, Program Specialist in Early Childhood and Health, Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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Learn about innovative work related to early childhood (0-3) in Virginia! In this session you will learn about Project SEED ( Social Emotional Education and Development) Virginia. The goal of Project SEED Virginia is to improve the quality of care for children 0-3 by providing quality and evidenced based resources to child care providers. Data regarding project outcomes related to training, coaching, and systemic change will be shared.

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Building Community Capacity for Early Childhood Care Providers: Training to Work with Young Children with and At-Risk for Developmental Disabilities
Stephanie Weber, PsyD, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND
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This interactive session will outline a research study conducted by Cincinnati LEND trainees and faculty that provided training for early childhood care providers in order to increase knowledge of evidence-based practices for developmental monitoring and strategies to increase positive behaviors and healthy development. Related to this project, the Autism Speaks' Toolkit for engaging early childhood care providers was developed and will be available for dissemination.

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Snack Time Training Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Caregivers
Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND
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It is well established that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have selective eating behaviors which may lead to nutritional deficit, poor cognitive development, learning and behavioral difficulty. This presentation will describe a snack time training intervention implemented with 15 preschoolers with ASD and their caregivers. This intervention incorporated a play-based, child-centered snack time to improve eating behaviors and social engagement for children with ASD utilizing a pre/post design.

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Convening Statewide Stakeholders to Assess Developmental Screening Practices, Preferences, and Perceptions Among Georgia Physicians
Rebecca Wells, MSW, MPH, Doctoral Fellow, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND
Daniel Crimmins, PhD, Atlanta, GA, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
Akilah Heggs, MA, Atlanta, GA, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
Erin Vinoski, MPH, Atlanta, GA, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;

This presentation will discuss results of a survey on current screening and referral practices, preferred screening tools, barriers and facilitators to screening, degree of integration of screening with electronic health records, and perceptions of the state's Part C Early Intervention System. The survey was disseminated to members of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians in the spring of 2015.

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You Mean We're There for the Grown-Ups?: Integrating Adult Learning Principles in Early Childhood Intervention
Deana Buck, MEd, Early Childhood Team Leader, Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Deana Buck, MEd, Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, United States, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Dana Childress, MEd, Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, United States, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;

Early childhood intervention for young children with disabilities is most effective when providers collaborate with the important grown-ups in the child's life. This poster will share information about how to connect adult learning principles to natural environment practices and find out how to strengthen support for adult learners to help parents and children learn during and between early intervention visits.

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A Coordinated Statewide System of Early Childhood Vision Screening and Eye Health. Lessons for the Field.
Canyon Hardesty, MS, Coordinator of Community Education , Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, UCEDD
Julia Lausch, MA, Project Coordinator, Wyoming Vision Collaborative, Laramie, WY, WY - Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, UCEDD;

This poster will describe the Wyoming Vision Collaborative (WVC), a statewide strategic project by at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) to improve vision outcomes. The goal of the project is to engage and strengthen the network of families, professionals and early childhood providers to develop leaders who are committed to a coordinated system of education, training, referral, and support around early childhood vision and eye health.

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Building the Act Early Delegate Network In Diverse Communities In Minnesota
Jennifer Hall-Lande, PhD, Research Associate, Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND
Anab Gulaid, MPA, University of MN ICI, Minneapolis, MN, United States, MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND;

This session focuses on the promotion of early screening and identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The "Building the Act Early Delegate Network In Diverse Communities" project focuses on the building of a network of Act Early Delegates in diverse communities. This network promotes outreach and awareness of neurodevelopmental disabilities in traditionally under served communities.

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The Early Childhood Personnel Center: National Impact Through UCEDDs
Mary Beth Bruder, PhD, Director, A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Nick Gelbar, PhD, Farmington, CT, United States, CT - A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD;
Toby Long, PhD, Washington,DC, DC, United States, DC - Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, UCEDD;
Deana Buck, PhD, Richmond, VA, United States, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Anne George Puskar, Farmington, DC, United States, CT - A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD;

This session describes the work of the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC). The ECPC is funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education to The ECPC was funded to provide technical assistance (TA) across States to facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD) in early childhood for all personnel working with infants and young children with disabilities