April 28th & 29th, 2016
April 28th & 29th, 2016
April 28th & 29th, 2016

1. Keith Pentz -


Constructively Meeting 10 Challenges of Working with Infants, Toddlers, & Pre-Schoolers (THURSDAY)

The challenges faced by caregivers and other adults while spending time with young children can oftentimes seem at odds with creating bonds and promoting learning. These challenges include maintaining a safe environment, communication, emotional development, tantrums, and biting—to name a few. By approaching the challenges as opportunities, the adults in a setting can begin to build relationships and have interactions that will truly benefit a child’s development cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. This session examines 10 issues that seem to happen in every program and will offer suggestions on how to address those challenges in a brain-compatible, resilience-building, and creative manner. Specific information related to attachment, temperament, child development, expectations, best practice/interventions, and social and emotional development are embedded in the session.

2. Cheryl Bowshier

School Choice Ohio Special Needs Outreach Coordinator

Learning How to Advocate for the Young Child with Special Needs - (1.5 hours)

This is a shared session from WV and OH organizations concerning what each state offers for services for children with Autism and Special Needs. It is a great session to learn the similarities and differences each organization offers and how many ideas are integrated to serve all.

Attendees will learn how Ohio has led the way with State Scholarships for students with special needs. These scholarships help families with the cost of education and therapies for children diagnosed with Autism. This is an empowering session you won't want to miss! An excellent class for Administrators of Ohio programs and parents from all states who want to learn more about services your child may qualify for and how best to advocate for the child in your home or program.

Virginia Gattieb


First Steps- Basic Rights - (1.5-hour)

This session will explain the goals and other services provided by West Virginia Parent Training & Information, Inc. We will explain: The Individuals with Disabilities Act; walk attendees through the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; WV Policy 2419; and the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act. In addition to parent/ child rights we will explain how the process works, teach you how to ask the right questions when communicating with schools, IEP and documentation processes.

3. Karen Thompson

Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition

"Are You Prepared?" Planning Effective Transitions for Young Children

In this session, participants will learn to utilize transitions to teach social and emotional skills, and to individualize transition strategies to support behavior management

4. Nicki Patton Rowe

Ashland Regional Training Center

Inside the Brain: Laying the Foundation Now for Fluent Reading Later

In this session participants will learn 1) how the brain constructs neural networks, 2) how the brain processes text, 3) the role oral language and vocabulary play in the reading process, and 4) practical brain-based classroom strategies that support literacy and school readiness.

5. Sharon Bright/ Barbara Tucker

WV Birth to Three

Working Together Birth to Three (THURSDAY)

This session will help child care professionals identify children with developmental delays and demonstrate the implementation of strategies in the classroom. The session will include: Explanation of the Intent of Birth to Three; Importance of Early Intervention; How to Identify Possible Red Flags for Developmental Delays, How to Talk to Parents About Your Concerns for Their Child’s Development, How to Implement Birth to Three Strategies in the Classroom, Small and Large Group Activities, Role Playing, Question / Answer Period.

6. Charles Kemp

Portsmouth, OH City Schools Supervisor of Special Education

Assessment Intervention & Planning Tools for Students with Autism

This session provides an overview of some tools to assess children with autism and provide insight into the development of a comprehensive planning program to meet the needs of those children in your classroom. Interventions for each of the characteristics of Autism will be discussed including behavior, communication, social- emotional, and more. Participants will take an active role through viewing videos of various children, assessing their characteristics, and selecting interventions to meet students’ needs.