Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium American Sign Language DI 4231800902 (2)Marlborough, MA, in person on May 6th, Virtual Session, May 7th, 2024. Open to caregivers and professionals such as Early Interventionists, Early Childhood Educators, Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
2024 Keynote Speakers: Darla Gundler, accompanied by her daughter Tiffany Gundler, will be the Keynote Speakers for the 2024 Annual MEIC Conference.
* Darla is the Associate Director of the Early Childhood Intervention Personnel Center for Equity at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Prior to joining ECIPC-Equity, Darla Gundler spent over 20 years as Director of the EI Parent Leadership Project at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Her life experience as a parent of a now adult with a disability fuel her passion for supporting policies and practices at the state and national levels that enhance the lives of all families.
* Tiffany is a Senior Engineer with Getinge working in the Acute Care Therapies R&D group. Tiffany received Early Intervention services from 1 month until age 3. She was diagnosed with a bilateral severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss at 10 days of age and was fitted with her first pair of hearing aids at 5 months old. She attended Clarke School for the Deaf until she graduated 8th grade and transitioned to a public high school in her hometown. She was on an IEP all throughout high school and received her cochlear implant at age 16. Tiffany attended the Rochester Institute of Technology as a cross registered student in their College of Engineering while receiving services from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering along with minors in Mechanical Engineering and Science Technology and Society. Tiffany remains an active part of the special education community.
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2022 Conference Details.
Keynote Speaker –  Dr. Jayne Singer, “Supporting the Relationships that Support Children’s Development. * Dr. Singer has been with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) since 1988 working clinically with families of children facing a wide variety of medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges. At BCH, she has helped launch such important services as an early detection of Autism program and the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. She is the past President of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
* Dr. Singer is the primary author of the Touchpoints in Early Care and Education Reference Guide and the Touchpoints in Reflective Practice guides for practitioners and mentors.
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2022 Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Workshops included: 

  1. A1: The Importance of the Foot in Early Intervention Treatment
    Presented by Louis J. DeCaro, DPM
  2. A2: Toddlers: Behaviors vs. Sensory Needs
    Presented by Nicole Constantino, OT/L, CEIS
  3. A3: Building Relationships in EI: Professionals and Family Members from Varied Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds
    Presented by Rachel Aghara, PhD., CCC-SLP and Rosana Urbaez, MEd.
  4. A4: Adult Learning in EI: Supporting Parent and EI Specialist Learning Through Critical Reflection
    Presented by Karen Seniuk, MSW, LICSW, CEIS; Laura Crosby, BS Ed., CEIS; and Nicole Mills, Parent
  5. A5: Intentional Play: How to Engage with Intention
    Presented by Lauren Krueger Weeks, Psy.D.
  6. A6: Autism in Girls: Why we are missing them and what we can do about it
    Presented by Jenny Landry, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CEIS, IMH-E® and Jess Austin, M.Ed., CAGS
  7. A7: Navigating the Medical System with a Medically Complex Child
    Presented by Lacey Smith, M.Ed., TVI, CVI
  8. A8: A Comprehensive Look at Transitions
    Presented by Rebecca Bregman, M.Ed., CEIS and Alex Chatfield, LICSW, CEID
  9. A9: Autism Diagnostic Criteria and Insurance Documentation Requirements
    Presented by Amy Weinstock, M.Arch
  10. A10: MassAIMH Endorsement: Creating Pathways for a Transdisciplinary EI Workforce through Recognition of Relationship-based Practices
    Presented by Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, CEIS, IECMH-E® and Leah Koretz, LMHC, CEIS, IMH-E®
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch/Exhibits/Networking
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – B Session Options
  1. B1: Early Intervention – Equity & Inclusion in Practice
    Presented by Craig Andrade, RN, MPH, DrP.
  2. B2: Baby’s First Teacher: Using Parent Coaching to Support Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments
    Presented by Betsy Connolly, M.Ed and Amy Pybus, ME.d, TV Itinerant
  3. B3: Building Partnerships with Families to Enhance the Early Intervention Experience
    Presented by Erika Baril, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Lynn Rogalin, BS, CEIS
  4. B4: Helping Parents with Behavior Management
    Presented by Chrissy Collins, MA, CEIS
  5. B5: Engaging Dads in Early Intervention Sessions
    Presented by Megan Schumaker-Murphy, EdD.
  6. B6: Navigating Adaptive Equipment
    Presented by Jenna Raheb, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST
  7. B7: The Neurosequential Model: How one model helped a family understand their child’s Trauma
    Presented by Kelly Brown, M.Ed., CEIS; Stephen Bradley, LICSW, LMHC; and Justin Brown
  8. B8: Screening for Social Emotional Problems and Delays in the Acquisition of Competencies in EI
    Presented by Alice Carter, PhD.; Abbey Eisenhower, PhD.; Sofia Lluna, B.A.; and R. Chris Sheldrick, PhD.
  9. B9: The Music and Me
    Presented by Meredith Roman Pizzi, MT-BC; Kim Schlesinger, MT-BC; and Favor Chujor, MT-BC
  10. B10: Essential Elements for Successful Interactions with Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    Presented by Mary Beth Kadlec, OT, ScD, OTR; Sophia Perkins, OT/s; and Rosalie Shnorhokian, OT/s
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Exhibits/Networking
Tuesday, May 2 – Virtual
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Join Conference/Networking
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – C Session Options
  1. C1: Understanding the Modified Bariums Swallow Study and its importance for Children with Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
    Presented by Suzanne Ducharme MacFarlane, MS CCC-SLP and Leah Ciliberto
  2. C2: Engaging Dads in Early Intervention Sessions
    Presented by Megan Schumaker-Murphy, EdD.
  3. C3: Teleservices in Early Intervention: Surprising Outcomes and Evidence-based Best Practices
    Presented by Marian Hartblay, M.A.T., M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd; Barbara Hecht, PhD.; Devin Ellsweig, CCC-SLP, SSP; and Nell Rosenberg, M.Ed., MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AV
  4. C4: Building Partnerships with Families to Enhance the Early Intervention Experience
    Presented by Erika Baril, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Lynn Rogalin, BS, CEIS
  5. C5: Reflecting and Reducing Implicit Bias
    Presented by Cori Hill, M.Ed.; Jen Newton, PhD.; and Mira Cole Williams, PhD.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break/Networking
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM – D Session Options
  1. D1: Toddlers: Behaviors vs. Sensory Needs
    Presented by Nicole Constantino, OT/L, CEIS
  2. D2: Collaborative Advocacy
    Presented by Tom Miller, M.S.
  3. D3: Supporting Early Childhood Development and Attachment Post-COVID
    Presented by Kelly Petravicz, M.Ed., CEIS, CEID and Elizabeth Purcell, M.Ed.
  4. D4: Using Universal Design Principles to Support Family Engagement
    Presented by Laura Crosby, BS Ed. CEIS and Liz Cox
  5. D5: Monitoring Developing Communication Skills in Monolingual and Bilingual Infants and Toddlers
    Presented by Rachel Aghara, PhD., CCC-SLP
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Break/Networking
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – E Session Options
  1. E1: Meaningful Social Engagements: Social Skills and Implications for Young Individuals with CVI
    Presented by Burju Sari, M.Ed., TVI, CVI Project Coordinator
  2. E2: “Mothering from the Inside Out”: Implementing an Evidence-based Parenting Intervention
    Presented by Maria Carolina Clark, LICSW; Kimberly Goss, M.A., DS, CEIS; Amanda Lamontagne, M.Ed., CEIS, CLC; Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, MD, MS; and Jessica Schmaelzle, M.Ed, MHC, CEIS
  3. E3: How do you say this in your language? Assessment with CLD Populations
    Presented by Kelly Brown, M.Ed., CEIS and Serra Acar, PhD.
  4. E4: Developments in Play in Children with Delays from 8 to 60 Months
    Presented by Karin Lifter, PhD. and Haley Medeiros, MS
  5. E5: Baby’s First Teacher: Using Parent Coaching to Support Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments
    Presented by Betsy Connolly, M.Ed and Amy Pybus, M.Ed., TVI Itinerant

 

2022 Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Workshops.

  • Autism in Girls: Why We Are Missing Them and What We Can Do About It
    Presented by Dr. Jenny Landry, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CEIS, and Jess Austin, M.Ed., CAGS
  •  The Importance of the Foot in Early Intervention Treatment: Presented by Louis J DeCaro, DPM
  • Feeding Picky Eaters: Beyond the Chicken Nugget! Presented by Edith Benisty, OTR/L, CEIS
  • Intake Processes to Address Racial Disparities in EI Referrals and Enrollment. Presented by Kathleen McAuslin, MATL, CEIS, CEIM
  • Plenary: Discipline vs. Punishment Using Empowering Approaches. Presented by Jill Vetstein
  • Supporting A Positive Partnership: Early Interventionists & Foster Parents in Massachusetts. Presented by Kelly F. Brown, M.Ed. CEIS, and Dr. Serra Acar, Ph.D.
  • Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Presented by Kathleen McAuslin, MATL, CEIS, CEIM.
  • Families Living with a Potential Diagnosis of Autism. Presented by Yvonne Nieves, Ph.D. & Certified Early Intervention Specialist
  • The Music in Me! Using Music Therapy Strategies and Interventions with Young Children
    Presented by Meredith R Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC

New Virtual Platform for 2022 – This year they are offering the conference through a more robust platform that will allow all participants additional tools to deepen the virtual experience, including:

  • Live chat, moderated Q&A, and polls during workshops
  • Digital booths for exhibitors and sponsors, where participants can view materials and chat with representatives via appointment or drop-ins
  • A virtual community where attendees can better connect with each other through chat, one-on-one appointments with other attendees, and special breakout sessions for group networking opportunities

The 2021 Conference Agenda covered: 

Keynote: Inclusion of Disability in the Media (45 Years on Sesame Street). Emily Perl Kingsley will share her personal experience raising a child with a disability at a time when there was little to no guidance for parents. She will describe how this journey impacted her career as a writer and curriculum developer on Sesame Street and how it led to a life of creative advocacy. Ms. Kingsley spearheaded the groundbreaking inclusion of children and adults with disabilities on Sesame Street and will demonstrate this through delightful video clips and stories.
The goals of the conference are to:
* Instill a sense of confidence, energy, and achievement for continued work on behalf of infants and toddlers with special needs, and their families.
* Encourage connections among all early childhood professionals and families.
* Promote interventions that support, challenge, and celebrate individual differences.
* Explore current perspectives, research and trends related to best practice in the field.
* Expand knowledge of issues affecting the development of infants, toddlers, and families.
PLUS –  Exhibitor Expo for families and professionals to find resources, products and services for children birth to six years old and their families.
For more information contachttps://meiconsortium.org/annual-conference/ or MEICconference@gmail.com


2021  Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Agenda

  • Welcoming Remarks – Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium and MA Department of Public Health
  • Keynote: Inclusion of Disability in the Media (45 Years on Sesame Street) – Presented by Emily Perl Kingsley
  • Examining Early Childhood Anxiety During an Era of Anxiety – Presented by Ashley Abesamra
  • Integrating Technology with Parent Coaching to Optimize Language Development -Presented by Barbara F. Hecht, PhD, Marian C. Hartblay, MAT, MEd, LSLS Cert AVEd, and Britani Schwaiger, M.E.D., CEIS
  • Racial Equity and Early Intervention – Presented by Craig Andrade, RN, MPH, DrPH
  • Monitoring Developing Communication Skills in Monolingual and Bilingual Infants and Toddlers – Presented by Rachel G. Aghara, PhD, CCC-SLP. 
  • Techniques and Tips for Your Sensory Tool Kit – Presented by Lisa van Gorder, OTR/L, CEIS

 

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