2019 PRESENTATIONS

KEYNOTE

I BELONG 

ROBIN FOX 

Social Cognitive Educator, Social Eyes LLC

DR. PEG DONOHUE

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Family Therapy, Central Connecticut State University

Imagine kids not afraid of peers that are different?

What if all kids felt like they belong?

Let’s imagine together!

 

This interactive, dynamic Social Emotional Learning presentation offers hands-on, effective techniques and strategies that can be used right away. Envision with us schools and other environments that are based on the principles of celebrating diversity and teaching compassion. One person can ignite a change. For some, it’s everyday autism. Let’s create the climate where everyone belongs!

AUTISM SERVICE DOGS

The Powerful Impact Service Dogs Can Have on Children with Autism

KATY HARRISON OSTROFF

LICSW, Manager of Client Services, NEADS

SESSION ONE

The conference workshop will address how Service Dogs can affect the lives of children with autism and their families. We will discuss:

  • The depth and breadth of the training and evaluation of highly trained Service Dogs

  • The client application intake and evaluation process

  • The matching process between the child and the right Service Dog

  • A description of the training program that children and their families experience as families learn how to integrate the Service Dog into the lives of their children with Autism

  • A discussion of the Service Dog tasks that are particularly helpful to children and their families.

  • Questions that families should consider as they evaluate bringing a Service Dog or family pet into their home.

Target Audience: beginner-intermediate, parents/caregivers, related service providers, therapists

SESSION ONE

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

How Relationship and Sexuality Education Can Help Keep Students with Developmental Disabilities Safe

KATIE HANLEY

LMSW, Director, Oak Hill Centers

Sexual assault has dominated the news cycle. This issue can no longer be ignored. Often left out of this conversation, though, is that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities. That’s right – seven times. Truly an epidemic. Join us for an empowering conversation about how to promote sexual health and healthy relationships for students with IDD.

SESSION ONE

FOSTERING INCLUSIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

DR. PEG DONOHUE

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Family Therapy, Central Connecticut State University

MELISSA TRACY

School Counselor, The Light House

This breakout session will focus on effective initiatives that school teams are implementing to foster inclusive school environments on the elementary, middle and high school level.  Both presenters are trained school counselors who have championed inclusive mindsets as part of their work.  Specific interventions such as introducing buddy benches, circle of friends groups, and peer to peer programs will be discussed.  Most importantly, participants will be encouraged to share what has worked to shift students’ and educators’ mindsets to ensure all students, families, and educators can enthusiastically say “I belong” at their schools.

DIR/FLOORTIME

A Developmental/Relational Play Therapy Model of Intervention for Children Impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Challenges

DR. ESTHER HESS

Executive Director, Center for the Developing Mind

SESSION TWO

After the session, participants will be able to:

 

1.  List three indicators of sensory processing and social-emotional challenges in the play of children/adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

 

2.  Demonstrate an introductory understanding to the best practice DIR/Floor Time model of play therapy techniques used to support specific sensory processing challenges.

 

3.  Discuss how to facilitate emotional regulation and expression in children/adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

 

4.  Explain how the DIR/Floor Time model of play therapy facilitates adaptive interpersonal relationships in families with children/adolescents impacted with autism spectrum disorder.

EXHIBITOR SESSION

POSITIVITY

KARRIE WELCH

Training Specialist, n2y

Positivity™ is the first comprehensive online behavioral solution to support classroom management, empower students’ self-regulation, and automatically collect behavior-related data. Easily integrated into daily classroom routines, Positivity delivers proactive, evidence-based strategies that support emotional control and executive function, enabling students to actively participate in learning and achieve independence. Join n2y® in empowering self-regulation

 

SPEAKERS

DR. ESTHER HESS

Esther B. Hess, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and executive director of a multidisciplinary treatment facility in West Los Angeles, CA, Center for the Developing Mind. The Center specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of developmental and regulatory disorders, like autism spectrum disorders. In addition, Dr. Hess is an author and a national and international speaker on DIR/Floor Time: A Developmental/Relational Treatment Approach of ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults.

CHRIS BUGAJ

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST (http://attipscast.com); a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences and co-hosts the Talking With Tech (http://www.talkingwithtech.net/) podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools (http://bit.ly/chewatamazon) published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE) and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go (http://bit.ly/ateval2go), an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast (http://nightlightstories.net) which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 300 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations. His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All (http://bit.ly/thenewat4all), also published by ISTE, is available for order now!  

DR. PEG DONOHUE

Dr. Peg Donohue is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education and Family Therapy Department at CCSU and Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. She spent 16 years working as a school counselor in elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Donohue is a founding member of the CCSU Center of Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning where she has developed a number of training opportunities for Connecticut educators. She is co-editor and chapter contributor to The School Counselor’s Guide to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support coming out in June of 2019.

ROBIN FOX

Robin Fox M.Ed., is an award-winning educator and professional improv actor, has worked in private and public schools, K-12, as a special educator, professional trainer, and consultant for over thirty-five years. Her program, SocialEyes Together™, is a classroom-tested, innovative curriculum blending mindfulness, cognitive education, and improvisation exercises. Socially challenged students become more self aware and resilient by playfully connecting with others. They learn to cultivate productive thoughts that advance their goals and dreams leading the way to increased confidence and empathy. www.social-eyes.org

KATY HARRISON OSTROFF

Katy Harrison Ostroff, LICSW is the Manager of Client Services for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. She is responsible for matching eligible clients with their Service Dogs through a highly personalized intake and evaluation process. In addition, Katy speaks locally and nationally about the life-changing possibilities of Service Dogs, focusing on the partnerships between NEADS clients and their Service Dogs.  Her prior experience includes Executive Director of Employment Connection Specialists, a non-profit agency that placed persons with disabilities in jobs in private industry.  Volunteer experience includes serving as a board member and board President of the NH Rehabilitation Association as well as leadership positions on a variety of professional and community boards.

KATIE HANLEY

Katie Hanley is Senior Director of Oak Hill Centers at Oak Hill, the largest disability services provider in Connecticut.  Katie is responsible for the administration, supervision and development of innovative community-based services including the Center for Relationship & Sexuality Education (CRSE). CRSE broadens access to important sexual health information and addresses the overwhelming vulnerability to sexual abuse experienced by the intellectual and developmental disability community. Katie presents workshops throughout the country on the topic of healthy relationships and sexual health for people with disabilities.

 
 
 
 

PAST SPEAKERS

PAST SPEAKERS

STEPHEN SHORE

2017

Promoting Successful Transition to Adulthood for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

 

2018

Senses and Sensibilities and Hidden Curriculum