2019 Preschool Family & Professionals Conference

Date and Time: 
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 3:00pm to Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 11:00am
Event Location: 
TBD
Event Contact: 

2019 Preschool Family & Professionals Conference

This Conference is for families and professionals that have children who are blind or visually impaired through age five, and multiple impairments through age eight.

This Year’s Sessions Include:

  • Connecting Families: Parents will have a chance to sit with a group of families whose children have the same or similar diagnoses.
  • Early Brain and Child Development: Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Early Experiences  Elevate Everything: Early Brain and Child Development and the Future of Society
  • Dr Navsaria will discuss the critical importance of the first thousand days of life and the key role human relationships and interactions play in that time period. The concepts of toxic stress and how early adversity leads to lifelong issues will be reviewed, with practical examples and discussion of research which highlights these areas. 
  • Braille 101: Julie Sumwalt will discuss the origins of braille, what it is, and how it's used. Then she’ll teach the alphabet, basic punctuation and numbers, with practice on a braille writer. Children are encouraged to attend so they can help their parents.
  • Walking Tots: Kay Rhode will demonstrate methods of encouraging children to be more active in both indoor and outdoor settings. 
  • Q&A Panel: This class will provide a panel of young adults just out of high school to tell their story and answer any questions for those just starting out with their children. 
  • B is for Books: Our Outreach Director will lead this make & take book bag/box class to support children with visual impairments early relationships and literacy development.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Address challenging behaviors and teach social skills with kids in the spectrum. This class will discuss the importance of understanding behaviors and using appropriate, positive and consistent language with students who have autism.
  • A Simulated Experience: Alisha Ragainis will guide you as you participate in activities under low vision simulation goggles and share strategies and tools for using your vision more efficiently.
  • Daily Living Skills/Self-Care: This class will address the solutions for daily living skills addressed for very young ages including those children who are with multiple challenges
  • Navigating the Special Education maze: Cheri Sylla, WSPEI’s Family Engagement Coordinator, will explain how to navigate the special education maze and provide parent- friendly resources

Cost: $50 per family
This includes all meals and a two-night stay at the hotel

Space is limited
Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis

To Reserve a Room:
Information coming soon

A credit card will be needed to reserve your room (your credit card will not be charged for this room unless you fail to attend and/or do not cancel before scheduled arrival date if unable to attend). Your credit card will be billed for any incidentals.