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2010 Early On Conference Brochure


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2010 Early On Annual Conference and Faculty Colloquium offers, "The REAL Magic of Communication", October 21 - 22, 2010 on the campus of Michigan State University at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing MI. For additional information about the annual conference, visit

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2010 Early On Conference Brochure

  1. 1. Table of Contents Conference & Faculty Colloquium Agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Featured Presenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 AudX Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Session 1: Thursday - 11:00AM - 12:15PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Session 2: Thursday - 1:30PM - 2:45PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Session 3: Thursday - 3:15PM - 4:30PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Session 4: Friday - 9:30AM - 12:00PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12 Continuing Education Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Conference Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Things to Do in East Lansing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Registration Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Hotel Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Driving Directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION Kathleen N. Straus - President John C. Austin - Vice President Carolyn L. Curtin - Secretary Marianne Yared McGuire - Treasurer Nancy Danhof - NASBE Delegate Elizabeth W. Bauer Reginald M. Turner Casandra E. Ulbrich EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Jennifer M. Granholm - Governor Michael P. Flanagan - Superintendent of Public Instruction This document was produced and distributed through an IDEA Mandated Activities Project for CCRESA EOT&TA, awarded by the Michigan Department of Education, at a cost of $0.99 per brochure. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan State Board of Education, or the U.S. Department of Education, and no endorsement is inferred. This document is in the public domain and may be copied for further distribution when proper credit is given. For further information or inquiries about this project, contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909. It is the policy of the Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) that no discriminatory practices based on gender, race, religion, color, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliations and beliefs, or any other status covered by federal, state or local law be allowed in providing instructional opportunities, programs, services, job placement assistance, employment or in policies governing student conduct and attendance. Any person suspecting a discriminatory practice should contact the Associate Superintendent for Special Education, 1013 South US-27, St. Johns, MI 48879, or call (989) 224-6831. 1
  2. 2. Michigan Department of Education Dear Early On® Michigan Providers: Welcome! The Michigan Department of Education is pleased to present the 2010 Early On® Annual Conference and Faculty Colloquium, The REAL Magic of Communication. This conference will provide you with opportunities to learn about innovative and best practices for supporting families with children in Early On. Thank you for your dedication to Michigan’s youngest citizens and for supporting their development through your passionate work with their families. Have a magical conference! Sincerely, Michael P. Flanagan State Superintendent of Public Instruction Clinton County R ESA Office of Innovative Projects Early On® Training and Technical Assistance (EOT&TA), an Innovative Project of Clinton County RESA, is your system of personnel development. Funded by the Michigan Department of Education, EOT&TA provides Michigan’s comprehensive system of personnel development mandated by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. We are available to provide support, information, and training related to Early On processes, child development, early intervention strategies, and state and federal regulations and initiatives. A companion project to EOT&TA, the Early On Center for Higher Education, supports faculty with content related to the state’s early intervention system so that students may graduate knowing that early intervention is a career choice and with an awareness of family- centered practices and system components. We are pleased to offer the Early On Faculty Colloquium in partnership with the Early On Conference. The Conference and Colloquium are blended so that faculty, providers, and administrators attend the keynote, some breakout sessions, and lunch together, connecting researchers with practitioners and offering common learning as well as sessions that meet the specific interests and needs of each audience. We’re aware of the limited field placement and practicum opportunities in the preparation of therapists and personnel from all disciplines to work with families of children birth to three years of age, so we invite faculty and providers to come together to consider curricular strategies that will prepare future service providers for the unique work ahead of supporting families and children in their homes. This year’s Conference and Colloquium provides a focus on supporting communication development, with sessions for providers and faculty from all backgrounds and disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills. This year’s Conference Coordinators are Stefanie Rathburn and Carol Haapala; Colloquium Coordinators are Meg McSweeney and Janice Fialka. Congratulations and thank you to this team who put together an event for us that promises to be magical! Christy Callahan, Director Kerenda Applebey, Training and TA Manager Office of Innovative Projects Early On Training and Technical Assistance 2
  3. 3. Conference & Colloquium Agenda: Thursday, October 21, 2010 Friday, October 22, 2010 7:45AM - 9:00AM Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30AM - 8:30AM Continental Breakfast 7:45AM - 4:30PM Exhibits and Vendors available 8:30AM - 9:00AM Early On Updates Vanessa Winborne, State Part C 9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcome Coordinator, Michigan Department of Christine Callahan, Director, Education Early On Training & Technical Assistance 9:00AM - 9:30AM Break 9:15AM -10:30AM Keynote: The REAL Magic of 9:30AM - 12:00PM Session 4 Communication: Building Speech and Language Development into Everyday 12:00PM Lunch and Closing Comments Routines Clarissa Willis, Ph.D., Academic Liaison, Kaplan Early Learning 10:30AM - 11:00AM Break 11:00AM - 12:15PM Session 1 12:15PM - 1:30PM Lunch 12:15PM - 2:45PM Fall Forum* 1:30PM - 2:45PM Session 2 * The Fall Forum is the annual meeting of the Michigan 2:45PM - 3:15PM Break Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (MiAECTE) comprised of faculty who teach in early 3:15PM - 4:30PM Session 3 childhood and early childhood special education departments at Michigan universities and colleges. The Fall Forum will take place on Thursday in the Riverside Room from 12:15PM - 2:45PM 3
  4. 4. Keynote: The “Real” Magic of Communication: Building Speech and Language Development into Everyday Routines Thursday, 9:15AM - 10:30AM Clarissa Willis, Ph.D., is an author and consultant living in North Carolina. She was Associate Professor of Special Education and the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Ten- nessee State University. In that capacity she directed such projects as Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (First District), the East Tennessee Autism Training Project, the Tennessee Preschool Literacy Project, and Expanding Horizons Early Inter- vention Project. She holds a Ph.D. in early childhood special education and a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She is the author of five books including: Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Gryphon House) and Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children: What to Do on Monday Morning! (Corwin Press). Her book, Inclu- sive Literacy Lessons, with co-author Pam Schiller won the Early Childhood News Director’s Choice Award for 2008. Her newest books, Teaching Infants, Toddlers and Twos with Special Needs and My Child Has Autism, were released in 2009. Early On Update Friday, 8:30AM - 9:00AM Vanessa Winborne, State Part C Coordinator, Michigan Department of Education The Michigan Department of Education, as the state lead agency for Early On Michigan, has the responsibility to oversee the administration of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). Vanessa will provide participants with the federal and state updates and information regarding Early On Michigan. AudX Calibration/updates of the AudX hearing screening equipment will be available on site. The AudX must be calibrated every 18 months to remain accurate. Those interested are asked to register in advance. Watch the Early On listserv for registration information from Tiffany Kostelec, Early On Coordinator for Public Health, Michigan Department of Community Health. 4
  5. 5. Session 1, Thursday, 11:00A M - 12:15PM 1A How Early On Michigan Providers Foster Hope in Foster Care: Lessons Learned & Opportunities Offered John Palladino, Eastern Michigan University Mark Geisler, Saginaw Valley State University This presentation will include large and small group discussion about the opportunities to infuse foster care topics into Early On pre- service training. Goals include: understanding in-service practitioners’ recommendations about necessary pre-service knowledge and skills for working with infant foster care populations, identifying opportunities within existing curricula for infusing foster care topics and discussions, and discussing how and where to use sample curricula case studies provided for the participants. Faculty 1B Healthy Homes = Healthy Kids Jane Nickert, Michigan Department of Community Health Participants will be provided with an overview of the relationship between housing, the environment, and health. Discussion will also focus on the environmental contaminants and impact on hearing, vision, and the child’s capacity to learn and communicate. Participants will learn of resources to promote safe, green environments and a holistic approach to health and wellness in infants and toddlers. Entry/ASHA, Nursing, 1C Keeping Your Cool When Conversations Get Hot Barb Schinderle, Michigan Department of Education Cheryl Hall, Michigan Department of Education Anyone wishing to improve his or her communication skills will benefit by learning how to use a variety of tools presented in this workshop. Benefits include strengthened relationships and improved health due to reduced stress. The presentation will include stories of crucial conversations working well, small group work with people sharing examples, and trainers providing strategies for participants to use in day-to-day life. All/ASHA 5
  6. 6. Session 1 Continued 1D Building Relationships and Communication Within a Family’s Natural Environment Kelly Johnston, Early On Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Mary Forness, FiveCAP, Inc. The session will discuss the importance of developing a relationship-based approach, emphasizing interpersonal skills in working with infants and toddlers and their families. The importance of parallel process will be reviewed with participants. The session will also discuss language connections and the use of age appropriate developmental techniques and tools to enhance the social, emotional, and communication development of infants and toddlers. Seasoned/ASHA 1E Misbehavior or Missed Communication Clarissa Willis, Academic Liaison, Kaplan Early Learning Often what looks like misbehavior may just be “missed-communication.” This workshop will identify some of the most common “missed-communication” exhibited by young children. Specific intervention strategies and hands-on solutions will be provided. Participants will define the unique challenges when children ‘miscommunicate’ and understand strategies designed to help children manage their own behavior and build resilience. Entry/ASHA 1F Tone, Positioning, and Motor Development in the Home Environment Kimberly Tailford, Dynamic Physical Therapy This session will focus on the motor development, positioning, the impact of tone on positioning and development, and how to use the home environment to address the specific needs of each infant. The goals of the session are to identify the type and characteristics of tone and related diagnoses and to understand the impact of tone on positioning, handling of each child, and on motor development milestones (strength, reflexes, and head control). Entry/Nursing 1G Oral Motor Skills and Feeding Christin R. Dowd, Lenawee Intermediate School District Debra Lauharn, Lenawee Intermediate School District This session will share strategies and techniques to use with children who present with decreased oral intake and feeding problems such as gagging, choking, and difficulty with swallowing. Seasoned/ASHA, Nursing 6
  7. 7. Session 2, Thursday, 1:30PM - 2:45PM 2A Parental Involvement in Bilingual Children’s Language & Literacy Development Lena G. Caesar, Andrews University This session will present the findings of a home-early intervention partnership with parents and teachers of children in a migrant Head Start program. A journaling approach (SALSA) was used to stimulate oral language and emergent literacy skills in Spanish-speaking children of migrant farmers. Implications for the effectiveness of using this method with other multicultural populations will also be discussed. Participants will also learn of special considerations for working with families in which the parents and children are English Language Learners (ELLs). Faculty, Seasoned/ASHA 2B The Long Journey Home - Transitioning Medically Fragile Infants to the Home Environment Barbara Shaltis, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System The presentation will remind and/or raise awareness of what families deal with emotionally, financially, and physically when their medically fragile infants and toddlers are hospitalized, discharged, and begin the transition to care at home. The presentation will discuss post-procedure feeding issues. Participants will have the opportunity to: increase understanding of the patient’s and family’s hospital experience, define the emotional and tangible needs of patients and families when discharged home (using the feeding issue as an illustration), and barriers or problems that often occur. Participants will develop a “tool kit” of skills and resources that might assist intervention with the parents. Entry/ASHA, Nursing 2C How Early On Michigan Providers Foster Hope in Foster Care John Palladino, Eastern Michigan University Mark Geisler, Saginaw Valley State University The purpose of this session is to share the findings from an Early On-funded research project that included practitioners’ experiences, insights, challenges, and recommendations about services for infants and toddlers placed in foster care. The presentation and interactive dialogue will explore the similarities and differences of Early On services for these infants and toddlers throughout the state and innovative opportunities for enhancing collaborative best practices for serving infants and toddlers, foster parents, and birth parents. Seasoned 2D Early Language Development Tierney Popp, Central Michigan University The purpose of this session is to describe and discuss the development of language beginning with the infant’s first communication intent to the older toddler’s ability to understand and express ideas and feelings using words. This presentation will look at language from two levels, the receptive and the expressive, and support the assessment of functional language. Entry/ASHA 7
  8. 8. Session 2 Continued 2E Project LAUNCH: Promoting the Wellness of Young Children in Michigan Linda K. Dann, Michigan Department of Community Health Barbara Russell, Saginaw Intermediate School District Deborah A. Griffin, Saginaw Intermediate School District Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded grant promoting the wellness of young children from birth to eight years of age by addressing the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of development. The state is working in partnership with its community partner, Saginaw county, to implement several evidence-based practices. LAUNCH seeks to infuse social/emotional health into physical health and other home visitation models. The model also promotes healthy, stable, safe and supportive families and communities. Seasoned/Nursing 2F Accommodations, Alternatives, and Assistive Technology to Support Language and Literacy in Young Children Kindy Segovia, Kent Intermediate School District Explore tools and strategies that will foster language and literacy development in the critical years of birth to three. Low tech to high tech supports and activities can help build language skills and a basis for life-long literacy skills. Discover, see, touch, and feel hands-on materials, visual supports, activities, and technology supports, embedded into everyday routines. Leave with an understanding and framework for using supports, creating and utilizing multi-sensory tools, and new ideas for immediate use to support language. Seasoned/ASHA 2G Signing with Babies for Communication and Relationship Support Lisa Keller, Kent Intermediate School District Early On This workshop will provide skills for enriching a child’s language development by increasing vocabulary and building self- confidence through the use of signing. This presentation will feature the research-based Baby Signs® Program, the experiences of families and professionals, and the application for children with and without delays. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how signing can enhance the parent-child relationship and the ability to teach caregivers the basics of signing with their children. Entry/ASHA 8
  9. 9. Session 3, Thursday, 3:15PM - 4:30PM 3A Laughing = Learning: The Value of Humor in the College Classroom Holly Hoffman, Central Michigan University Participants will examine the current research base regarding the benefits of humor for college students and professionals in the areas of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. They will identify their “humor barometer reading” and reflect on current and future practices. Resources for increasing or maintaining use of humor in the academic environment will be provided. Faculty 3B Preparing Students for Families and Routines Clarissa Willis, Academic Liaison, Kaplan Early Learning Pre-service curriculum for the therapeutic disciplines (speech-language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.) and early childhood special education related to early intervention, birth to age three, will be discussed. Participants will gain knowledge about the preparation necessary for students who will be working with families in natural environments, with special emphasis on home- based strategies. Encouraging collaboration with families through the use of family-centered consultation, including discussion of coaching, mentoring and direct intervention strategies, will be addressed. Research that supports improved child and family outcomes when parents are engaged as partners in the child’s intervention plan will be discussed. Faculty/ASHA 3C Autism “Recovery?” Understanding and Supporting Parents Who Plan to “Recover” Their Autistic Children Amber Fante, Baker College of Clinton Township In a modern world filled with statistics about the recent increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism, many parents are turning to alternative methods to “recover” their autistic children. Often these efforts can be at odds with traditional intervention services. This session will: provide information to help bridge the gap between non-traditional (bio-medical) and typical intervention methods, include strategies for providers to understand parents, and consider innovative approaches to intervention (i.e., limiting screen time, increasing dynamic interactions, and finding low-cost alternatives to high-priced interventions), blending the traditional with new research to help families find hope for the future. Seasoned/ASHA, Nursing 9
  10. 10. Session 3 Continued 3D Children, Parents, and the Benefits of Nature: Outdoors - the Real Natural Environment Sam Cornelius, Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle ISD Carolyn Belknap, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD Nature experience (direct activity in the outdoors) provides huge benefits for young children, ranging from development in all areas to increased creativity, curiosity, confidence, and excitement plus important lessons in self-management, independence, cooperation and the ability to focus and maintain attention. Ideas for expeditions, explorations and content activities will be included. If setting and conditions permit, participants will go outdoors for a hands-on experience. Entry 3E Understanding the Function of Biting and Other Challenging Toddler Behaviors Jennifer Champagne O’Connor, Oakland Schools During this workshop we will discuss factors that influence challenging toddler behaviors and how our understanding of these factors can be used to develop appropriate strategies to prevent the behavior and respond when the behavior occurs. Entry/ASHA, Nursing 3F The Primary Service Provider Model in Early Intervention: What Is It and How Does It Work? Dawn Koger, Oakland Schools Susan Wit, Royal Oak Schools Come learn about the Primary Service Provider model and what it means for children, families, and service providers. This session will review best practice principles from current research as well as lessons learned from the field as one service area moved to a primary service provider model. Seasoned/ASHA 3G Partners in Communication: Ways to Empower Parents Mallory Mast, Michigan State University Lindsay Reilly, Michigan State University Jennifer Kudsin, Michigan State University This session will discuss what it means to empower parents of children with communication difficulties. Strategies for incorporating parents in speech and language therapy will be addressed. Presenters will demonstrate the importance of a family-centered approach in the Early On setting and discuss the issues that inhibit the working relationship between parents and speech-language pathologists. Entry/ASHA 10
  11. 11. Session 4, Friday, 9:30A M - 12:00PM 4A To Intervene or Not to Intervene??? When and How to Support Communication Skills in the Birth-to-Three Population Cheryl Granzo, Ionia ISD Diane Saroli-Taylor, Ionia ISD This workshop is intended to support staff that work with infants and toddlers who are either at risk for communication delays and/or are identified with communication delays. Participants in the session will review communication milestones from birth to age three, explore some contributing causes of communication disorders, learn when to intervene, explore how to use speech therapists through a consultative model, and learn and practice specific strategies to teach/coach parents to facilitate communication development in their children. All/ASHA 4B Nurturing Hearts and Brains through Treatment and Parenting Anne Lange, Nurtured Heart Path Service providers will benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of the connection between brain function and relational connection. Participants will learn concrete strategies to promote healthy relationships and brain development, drawing from the strength-based model of the Nurtured Heart Approach. Seasoned 4C Getting Back to Our Passion: Overcoming Compassion Fatigue Mark Geisler, Saginaw Valley State University John Palladino, Eastern Michigan University In this interactive, informative session, participants will understand the symptoms and implications of compassion fatigue as distinguished from burnout. Participants will be able to identify common coping mechanisms related to compassion fatigue. They will also be able to understand personal, interpersonal, and organizational strategies for combating compassion fatigue to enhance their work with infants and families. Seasoned/ Nursing 4D Supporting Relationships for Infants and Toddlers with Early Signs of Autism Ann O’Donnell, Private Practice This presentation will identify early signs of autism and related challenges for infants and toddlers. Participants will learn basic strategies to facilitate relationships for infants and toddlers with social and emotional developmental risk factors. They will learn to identify resources for support in facilitating attachment for infants and toddlers with social and emotional developmental risk factors. Entry/ASHA, Nursing 11
  12. 12. Session 4 Continued 4E Attachment: Helping Early On Parents Connect with Their Very Young Children René Beyette, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Joan Shirilla, Self-employed Mental Health Consultant This session will focus on how attachment develops and the classifications of secure and insecure patterns of attachment. The presenters will address how a growing attachment can be more difficult when a very young child has developmental challenges. Ways to support growing attachments will be explored. Entry/Nursing 4F Multimodal Approach to Suspected Apraxia of Speech Christin Dowd, Lenawee ISD Debra Lauharn, Lenawee ISD Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a breakdown in the transmission of messages from the brain to the muscles in the jaw, cheeks, lips, tongue, and palate. Children with CAS are often reported to have coexisting conditions such as oral apraxia, oral- motor hypotonia, sensory integration dysfunction and limb apraxia. A multimodal approach to facilitate speech and expressive language skills will be outlined. The use of gross motor, fine motor, and sensory integration skills as a way of facilitating speech and expressive language skills will be discussed. Seasoned/ASHA 4G Reflective Supervision Sheryl Goldberg, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Denise Kerwin, Jackson-Hillsdale-Lenawee Community Action Agency Reflective supervision or consultation (RS/C) can greatly improve the quality of services provided in any early childhood program. This session is intended for early childhood program supervisors or team leaders with supervisory responsibility. One key benefit of RS/C is increasing job satisfaction leading to job retention. Decisions that an agency must make when implementing RS/C will also be discussed. A demonstration of RS/C will be provided. Seasoned/ASHA 12
  13. 13. Continuing Education Credits State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs) An application has been submitted for State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs). Credit will be offered for all sessions, pending approval. Michigan State University, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Department of Audiology and For sessions coded ASHA, an application has been submitted for American Speech- Speech Services is apporoved by the Continuing Education Board Language-Hearing Association Continuing Education Units, through a cooperative of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) to agreement with Michigan State University. Credit will be offered for specific provide continuing education components and workshops at this conference. These intermediate level sessions are activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. offered for a total of .7 ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures. Nursing Contact Hours (NCH) For sessions coded NCH, an application has been submitted for Nursing Contact Hours. Credit will be offered, pending approval. Content approval information will be available at the conference. Social Work Contact Hours (SWCH) An application has been submitted for Social Work Contact Hours. Credit will be offered for all sessions, pending approval. Course approval information will be availabe at the conference. Conference Codes To assist participants in the selection of workshops, sessions are coded according to the level of content provided. Entry level indicates presentation is focused for participants who are interested in learning the fundamentals of early childhood intervention topics. Seasoned level indicates the presentation is targeted for participants who are interested in concentrated, in-depth information beyond the basics of early intervention topics. All indicates that the session is appropriate for all conference participants. Faculty sessions are open to all; however, content has been developed with university or college faculty in mind. 13
  14. 14. Family-Centered Practice Early On Training and Technical Assistance embraces the principles of family-centered practice and encourages all presenters and participants to consider them in their work. Things to do in East Lansing East Lansing offers a variety in entertainment and dining for conference participants. Some options include: The MSU Theatre Department will produce Evil Dead: The Musical at the Wharton Center on Wednesday, October 20th and 21st, at 7:30 p.m. The 13th Annual East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) is October 20-28. The ELFF strives to bring quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan. Audiences are exposed to diverse cultures, ideas and creative works. Check out the website for information on films that will be spotlighted the week of the conference. Shop at Eastwood Towne Center. This shopping center offers upscale fashion retailers, home furnishing shops and a variety of dining options. Eastwood is open until 9:00 p.m. on the nights of the conference and is located on Lake Lansing Road, West of US 127. East Lansing offers great dining and nightlife opportunities! Sweetie-licious Bakery. If you’re having a craving for something sweet, you may want to check out the Sweetie-licious Bakery. Linda Hunt, owner of the bakery, holds the title of 2010 Crisco National Pie Champion. She provided an evening demonstration at the 2009 Annual Conference & Faculty Colloquium and is located in nearby DeWitt. The shop is open until 7:00 p.m. on the nights of the conference. 14
  15. 15. Registration Conference and Colloquium Registration Rates: By September 23, 2010 After September 23, 2010 Conference & Faculty Colloquium $130.00 $160.00 Thursday Only $90.00 $120.00 Student/LICC Parent $65.00 $65.00 Applying for Discounted Rates: For those students wishing to attend and receive the discounted rate, documentation on university letterhead indicating their enrollment is required. For LICC parents wishing to attend and receive the discounted rate, documentation on ISD/agency letterhead indicating their current involvement as an LICC parent is required. Please send requests for discounted rates and documentation to Al Thelen at or fax it to him at (517) 668-0446. Registration Procedures: Online registration is the preferred way to register and is available at Please remit payment or purchase order within 7 days to: CCRESA EOT&TA 13109 Schavey Road, Suite 4 DeWitt, MI 48820 Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted via e-mail to on or before October 1, 2010. A $15.00 processing fee is charged for each cancellation. The full conference fee is due for cancellations after October 1, 2010. Substitutions may be made up to the start of the conference. Accommodations: Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the conference should contact EOT&TA at (866) 334-5437 at least ten (10) days in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing and other assistance. Individuals may also indicate these needs in their online registration form. 15
  16. 16. Hotel For conference participants, a block of rooms is being held at the hotels listed below. The hotels have listed their conference rates. Hotel rooms are subject to applicable state and local taxes at the time of check- in. Please remember to bring your tax exempt ID information with you to supply to hotel staff upon check-in. Please register directly with the hotel of your choice. Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, located on the campus of Michigan State University, is holding a block of rooms for conference participants. You will enjoy the unique atmosphere and beautiful surroundings with a short distance to downtown East Lansing. They offer 160 guest rooms with a restaurant, coffee bar/lounge, and fitness center along with complimentary parking and passes to the Intramural Centers for hotel guests. The entire facility has complimentary WI-FI. For more information about the facility, please visit Room rates are $65.00 for a single occupancy and $75.00 for a double if you register by September 22, 2010. Hotel rooms are subject to applicable state and local taxes at the time of check-in. To reserve a room, please phone 1-800-875-5090 and mention the Early On Conference & Faculty Colloquium. Candlewood Suites is located on the south side of the MSU campus, approximately 3 miles from Kellogg Center and is adjacent to the University Club. Room rates are $65.00 for a studio suite and $95.00 for a one-bedroom suite. The room amenities include kitchenette, free high-speed internet, coffee makers and discount golf at the MSU Forest Akers Golf Courses. This does include free shuttle service to the Kellogg Center. A hot made-to-order breakfast is available at the University Club for $7.95 per person. Their web site is: or call 517-351-8181 for reservations. The University Quality Inn is located two miles from the Kellogg Center on East Grand River Avenue. Room rates are $64.95 plus tax, which includes full hot breakfast each morning and two complimentary drinks at the hotel lounge per room per night. The room amenities include a large indoor heated pool and fitness center, and free wireless internet, all within walking distance to 14 restaurants and 70 stores. Free shuttle service to the Kellogg Center is also available. Their web site is: or call 517-351-1440 for reservations. n e at g O nli sa.or ster .ccre R egi tta o w.e ww 16
  17. 17. Driving Directions FROM ANN ARBOR - US-23 North to I-96 West, to US-127 (exit 106) North (3.1 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). FROM CHARLOTTE - North on I-69 to I-496 East; East (5 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). FROM DETROIT - I-96 West to US-127 (exit 106) North (3.1 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). FROM FLINT - West on I-69 to US-127 (exit 89) South (5.5 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). FROM GRAND RAPIDS - East on I-96 to I-496 (exit 95) East (9.7 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). FROM KALAMAZOO - I-94 East to I-69 North, to I-496 East; East (5 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). FROM ST. JOHNS - South on US-27 to US-127 South (8.5 miles) to Trowbridge Road (exit 9) East (.5 miles) to Harrison Road; turn left North approximately 1 mile on the right (four traffic lights up). 17
  18. 18. Save the Date! 2011 Early On® Annual Conference November 3-4, 2011 Grand Traverse Resort, Acme 18
  19. 19. Early On® Training & TA 13109 Schavey Rd., Suite 4 DeWitt, MI 48820