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This August, nearly 300 child care professionals will gather in Knoxville, TN for the 2017 Child Care & Development Conference. You are invited to spend the day with us learning, growing, and having fun in the process. Your registration fee includes a conference tote bag, plated lunch & door price ticket.
(More workshop descriptions will be added as they are confirmed.)
1. Autism: The Good, The Bad, and What You Can Do About It
Susan Holton & Lisa Ross: Autism Site Knoxville
This session is designed to provide an overview of autism, its characteristics and the evaluation process. Additionally, we will discuss strategies that can be easily implemented in a child’s environment, school and home in order to foster success and positive relationships. Participants will understand the autism characteristics, its identification process, and strategy implementation.
Lisa Ross is a school psychologist who has been practicing for over 20 years with a concentration in autism. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina. Lisa provides support to students through direct work and collaborating with school staff and families and serves as a board member for Autism Site Knoxville.
Susan Holton is a speech and language pathologist with over 30 years’ experience working in public schools, pediatric outpatient clinics and home based early intervention. She received an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Susan focuses on autism, language development and assistive technology and serves as a board member for Autism Site Knoxville and TN Association for Assistive Technology.
2. Creative Writing in a Preschool Setting
Bring out the creative in your children! This workshop will focus on activities to bring the writing process to life for your preschoolers. Participants will learn about the importance of creative writing and how to administer 4 specific activities, including Interactive writing, Expand a story, Write a story from a picture, and Word-list story.
Natalie Wade is a published children’s author with a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with an emphasis in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee. She has been a family child care provider for the past 13 years and has presented at state, regional and national conferences.
Spotlite on Disleksia
Jennifer Nagel & LaShea Gifford: The Dyslexia Spot
In this workshop, participants will discover what dyslexia and dysgraphia really are and how they can be addressed in the classroom. Dyslexia impacts 20% of the population, but sadly, the majority of people do not understand dyslexia is a difficulty with language. Participants will discuss common misconceptions, classroom accommodations and use simulations to understand what it is like to be dyslexic in the classroom.
Jennifer Nagel has been working in dyslexia awareness and advocacy for over three years and holds a certificate of consultancy to screen dyslexia and a certificate of advocacy from the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has further training in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading and the RAVE-O program. Jennifer’s passion for dyslexia and IDEA law awareness, Tennessee’s education laws, and RTI2 stem from her own daughter’s struggles in school and the difficulties she faced with reading at grade level.
4. Supporting Healthy Habits with Plant Strong Initiatives
Karla Dumas & Rebecca Portman: The Humane Society of the United States
Whether children choose an occasional meatless meal or follow this eating pattern full-time, experts agree that plant-based foods are healthful choices at all life stages and are consistently linked to reduced risk of chronic, preventable diseases. This workshop will investigate how plant-strong initiatives are being used as emerging disease prevention strategies to encourage positive eating habits among the youngest generations that can have a lasting impact throughout their lives.
Karla Dumas is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist with the Humane Society of the United States. With over 10 years of experience in the field of child nutrition and school food service management, she has partnered with foodservice programs throughout the country to implement plant-strong initiatives. Karla received her plant-based culinary certification through Rouxbe cooking school and currently serves as the secretary for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
5. Norovirus in Child Care
Institute of Child Nutrition
Norovirus is highly contagious and can be quite serious in young children. According to the CDC, noroviruses cause upwards of 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. This workshop will focus on the symptoms, causes and transmission of the virus, as well as how child care centers can protect their children from exposure.
Family Child Care FUNdamentals
Institute of Child Nutrition
Family Child Care Professionals are essential to early childhood education. Many young children and their families rely on their skills and expertise for providing the best care and educational services in a home-style environment. In addition, they rely on family child care providers to foster healthy environments promoting overall health and wellness in child care. Understanding this, Family Child Care FUNdamentals (FCCF), a research-based training, was developed to assist providers with those skills and resources for meeting the needs of young children.
More information regarding classes offered, and keynote speaker will be made available soon.
*All attendee registrations include a meal in the registration fee.
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Our Daily Bread of Tennessee, Inc.
As food program specialists, our mission is to provide nutritional education and technical support to Day Care Homes, Child Care Centers, At Risk/After-School Facilities in Tennessee. We believe if children learn to make healthy food choices at an early age, it will last them a lifetime.