Pre-Conference Sessions

Attending a Pre-Conference Session gives you the chance to spend four hours with a nationally-known speaker and dig deep into one specific topic. The sessions are structured to share best practices, content that is research-based and proven “how to” strategies. All sessions will include time for Q & A. Pre-cons will be held on Friday, July 11 from 8:00am-12:30pm.

Separate registration is required. Pre-Conference handouts are issued only to the person registered for the session. Space may be limited in some sessions, so register early. On-site registration cannot be guaranteed.


  1. Sing, Play, And Learn! A Dozen Strategies For Early Learning Success
    Diane Eldridge, RN, COTA/L, National Presenter, Handwriting Without Tears®
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  2. Open Books Open Doors: Teaching Reading To Children With DS
    Kathleen Whitbread, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT
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  3. Developing Oral Sensory-Motor Skills And Feeding In Children With DS
    Lori L. Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, Alphabet Soup, Norwalk, CT
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    Disponible con interpretación simultánea al español
  4. Dysfunctional? Never!! – Understanding And Treating Problem Behaviors
    Stacy Taylor, MA, BCBA, President/Clinical Director of Advance Behavior & Learning, mother of a daughter with DS, Oviedo, FL
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  5. Do We Have Everyone On The Same Page For Inclusive Practices?
    Michael L. Remus, MS, Director of Student Support Services, Deer Valley Unied School District, Phoenix, AZ
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  6. Technology Today & Tomorrow: Tools For Home And The Classroom
    Sean J. Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, father of a son with DS, Lawrence, KS
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  7. Planning For Your Child’s Future As An Adult: From Parental Care To Supported Independence
    Hal Wright, CFP®, Author, father of a daughter with DS, Centennial, CO
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  8. Health And Wellness: Include Me IN
    Brian Chicoine, MD, Medical Director, Advocate Medical Group Adult DS Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL and Christine Maxwell, Self Advocate, Evanston, IL
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  9. When Down Syndrome And Autism Intersect: Gaining A Better Understanding Of DS-ASD
    Margaret Froehlke, RN, BSN, Sarah Hartway, RN, MS and Robin Zaborek: all representatives of the Down Syndrome-Autism Connection, including two seasoned parents of children with DS-ASD, Denver, CO
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  10. Affiliates LEAD: Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising For DS Aliate Leaders
    Dave Sternberg, Founding Partner, Sternberg, Loring & Associates, Indianapolis, IN
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  11. Estrategias Que Favorecen El Desarrollo De La Conducta Adaptativa
    Silvia Maravilla Ávila, Psicóloga Conductual y Alberto Alonso García, Psicólogo Conductual. Juntos dirigimos el Centro de Asesoria Psicológica Integral (API) donde
    asesoramos a padres en el manejo de comportamiento y apoyamos el desarrollo de habilidades adaptativas y socio-emocionales en niños y jóvenes con y sin discapacidad. Monterrey, N.L. México.
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