Breakout one:  10:55-11:55 a.m

Breakout two: 1:10-2:10 p.m.

Breakout three: 2:20-3:20 p.m.



PS and K-2 Teachers & Directors


Supporting Parents of Young Children Newly Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wanda Baldwin, LCSW, FAU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, Early Intervention Specialist
This session will present an innovative approach to supporting families of young children newly diagnosed or seeking a diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) using a 3- day parent education training format. The training curriculum and family centered approach will be reviewed, in addition to current information on ASD and young children. The Little Owls training   discussed in the session is provided by the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities free to community families.
Breakouts one & two


Language/Play- A Simple Guide to Improve Language and Communication through Play, Laughs, and Fun

Alana Fichtelberg, M.A.,CCC-SLP

The development of language and play are closely interwoven.  Delays in one almost always coincide with delays in the other.  This presentation will discuss typical language/play development from infancy through early elementary school years, identify the “red” flags that could result in a referral to a speech/language pathologist, and provide simple suggestions to help develop, improve, and foster improved language, play, and social development.

Breakout two


Make Them Move!

Mira Halpert, 3D Learner

Encouraging preschoolers with prescribed movement activities fosters learning and builds motor coordination and spatial reasoning. These are vital for future learning success. You will learn what kind of activities and exercises you can use in your classroom to support all students.

Breakout one & three


ASD and Your School:  Strategies to Support Behavior and Acceptance

Susanna Launder, M.S., Ed. Clinical Support Specialist at FAU - Department of Exceptional Student Education

In this training, participants will learn the key features of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how they may present in a classroom setting.  Special focus will be placed on strategies to use to support appropriate classroom behavior in an inclusive classroom environment.

Breakout three


Red Flags of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Alessandra Shapiro, Psy.D. Clinical Supervisor for the Developmental Assessment Clinic at the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development

Recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services can improve outcomes for young children. This presentation will give an overview of the subtle differences between typical and delayed developmental milestones as a means of spotting the early red flags of autism spectrum disorder.

Breakouts one & two


Breaking the Behavior Code in Your Classroom

Risa Voorhees, LCSW


As teachers you need information, answers and strategies. This session will concentrate on how certain behaviors can give insight into what is happening within a child’s body and mind. We will discuss the differences between the over-diagnosed ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder, among other neurological differences that can affect a child’s behavior. We will also review strategies for positive outcomes and how to effectively communicate information to caregivers.

Breakout three