Raising The Bar | Educational Approaches That Go Beyond Labels
Raising The Bar: Educational Approaches that Go Beyond Labels
May 17th & 18th, 2019
Hosted at Quantum LEEP Academy
1447 W Montrose | Chicago, IL
Susan Smith-Foley, OTD, MPA, OTR/L
Susan Smith-Foley, OTD, MPA, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in family-centered and school-based O.T. / DIR-FCD services. She is passionate about supporting the integration of the DIR-FCD Model into public schools including working with multi-disciplinary teams and primary caregivers. Susan completed a post-professional doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at The University of Kansas Medical Center in December 2018. She is the founder and owner of Avon Occupational Therapy, Inc. located in Avon, NJ. Susan is an Associate Faculty member of Profectum Academy and a member of its International O.T. Working Group.
Caroline Ferguson-Walsh, MS-LP(C), CCC-SLP
Caroline is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist currently practicing in Chicago, Illinois. Caroline graduated with a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2003. She is member of the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA) and Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). She has worked in a multitude of settings including pediatric hospitals, early childhood facilities, schools, homes and private practice, in the United States, Canada and Ireland. Her clinical focus includes providing assessments and treatment to children with developmental delays, autism and disorders of relating and communicating. She is dedicated to coaching and supporting families to be an integral part of the clinical team. Caroline holds a certificate as a DIR®/Floortime™ Model Expert Clinician, Tutor and Trainer and is committed to guiding other professionals through mentoring and reflective practice in the DIR model. She helped facilitate the development of the Profectum Speech-Language Pathology Study Group and has been an active member since it began in 2014. Caroline is Hanen certified and has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (S.O.S. Feeding). Caroline has also been a guest presenter at the Profectum Foundation Chicago Regional Conference.
Christine Seminaro, M Ed
Chris Seminaro is an Instructional Coach for Students with autism spectrum disorders in a large suburban public school system near Chicago, Illinois. She has 30 years of teaching and administrative experience specializing in working with families and students with ASD. Chris has presented nationally on development, assessment, intervention, working with families as part of the school system and educating students with autism spectrum disorders. She has presented at the International Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL) International Conferences on the topic of the DIR® in Public School Systems. Chris has been on the faculty of the DIR®Institute and is on the faculty of Profectum.
Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP
Cortney Grove is a pediatric speech and language pathologist providing home and school visits in Chicago, Illinois. Her clinical specialties include autism, receptive and expressive language disorders, word-finding challenges, apraxia of speech, language-based learning disorders, reading comprehension, and social communication and cognition. Cortney provides in-depth speech and language evaluations and sees clients from infancy through high-school. She provides speech therapy privately in Chicago area as well as through telepractice. Cortney offers consultative services to families who want guidance about their child’s communication development in addition to their primary therapy team. She provides parent coaching and mentors speech therapists, occupational therapists, and developmental therapists about communication, language, and social interaction.
Diane Selinger, PhD
Diane has been a faculty member of the DIR® Summer Institute since 2002. In addition to her private practice, she is the mental health consultant and supervisor of the mental health department at Beth Osten and Associates, a multidisciplinary DIR model pediatric clinic. The mental health program includes DIR model coaching, individual therapy (children, adolescent and adults), family therapy and multidisciplinary group therapy. She has also helped develop and continues to supervise the Penguin Playgroup Program, a DIR model therapeutic playgroup program for preschool and kindergarten aged children at Beth Osten and Associates, as well as a practicum program for mental health graduate students. She provides individual and group (multidisciplinary and mental health) supervision to therapists within the clinic, as well as to many candidates within the DIR model certificate program. She is also the mental health consultant and supervisor at Soaring Eagle Academy, the DIR model school in Illinois for children on the autistic spectrum. Thus, in addition to DIR model intervention and psychotherapy, she has a strong interest in organizing, developing and working in therapeutic milieus for children and families. Prior to her involvement with the DIR model, she worked in various psychodynamic and developmental schools and programs. She has presented workshops at the ICDL November conference, as well as at various clinics, parent groups and schools.
Heni Mozes, MSEd
Heni Mozes is the Early Childhood Supervisor for the Lakewood Board of Education since 2014. After spending a decade in the classroom and then working as a master teacher for the school district, she understands the culture and dynamic of the public school system. She combines this with her deep understanding of early childhood development and individual differences to create programs that can meet the diverse needs of students within the public schools.
Karen McDowell is an educator with over 25 years experience working with the adolescent and young adult population. She is an assistant faculty member of Profectum Foundation and strives to implement a comprehensive developmental curriculum into both her classroom environment and therapy work. As a Lead Teacher and Young Adult Program Coordinator at Celebrate the Children school for 13 years, she has contributed to innovative curriculum and strategies with the unique needs of individuals in mind while promoting opportunities for growth and development in both group and individual settings. Karen facilitates a weekly young adult group for several years with intensive focus on social and emotional strengths and challenges. Areas of interest and study include executive functioning, visual spatial processing, emotional regulation, and problem solving and she has provided workshops around the country on these developmental areas. Karen strives to provide programs that entice thinking, collaborative problem solving, effective communication, and positive coping strategies to support success, independence, meaningful and fulfilling experiences, and happiness within the demands of the 21st century.
Elizabeth Kali, MSHS, BS OTR/L
Liza Marshall Kali, MSHS, BS OTR/L is an accomplished Occupational Therapist with over 17 years experience in multiple settings. After 10 years in the field, she co-founded Jumpstart Therapy, LLC and in 2008 joined Celebrate the Children (CTC) in Wharton, New Jersey. She is also a consultant with the Developmental Center for Children and Families (DCCF) in Budd Lake, NJ. Liza has been a guest lecturer at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association’s annual conference, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and many other schools and programs. Liza’s passion for visual spatial evaluation & treatment began in 1995 when she worked extensively with Dr. Vincent Vicci, OD on an interdisciplinary team that developed Kessler Institute’s Vision Clinic and more recently expanded her knowledge during the course of many consultations and trainings with Dr. Harry Wachs at CTC. Liza has completed multiple DIR®/Floortime™ courses through Profectum as well as the International Council on Development and Learning. She is an Intermediate DIR® clinician and is an active DIR® certification candidate through Profectum. In 1995, Liza received her Occupational Therapy degree from Elizabethtown College, and has since completed a post-professional Master’s Degree in movement science from Seton Hall University Graduate Medical School in 2001.
Celebrate the Children’s founder, Monica G. Osgood, is an experienced behavioral consultant and therapist who specializes in using developmental approaches to support children with autism and other differences in relating and communicating. She is also the Founder and Director of the Developmental Center for Children and Families and Executive Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation. Monica has worked in homes, therapy centers, and private and public school settings for over 20 years. Some of her experience has included assessment and the development of intervention programs, curriculum and IEP development, and parent and professional training. In 1998, Monica created the first public school program with the Developmental Individual Relationship-based (DIR model) approach as the core philosophy. ?In 2000, she was the first educator to join the Senior Faculty of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning(ICDL) to provide interdisciplinary training in the DIR Model. During her time with ICDL, Monica served as Faculty for all of their yearly training institutes, spoke at many of their conferences and had the opportunity to work closely and collaborate with Drs. Greenspan and Wieder to further develop the DIR Model in school settings. ?In 2004, she collaborated with Lauren Blaszak to open a state-approved, DIR Model school for children ages 3-21 in Denville, New Jersey, now serving over 70 school districts and 130 families. Additional accomplishments include, many speaking engagements at conferences and participation in television, radio and newspaper interviews across the USA, Wales, Ireland and Amsterdam. Monica has appeared on Welsh Channel 4 and BBC1 documentaries, sharing the DIR model approach with British parents and professionals. Monica and the Celebrate the Children school were featured in a TIME Magazine cover story in May of 2006. ?She serves on the Advisory Board for 3LPlace and the National Advisory Council for The Centers for Exceptional Children?. Monica also serves on the Economic Development Advisory Council and the Sustainable Economic Development Plan Steering Committee for her local Town Council. Finally, she collaborated with twice Grammy nominated children’s artists Dan Myers and Brady Rymer on an album and music video celebrating diversity in children with all abilities released April 2011.
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP, clinical director of Cawn-Krantz and Associates Developmental Therapies (with locations in Chicago and Northbrook, Il), has over 40 years of clinical pediatric experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers, and school-age children. She is a leading practitioner of the DIR/Floortime® model in speech and language development and conducts trainings other professionals throughout the US and overseas on the concepts of this model. Sherri is the author of the self study DVD/Manual on the Assessment and Intervention of DIR/Floortime® produced by the American Speech and Hearing Association in 2011 and the self study DVD on the Assessment/Intervention of Developmental Language (2013)., In addition she is a co-author of Language Disorders chapter in the Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood and she is a co-author of the Profectum Parent Toolbox, (March 2016) an online free webcast series for parents and caretakers. Sherri is a senior faculty member of the ICDL DIR FT, the Profectum (DIR/FT) Academy Online Training Program and adjunct faculty at the Erikson Institute. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois.