The Power of PLAY Conference | March 8th & 9th, 2019

Instructor & Course Planner Disclosure Statements

Laura Baldwin – Instructor
Laura Baldwin is the Director of a Developmental Summer Program, Limitless, and the Paraprofessional Coordinator at Celebrate the Children, a school for children and young adults with autism and similar challenges, in Denville, New Jersey. For over 10 years, Laura has been providing services to individuals with social, emotional, and developmental weaknesses in both school and private settings. Her advanced knowledge in the areas of child development, visual-spatial capacities, MNRI®, developmental and behavioral assessments, social skills, DIR ® Floortime, and Crisis Prevention Intervention has provided her with many opportunities to work alongside leading professionals to train and coach educators, families, first responders, and medical personnel in developmental methodologies, positive behavioral support, and individual differences. One of Laura’s most recent notable achievements was joining the Profectum team to assist in the creation of the Profectum Parent Toolbox, a free resource that encourages and supports parents in building their own toolbox of strategies, ideas, and hands- on techniques to help foster interactions with their child. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled in a graduate program, pursuing a Dual Master’s Degree in Clinical and School Counseling, as well as a certification in Play Therapy. She is excited about the future and looks forward to further assisting and supporting children to reach their full potential.

Financial Disclosure-  Ms. Baldwin receives a salary for her employment with Celebrate the Children School.
Non Financial Disclosure – No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP – Instructor
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.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. Cawn is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference. She is the Clinical Director/Owner of Cawn-Krantz and Assoc and receives a salary for her ownership/employment.
Non Financial Disclosure – Ms. Cawn is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Mona Delahooke, PhD – Instructor & Course Planner
Mona M. Delahooke, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the development of infants, young children, and their families. She has received training as an infant mental health specialist, and works widely with multi-disciplinary teams supporting children with developmental or emotional delays. She is a faculty member of the Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI) of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. She is a senior faculty member and mental health working group Co-Chair of the Profectum Foundation. She also provides training to personnel in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and agencies across the country. Dr. Delahooke has a blog for parents and professionals, the Visible Parent, at and at Facebook at / and twitter at /

Financial Disclosure –  Dr Delahooke receives a salary from her private practice and book royalties as the author of Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention.
Non Financial Disclosure – Dr Delahooke is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Josh Feder, MD – Instructor & Course Planner
Dr. Joshua Feder is a child and family psychiatrist with a clinical practice in Solana Beach, California. Associate Clinical Professor at University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and Senior Expert with the Early Years. Dr. Feder conducts research and trains clinicians to promote regulation, social communication, and learning and he is engaged in peace building through support of early childhood development in conflict regions. Dr. Feder advocates nationally and internationally on issues related to peace building, informed consent, and evidence based practices, and he serves as Medical Director at SymPlay, developing interactive technology and distance learning systems to support relationship-based interventions. Dr. Feder is known as an engaging speaker and many of his lectures can be found online through and

Financial Disclosure –  Dr Feder is the Medical Director of Symplay LLC and has ownership interest, holds patents on equipment and intellectual property rights. He is an Adjunct Professor at Fielding Graduate University and receives as salary; Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD receiving honoraria and Editor in Chief at Carlat Publishing, receiving a consulting fee. He is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Disclosure Financial – Dr Feder is the Founder of Resilience Through Relationships, volunteer DIR in places impacted by armed conflict and disaster and is the Policy Chair for CalAIMH – the California Association for Infant Mental Health. He is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP – Instructor
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP specializes in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®, a company dedicated to helping individuals from four through adulthood develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle coined the term “Social Thinking” in the mid-1990s and since that time has created numerous unique treatment frameworks and curricula that help educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally. Michelle maintains a private practice, The Center for Social Thinking, in Santa Clara, California, where she works with clients who continue to teach and inspire her. She travels globally presenting courses on the Social Thinking Methodology, an evidence-based approach she created that she continues to evolve and expand on. Michelle helps to develop educational programs, consults with and trains families and schools, and is a guiding presence with a wide range of professionals, politicians, and businesses on the topic of social emotional competencies. She is a prolific writer and has written and/or co-authored more than 40 books and over 100 articles about the Social Thinking Methodology. Michelle receives accolades for her energetic and educational conference presentations, as well as her down-to-earth approach to teaching social competencies. The strength of Michelle’s work is her ability to break down abstract social concepts and teach them in practical, concrete ways to help people improve their social problem solving abilities and social responses.

Financial Disclosure – Ms Garcia Winner is the Owner, CFO and President of Social Thinking and receives a salary, speaking fee, royalty, holds intellectual property rights and ownership interest.
Non Financial Disclosure – No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP – Instructor
Profectum Senior Faculty Sima Gerber is a professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, City University of New York. Dr. Gerber has over 40 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Gerber is on the faculty of Profectum and the Advisory Board of the New York Zero-to-Three Network. Dr. Gerber has presented nationally and abroad on the topics of language acquisition and developmental approaches to intervention for children with challenges in language development. Dr. Gerber is the recipient of the award for Outstanding Service to the field of speech-language pathology given by the New York City Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Louis DiCarlo Clinical Achievement Award from the New York State Association. Dr. Gerber has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Financial Disclosure –  Dr Gerber receives a salary for her employment with Queens College. She receives a consulting fee from Adelphi University and Parkside School. She is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure – Dr Gerber is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Amy Jensen, MA, OTR/L – Instructor
Amy Jensen has served as the director of the Occupational Therapy clinic at Villa Esperanza Services since 2016, and has worked as an OT at Villa since 2014. She is a USC graduate and a former LEND fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, specializing in pediatric mental health and dual diagnoses in children with developmental disabilities. Amy holds a DIR Educator’s Level I certificate through Profectum, and has been a leader in implementing DIR and Floortime strategies at Villa Esperanza’s Nonpublic school. Amy is passionate advocate for adapting a child’s educational program to meet their individual needs. She lives in Southern California with her fiancé Samantha and pet ball python Basil.

Financial Disclosure – Ms Jensen receives a salary as the Director of OT Services at Villa Esperanza Services.
Non Financial Disclosure –  Ms Jensen is an employee of Villa Esperanza Services.

Barbara Kalmanson, PhD – Instructor
Barbara Kalmanson has 40 years experience working with infants, children and their families, as well as with schools and agencies serving children environmentally and developmentally at risk . She is a founder of the Oak Hill School in San Anselmo, California, a developmental, relationship-based school for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Kalmanson has extensive experience as a clinical psychologist, a special educator, and an infant mental health specialist, including work with the Infant-Parent Program at the University of California in San Francisco; The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, Child Development Program; California Pacific Medical Center, Child Development Center and in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County. She provides interdisciplinary consultation to schools and agencies nationwide and internationally. Dr. Kalmanson is the recipient of a FAR fund grant for the Kids Attuned website, promoting the importance of healthy relationships in infancy and early childhood. She teaches infant mental health at the Stella Maris Institute, the neuropsychiatric institute of the University of Pisa medical school. Dr. Kalmanson was the founding Academic Dean of the ICDL Graduate School, and senior faculty and for the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning & Developmental Disorders (ICDL). She’s served on multiple boards of directors including the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health in San Francisco, California. She received her doctorate in Psychology and Special Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kalmanson is a recipient of the Zero to Three: the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families Harris Fellowship, The Frederic Burk Foundation for Education Fellowship and a National Institute of Mental Health Training grant. Her publications and presentations focus on early identification and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders, relationship-based intervention and the importance of family-provider relationships. Recent publications include: Infant Parent Psychotherapy for Early Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders:How We Know How to be with Others, In Bonovitz and Harlem (eds.), Therapeutic Action in Child Psychotherapy, (in press) Echoes in the Nursery: Insights for the Treatment of Early Signs of Autism in a Baby Sibling, Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, vol. 8, no.1,2009, and Autism Assessment and Intervention: the developmental individual difference, relationship-based DIR/Floortime model, with Serena Wieder and Stanley Greenspan, Zero to Three, March 2008.

Financial Disclosure – Dr Kalmanson is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference. She receives honoraria, grants and has intellectual property rights with Kids Attuned. She is a consultant at The Little School and receives a consulting fee.
Non Financial Disclosure – Dr Kalmanson is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation. She is the Founder of Oak Hill School and consults.

Anie Knipping – Instructor
My name is Anie Knipping, and I’m a social autistic, a layabout with Panic/Anxiety Disorder, and a terminal optimist with clinical depression. My sensory stuff is all over the place, and I’ve got synesthesia, which lets me see sound and taste colour. I love to educate people on all of it, but it’s not always easy to explain without pictures, so I published an illustrated book, ‘Eccentricity’, to do just that.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. Knipping is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference. She is a book author of Eccentricity and receives royalties.
Non Financial Disclosure – No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Lucas Kutsick – Instructor
I am 22 years old. I originally started seeing Rosemary White as a client in 2005 and was her client until 2009. I graduated from Bothell High School in June of 2015. I have worked as a Floortime Player since the summer of 2015. I have been working in her Friday playgroups for 5 years. I currently attend Central Washington University at their Lynnwood Campus. My major is in Law and Justice and am in my fourth year of college. Outside of this I volunteer as a Search and Rescue worker with Snohomish County and King County. I am part of Snohomish County’s Man Tracker Team and also trained in Technical Rope Rescue. I hope to pursue a career in law enforcement after I graduate.

Financial Disclosure – Mr Kutsick is receiving a travel/hotel accommodations from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure – Mr Kutsick is a member of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue

Alicia Lieberman, PhD – Instructor
Dr. Lieberman is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program. She is a clinical consultant with the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She is active in major national organizations involved with mental health in infancy and early childhood. She is past-president of the board of directors of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and on the Professional Advisory Board of the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute. She has served on peer review panels of the National Institute of Mental Health, is on the Board of Trustees of the Irving Harris Foundation, and consults with the Miriam and Peter Haas Foundation on early childhood education for Palestinian-Israeli children. Born and raised in Paraguay, she received her BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. This background informs her work on behalf of children and families from diverse ethnic and cultural origins, with primary emphasis on the experiences of Latinos in the United States. Dr. Lieberman is currently the director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN), a collaborative of four university sites that include the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program, Boston Medical Center, Louisiana State University Medical Center, and Tulane University. ETTN is funded by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a 40-site national initiative that has the mission of increasing the access and quality of services for children exposed to trauma in the United States. Her major interests include infant mental health, disorders of attachment, early trauma treatment outcome research, and mental health service disparities for underserved and minority children and families. Her current research involves treatment outcome evaluation of the efficacy of child-parent psychotherapy with trauma-exposed children aged birth to six and with pregnant women involved in domestic violence. As a trilingual, tricultural Jewish Latina, she has a special interest in cultural issues involving child development, child rearing, and child mental health. She lectures extensively on these topics nationally and internationally.

Financial Disclosure – Dr Lieberman is receiving an honorarium and travel/accommodation reimbursement from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure – No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN – Instructor & Course Planner
Connie Lillas, Ph.D., MFT, RN, is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute with a background in high-risk maternal-child nursing, family systems, developmental psychoanalysis, and is a National Graduate ZERO TO THREE Fellow. Connie has a full-time private practice, specializing in dual diagnosis across both developmental delays and mental health concerns for birth-to-five-year-olds and their families. She donates her community service time to a pilot called Fostering Family Partnerships where she serves as a Court Team Liaison for child welfare reform in South Central Los Angeles. Her duties include training court personnel from judges to social workers to infant mental health specialists. In addition, she trains local, national, and international cross-sector communities on the use of the  Neurorelational Framework (NRF, 2009) as a common and unifying language that all sectors can use in an effort to decrease discipline-specific fragmentation and to increase cross-sector collaboration. Her book is a part of W. W. Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Series.

Financial Disclosure- Dr Lillas receives royalties from W.W. Norton & Company as the author of Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-Based Therapies: A Neurorelational Framework for Interdisciplinary Practice. She receives a consulting fee as the Director of NRF Institute: Research to Resilience.
Non Financial Disclosure – Dr Lillas is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation, a member of World Association of Infant Mental Health, member of Zero to Three and board member of Child Trauma Academy.

Karen McDowell – Instructor
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.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. McDowell is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference. She receives a salary for her employment with Celebrate the Children School.
Non Financial Disclosure – Ms. McDowell is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation

Monica G. Osgood – Instructor & Course Planner
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.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. Osgood receives a stipend as the Executive Director of Profectum Foundation. Ms. Osgood receives a salary for her employment with Celebrate the Children School.
Non Financial Disclosure – Ms. Osgood is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Elizabeth Osten, MS, OTR/L – Instructor
Beth Osten owns and directs a multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic in the Chicago area, which specializes in the treatment of infants, children, and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders. She has more than 40 years of pediatric experience as an occupational therapist. Beth speaks nationally and internationally on the DIR/Floortime model for treatment of autism spectrum disorders and has over 15 years of experience training professionals in the DIR/Floortime® model through ICDL and Profectum. Beth has taught many courses related to early intervention, autism, infant motor development, and sensory integration. She contributed to the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood and is a co-author of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP). Beth co-authored an ASHA certified training DVD, Assessment and Intervention of Communication in Children Birth-5: A Developmental Approach. Beth is currently completing a PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development through Fielding Graduate University.

Financial Disclosure- Ms. Osten receives a salary, speaking fee, royalty and ownership interest from from Infant Motor Performance Scales (IMPS). She is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure- Ms. Osten serves on the Pathways Awareness Foundation advisory board and is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Deborah Reber – Instructor
Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and social media community for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her newest book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, came out in June 2018. After living abroad in the Netherlands for the past five years, Debbie, her husband, and 14-year-old son recently moved back to the NYC area.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. Reber is receiving an honorarium and travel/accommodation reimbursement from Profectum for presenting at the Conference. She receives book royalties from Workman Publishing as an author of Differently Wired.
Non Financial Disclosure – Has a personal bias as she has a son and her story is shaped through her experience with him.

Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH – Instructor & Course Planner
Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH. is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC. She has been in private pediatric practice for nearly forty years, specializing in children with autism and developmental delays for over twenty-five years. Dr. Robinson received her MD degree in 1973 from the University of Southern California. She trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, having served as Chief Pediatric Resident for CHLA in 1976. She is board certified in pediatrics. In 1988 she received her MPH from the University at Berkeley School of Public Health.
She has been actively involved in the field of autism since 1990, developing multidisciplinary educational and medical programs for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and devoting endless hours in education, legislation and research efforts on a national level. Dr. Robinson has been at the forefront of leading grassroots autism organizations. She was a founding board member of Cure Autism Now (now Autism Speaks) and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and most recently Profectum Foundation. She was a member of the Autism Speaks Scientific Review Panel for over eight years. Dr. Robinson organized and chaired the first nationally recognized task force to define the standard of care for clinical trials in autism. The results of this outstanding effort were published in CNS Spectrums (January 2004, Vol. 9, #1). Most recently she was appointed as Medical Director of Profectum Foundation, an organization devoted to providing multi-disciplinary education and training for parents, families and professionals working with individuals with ASD across the lifespan. A nationally sought-after expert, she has appeared on the Today Show, The Talk, Larry King Live and Good Morning America Health in support of the needs of children and families with autism spectrum disorders. She is an internationally recognized speaker addressing the needs of children with autism and other developmental delays to parent, professional and lay audiences worldwide for the past two decades. She is also the author of the acclaimed book Autism Solutions – How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child. Visit

Financial Disclosure – Dr Robinson is the Co-Director of Descanso Medical Center for Learning & Development and receives a salary for employment.
Non Financial Disclosure – Dr Robinson is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD – Instructor
Ruby Salazar is a child and family psychotherapist who has worked with children and families for over forty years. She is the Founder and Director of Pennsylvania Lifespan Services, a family-focused practice of developmental and mental health professionals with offices in Clarks Summit and Narberth, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Lifespan Services has nationally lead excellent care and provided services for many since 1982. Mrs. Salazar received a BS from New York University and MSS from Smith College, followed by a post graduate psychoanalytic certificate in the treatment of children from the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Institute, New York City. Having practiced, consulted, published, lectured, and trained with a focus on developmental and family care, and taught at Columbia University, Marywood University, Keystone College and ICDL Graduate School, she currently is on the faculties of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Medical School, Fielding University, Profectum Academy (and was a founding member), The Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Fellowship Program at UMass Napa. Mrs. Salazar is PA Touchpoints site coordinator, having co-founded, the first medical Touchpoints program. She worked in the office of three PA governors as a child-care consultant and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Children. Mrs. Salazar was also appointed to the PA Department of Welfare Workgroup to establish Autism Assessment Policy and clinically directed both the ASD Comprehensive Assessment Project and the PA Department of Early Intervention Reflective Supervision Project. Proudly, Mrs. Salazar chaired candidate Obama’s first Autism Workgroup who drafted the bill which became ASD Federal Law. Mrs. Salazar has received many professional awards, among them the first Sally Provence Award for excellence in infant and family practice from Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Girl Scouts of America Professional of the Year award and National Guidance Counselors Association Professional Excellence award, all Washington, D.C.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. Salazar is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure – Ms. Salazar is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

Traci Swink, MD – Instructor & Course Planner
Traci Swink, MD is the co-founder and Medical Director of the Bridge Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The Bridge Center is a nonprofiet organization that provides developmental interventions program to children with autism and other special needs. Dr. Swink is a DIR model certified trainer in Wisconsin and a faculty member of Profecturm Academy and the DIR model Institute. Dr. Swink provides supervision and training for the P.L.A.Y Project as well as participating in regional and national P.L.A.Y Project professional training conferences. Dr. Swink is a pediatric neurologist who has dedicated the past 10 years of her career to helping parents cope with the challenges of autism and empowering parents to become the ‘expert’ on their child’s special needs.

Financial Disclosure – Dr Swink is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure – Dr Swink is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation

Rosemary White, OTR/L – Instructor & Course Planner
Rosemary White has been an occupational therapist since 1972 and brings a wealth of clinical experience to every workshop she teaches throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Europe, South Africa, Uganda and Australia. Rosemary is a true clinician’s clinician! Rosemary received her neurodevelopmental therapy training in London with the Bobaths, her sensory integrative therapy training in Los Angeles with Dr. A Jean Ayres and her training in the DIRFloortime® model with Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. and the Faculty of ICDL. She currently owns and operates Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services in Seattle, Washington. Rosemary has her certificate in the DIR model and has been senior faculty on the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disabilities (ICDL) chaired by Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D., since 2002. Rosemary is on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington in the School of Nursing Infant Mental Health Certificate Program. Rosemary is also faculty in the ICDL Graduate School in the Ph.D. in infant and early childhood mental health and developmental disorders. This is an on-line Ph.D. program providing education to professionals throughout the world. Rosemary is also Profectum Foundation Faculty.

Financial Disclosure – Ms. White is receiving a travel stipend from Profectum for presenting at the Conference.
Non Financial Disclosure – Ms. White is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation

Serena Wieder, PhD – Instructor & Course Planner
Dr. Wieder is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder is a Board Member of Zero to Three and also serves on Advisory Boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs. She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wieder has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR Model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for interdisciplinary post-graduate case based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience and intervention approaches for nearly 20 years. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development. Her research interests concern follow up studies of children on the Autism Spectrum who have received DIR comprehensive interventions and the evaluation of training and educational programs. Dr. Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, M.D. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families as well as the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 03).  Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, O.D. She has published numerous journal and book chapters and presents at multiple conferences nationally and internationally. At this time, Dr. Wieder also has a private practice in NYC for diagnosis, treatment and consultation regarding complex developmental and mental health challenges.

Financial – Dr Wieder is author of Engaging Autism and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, co-authored with Stanley Greenspan. They also chaired the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children and Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and receive royalties from these books. Dr Wieder has also co-authored a book with Dr Harry Wachs, Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement, and receives royalties.
Non Financial – Clinical Director Profectum Foundation. She is a board member for Toddlers and Families and First Signs.

Lindsay Zimmerman – Instructor
Lindsay earned her degrees in Elementary Education, Exceptional Education as well as Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Since then, Lindsay has worked for the past nine years along side Dr. Traci Swink as a PLAY Project Home Consultant, floortime coach, and a school collaborative consultant for the Central Wisconsin region. She has been working within the school setting to build relationships with parents and schools in building fundamental resources for families with special needs within Central Wisconsin. Recently, Lindsay has opened her own practice that provides developmental intervention to children with autism. Through this, Lindsay has been able to implement coaching of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and school personnel in engaging kids with autism through individual and peer group play.

Financial Disclosure – No relevant financial relationship to disclose.
Non Financial Disclosure – No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Course Content Disclosure Statements

  • Playing with Peers in Natural Settings ‐ Supporting Interactions and Documenting Progress: Introducing the “Connection Coder” Video App! – Josh Feder, MD and Rosemary White, OTR/L
    The course will focus largely on the Connection Coder app as a video coding measure and will also include information on other video coding measures.

Conference Financial & In-Kind Support

  • The Bracken Family – Provided a financial contribution in support of this Conference with a Silver Sponsorship.
  • Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes – Provided a financial contribution in support of this Conference with a Bronze Sponsorship.
  • A Grateful Family – Provided a financial contribution in support of this Conference with a Bronze Sponsorship.
  • Villa Esperanza Services – Provided an in-kind contribution of assistance with promotion/press-release and use the of their facility for the Leadership Summit.