Raising the Bar: Educational Approaches that Go Beyond Labels

The Profectum Foundation, Celebrate the Children School and LEEP Forward and Quantum LEEP Academy have been providing cutting-edge intervention to children with difficulties in relating and communicating and to their families worldwide for over fifty years combined.  At the core of the interventions highlighted in this conference is the understanding that development never stops and that every child’s potential is limitless if you tap into his or her individual learning profile.

This conference will provide an overview of the latest insights into the unique profiles and experiences of children and young adults on the autistic spectrum and other developmental and emotional disorders. A comprehensive overview of the application of evidenced-based developmental practices in the classroom will be presented by teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists and mental health professionals working in both private and public school settings in the United States and abroad. Program components that promote regulation, sensory motor development, visual-spatial capacities, engagement, intentionality, problem solving, symbolic and abstract thinking will be illustrated through classroom video examples. Teachers and therapists use affective, emotionally meaningful, experience-based activities tailored to the individual needs of the students to maximize motivation, comprehension and retention of knowledge. The principle of “discovery vs. teaching” is emphasized as teachers and therapists promote thinking vs. memorization in the classroom. Case studies will be used to demonstrate how children with developmental challenges can build strong relationships and become creative, global thinkers who are prepared for the 21st century. The newly published DIR-FCD IEP Goal Bank and data collection program will be demonstrated and available for purchase. Finally, the integration of the use of technology to maximize participation and communication will also be incorporated.

Who should attend?

Professionals of all disciplines including education and parents concerned with the development of individuals with challenges in relating, communicating, learning, making transitions and developing competencies for independent living.

Plenary Presentations

The DIR-FCD Model: Putting it all Together
Caroline Ferguson-Walsh, MS-LP(C), CCC-SLP
Profectum Assistant Faculty

Unconventional Communication and Play: A View Through a Developmental Lens
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP
Owner Cawn/Krantz & Associates; Profectum Sr. Faculty

Diane Selinger, PhD
Private Practice; Profectum Sr. Faculty

Integrating the DIR-FCD™ model into a Public Preschool Setting – Lessons Learned, Evidence, and New Directions
Susan Smith-Foley, MPA, OTR/L
DIR® Consultant; Profectum Assoc. Faculty

Heni Mozes, M.S.Ed
Supervisor of the Lakewood Public Preschool Program

An Introduction to the Profectum DIR-FCD School Model and Goal Bank for Children with Diverse Needs
Celebrate the Children and Leep Forward Academy Staff

8:30-9:00
Welcome
Lorell Marin, MST, DT, MSW, Founder & Chief Executive Officer LEEP Forward Inc; Founder & Principal at Quantum LEEP Academy
9:00-10:15
The DIR-FCD Model: Putting it all Together
Caroline Ferguson-Walsh, MS-LP(C), CCC-SLP
10:15-10:30
BREAK
10:30-11:30
Unconventional Communication and Play: A View Through a Developmental Lens
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP; Diane Selinger, PhD
11:30-12:30
Integrating the DIR-FCD™ Model Into a Public Preschool Setting – Lessons Learned, Evidence, and New Directions
Susan Smith-Foley, MPA, OTR/L; Heni Mozes, MSEd
12:30-1:30
Lunch On Your Own

1:30-2:45 | Afternoon Workshops 1-3

Workshop 1 | DIR-FCD/Floortime Principles for the Younger Student
Caroline Ferguson-Walsh, MS-LP(C), CCC-SLP; Barbara Baldassare, OTR/L
Workshop 2 | DIR-FCD/Floortime for the Older Student
Monica G. Osgood, Executive Director, Celebrate the Children; Christine Seminaro, MEd
Workshop 3 | “I’m With You: Therapeutic Use of Self in Fostering Regulation, Motor & Language Development”
Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP; Michaja Prendergast Johnson, MS, OTR/L
2:45 – 3:15
BREAK

3:15-4:30 |  Afternoon Workshops 4 – 6

Workshop 4 | Discovery vs. Teaching:  Assessment and Concept Development Using Experience-based Learning.  What are children really understanding? For Pre-School and Elementary Ages
Liza Marshall Kali, MS, OTR/L, Celebrate the Children; Dana Hutchins, MS, DT
Workshop 5 | Discovery vs. Teaching:  Assessment and Concept Development Using Experience-based Learning.  What are children really understanding? For Middle School, High School and Young Adults
Karen McDowell, 
Young Adult Program Coordinator, Celebrate the Children
Workshop 6 | The Neuropsychological Evaluation
David A. Meyerson, PhD, Developmental Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist

8:30-9:00
Welcome
Lorell Marin, MST, DT, MSW, Founder & Chief Executive Officer LEEP Forward Inc; Founder & Principal at Quantum LEEP Academy
9:00-10:15
An Introduction to the Profectum DIR-FCD School Model and Goal Bank for Children with Diverse Needs
Celebrate the Children and LEEP Forward Academy Staff
10:15-10:45
BREAK
10:45-12:00
An Introduction to the Profectum DIR-FCD School Model and Goal Bank for Children with Diverse Needs … continued
Celebrate the Children and LEEP Forward Academy Staff
12:00-1:00
Lunch 

1:00-2:15 | Afternoon Workshops 1-3

Workshop 1 | DIR/Floortime Model Assessment and Intervention for Older Children and Young Adults
Karen McDowell,  Young Adult Program Coordinator, Celebrate the Children
Workshop 2 | Interdisciplinary Cross-Curricular Lesson Planning
Kelly Reilly, MA, Teacher, Celebrate the Children; Christine Seminaro, MEd
Workshop 3 | Teaching PLAY: Implementing Play Project in the Classroom Setting
Katie Scott, MS, LISW
2:15 – 2:30
BREAK

2:30-3:45 |  Afternoon Workshops 4 – 6

Workshop 4 | The Balancing Act: The Effect of Relationship-Based Models on Learning Outcomes in the Classroom
Jennifer Kelly, Executive Director and Founder of Metropolitan Schoolhouse
Workshop 5 | The Common Core State Standards and the Developmental Model
Kelly Reilly, MA, Teacher, Celebrate the Children;  Christine Seminaro, MEd
Workshop 6 | Movement Math: The Integration Art Therapy, Physical Therapy and Education
Anna Gray, PT, DPT; Jessica Carlisle
3:45-4:00 | Conference Conclusion

Registration Information

Registration Type Rate
Both Days $225
Friday Only $150
Saturday Only $150
CE Fee $35

Discounts

Do you qualify for a 10% discount?

  • Groups of 5+  For group registrations, at least 5 registrants must register at the same time.

If you meet the discount criteria above, please contact emily.mohr@profectum.org for information and instructions on how to register with a discount code.

Discounts do not apply to CE fees.

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registrations and payments must be received no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Confirmations and receipts are furnished by email. Any registration received after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 will be considered, providing space is available.

We DO NOT invoice for our events. All attendees or groups must have a paid registration prior to the event.

Written cancellation or change notifications must be received no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019 via email to emily.mohr@profectum.org. A cancellation/change processing fee of $25 will be charged.

After Wednesday, May 1, 2019, no refunds or credit for future events will be given. Substitute attendees are welcome but we must be notified with their name and contact information. Please understand that if you do not attend you are still liable for full payment.

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled, you will be notified immediately via email and a credit will be issued toward a rescheduled conference, or the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizer.

Additional Registration Information

Registration opens at 8:00 am. Please check-in at the registration desk to receive your name badge and day of schedule. Sessions will start promptly at 8:30 am.

Printed presentation handouts will NOT be provided. Presentation handouts will be available on our website approximately 1-week prior to the conference for you to download and/or print if desired.

As you prepare to attend this conference, remember that meeting room climates vary, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort. As a consideration to all participants, we ask that you turn all cellular phones and pagers to a non-audible mode during the presentations. Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

More detailed information will be emailed to you closer to the date of the conference.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs Request

If you require ADA accommodations or have a special needs request, please email ashley@leepforward.com at least 1-week prior to the conference date so that arrangements can be made.

Want to be a Conference Sponsor?

View the Conference Sponsorship Prospectus for the details and the amenities available to you.

Continuing Education

A general certificate of attendance will be issued to all conference participants via email for each day of attendance.  Specific approved continuing education boards certificates of attendance will be sent to participants who are registered and complete the course requirements for continuing education credits. The certificate will note the number of instructional hours for the day in attendance.

Registration opens at 8:00 am. Check-in at the CE registration desk to receive your name badge and day of schedule. Sessions will start promptly at 8:30 am.


Completion Requirements

For those learners that have signed up for Continuing Education credit, please find your discipline below are read the requirements.

Occupational Therapists/Occupational Therapy Assistants
Learners must attend presentations for the full scheduled time, sign the attendance sheets at required intervals and submit an evaluation. Credit will be awarded for those CE approved presentations that were attended fully.

Profectum Foundation is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #9365. This Conference is offered for up to 1.05 AOTA CEUs / 10.5 Contact Hours (Mixed level) (5.5 hrs. on Friday, May 17, 2019; 5 hrs. on Saturday, May 18, 2019)

 

 

 

The assignment of AOTA CEs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. See course complete requirements section above.

If a learner is in need of their participant record from this Course, send an email with the request to the AOTA CE Administrator at liza.kali@profectum.org


Contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements. Download and save the Conference Brochure and keep your certificate of attendance.

Visit the Registration tab for our Cancellation Policy.

Accommodations

Area Hotels

More information available shortly

Location

Quantum LEEP Academy
1447 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Conference Handouts will be available closer to the conference via a password protected page accessible to conference attendees only.  An announcement that contains the password will be sent via email.