Raising The Bar: Educational Approaches That Go Beyond Labels

The 2019 New Jersey Educational Conference Overview

Professionals from DIR-FCD™ school and center programs from around the country will demonstrate how the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model with the principles of the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) provide the evidence-based framework for intensive school and clinic programs. 

The unique features of this conference include an optional tour of the Celebrate the Children School in action the day prior to the conference and many hands-on workshops each day. The combination of experiencing a DIR-FCD™ program in action followed by a conference that provides the practice of the practical application of the model gives participants a wealth of ideas and strategies to go back to his or her own home or work and immediately apply what they learned!

Profectum’s newly published DIR-FCD IEP Goal Bank will provide the quantitative scope and sequence of developmental milestones critical for maximizing educational success. Case studies and classroom examples from the various programs will illustrate via video how the DIR-FCD™ Model and Goal Bank are incorporated into their distinctive environments. Application to a diverse range of students ages 3 to 21+ and how our model can be integrated with other treatment approaches will be represented across the conference program. 

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 and clinic will be presented by teachers, administrators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists and mental health professionals working in both private and public school settings. 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 Profectum 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. 

As a result of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Define the critical interdisciplinary components of a 21st Century educational program for individuals with unique developmental needs
  • Describe developmental interventions through multiple disciplines lenses, as demonstrated through different videos, presentations and example materials provided
  • Apply principles and strategies to integrate developmental models into traditional school, clinic and home settings 

Join us on November 7-8, 2019 at Celebrate the Children School in Denville, New Jersey. You haven’t been to an education conference like this!

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