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29th Infancy Institute — 2016

Wednesday, June 22

10. Assessment in Everyday Interactions and Play

Amy Flynn, Early Childhood Education Specialist, Region 2 Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Center

This workshop will explore strategies caregivers can use in their everyday observations of children's play and interactions in order to plan activities and curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to practice observing children on video in order to plan experiences and interactions that will support children's development at home and in a classroom setting.

11. Closer to Home: Developmental and Emotional Considerations for Infants and their Families during Long Term Care Admissions

Samantha Adams, BA, CCLS, CPST, CEIM, Infant Toddler Specialist, Children's Specialized Hospital

Recently preterm infant gestation age is dropping while survival rates are increasing. However, these infants often have multiple chronic conditions, disabilities, and medical needs. Rather than being discharged home, they are often discharged to long term care facilities for acute rehab, monitoring, or step-down therapies. This presentation will address the developmental effects long term care has on infants, the psychosocial effects of long term care on the family unit, and the vital role child life interventions play in supporting parents, addressing grief and loss, and maximizing the infant's optimal development during their hospital stay

12. The Earlier the Better: Learn about the NYC Early Intervention Program

Jeanette Gong & Raisa Alam, NYC Department of Health

Participants will learn about:

  1. The mission of the Early Intervention Program (EIP)
  2. The EIP process
  3. Natural environments & Family centered best practices
  4. The NYC Bureau of Early Intervention and its Quality Initiatives

13. Understanding the Youngest People as Culture and Knowledge Creators

Beth Ferholt, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Art Education, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

When the world is all brand new to you, where do you begin? How can people working with young children co-create and understanding of the world.

14. Hands-on Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Twos - WORKSHOP FULL

Michael Amaral, Head Teacher mixed age inclusive infant/toddler program, Bank Street College of Education

Planning activities for very young children requires that we observe who are children are; choose materials and experiences that facilitate development; and that we are intentional in the language that we use. This hands-on workshop will allow you to explore and understand curriculum for very young children.

15. How Our Feelings Impact Our Work

Lorri Sullivan, Sullivan Early Childhood Consulting

All of us who work with infants, young children, and their families have intense feelings, attitudes, and beliefs about our work. We will discuss the importance of being aware of the influence of these emotions on the work we do every day. Feelings matter and need to be acknowledged in our work!

16. How to Use Young Children's Curiosity to Build Executive Function Skills

Channing Edson, Lead Teacher, Bank Street Family Center

Children are scientists who use their curiosity as their form of scientific inquiry. Through their natural desire to be curious and explore, children develop many skills, such as executive function skills. Learn about how children begin to develop these skills through their play, how they will carry these skills with them throughout life, and how varied activity helps enhance a child's development of executive function skills.

17. Inclusive Infant/Toddler Programs

Judy Gentry, Education Director, Bank Street Family Center

Including all children and families in child care is possible. Come hear about the Family Center model and how children with developmental variations are included.

18. Primary Caregiving

Yasmin Henning, Early Interventionist and Teacher

One of the ways that we create a trusting environment for infants, toddlers and families is through our use of a primary caregiving system. During this workshop you will hear about experiences with primary caregiving and think about how it might work in your environment.