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Mar
9
Sat
CCMC Conference: Clinical Assessment and Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Problems
Mar 9 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

This is an intermediate holistic feeding course with emphasis on development of skills for effective assessment and treatment of common pediatric feeding difficulties in the outpatient, early intervention and school based settings, as well as an appreciation for the physiological processes through which children develop their feeding skills and
precipitous events which may impact the pediatric feeding population. This course will incorporate opportunities for lecture based learning, video analysis, case studies, and group learning.

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Apr
10
Wed
WEBINAR: What Do We Know-Autism Screening, Diagnosis, & Supporting Young Children & Families @ Military Families Learning Network
Apr 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenter: Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.

Description: Children can be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as early as 18 months, but delays in social and communication skills and other signs can appear earlier in life. This webinar will cover the prevalence of autism in the US and common red flags.  The screening and diagnosis process of young children with autism will also be discussed.  Strategies for partnering with and supporting families through this process will be shared.

Objectives:

1. Participants will review information on the prevalence of autism in the US.

2. Participants will recognize red flags for autism and describe the process of screening and diagnosing autism

3. Participants will describe best practices for partnering with families and supporting families of newly diagnosed young children with autism

Jun
12
Wed
WEBINAR: Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism @ Military Families Learning Network
Jun 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenters: Jamie Pearson, Ph.D. & Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.

Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar will address common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes and discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet.  They will also provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.

Objectives:

1. Participants will describe the behavioral, physiological, and cultural factors that contribute to diet and eating preferences in children with autism and related disorders

2. Participants will identify behavioral strategies for overcoming food aversions in children with autism and related disorders

3. Participants will identify nutrient dense alternatives to foods that are non-preferred by children with autism and related disorders

4. Participants will discuss family-centered, naturalistic teaching strategies to strengthen family mealtime experiences

Oct
16
Wed
WEBINAR: Stepping Out-Family Outings with Young Children with Autism @ Military Families Learning Network
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenters: Katie Wolfe, Ph.D. and Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.

Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders have difficulties during outings to parks, libraries, appointments, and more. This webinar will present ways professionals can help families develop strategies to prevent and address concerns during their outings.  Common safety and social concerns and strategies that can be used to support families in preventing and addressing these concerns will be discussed.  Recommended practices for building family capacity and confidence will also be covered.

Objectives:

1. Participants will describe safety and social concerns during outings with young children with autism and related disorders and the impact of these on the child and family

2. Participants will identify strategies for preventing and addressing difficulties during outings with young children with autism and related disorders

3. Participants will discuss recommended practices for building family capacity and confidence during family outings

Dec
4
Wed
WEBINAR: Welcome to the Group-Inclusion for Young Children with Autism @ Military Families Learning Network
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenters: Mandy Rispoli, Ph.D. and Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.

Description: Child care providers and preschool teachers need to use best-practices to successfully include young children with autism and related disorders in their programs. This webinar will discuss best practices for including all children (birth-5) in program activities. Presenters will define what is inclusion and the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings.  They will also discuss best practices professionals can use to include young children with autism and identify social and physical modifications for the environment that could support successful inclusion.

Objectives:

1. Participants will define what is inclusion and describe characteristics of successful inclusion of young children (birth-5) with autism and related disorders

2. Participants will identify the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings

3. Participants will discuss best practices for modifying the social and physical environment to support inclusion of young children with autism and related disorders

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