Our focus this year is on Understanding Behaviors: Strength-Based Approaches.
Our keynote presenter will be Dr. LaShorage Shaffer. Dr. Shaffer is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Michigan. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood and early childhood special education in the Department of Education. She serves as a Special Education consultant to the Early Childhood Education Center on campus and on various committees. Her research interests lie in the area of utilizing evidence-based practices to enhance teaching, personnel preparation, and policy. She serves the field in a variety of capacities including as a member of professional organizations, presenting at conferences, and as a reviewer for both journals and textbooks.
The keynote address entitled: Respect, Relate and Reflect: A Relationship-based Approach to Guidance will focus on supporting children's social-emotional development through positive guidance. One of the major child outcomes for children in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education is to have positive social-emotional skills, including social relationships. Using the framework of respect, relate, and reflect, participants will learn key strategies to meet this outcome.
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