2015 Early On Faculty Colloquium - FULL


June 05, 2015


Kellogg Conference Center
Lincoln Room
219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824


Registration begins at 8:30 AM
Training is from 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM
Continental Breakfast will be served.
Lunch will be served.




2015 Early On® Faculty Colloquium

Featuring: Dana Childress, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate, Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Dana has worked in the field of early intervention for almost 20 years as an early childhood special educator, service coordinator, supervisor, trainer, and writer.  She currently works as part of Virginia's early intervention professional development team developing professional development resources and conducting web-based and in-person training.  She manages content for the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center (www.veipd.org/main/) and writes the Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog (www.veipd.org/earlyintervention).  She is the co-author of the book, Family-Centered Practices in Early Intervention:  Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments.  Her interests include family centered practices, autism spectrum disorders, supporting family implementation of intervention strategies, and finding ways to help bridge the research to practice gap through interactive professional development for in-service early intervention practitioners.  She regularly presents workshops in Virginia and has presented at state, national, and international conferences.   

Early intervention topics to include:

  • Morning Session

Moving toward Collaborative, Family-Centered Practices:  What's the Service Provider's Role?

Preparing early interventionists to understand and embrace their roles as coaches and collaborators with caregivers is critically important.  

This role, which is very different from the traditional educator or clinical therapist role, focuses on family-centered, natural learning environment practices that place the caregiver, rather than the service provider, as the agent of change in the child's development.  Come learn about this important role and how to help future early interventionists walk into their first intervention visits prepared to stand beside the caregiver and make a real difference.  

  • Afternoon Session

Top Ten List:  What Future Early Interventionists Need to Know & How to Teach Them.

Everyone has a top ten list, right?  This list will address ten fundamental ideas that future early interventionists (and current service providers) need to embrace in order to provide family-centered intervention that meets the needs of the child, the caregiver, and the early interventionist too.  Resources to help faculty and supervisors train service providers in each of these fundamentals will be shared.  Here's a sneak peek:  Fundamental #2 - The real intervention happens between visits, when you're not there!

Also Featuring: The 2014 Early On Center Faculty Grant Award recipient, Kalli Decker, Ph.D., Human & Family Studies, Michigan State University.  Ms. Decker will present her research findings on Parents' experiences of early intervention: Information they receive and use to support the language development of their children with hearing loss.

This presentation will focus on a study that investigated: (1) the information that parents receive from service providers about how to encourage the language development of their children with hearing loss, (2) the qualities and quantities of these parents’ communication with their children, and (3) how these aspects of parents’ communication are related to the information parents received from their service providers.


A wonderful opportunity for faculty and providers in social work, early childhood, infant mental health, special education, speech/language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and other early intervention disciplines.   

Applying for Student/Parent Discounted Rates:

Student Rate: $25.00 
Ten (10) scholarships awarded to first 10 students to register.

Students who wish to attend and receive the discounted rate must provide documentation on university letterhead indicating their enrollment at the college or university.

Parent Rate: $30.00

Please send requests for discounted rates and documentation to Lee Kleinjans at kleinjans_l@ccresa.org or fax it to him at (517) 668-0446.


Hotel Information

For colloquium participants, a block of rooms are reserved at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at the nightly rate of $110.00 (double) plus applicable state and local tax.  The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center is happy to honor the Colloquium discounted group rate until May 5, 2015.

Online Reservation Instructions

Go to www.kelloggcenter.com

Click on the blue box for "Room Reservations"

Enter arrival and departure date

Select "Click Here for Special Rates"and Enter Group Code CCR060415

Click "Check Availability"

Phone Reservation Instructions

Call 800-875-5090 and refer to the Group Code CCR060415

Monday-Friday 7:30am-7:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm.

-For special requests, reservations outside of the conference dates, or reservations after the room block release date please call 800-875-5090.


Dana Childress, M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University
Kalli Decker, Ph.D., Michigan State Univ.

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