Upcoming EI conference to be ‘sailing with flying colors’

EI dad Greg Davis speaks at a  session at the 2013 conference

EI dad Greg Davis speaks at a session at the 2013 conference

The 30th Annual Early Intervention and Preschool Conference is set for Nov. 17-19 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Sailing with Flying Colors.” The keynote speakers for the two-and-a-half day conference will be Dr. Allen Mallory, one of the most-popular child care speakers in the country, and teacher-author-consultant Dr. Jean Feldman.

Other activities will include a “leadership gathering” for families and a keynote presentation by fathers.

Breakout sessions will focus on topics such as autism; collaborative preschool partnerships; sibling and family

Suzanne and Rick Dowling, keynote speakers at the 2013 conference, hug their son, Sam, following their session 'Something about Sam'

Suzanne and Rick Dowling, keynote speakers at the 2013 conference, hug their son, Sam, following their session ‘Something about Sam’

engagement; strengthening, core stability, and coordination; confidentiality in service provision; traumatic brain injury in children 1 to 5; sensory motor activities for young children; technology in the preschool classroom; infant and early childhood mental health; Morse code; legislative advocacy; family leadership; and public awareness and building relationships.

The conference is sponsored by ADRS, United Cerebral Palsy of Alabama and affiliates, the Alabama Department of Education/Special Education Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Auburn University, Children’s Health System of Alabama, the Interagency Coordinating Council for AEIS, Samford University, Technology Assistance for Special Consumers (T.A.S.C.), and the University of South Alabama.

Betsy Prince, statewide coordinator of Alabama’s Early Intervention System, said she is looking forward to the event.

“This conference offers a great opportunity for training, networking, and gaining new knowledge and skills to keep up with an ever-evolving early childhood field,” she said.

For more information about the conference, click here.

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