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Date: Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017
Time: 4:00PM EST
Duration: 1 hour

Early Learning and Intervention: Perspectives and Resources from Across the Field

The field of Early Learning and Early Intervention encompasses many facets. In this webinar, we will learn from 4 experts in the Early Intervention world who will provide functional knowledge and resources regarding advocacy, choosing early learning programs, early identification, program operations and teaching strategies. Each of our experts will be available for discussion and questions during the session.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about importance of early identification of delays and choosing research based interventions
  • Discover Early Intervention advocacy efforts and how to get involved
  • Exposure to techniques used in a high quality preschool program for children with disabilities

About Our Guests

Dr. Eb Blakely, Author & Vice President of Behavioral Services, Quest Inc.

Science and the Value of Selecting Treatments and Interventions for Young Children Based on Research

Eb Blakely received a Ph.D. in 1988 from Western Michigan in Psychology with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, behavior pharmacology, experimental analysis of behavior, organizational behavior management, and database design. Dr. Blakely has co-authored 25 articles and one book. The articles address research questions in the areas of the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, conceptual issues, and behavior pharmacology. Dr. Blakely also serves as Vice President of Behavioral Services for Quest, Inc. Here, he oversees the delivery of behavioral supports for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Blakely provides a company-wide outcomes management system that monitors operational and clinical outcomes for Quest, Inc. Finally, he is an Assistant Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, radical behaviorism, and behavior pharmacology.

Nicole Gaskins-Daniels, M.S., Associate Director of Baudhuin Preschool

Early Intervention Strategies for Successfully Teaching Young Children with Special Needs- A Case Study from the Baudhuin Pre-School.

Nicole Gaskin-Daniels has over 30 years of experience in the field of special education. 17 of those years have been spent working at the Baudhuin Preschool. The Baudhuin Preschool is a program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is part of The Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nicole has held the position of ESE Teacher, then Autism Specialist and is currently the Associate Director at the Baudhuin Preschool. Nicole holds an undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in exceptional student education from Nova Southeastern University. Nicole is dedicated to educating students, families, future professionals and the community to ensure that all children reach their fullest potential.

Mary Beth Roberts, Teacher, Parent of Special Needs Daughters, & Volunteer

The Importance of Early Intervention: A Parents Story

Mary Beth Roberts is a Parent, who, with her husband, has raised two special needs daughters. One daughter, 26 years old, continues to exhibit disabilities and requires special services. She attends a local adult day care daily and Easter Seals Camp Challenge every summer for two weeks. The other daughter, 23 years old, is in graduate school getting her master’s degree in mental health counseling.

Mary Beth Roberts is a Teacher, who has taught in Palm Beach County for almost 30 years. She has a wide range of experience and continues to ensure students are working to their potential in a positive and safe atmosphere. Mary Beth Roberts has volunteered with Easter Seals since 1992. She has continued to participate on the advisory board and participates in special events and fundraising efforts.

Katherine (Katy) Beh Neas, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Easter Seals

Advocacy and Policy: Everyone can participate Katy Beh Neas is Easter Seals’ point person on public policy for people with disabilities and their families. As Executive Vice President, Government Relations, Neas leads a staff of lobbyists to develop and achieve Easter Seals’ federal and state public policy goals. She also oversees Easter Seals government grants and contract activities and leads the Easter Seals program designed to increase business opportunities. Neas has been a member of Easter Seals’ Government Relations team since January 1995, and a member of the Easter Seals management team since 2011. Mrs. Neas also serves as the immediate past chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a coalition of more than 110 national organizations that engage in concerted advocacy for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society; that enhances the civil rights and quality of life of all people with disabilities and their families; and that reflects the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to Easter Seals, Neas was the associate director of the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for persons with Developmental Disabilities. She was legislative staff to Chairman United States Senator Tom Harkin of the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy between 1987 and 1991, where she worked on all disability legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the proud mother of a high school daughter.

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