DEC 29th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and their Families

When
October 16-18, 2013
Where
San Francisco, California

The Division of Early Childhood’s (DEC) 29th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and their Families

Ritu Chopra presented a poster session in collaboration with other Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grantees on October 17th from 5:15 - 6:30. The session was titled: “Paraprofessional Programs: Integrating Evidence-Based Practices into Curriculum and Practicum Experiences.” The Office of Special Education Programs funded grantees to incorporate evidence-based best practices in special education into early childhood curriculum and practicums. Faculty discussed strategies and lessons learned in redesigning early childhood curriculum to prepare highly qualified paraprofessionals to work with young children with disabilities in various settings.

Dr. Chopra also presented with Dr. Rashida Banerjee and Geri DiPalma a session titled: “Statewide Training for Early Intervention Paraprofessionals: One State’s Example.” Participants were able to develop an understanding of the benefits and challenges of creating training for early intervention paraprofessionals. The presenters shared the rationale for hybrid/online training and provided an overview of the web-based introductory course entitled: Introduction to Early Intervention.