Mind the Gap Spring Conference

Mind the Gap Conference April 17th & 18th, 2020
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Registration Open Now – $100 per day
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Boulevard SW Albany OR 97321

Friday Registration 8:00am
AM Sessions 8:30 – 11:30am
PM Sessions 12:30 – 3:30pm

Saturday Registration 8:00am
Keynote with Dr. Johnny Lake 8:30 – 9:30am
AM Sessions 9:45 – 11:45am
PM Sessions 12:45 – 3:45pm

Kids Included Together (KIT)
KIT strives to help the world see the ability in every child. Our organization helps others meaningfully include kids with disabilities through inclusion training, policy development and sharing our best practices information and research. By creating inclusive environments where no child is excluded, everyone benefits.

Trainer: Viviana Hernandez
Viviana has been in the field for over 17 years, working with typically developing children and children with disabilities. She has served as a program specialist/supervisor, camp counselor, preschool teacher, and camp director and formerly served as Affiliate Coordinator at KIT. Currently, Viviana serves as KIT’s Inclusive Communities Education and Training Specialist working with Community organizations and Military programs located nationwide. Providing In-person and online training as well as technical-assistance to teachers and adults working in the childcare field, supporting them to utilize KIT services and implement inclusive practices in their programs and communities.

Viviana received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an emphasis on Youth Development and Community Leadership from Springfield College. She is a certified Family Support Specialist through Alliant University and National Alliance on Mental Illnesses San Diego. Viviana also currently serves as a member of the Cuyamaca College Child Development Advisory Committee in San Diego and is involved in translation and curriculum development. She enjoys time with family outdoors and enjoys teaching and learning from her daughter Lia.

Friday KIT Sessions:
Helping Children and Youth Develop Coping Skills (Preschool/School Age)
There are a lot of demands placed on children in a school-age, middle school, or teen program. We see many youths having trouble managing stress in group settings. This training examines different types of coping difficulties and how they apply to program settings. Participants will practice strategies on how to teach coping skills to youth in planned and everyday activities.

Fostering Friendships for Children with or without Disabilities (Preschool/School Age)
The best thing that a child can gain from your program is a quality friendship. Many times, children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this workshop, participants will learn and practice how to help all children develop their friendship skills. Participants will develop an implementation plan for their programs.

Saturday KIT Sessions:
Planning Supports for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (School Age)
In this training participants will examine the impact of social communication, interaction and sensory processing when planning supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participants will be able to develop accommodation plans that match up with each child’s strengths and talents.

Behavior Support Techniques and Bag of Tricks (School Age)
In this session, participants will examine and learn strategies for addressing challenging behavior. Guidelines for responding to behavior will be examined. Participants will discuss how to identify influences on behavior, define behavior problems, and develop plans to teach skills. Planning a “Bag of Tricks” that supports a wide variety of children’s needs and programming situations will be discussed.

Friday Sessions:
How Playful Adults Benefit Children in Afterschool Programs
Kassy Rousselle, Trainer
Having time to play as an adult has more benefits than most realize. Adults, especially in afterschool programs, are the role models for kids and communicate with them on a regular basis. Therefore it’s important to be able to understand their language – play! Participants will explore how kids learn critical lifelong skills through play and examine their own sense of play.

Great Art in Afterschool (Preschool/School Age)
Rachel Kessler, Master Trainer
This hands-on workshop will explore engaging and fun art activities for school age youth that go beyond crafts and explore learning about and creating amazing artwork!

Saturday Sessions:
Summer Programs: The Happiest Place on Earth
Trainer: Aiko Sato, Champions
Part 1 In this session participants will review best practices for summer camp planning for school-aged children and discuss potential pitfalls before they happen. From the logistics of daily scheduling, to the big picture “wow” moments, we will work together so that you feel confident and ready to plan for three months of summer fun for your kids and staff.
Part 2 In this session participants will go beyond the basics of summer program logistics to plan an unforgettable summer learning experience. We will explore the details of content, scheduling, and engagement that make going to the summer program as fun and memorable as a trip to an amusement park.

Power UP! Activate Your Inner Hero Through Reading
Trainers: Leilani Larsen and Cyra Sadowl, Master Trainers
In this session participants will explore the “Power Up!” curriculum, a four week literacy and STEAM curriculum, through small group and hands on activities. Participants will practice literacy strategies and develop implementation plans for their afterschool program.

STEM Strategies and Resources for your Afterschool Program
Trainer: Rachel Kessler, Master Trainer, Alex Rice, Trainer
This session will prepare any Afterschool program to deliver effective and engaging STEM. Participants will explore what true STEM is and what it can do for youth, receive research resources and tools about the best practices for STEM activity facilitation, practice three fun hands-on activities and gather Standards based and guaranteed engaging, free STEM curriculum. Finally we will look at STEM evaluation and planning tools, and create implementation plans for your program.
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