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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
A Collaborative Approach to Supporting Preschool Children in Inclusive Settings LIMITED

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This presentation will highlight the multi-agency collaboration of the Denver Great Kids Head Start program to support children with a wide range of needs in inclusive preschool classrooms. The importance of effective early intervention for young children with disabilities and social-emotional challenges and their families is well documented. It is critical to provide quality supports and services for children in the early childhood settings utilizing research based practices for successful inclusion. Programs need to be supported by strong leadership, quality and meaningful professional development and access to ongoing behavioral and early childhood special education expertise. It is also critical that families are involved in all aspects of the child's program to build positive relationships with the staff as well as to support and nurture their young children at home. These efforts must be supported by ongoing collaborative and planning to address both the needs of young children but also classroom teaching staff. Denver's Great Kids Head Start is a multi-agency collaboration of the Mayor's Office for Education and Children, Denver Health (Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists), Sewell Child Development Center and Denver Public Schools to support approximately twelve hundred at-risk preschool children in six delegates. While Head Start mandates a minimum of 10% of these children are identified with special education needs, the agency serves a much higher number of children with developmental delays and significant emotional and mental health challenges. This session will highlight best practices in supporting inclusion of your children and supporting families in staff through examples of tools and processes that promote collaboration and development of classroom plans with individualizations for behavior and social emotional supports and address the unique needs of children with identified special education disabilities. Family partnerships and advocacy strategies as the children transition into Kindergarten will also be addressed. Participants will leave with a conceptual framework, best practice tools and strategies and successful family advocacy and transition ideas.


Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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