Special Kids,Special Care Education Calendar
April 29, 2020

NICU Consortium Education Program/Webinar

Parent Interviews – Barriers to Identifying and Accessing Community Resources
Kait Bennington, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy LEND Fellow
Developmental Pediatrics | JFK Partners | ENRICH

An Overview of FINE: Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education Program
Debra Paul, OTR/L | Program Coordinator
Quality and Patient Safety/Clinical Effectiveness | Division of Occupational and Physical Therapy 
NIDCAP Professional ( Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program )
& FINE ( Family Infant Neurodevelopmental Education )-US Trainer
NIDCAP Professional and FINE US (Family Infant Neurodevelopmental Education) Trainer

From the Hospital to Home: Using Early Visual Functioning to Support Families. 
Catherine Smyth, Ph.D
Director of Research
Anchor Center for Blind Children

June 18 & 19, 2020
Thursday and Friday

Beginning Rhythms and
Keys to Caregiving
Early Feeding and Sleep Routines

F ocuses on the foundations of early infant and child development - birth to three and the parent and child's unique contributions to the parent-child relationship. Strategies are presented to support the parent -child relationship when there are feeding, fussing, and sleep concerns through examples and care studies. Topics include:
  • Maternal regulation's impact on a child’s self-regulation and social-emotional development 
  • Early sleep/wake patterns and strategies to address sleep and fussiness concerns
  • Supporting parent’s understanding of their child’s language
  • Using “watchful wondering” to help parent knowledge, confidence, and responsiveness to their infants
  • Feeding – “More than just eating”
  • Building a strong foundation for future development through daily routines
  • Premature and medically complex infants and their families and their unique needs
  • Building parent problem solving and decision making through strategies that support the parent-child relationship

July 18, 19, 20, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Parent-Child Interaction
Feeding Assessment Scale
Certification and
Recertification (NCAST)

The Feeding Assessment Scale identifies identifies behaviors of the parent and the child that contribute to the parent-child relationship during a feeding interaction. Since parents feed their child multiple times a day this relationship is critical in supporting child development including communication skills, motor skills, adaptive, and social-emotional development.   As a provider acknowledges positive interactions between the parent and child, they reinforce the parent behaviors and the parents ability transfer them to other interactions with their child.

August 27 & 28, 2020
Thursday and Friday

Parent-Child Interaction
Teaching Assessment Scale
Certification and
Recertification (NCAST)

The Teaching Assessment Scale explores behaviors observed during a play and teaching episode that are different from a feeding encounter but also impact the parent-child relationship and support later development. The benefits of using a teaching observations are to share with and "wonder" with parents' different meanings of the child's responses and promote parents' understanding of their child's behaviors. This process also supports the trusting relationship between the parent and the provider.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding any of these programs.