Conferences/Special Events

MKSA is pleased to announce our summer series of FREE Parent Workshops!
July 25 – Using Play to Promote Speech Development in Young Children
Panera Bohemia, 5191 Sunrise Highway, 7-8 PM

August 2 – “Promoting Social-Emotional Development in Your Infant and Toddler”
Panera Bellmore, 2375 Merrick Road, 7-8 PM

Join our Early Childhood Professionals in these relaxed informational workshops to discuss topics related to early childhood development. We welcome all parents and caregivers of children birth to 3 years old, especially those with questions regarding their child’s development. Space is limited, so register today! Call 516-731-5588, ext. 239 or email fschildt@mksallc.com.

Introduction to PROMPT: Technique Workshop
September 15-17, 2017
9:00AM-4:30PM each day
Hampton Inn Brookhaven, 2000 N. Ocean Avenue, Farmingville
This program is offered for 1.8 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area). This workshop focuses on technique and learning the four levels (Parameter, Syllable, Complex and Surface) of prompting that support the broader, holistic philosophy and approach of PROMPT. Visit The PROMPT Institute for details and to register!

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MKSA Provider Workshops/Meetings

More workshops coming soon!

Outside Events

Empowered Parents, Empowered Children: Tools for Self-Management 
Thursday, July 20th 2017  
1770 Stillwell Avenue, Bronx, NY 10469- 2nd Floor  10am-12pm.
This workshop will provide parents, caregivers and professionals with specific skills and strategies for connecting with your child to inspire a change in behavior. Parents, caregivers and professionals will learn identifying the child’s strengths to create success. We will learn what triggers unwanted behaviors, structure situations to prevent behavioral problems that are avoidable. We will also learn how to create rules, communicate expectations & increase connection with the child to build mutual trust. Parents and caregivers can create healthy families by using tools that meet need and teach skills.
Presenter: Ramapo for Children

How to Build a Successful Family-School Relationship 
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
80 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023 – Room 124   10am-12pm  
The presentation will include: Sharing information used for instructional discussion-making with all members of the transdisciplinary team; creating an effective IEP and reducing the occurrence of home-school conflicts.
Presenter: Dr. Adine Usher, Ed.D. Consultant/Advocate for Students with Disabilities

Introduction to Boardmaker Software 
Thursday, August 3, 2017       
281 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302   10am-12pm
Participants will be introduced to Boardmaker software. You will be able to create symbols/schedules to use with your child/student in order to encourage choice making, promote literacy skills and improve communication to facilitate daily living. Participants will get to take home the material they have made.
Presenter: Mary Jacobson – Staten Island SHARE Resource Librarian, Adapt Community Network

How to Address Busing Issues 
Thursday, August 10, 2017
80 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023 – Room 124    10am-12pm  
Learn how to address problems that can arise when students with disabilities are bused to and from school. The late arrival and drop off of children from the bus and concerns about behavior will be also discussed.
Presenter: Ruth DiRoma, Family Educator -Include NYC formerly RCSN

To register for any of the above workshops please call 718-436-7979 Ext. 704 or email familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org

Tuesday, October 17, 2017  9:30am-12:30pm
Working with Immigrant Families
Dr. Faith Lamb-Parker, Center on Culture, Race and Equity, Bank Street College

Tuesday, November 28, 2017  9:30am-11:00am
Brain Development in the Early Years
Dr. Kristin Bernard, Stony Brook University

3rd date in series- TBD
All workshops will be held at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, NY. For more information call 631-585-9393.

Topics include:
-Common Sense Parenting – classes designed for parents with children 18 months to 18 years old; offered in English and Spanish.
-Bright Beginnings – interactive parent-child class designed to encourage and facilitate healthy, emotional attachments between parents and children (2-17 months old).
-Alternative For Youth (AFY) Parent Support Group – support group designed to educate and support parents of children 12-18 years old; offered in English and Spanish.
For more information, visit LI Parenting Institute


The Bureau of Early Intervention has an updated website for the Family Initiative Coordination Service Project, also known as Partners. The website is part of a NYS Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention sponsored contract with Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center. Visit the new website.

The updated website includes:
-new and updated information, resources, and supports on a variety of EI-related topics for families
-a drop box feature which allows a user to view content translated instantly into one of 104 languages
-information on Early Intervention Partners Training for parents
-helpful links to State and National programs and organizations
-Early Intervention Program FAQs

Visit Us At Upcoming Community Events

Stay tuned for more events!

Past Event Testimonials

Asperger’s & Bullying: Personal Stories, Struggles and Strategies
Presented by: Dr. Stephen Shore and Jesse A. Saperstein
“I love that the speakers were both men with Autism, for a true first-hand experience and perspective.”
“Jesse was endearing. The effect that bullying had on him was evident, as was the fact that the memories are still hard for him. Jesse humanized the effects of bullying which made you truly empathize with him and drove the importance of the subject matter home.”
“Dr. Shore was wonderful! It was interesting to hear the perspective of an adult who was diagnosed on the spectrum as a child; I learned insightful tips from a professional with the diagnosis.”

What’s New in iPad Technology for Children with Autism and Special Needs
Presented by: Eric Sailers, MA, CCC-SLP
“Eric is knowledgeable; presented in an easy-to-understand manner; enormous resources for all our needs.”
“I loved the demonstrations! Learned features about the iPad that I didn’t previously know.”
“Very easy to understand and follow. Great information that can easily be applied.”

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies that Really Make a Difference!
Presented by: Elisa Gagnon, MS, Ed.
“So well organized and very interesting! Great use of examples and stories.”
“Video clips were great ways to show certain topics that were discussed.”
“Speaker was so informative! Great strategies were provided.”

Asperger’s Syndrome: Strategies for Effective Intervention
Presented by: Tony Attwood, Ph.D.
“Excellent speaker with a wealth of knowledge.”
“Tony Attwood was amazing!”
“Best conference ever!! Very animated and humorous; very informative. Thank you!”

Behavioral Approach to Language Assessment and Intervention for Children with Autism
Presented by: Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
“One of the best workshops/trainings I have ever attended in my 30 years of education.”
“Outstanding presentation that will be beneficial to my teaching! Great!”
“Dr. Sundberg is a very engaging speaker. It is a great experience to hear from the creator of the VB-MAPP himself.”

The Language Use Inventory (LUI):
A New Standardized Parent-Report Measure to Assess Young Children’s
Pragmatic Language Development
Presented by: Daniela O’Neill, Ph.D., LUI Author
“There has been such a huge need for a standardized test like the LUI. I am very excited about using this.”
“Cutting-edge information; provided useful handouts and testing samples that can be applied in therapy!”
“Excellent speaker-interesting and insightful.”

Treatment of Eating Problems in Young Children: A Motor Learning Approach
Presented by: Genie Rogers, MA, CCC-SLP, BRSS
“Learned new techniques to implement in therapy sessions. Thanks!”
“Fabulous presentation—easy to understand, great examples.”
“It was an excellent seminar with a great deal of useful information.”

All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
Presented by: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
“One of the best conferences I’ve ever been to.”
“Very informative…will help me to bring out the best in my child.”
“His knowledge was endless.”