Conferences/Special Events

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E.I. GROUPS NOW FORMING AT OUR PLAINVIEW LOCATION! For more information on any group, contact Heather at 516–731-5588, ext. 229 or by email.  
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NOTE: Groups are ongoing and meet every Saturday except February 16 and April 20.

Separation Groups: “Talk to Me” (language)
Saturdays, 10:15AM—11:15 AM
Children ages 24-36 months
Classes led by a Speech Teacher and Teacher Assistant (8:1:1)
For the child who needs help using language with others
Activities include:
-circle time
-music and movement
-story time
-sensory activities
-expanding language and play skills
-social interactions
-play skills

Parent/Child Groups: “Baby Talk” (language)
Saturdays, 9-10 AM
Children ages 18-30 months with their parent/caregiver
Groups led by a Speech Teacher and Teacher Assistant (6:1:1)
Group setting will promote social interest, interaction and play skills
Activities include:
art/sensory activities   -music and movement games   -play time
Parent/Caregiver will learn:
-strategies to enhance language
-how to promote child’s independence
-basic behavior modification strategies such as ignoring and positive reinforcemen

Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
Saturdays, 10:15—11:15 AM (2x/month)
For parents/caregivers of children in the E.I. program
Groups led by LMSW and LCSW, up to 10 adults
Topics to be proposed by facilitator(s), who will address topics brought up by parents
Group goals:
-discuss developmental topics
-share strategies for attaining developmental goals
-discuss positive behavioral strategies for young children
-share the stressors related to having a child with a developmental delay
-provide support to parents by bringing them together in a safe, comfortable atmosphere for sharing

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MKSA Provider Workshops/Meetings

More workshops coming soon!

Outside Events

The NYC Department of Health, Division of Family and Child Health, Bureau of Early Intervention has launched a learning management system (LMS) to offer free professional development trainings online. 
Click here to learn more.

Special Education Legislative Summit 2019 – Registration Open
Registration is now open for the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2019 Special Education Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Gateway Crystal City, July 7-10, 2019.
For registration information and to learn more, click here.

NEW! Parent Connections Playgroup from Suffolk County Division of Services for Children with Special Needs
In 2019, meets the second Friday of every month from 10-11 AM:
1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/11, 8/, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12
If you have a child receiving EI services and would like to meet other parents who have children receiving EI services, and you would like a safe place where you and your child can meet and interact with other families, this group is for you!
Location:  DSCSN, 50 Laser Court, Hauppauge
To sign up call 631-853-2334 or email Sheila.ventrice@suffolkcountyny.gov
For more information

Online Workshop Series from Smart-Ears.com – Teaching Children with Hearing Loss
October 2018-April 2019
Scroll down in the link for information on their 2018-2019 workshops.
For more information

EAC NETWORK – Parent/Family Courses & Conferences
EAC Network is offering a variety of classes for parents and families of young children and teenagers. They also offer support groups. Classes start soon! For more information, view their event calendar here.

MOLLOY COLLEGE – Professional Development Courses & Conferences
Many courses and conferences are available; check the list and be sure to click on ‘conferences’ for additional events.  Learn more

A variety of workshops are available at no cost to participants. Locations  are throughout Long Island, and workshops are available during the day and evening.
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THERAMOVES CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSESOT, sensory, reading, movement and behavior. Click for more information.

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.”