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The 18th Annual Early Years Conference focus is on understanding the approach to a Multi Tiered System of Support. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework that promotes equity and access by engaging “ALL” through a tiered approach that uses differentiation of services and supports. “All means ALL”.

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Participants will receive 6 PD hours per day. Their hours will be added into the Workforce Registry between 1 to 4 weeks after the conference. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion – but will not be asked to upload this certificate to the Workforce Registry.

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Saturday, March 6 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Autism Acceptance: Our Words Matter

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In education settings utilizing Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), teachers are increasingly likely to encounter children with an autism diagnosis who require support across all tiers of intervention. While the early 2000’s saw a push for “autism awareness,” those impacted with the diagnosis and their families now challenge us to strive for a deeper “autism acceptance.” What does it look like for preschool age children to fully understand and accept each other? How can educators foster a welcoming classroom community that allows all children to thrive regardless of the challenges they might face? What is the best way to guide children when they notice one another’s strengths and weaknesses? This presentation will engage participants in a thoughtful discussion that will challenge prior conceptions of autism, ensure that tiered interventions are tailored to each individual child’s needs, and provide language to create radically inclusive learning spaces.

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Nora Camacho

Manager, Alexa's PLAYC at Rady Children's Hospital
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Arielle King

Behavior Specialist, Alexa's PLAYC at Rady Children's Hospital

Saturday March 6, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Virtual Workshop