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The Young Child with Special Needs

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We invite you to attend the 22nd Annual Conference on "The Young Child with Special Needs"

As professionals working with young children with developmental disabilities, we are charged with enhancing our knowledge of medical and behavioral conditions, refining our assessment skills and expanding our tools and strategies for managing these special needs children.

  • Hear the latest applied research
  • Learn strategies for addressing a variety of developmental disabilities
  • Enhance your tool kit for dealing with problem behaviors, and recognize the importance and impact of early intervention
  • Network with the faculty from a variety of disciplines, as well as colleagues from around the nation
  • Enhance your professional development as you strive to provide the best possible outcome for these children and their families

Atlanta

Enjoy Some Southern Hospitality!

Atlanta thrives in spirit, charm and hospitality, and is full of recreational, sports and entertainment opportunities. Visit Underground Atlanta, offering history, music, shops and a variety of restaurants. Wander through Centennial Olympic Park and appreciate the dramatic ring fountain, court of flags, and beautiful landscaping. Next to Centennial Olympic Park, experience the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest, housing over 100,000 animals in fresh and salt water.

Highlights of the program:

  • Select from 2 popular Preconferences—Updates in Autism in Young Special Needs Children and Advances in Care for Medically Complex Special Needs Children.
  • Determine effective interventions for fetal alcohol syndrome disorders.
  • Overcome the challenges of special needs children who are in foster care environments.
  • Examine the impact of healthcare reform for this special population.
  • Identify emerging disabilities so that appropriate programs can be initiated to maximize outcomes.
  • Create your own program: Select from 16 Concurrent Sessions, including; children with cochlear implants, use of assistive and augmentive communication, ADHD, implementing new regulations, attachment disorders, and developing financial plans for early childhood programs.

Who

should attend?

  • Administrators
  • Case Managers
  • Certified Disability  Management Specialists
  • Certified Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Dieticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists

 

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I was so involved with the speakers and presenters; I wish we did not have to stop for breaks!

Nancy Mahan, BSW
Riverton, WY

Conference Program

Preconference A

Updates in Autism in Young Special Needs Children

The range of behaviors associated with autism can be challenging to care providers and education specialists. Since symptoms are often found in children younger than three years of age, early intervention can significantly improve behavior, learning and social interactions.

Attend this Preconference to discover the latest in autism interventions as well as the impact of law and policy on children with ASD. Interpretation of the latest research which impacts interventions and practical tips for educators and clinicians will be discussed. This Preconference will address behavioral interventions, the new DSM-5, and special diets for children with autism. Learn the latest on hot topics in autism.

Upon completion of this Preconference, the experienced clinician or educator will be able to:

  • Describe three changes that are included in the new DSM-5.
  • Examine how the growing prevalence of autism impacts law and policy.
  • List key indicators used to determine if an autistic child can benefit from augmentive or assistive technology.
  • Explore the key characteristics of autism and effective interventions.

7:00 a.m.

Preconference A Registration

8:00

How Does the New DSM-5 Help Us?
Andrew M. Morgan, MD

9:00

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Law and Policy
Sheryl Dicker, JD

9:45

Refreshment Break

10:00

Medical and Complementary Interventions: What's New and Different
Max Wiznitzer, MD

10:45

Interventions with Infants and Toddlers with ASD: Where to Start?
Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP

11:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:45 

Perspectives in Behavioral Management and Parental Coping
Timothy J. Drew, Ed. D, LCPC

2:45

Autism, Special Diets and Nutrition: Myth Busting, Fact Finding and Clinical Experience
Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

3:30

Refreshment Break

3:45

Autism: Diagnosis, Differential Diagnoses and Co-Morbid Conditions
Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP

4:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

5:00

Adjourn

Preconference B

Advances in Care for Medically Complex Special Needs Children

Advances in neonatal care have improved survival rates of premature infants, infants with chronic lung disease, birth defects, and genetic disorders. More infants with spina bifida survive to adulthood. The almost unavoidable consequence is that some infants who would not have survived now live with significant physical and neurologic disorders. How do you best manage medically complex special needs children? What interventions should be implemented first to maximize learning, promote better health, and increase their chances of living independently?

Upon completion of this Preconference, the attendee will be able to:

  •  List processes that can be used to better integrate therapeutic goals across the continuum of care and education environments.
  •  Review techniques to manage learning, elimination, and perceptual motor skills in young children with spina bifida, and accommodations which might be needed to care for these children.
  •  Examine various medical technologies, such as pumps, cerebral spinal fluid shunts, IV lines, and tracheotomies.
  •  Describe the impact of food allergies on learning.

7:00 a.m.

Preconference B Registration

8:00

Spina Bifida: Impact on Learning, Elimination, Perceptual Motor Skills
Susan Leibold, RN, MSN, CNS-P

9:00

Children Who Require Medical Technology Assistance: What You Need to Know
Rishi K. Agrawal, MD, MPH

9:45

Refreshment Break

10:00

How Can the School Team and the Medical Team Work Together to Help Families of Children with Special Needs?
Lindsey Minchella, MSN, RN, NCS

10:45

Food Allergy, Learning and Behavior: How Inflammation Impedes Young Learners
Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

11:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:15

Coordinating Therapeutic Interventions for Cerebral Palsy
Andrew M. Morgan, MD

2:15

Challenges in Children with Epilepsy and Children with Turner's Syndrome
Laura L. Bailet, PhD

3:00

Refreshment Break

3:15

Seizures and Paroxysmal Disorders: Fits and Faints
Max Wiznitzer, MD

4:00

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

4:30

Adjourn

Main Conference

7:00 a.m.

Main Conference Registration & Exhibits

8:00

Impact of Healthcare Reform for Young Children with Special Needs
Rishi K. Agrawal, MD, MPH

8:45

Developmental Outcomes of NICU Graduates: Are They Really at High Risk for Disabilities?
Andrew M. Morgan, MD

9:30

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

10:00

Special Needs Kids Go Pharm-Free: Tackling Learning Disabilities Without Drugs
Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

10:45

When Medication is Needed for Children with Special Needs: Reasons and Results
Max Wiznitzer, MD

11:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:15

Current Diagnostic and Teaching Best Practices for Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
Laura L. Bailet, PhD

2:00

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Guidance for Providers
Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP

2:45

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

3:15

Foster Care: Getting Special Needs Children What They Need
Sheryl Dicker, JD

4:00

Early Predictors of Language and Social Deficits: How to Clinically Differentiate
Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP

4:45

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

5:15

Adjourn

During each Concurrent Session, 4 topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms. Sessions are limited in size. Choices are assigned in the order received

8:00 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #1

#11 Communication in Children Who are Deaf-Blind with Cochlear Implants
Susan E. Wiley, MD

#12 Sleep Issues and Management of Children with Developmental Disabilities
Max Wiznitzer, MD

#13 Communicating Effectively with Families in Diverse Communities: An Experiential Approach
Helen L. Masin, PhD, PT, ACCE

#14 Session Cancelled

9:30

Refreshment Break

9:45

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #2

#21 Communication and Functional Skills in Children with Cochlear Implants and Additional Disabilities
Susan E. Wiley, MD

#22 Managing Children with ADHD: It's Not Just About Hyperactivity
Andrew M. Morgan, MD

#23 Safe Multidisciplinary Transitions from Feeding Tube to the Table Using Pre-Chaining Therapy
Cheri Fraker, MS
Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP, CLC

#24 iPad, Tablets and Apps: What Really Works and When to Use Them
Phyllis S. Watson, CCC-SLP

11:15

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #3

#31 Global Developmental Delays
Andrew M. Morgan, MD

#32 Attachment Disorder: Addressing Disruptive Behavior and Emotional Regulation
Timothy J. Drew, Ed. D, LCPC

#33 Implementing New Part C Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities
Maureen Greer, BS

#34 More Than Picky: Take the Fight Out of Food with Food Chaining
Cheri Fraker, MS
Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP, CLC

2:00

Refreshment Break

2:15

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #4

#41 "Will You Be My Friend?" Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Disabilities
Elizabeth A. Steed, PhD

#42 Vaccines and Autism: Examine the Evidence
Max Wiznitzer, MD

#43 Developing a Financial Plan: Finding Funds to Develop Early Childhood Programs
Maureen Greer, BS

#44 Motor Development in the First Year of Life: An Experiential Learning Session
Helen L. Masin, PhD, PT, ACCE

3:45

Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Rishi K. Agrawal, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Lurie Children's Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

Helen L. Masin, PhD, PT, ACCE
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Pediatrics
Department of Physical Therapy
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida

Laura L. Bailet, PhD
Executive Director
Nemours BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative
Jacksonville, Florida

Lindsey Minchella, MSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse Consultant for Special Education
Lafayette, Indiana

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD
Planning Committee Member
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
University of Connecticut Health Center
AJ Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities
Farmington, Connecticut

Andrew M. Morgan, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Head, Section of Child Development
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Peoria, Illinois

Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD
Owner and President
Nutrition Care for Children, LLC
Boulder, Colorado

Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of the Carolinas
Medical Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Program
Levine Children's Hospital at Carolinas  Healthcare System
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP
ASHA Fellow Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Studies
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Elizabeth A. Steed, PhD
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Special Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

Sheryl Dicker, JD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family and
Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

Kay A. Toomey, PhD
Planning Committee Member
Pediatric Psychologist
President, Toomey & Associates, Inc.
Clinical Director, SOS Feeding Solutions
STAR Center
Denver, Colorado

Timothy J. Drew, Ed. D, LCPC
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Associate Faculty, The Graduate School
Educational Leadership and Human Development
Bradley University
Peoria, Illinois

Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP, CLC
Pediatric Speech Pathologist
Clinic Feeding Specialist
Koke Mill Medical Center
Springfield, Illinois

Cheri Fraker, MS
Pediatric Speech Pathologist
Clinic Feeding Specialist
Koke Mill Medical Center
Springfield, Illinois

Susan E. Wiley, MD
Developmental Pediatrician, Associate Professor
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Medical Center/University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Maureen Greer, BS
Executive Director
IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association
Principal, Emerald Consulting
Indianapolis, Indiana

Phyllis S. Watson, CCC-SLP
Augmentative Communication Specialist
Crotched Mountain ATECH Services
Concord, New Hampshire

Susan Leibold, RN, MSN, CNS-P
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Developmental Disabilities
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Dallas, Texas

Max Wiznitzer, MD
Planning Committee Member
Pediatric Neurologist
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and International Health
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio

Accreditation

A Certificate of Attendance will be available online after you complete the course requirements, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. To apply for credit not listed below, use the procedure established by the specific organization.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference A: 7 ANCC/8.4 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 6.5 ANCC/7.8 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 13 ANCC/15.6 CA BRN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes)

This program is approved for a maximum of 20 NAPNAP contact hours (7 contact hours – Preconference A, 6.5 contact hours – Preconference B, 13 contact hours - Main Conference) of which a maximum of 0 contain pharmacology (Rx ) content per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines. Contemporary Forums, NAPNAP Approved Provider, Agency #12.

Occupational Therapists
Preconference A: .7 CEUs
Preconference B: .65 CEUs
Main Conference: 1.3 CEUs

This program is approved by Contemporary Forums, American Occupational Therapy Association Approved Provider #3273. Assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists
Preconference A: 7 hours
Preconference B: 6.5 hours
Main Conference: 13 hours

The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Contemporary Forums as an Approval Agency to approve providers of Continuing Competency Courses in California.

Physicians
Preconference A: 7 credits
Preconference B: 6.5 credits
Main Conference: 13 credits

Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 20 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Physician Assistants
Preconference A: 7 credits
Preconference B: 6.5 credits
Main Conference: 13 credits

The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME to grant Category 1 hours toward the Physician's Recognition Award. PAs may report up to the listed hours of credit.

Psychologists

Preconference A: 7 hours
Preconference B: 6.5 hours
Main Conference: 13 hours

Contemporary Forums is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Contemporary Forums maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Special Educators
Preconference A: 7 hours
Preconference B: 6.5 hours
Main Conference: 13 hours
There are no standard requirements for continuing education credit for educators, and guidelines vary by district. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying your attendance at this course. Contact your governing agencies regarding guidelines for registering your credit.

Certified Health Education Specialists
Application for CHES/MCHES Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). 

Social Workers/Marriage, Family & Child Counselors

Preconference A: 7 CE credit hours
Preconference B: 6.5 CE credit hours
Main Conference: 13 CE credit hours
This conference has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #1975-148.

This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit hours for Marriage, Family & Child Counselors and/or Licensed Clinical Social Workers as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE771.

Case Managers
Preconference A: 7 hours
Preconference B: 6.5 hours
Main Conference: 13 hours
The program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 20 hours of continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. 

Certified Disability Management Specialists

Preconference A: 7 hours
Preconference B: 6.5 hours
Main Conference: 13 hours
This offering has been approved by the Certification of Disability Management Specialists Commission.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors
Preconference A: 7 hours
Preconference B: 6.5 hours
Main Conference: 13 hours
This offering has been approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Dietitians
Dietitians may make individual application for continuing education credit following the conference through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Speech Pathologists
Preconference A: This program is offered for .7 CEUs.
(Various level; Professional Area)
Preconference B: This program is offered for .65 CEUs.
(Various level; Professional Area)
Main Conference: This program is offered for 1.3 CEUs.
(Various level; Professional Area)

This program is offered for up to 2.00 CEUs. (Various level; Professional Area)

DISCLOSURE OF COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS 

Consistent with Contemporary Forums' policy, faculty members are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

Faculty Member

Company/Organization

Affiliation

Rishi K. Agrawal, MD, MPH

None

None

Laura L. Bailet, PhD

Kaplan Early Learning Company

Smart Horizons

Product royalties come to my employer, Nemours
Product royalties come to my employer, Nemours

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD

None

None

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, ALNC

None

None

Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

Emerson Ecologics

Dispenser of supplements for my patients if needed

Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP

None

None

Sheryl Dicker, JD

None

None

Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC

None

None

Cheri Fraker, MS

Pro-Ed
Decapo Press/Perseus Publishing

Author
Author

Maureen Greer, BS

None

None

Susan Leibold, RN, MSN, CNS-P

None

None

Helen L. Masin, PhD, PT, ACCE

None

None

Lindsey Minchella, MSN, RN, NCSN

None

None

Andrew M. Morgan, MD

None

None

Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP

Centers for Disease Control

Professional-grant

Elizabeth A. Steed, PhD

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Paul Brookes Publishing

Consultant
Royalty fees

Kay A. Toomey, PhD   

Nestle/Gerber Products

Paid Consultant

Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP, CLC

Pro-Ed
Decapo Press/Perseus Publishing

Author
Author

Phyllis S. Watson, CCC-SLP

None

None

Susan E. Wiley, MD

None

None

Max Wiznitzer, MD

USDHHS

Expert Witness/Consultant

 

Non-Financial Relationships

Faculty Member

Company/Organization

Nature of Relationship

Role in Organization

Rishi K. Agrawal, MD, MPH

None

None

None

Laura L. Bailet, PhD

None

None

None

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD

None

None

None

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, ALNC

None

None

None

Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD

None

None

None

Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP

None

None

None

Sheryl Dicker, JD

None

None

None

Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC

None

None

None

Cheri Fraker, MS

None

None

None

Maureen Greer, BS

None

None

None

Susan Leibold, RN, MSN, CNS-P

None

None

None

Helen L. Masin, PhD, PT, ACCE

None

None

None

Lindsey Minchella, MSN, RN, NCSN

None

None

None

Andrew M. Morgan, MD

None

None

None

Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP

Centers for Disease Control

Professional Grant

Investigator in CDC Grant

Elizabeth A. Steed, PhD

None

None

None

Kay A. Toomey, PhD   

Feeding Matters Parent Support Group

Unpaid Professional Consultant

Board Member

Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP, CLC

None

None

None

Phyllis S. Watson, CCC-SLP

None

None

None

Susan E. Wiley, MD

None

None

None

Max Wiznitzer, MD

CHADD

Professional Advisory Board

Board Member

Location

Enjoy Some Southern Hospitality!

Atlanta thrives in spirit, charm and hospitality and is full of recreational, sports and entertainment opportunities. 

Visit Underground Atlanta, offering history, music, shops and a variety of restaurants. Wander through Centennial Olympic Park and appreciate the dramatic ring fountain, court of flags, and beautiful landscaping.  Next  to Centennial Olympic Park,  experience the Georgia Aquarium,  the world's largest, housing over 100,000 animals in fresh and salt water. You can enjoy a first-hand look at news-in-the-making, as you witness what it takes to produce live news coverage daily at The CNN Center. Shopping enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to spectacular Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and Perimeter Mall, easy to reach on Atlanta's convenient and efficient transit system, MARTA.

The recently renovated Hyatt Regency Atlanta is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta on the MARTA line and within walking distance of many of Atlanta's sites. The hotel features a full health center, an outdoor pool, a lively  lobby bar and a Southern influenced dining experience at Sway, the hotel's unique restaurant. Just a short distance from the hotel are Centennial Olympic Park, the CNN Tower, The Georgia Aquarium, and Underground Atlanta.   Staying at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta will add to your comfort and enjoyment of the southern hospitality of this beautiful city.

Wherever you choose to spend your time in this city steeped in history and cultural heritage, whether it is shopping, sight-seeing, fine dining or just off relaxing, you are sure to enjoy every moment of your experience in Atlanta. To receive more information visit the website www.atlanta.net.

I was thrilled to see that you were offering a full-day preconference covering topics related to medically complicated children. This is the first time that I have been able to get a large amount of pertinent information on this group of children at a conference. Since most of my home-based caseload is made up of medically complicated children, this course was invaluable!

Lisa Katzman, MS, PT
Oakland, CA

Hotel/Travel

Hotel Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room  availability, from April 9 to April 14 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities  or qualify for discount airfares.

Rates: $179 single/double
Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation early and before the "hotel room block release date" which is March 19, 2013. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, rooms and group rates may no longer be available so call the hotel regarding availability.

Click here to reserve your room online.

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For room reservations, call (888) 421-1442 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' conference on The Young Child with Special Needs.  Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.

Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.

For additional hotel information, call the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at (404) 577-1234.

Travel Discounts

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit www.united.com, insert Offer Code ZNCS108722. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000260.

Well-rounded conference, appealing to all professionals. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I found all sessions to be informative; difficult to choose which to attend.

Janis Mandac-Dy, MSN, CPNP
San Francisco, CA

Fees

Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

Tuition (U.S. Funds)

Preconference A or B

Main Conference

Early Registration Fee*
(On/before February 28)

 $235

 $425

Regular Registration Fee
(After February 28)

 $285

 $475

* Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before February 28.
Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance, and Online CE Library access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available.)
Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. Discounts do not apply to the Preconference(s). To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.
                $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
                $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

Method of Tuition Payment
Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register.)
Register only ONCE, online at www.ContemporaryForums.com, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information.

Tax Deductibility
Expenses of training, tuition, travel, lodging and meals to maintain or improve professional skills may be TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Consult your tax advisor.

Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available.)
Call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. Registrations may not be shared.

Cancellations
Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Cancellations received on/before February 28 receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after February 28 are assessed a $20 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations received after the conference begins or for "no shows." If this meeting is cancelled for any reason, including labor strikes or acts of God, liability is limited to a full refund of registration fees.

Program Changes
Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Questions? Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com. If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Online Learning

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Contemporary Forums Online GROUP DISCOUNTS
Provide your staff with high-quality continuing education and give your budget a break with Contemporary Forums Online Group Access Account. Organizations of any size can create customized CE programs for staff education and development. To request group account pricing and details, visit ContemporaryForumsOnline.com or call (925) 361-4811.

Attendee Information

Thank you for registering for The Young Child with Special Needs conference being held April 11 -13, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 577-1234.

PRECONFERENCE CHECK-IN will begin on Thursday, April 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. If you are also attending the Main Conference, you will receive those registration materials on Thursday as well. The location of the Registration Desk will be listed on the hotel's event schedule.

MAIN CONFERENCE CHECK-IN will be held on Friday, April 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. If you attended the Preconference, you do not need to check in again for the Main Conference. However, if you are registered for the Main Conference only, you must check in to receive your conference materials. To avoid the rush that can occur on the first morning of the Main Conference, we recommend you arrive early to allow adequate time for the check-in process, enjoy your continental breakfast and be ready for the start of the Main Conference promptly at 8:00 a.m.

SESSIONS begin promptly as listed in the conference brochure and are open only to registered participants. Out of consideration to others, infants, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms or refreshment breaks.

ONLINE CE LIBRARY: Contemporary Forums' Online CE Library is your on-demand resource for quality continuing education and offers over 1000 multimedia presentations captured from our live national conferences. For more information, visit www.onlineCElibrary.com or call (800) 377-7707.

SPEAKER HANDOUTS: Ten days before the conference begins you will receive an email with instructions to review and/or print the handout materials posted by the faculty. The slides will not be printed in the Conference Guide you receive at the conference. These slides will be replaced 3-5 days after the conference with the slides captured on-site. Since many emails are filtered or blocked, we suggest you add ContemporaryForums@cforums.com to your Contacts and/or Safe Senders list.

JOIN THE CONFERENCE CONVERSATION: Receive live conference updates, learn about special exhibitor promotions, and communicate with faculty and fellow participants. Follow The Young Child with Special Needs on Twitter: #YoungChild13. Include #YoungChild13 in your Tweets and post your feedback on sessions, ask questions, and so much more. Search #YoungChild13 to view the current conversation and conference updates as they occur onsite. Follow Contemporary Forums at www.twitter.com/#CForums.

HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA offers a special conference rate which is available until the room block is filled, but no later than March 19, 2013. We recommend that you make your reservations early by calling Hyatt Reservations at (888) 421-1442. Be sure to say you are participating in Contemporary Forums' Young Child with Special Needs conference. You will need to guarantee your reservation with a credit card. To reserve your room online, visit our website at www.contemporaryforums.com for details. After the release date of March 19, call the hotel directly at (404) 577-1234 to check for room availability. If you will be arriving after
3:00 p.m., we suggest you call the hotel the day you travel to reconfirm your reservation.

DISCOUNTED AIR FARES: Contemporary Forums has made a special discount agreement with United Airlines. To obtain these special conference fares, go online to www.united.com and enter the Account Code ZNCS108722. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. Since seats are limited, make your reservation early to ensure the best flights and schedule.

HERTZ RENT-A-CAR is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference, as well as one week before and after. To obtain the special rates, call Hertz at (800)
654-2240. Please refer to Contemporary Forums and the conference discount code CV #03000260.

TAXIS from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport to the  Hyatt Regency Atlanta charge  $30.00,  plus $2.00 for each additional person. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is offered by The Atlanta Airport Shuttle Service. No reservations are necessary from the airport to the hotel. The shuttle runs from 6 a.m. to Midnight from the airport, and leaves the hotel every 10 and 40 minutes after the hour to the airport. The fare is $16.50 one way or $29.00 round trip per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 877-799-5282 or visit their website at www.taass.net. Please note: Rates are subject to change without notice.

MARTA RAPID TRANSIT is an inexpensive transportation option from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.  MARTA trains arrive and depart every 8 minutes from the Ground Transportation Center of the airport. The fare is $2.50 for a one-way trip. Board a Northbound train at the Airport Station and exit at the Peachtree Center station. Exit the train and take the escalator up towards Peachtree Center Mall. Once inside the mall, follow the signs to the covered walkway into the hotel. For more information call (404) 848-5000 or visit the website at www.itsmarta.com.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE HOTEL:
When traveling northbound on 75/85, driving from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (12 miles), or traveling on Interstate 20 west and eastbound: Take 75/85 North, take the right-hand exit 248-C (International Blvd.). Turn left onto International Blvd. Turn right at the third traffic light onto Peachtree Center Avenue. Hyatt Regency Atlanta's Motor Lobby entrance is one block on the left.

When traveling southbound on 75/85 and traveling from GA 400: Exit 249-C (Williams Street). Go straight off exit. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Harris Street. Then take the third left onto Peachtree Center Avenue. Hyatt Regency Atlanta's Motor Lobby entrance is on the left.

VALET PARKING is available at the  Hyatt Regency Atlanta  at the following rates: up to 1 hour -  $10.00;  1 to 2 hours -  $14 .00;  2 to 4 hours -  $18.00;  4 to 6 hours -  $24.00;  6 to 24 hours -  $32.00. Rates include in/out privileges. Please note: Parking rates are subject to change without notice.

Alternate Parking is available at Ameripark (404-221-1454), 221 Peachtree Center Ave. NE (corner of Peachtree & Harris). They offer a rate of $18.00 per 24 hours for hotel guests in the downtown area. Let the cashier know you are staying at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Please note: Parking rates are subject to change without notice.

TOURIST INFORMATION on Atlanta is offered by Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau at (404) 521-6600, or online at www.atlanta.net. Temperatures in Atlanta in April are in the 70's during the day with lows in the
50's in the evening. Since meeting rooms can be cool, a light jacket or sweater is recommended.

THANK YOU for registering for The Young Child with Special Needs. If there is any way that Contemporary Forums can assist you in making arrangements for the conference, call us at (800) 377-7707, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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Exhibit & Advertising Information

Exhibiting at a Contemporary Forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience.

Why Exhibit

  • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference
  • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specilaists from around the country
  • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operations

Contact the Contemporary Forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.

We can also provide information on other opportunities, including:

  • Sponsorships
  • Advertising

Become an Exhibitor

Please download the Support and Exhibit Opportunities Prospectus and contact Contemporary Forums with your questions or requests.

Download: Exhibit Prospectus and Information (On Conference calendar, please click on the black star for the specific exhibitor prospectus you wish to download.)
Email: exhibits@cforums.com
Phone: (925) 361-4807

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Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact Elaine White at ewhite@cforums.com

About Contemporary Forums

Contemporary Forums provides leading-edge, fully accredited, clinical continuing education conferences for healthcare professionals. Our conferences are attended by the most influential healthcare professionals from around the country.