The Young Child With Special Needs

March 12 - 15, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV

Registration for this conference is closed

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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.

A multidisciplinary approach, along with family-focused strategies and support, is essential as we coordinate care and intervention in a variety of settings.  We invite you to attend the 23rd Annual Conference on "The Young Child with Special Needs," a national conference targeted for health care providers, special educators, pre-school teachers, psychologists, therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians and service coordinators who interface with special needs children and their families.

You will 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. Networking with the faculty from a variety of disciplines, as well as colleagues from around the nation, will enhance your professional development as you strive to achieve the best possible outcome for these children and their families.

Relax and rejuvenate, discover innovative practices, have a little fun (it's Vegas, after all!), and return ready to implement the innovative approaches you've learned!

Planning Committee Members
Kay A. Toomey, PhD
Max Wiznitzer, MD

Program Manager
Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Contemporary Forums

Viva Las Vegas

...it’s impossible to resist the excitement!

A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs - Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller, just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of five Cirque du Soleil productions, the Blue Man Group and Jersey Boys. Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay.

Conference Objectives

This conference will enable the experienced clinician and educator to better:

  • Identify current medical, developmental and educational issues that affect young children with special needs and their families.
  • Interpret cues from demanding or disruptive behaviors to develop intervention strategies and foster coping mechanisms for families with special needs children.
  • Discuss the coordination of services for children from pre-school to school age with complex medical and developmental needs.
  • Examine regulatory and legal issues affecting services for children with disabilities.
  • Develop creative strategies for working with children with special needs and their families, incorporating early intervention as an important goal for improving outcomes.

 

Highlights and Benefits

  • Two dynamic Preconferences addressing Autism Treatment and Management and Feeding Challenges and Solutions
  • New this Year! An optional Networking Luncheon featuring Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa 2008, and her amazing story of triumph and achievement while living with cerebral palsy. You will be moved and motivated to make a difference for those you serve.
  • Nationally recognized faculty members representing a variety of disciplines and approaches
  • A comprehensive approach for dealing with medical, behavioral, and developmental challenges in young children
  • An overview of regulatory and legal issues affecting services for children with disabilities
  • The opportunity to select from 16 concurrent sessions to create a personalized program for your professional development
  • All the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and the Paris Hotel, where you can win a jackpot, dine on world-class cuisine, shop till you drop and enjoy dazzling entertainment!

Who should attend?

  • Case Managers
  • Certified Disability Management Specialists
  • Certified Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Program Directors and Administrators
  • Psychologists
  • Public School Teachers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Special Educators
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • You!

 

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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 on Autism Treatment and Management
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 3 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 legal aspects for early intervention services for children with ASD.  Interpretation of the latest research which impacts interventions and practical tips for educators and clinicians will be discussed.  This Preconference will also address behavioral and feeding interventions.  Hear the latest on hot topics in Autism!
Upon completion of this Preconference, the experienced clinician or educator will be able to:

  • Explore the key characteristics of autism.
  • Describe current and emerging medications for autism.
  • Examine legal requirements for accessing early intervention services.
  • List interventions in autism based on behavior analysis.

7:00 a.m.

Preconference A Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00

Legal Requirements for Early Intervention Services
Judith C. Saltzman, JD

9:00

"Tiny Tech" Intensive Program for Low or Non-Responders: Getting Past Program Development Hurdles and Achieving Desired Outcomes
Noa Hannah, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D

10:00

Refreshment Break

10:15

Pharmaceutical Intervention for ASD: What's New and in the Pipeline?
Max Wiznitzer, MD
(Rx = 1 hr.)

11:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:30

What Makes Feeding So Difficult for the Child with ASD?
Kay A. Toomey, PhD

2:30

Integrating ABA Principles into Language-Based Instruction
Stacey Cianciolo, MEd, BCBA

3:30

Refreshment Break

3:45

Evidence-Based Interventions for Children in the Autism Spectrum: Behavior Analysis, Visual Supports, Token Economics, and Antecedent Strategies
Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D

4:45

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

5:15

Adjourn

Rx = Pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority.

PRECONFERENCE B

Feeding Challenges and Solutions: Current Trends
Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
Kay A. Toomey, PhD   

This course is designed to provide practical information to physicians, educators, dietitians, therapists, nurses and psychologists for understanding why children have feeding challenges, and how to help them overcome some of their challenges.  It will review development of feeding across the first 7 years of life, to include gross/fine motor, oral motor, sensory, physical, environmental, nutritional, and developmental transitions that support or interfere with the development of feeding skills.  Strategies to immediately improve feeding, as well as to improve mealtimes in general, will be provided for each age group.  The clinician will also be guided through understanding families' needs and will have an opportunity to reflect upon their own practices that influence their ability to work with both the child and the family. 
Upon completion of this Preconference, the experienced clinician or educator will be able to:

  • Identify the major reason for feeding problems in the birth to 3 month age range.
  • Describe the oral-motor and sensory requirements necessary for eating a variety of food textures.
  • Discuss the roles of both the parent and the child during mealtimes across the first 7 years of life.

7:00 a.m.

Preconference B Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00

Partnering with Parents: What Gets in Their Way
Kay A. Toomey, PhD

9:15

Partnering with Children: How Children Learn About Eating (Birth-3 Months)
Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

9:45

Refreshment Break/Exhibits

10:00

Partnering with Children: How Children Learn About Eating (4-24 Months)
Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

11:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:30

Partnering with Children: How Children Learn About Eating (2-7 Years)
Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

2:30

General Treatment Strategies
Kay A. Toomey, PhD

3:00

Refreshment Break

3:15

General Treatment Strategies (continued)
Kay A. Toomey, PhD

4:30

Partnering with Parents: What Gets in Our Way
Kay A. Toomey, PhD

5:00

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

5:30

Adjourn

MAIN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

7:00 a.m.

Main Conference Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

8:00

Working with the Medically Complex Child and Their Devices
Garey Noritz, MD

8:45

Complementary Approaches for Treating ASD: Controversies and Challenges
Max Wiznitzer, MD

9:30

Refreshment Break/Exhibits

10:00

Earliest Interventions for Newborns and Very Young Infants: The BABIES Program
Joy Voyles Browne, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, IMH-E

10:45

Communication Strategies for Children with Mild, Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Noa Hannah, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D 

11:30

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m.

NETWORKING LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
"Four Parts to Accomplishment"
Luncheon Speaker: Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa 2008 Abbey Nicole Curran was the first state winner in the history of the Miss USA Pageant to deal with a special challenge her entire life. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Abbey has dedicated her life to proving that no challenge or limitation is great enough to stop her from achieving her dreams.  She started a non-profit organization to fund an annual pageant for girls with special needs, "Miss You Can Do It". Abbey has appeared on telecasts such as CBS' The Early Show, Ellen Degeneres, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, Extra, Vogue Magazine and CNN Headline News. She also had an exclusive feature story in People Magazine, and a recent HBO documentary on her national nonprofit, "Miss You Can Do It". Join your colleagues for an inspiring presentation. Get ready to hear about events and activities that can bring joy and motivation to young children with special needs. Brainstorm ideas and collaborate with your colleagues on programs that you can take back to your organization. (Attendance is optional and requires a reservation. Cost of the lunch is $39 and CE credit will be awarded. Register early as space is limited.)

1:15

Alterations in Growth: Issues, Implications, and Interventions
Joan Zerzan, MS, RD

2:00

Advanced Positive Behavior Strategies for Maximizing Instructions
Stacy Cianciolo, MEd, BCBA

2:45

Refreshment Break/Exhibits

3:15

Special Education Highlights for Professionals Serving Children Ages 3-5
Judith C. Saltzman, JD

4:00

Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA): Why is This Behavior Occurring?
Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D

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.

7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

8:00

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #1

 

#11 Using Mobile Technology for Communicating with Non-Verbal Children
Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP

 

#12 Federal Law and Policy Governing Services for Children with Disabilities: Age 0-5
Judith C. Saltzman, JD

 

#13 Evaluating and Supporting Babies with Regulatory Challenges and Their Families: Crying, Sleeping and Eating
Joy Voyles Browne, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, IMH-E

 

#14 Cerebral Palsy: What You Need to Know
Garey Noritz, MD

9:30

Refreshment Break/Exhibits

10:00

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #2

 

#21 Evidence-Based Interventions Addressing Behavioral Difficulties for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MS Ed

 

#22 Detecting Motor Problems in Young Children
Garey Noritz, MD

 

#23 ABA and Play: How to Incorporate ABA Techniques into Play-Based Instruction
Stacy Cianciolo, MEd, BCBA

 

#24 When Children Won't Eat at School
Kay A. Toomey, PhD

11:30

Lunch on Your Own

1:00 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #3

 

#31 Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties: Observations and Interventions
L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

 

#32 Mobile Technology and Accessories for the Special Needs Child Across Disciplines
Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP

 

#33 Responding to Attachment Disorders
Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC

 

#34 Is There a Place for NDT in Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Practice?
Monica Rivera, PT, MS, DPTSc

2:30

Refreshment Break/Exhibits

3:00

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #4

 

#41 Behavior Intervention Plans: Making Problem Behaviors Inefficient, Ineffective and Irrelevant
Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D

 

#42 Managing Sleep Disorders: Helping Parents and Children Keep Their Sanity!
Max Wiznitzer, MD

 

#43 The Oppositional Child: "I Really Don't Like This Kid!"
Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC

 

#44 Growth: Charts, Patterns and Assessment
Joan Zerzan, MS, RD

4:30

Adjourn

7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00

Caring for Caregivers: Hope, Humor, & Laughing Through the Day
Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC

8:45

Sensory Strategies for Development of Self Regulation
L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

9:30

Refreshment Break

9:45

It's More Than Moving Forward: The Cognitive, Social, and Perceptual Benefits of Floor Mobility
Monica Rivera, PT, MS, DPTSc

10:30

Inter-Agency Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Serving Foster Children with Special Needs
Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MS Ed

11:15

Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m.

Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MS Ed
Licensed Pediatric Psychologist
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Division of Neonatal Medicine
Palo Alto, California

Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP
Autism TodayTV
Assistive Technology Specialist
Certified Autism Specialist (CAS)
President, iTherapy
Martinez, California

Joy Voyles Browne, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, IMH-E
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Family and Infant Interaction
Director, Colorado NIDCAP, FIRST and FIFI
Chief of Pediatric Psychology
University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Children's Hospital
Aurora, Colorado

Stacy Cianciolo, MEd, BCBA
Behavior Supervisor
Monarch School; Monarch Center for Autism
Cleveland, Ohio

Abbey Curran
Miss Iowa 2008
Luncheon Speaker
Iowa

Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Coordinator, Behavioral Health
Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF St. Francis Medical Center
Peoria, Illinois

Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D
Licensed Psychologist
CEO/President
Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services, PLLC
Phoenix, Arizona

Noa Hannah, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D 
Senior Autism Consultant
Seattle Children's Autism Center
Seattle, Washington

Garey Noritz, MD
Program Director
Cerebral Palsy Program
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, Ohio

L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Professor, Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
Department of Pediatrics
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monica Rivera, PT, MS, DPTSc
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Department
Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, California

Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Center for Family & Infant Interaction
Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Speech & Language Pathologist/Research Consultant
Feeding Fundamentals, LLC
Denver, Colorado

Judith C. Saltzman, JD
Hickman & Lowder, C.O., L.P.A.
Cleveland, Ohio

Kay A. Toomey, PhD
Planning Committee Member
Pediatric Psychologist
President, Toomey & Associates, Inc.
Clinical Director, SOS Feeding Solutions
STAR Center
Denver, Colorado
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
Joan Zerzan, MS, RD
Nutrition Consultant
Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
Access, Systems and Coordination Section
Office of Healthy Communities
Division of Prevention and Community Health
Olympia, Washington

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

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 ANCC/8.7 CA BRN contact hours

7.5 ANCC/9 CA BRN contact hours

16.75 ANCC/20.1 CA BRN contact hours

1 ANCC/1.2 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 25.25 NAPNAP contact hours (7.25 contact hours - Preconference A or
7.5 contact hours - Preconference B, 16.75 contact hours - Main Conference, 1 contact hour - Luncheon) of which a maximum of 1 contain pharmacology (Rx) content per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines. Contemporary Forums, NAPNAP Approved Provider, Agency #12.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority

Preconference A

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

1 hour

N/A

N/A

N/A

Occupational Therapists

Preconference A

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 CEUs

7.5 CEUs

16.75 CEUs

1 CEU

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

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 hours

7.5 hours

16.75 hours

1 hour

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

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 credits

7.5 credits

16.75 credits

1 credit

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 25.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please call Contemporary Forums regarding continuing medical education credit for pediatricians.

Psychologists

Preconference A

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 hours

7.5 hours

16.75 hours

1 hour

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

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 hours

7.5 hours

16.75 hours

1 hour

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.

Speech Pathologists

Preconference A

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

This program is offered for up to.7 CEUs. (Intermediate level;Professional Area)

This program is offered for up to.75 CEUs. (Intermediate level; Professional Area)

This program is offered for up to 1.65 CEUs. (Various level; Professional Area)

This program is offered for .1 CEU. (Introductory level; Related Area)

 

In accordance with ASHA requirements, faculty financial and nonfinancial disclosures may be found on our website:
ContemporaryForums.com/continuing-education-conferences/2014/young-child-with-special-needs-march-las-vegas/3.html

Social Workers/ Marriage, Family & Child Counselors

Preconference A

Preconference B

Main Conference

Luncheon

 

7.25 CE credit hours

7.5 CE credit hours

16.75 CE credit hours

1 CE credit hour

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.

Illinois Early Intervention Credit-The majority of the sessions at this conference have been approved for credit. Please contact Contemporary Forums for further information.

Case Managers
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

Certified Disability Management Specialists
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors
Application has been made for continuing education credit from 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.

Location

Dazzling Location

Viva Las Vegas … it's impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world's greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller,  just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of five Cirque du Soleil productions,the Blue Man Group and Jersey Boys.  Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay.

Don't miss the CityCenter complex located in the heart of The Strip, a blend of sleek architecture and public miniparks, with walkways and art throughout. You'll find luxury hotels, a casino and Crystals, a three-story retail center whose shape resembles the multi-faceted surface of a quartz crystal.

There's never a dull moment in Las Vegas.  Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage, don't miss the rousing pirate battle at Treasure Island, marvel at the dancing waters display at the Bellagio, take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian or dine at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.  For a break from The Strip, take a day trip to Hoover Dam where you'll be impressed with the power of the mighty Colorado River.

Experience all your fantasies of Paris right in the heart of Las Vegas! From guest rooms with a European flair to great entertainment, fine French cuisine, sidewalk cafes and even the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Las Vegas has all the passion, excitement and ambiance of Europe's most romantic city. Enjoy the charming atmosphere of the European village and mall, the lively casino, the dueling pianos at Napoleon's, the hit musical Jersey Boys, or a breathtaking view of Las Vegas on the Eiffel Tower ride. And right outside the doors, see all "the Strip" has to offer.

World-class dining, internationally-known boutiques, award-winning golf courses, savvy nightclubs and European-style spas are calling you to this glittering city, known as "Vegas!"  Join your colleagues for "The Young With Special Needs" and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-7575 or go online to www.visitlasvegas.com.

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 Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV  89109.

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 March 10 to March 15, 2014 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.

Rates: Monday – Thursday $85.00 and Fri/Sat $159.00


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 February 7, 2014.  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.

To reserve your room online, please click here!

For room reservations, call (877) 603-4389 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. You will not be charged the $20.00 per day resort fee if you book your room reservations  through the Contemporary Forums online room reservation link.

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 Paris Las Vegas at (702) 946-7000.  

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 or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZQT4365370. 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 and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at www.hertz.com and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000261. 

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.

Tuition (U.S. Funds)

 

Preconference A or B

Main Conference

Early Registration Fee* (NOW Extended to 3/11!)

$235

$445

Regular Registration Fee (After January 29)

$275

$485

*The Early Registration Fee has now been extended. Register before March 12 and save up to $80!

Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions. Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance and Online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.  

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. 

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. 

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

Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)
To register, 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 January 29 receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after January 29 are assessed a $75 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

ONLINE CE LIBRARY

Contemporary Forums Online CE Library is the leading source for quality accredited healthcare continuing education.  Earn CE on demand by selecting from hundreds of multimedia presentations recorded at our national live conferences.  Each session is presented by expert faculty and topics cover a wide range of clinical areas.  Learn and earn at your convenience.  Visit OnlineCELibrary.com for free session previews.

ONLINE CE LIBRARY GROUP DISCOUNTS

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Attendee Information

CONFERENCE INFORMATION FOR

THE YOUNG CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Las Vegas, Nevada           March 12 - 15, 2014

Thank you for registering for The Young Child with Special Needs conference, being held March 12 - 15, 2014, at the Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000.

MAIN CONFERENCE CHECK-IN

Wednesday, March 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. You must check in to receive your conference materials. The location of the Registration Desk will be listed on the hotel's event schedule.

MAIN CONFERENCE CHECK-IN

Thursday, March 13, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. If you attended one of the Preconferences, you do not need to check in again for the Main Conference.

SESSIONS

Begin promptly as listed in the conference brochure and online 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 break areas.

SPEAKER HANDOUTS

Approximately ten days before the conference begins, you will receive an email with instructions to review, download or print the handout materials posted by the faculty on the Contemporary Forums website at ContemporaryForums.com. The slides will not be printed in the Conference Guide you will receive. Please add ContemporaryForums@cforums.com to your Contacts and/or Safe Senders list since emails may be filtered as Spam or blocked.

ONLINE CE LIBRARY

Contemporary Forums' Online CE Library is your on-demand resource for quality continuing education and offers over 1000 multimedia presentations recorded from our live conferences. For more information or details about group access discounts, visit OnlineCELibrary.com or call 925-361-4811

 

 

PARIS LAS VEGAS

Offers a special conference rate, available until February 7, 2014, or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early by calling Paris Reservations at 877-603-4389. Be sure to say you are participating in The Young Child with Special Needs conference. To reserve your room online, visit ContemporaryForums.com for details. After the release date of February 7, call the hotel directly at 702-946-7000 to check for room availability.

PARKING

Complimentary at the Paris Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS MONORAIL

The Las Vegas Monorail connects eight major resorts along the Las Vegas Strip.  You can board at the MGM Grand station and make the circuit around the Strip in 15 minutes. Visit their website at www.lvmonorail.com for more information.

TAXI

Fare from McCarran International Airport to the MGM Grand is approximately $15.00. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE

Contemporary Forums has partnered with LASxpress to offer $19.99 one-way airport shuttle service to/from McCarran Airport. To make a reservation at this discounted rate, CLICK HERE, or go to the Neonatology & the Law conference brochure on at www.contemporaryforums.com and click on the "Hotel/Travel" button.

FOLLOW THE YOUNG CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ON TWITTER: #YOUNGCHILD14

Join the conversation and receive live conference updates. Use #YOUNGCHILD14 to connect with other participants, exhibitors and faculty. Tweet using #YOUNGCHILD14 to ask questions, post feedback and more. Be sure to follow Contemporary Forums at twitter.com/CForums.

 

View our Live Conference Calendar

THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING FOR THE YOUNG CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CONFERENCE.
Questions? Call us at (800) 377-7707
between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Monday - Friday (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com

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Disclosures

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

Type of Compensation

Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MS Ed

None

None

None

Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP

Future Horizons

Product Loyalty

None

Joy Voyles Browne, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, IMH-E

None

None

None

Stacy Cianciolo, MEd, BCBA

None

None

None

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC

None

None

None

Abbey Curran

“Miss You Can Do It” Pageant

None

Salary

Timothy J. Drew, Ed. D, LCPC

None

None

None

Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D

None

None

None

Noa Hannah, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D  

None

None

None

Garey Noritz, MD

None

None

None

L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Western Psychological Services

Author, receive royalties on assessment instrument

Royalties

Monica Rivera, PT, MS, DPTSc

None

None

None

Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

Nestec, a Division of Nestle

Consultant

Salary

Judith C. Saltzman, JD

None

None

None

Kay A. Toomey, PhD    

Nestle/Gerber Division

Consultant

Salary

Max Wiznitzer, MD

Department of Health and Human Services

Expert Witness/Consultant

Salary

Joan Zerzan, MS, RD

None

None

None

 

NON-FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Faculty Member

Company/Organization

Nature of Relationship

Role in Organization

Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MS Ed

None

None

None

Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP

Future Horizons

Product Loyalty

None

Joy Voyles Browne, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, IMH-E

None

None

None

Stacy Cianciolo, MEd, BCBA

None

None

None

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC

None

None

None

Abbey Curran

“Miss You Can Do It” Pageant

Founder

Founder/Producer/CEO

Timothy J. Drew, EdD, LCPC

None

None

None

Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D

None

None

None

Noa Hannah, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D 

None

None

None

Garey Noritz, MD

None

None

None

L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Western Psychological Services

Author

Author

Monica Rivera, PT, MS, DPTSc

None

None

None

Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

Nestec, a Division of Nestle

Consultant

Consultant

Judith C. Saltzman, JD

None

None

None

Kay A. Toomey, PhD   

Nestle/Gerber Division

Consultant

Consultant

Max Wiznitzer, MD

Department of Health and Human Services

Expert Witness

Expert Witness/Consultant

Joan Zerzan, MS, RD

None

None

None

Exhibitors

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

Current Exhibitor

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

About Contemporary Forums

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