Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Early Childhood Conference Focuses on The Young Exceptional Child
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:36

ChildrenLearning 210x130The Manhattanville College School of Education Early Childhood Education Department is hosting its third annual, Early Childhood Education Conference, on October 6, 2012. This year's topic is, "The Young Exceptional Child."

The keynote speaker is Dr. Cecelia McCarton, renowned pediatrician, researchers, author and lecturer. She will speak about "Signs of Autism in Preschool and School Age Children and Effective Strategies to Address the Behaviors." Dr. McCarton founded the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics and the McCarton School, which serves children with autism and autistic spectrum disorders.

"With a focus on helping early childhood educators to explore new and exciting opportunities for supporting the exceptional young child the Early Childhood Conference is yet another example of the School of Education's dedication to promoting lifelong learning of practicing and prospective teachers and leaders at all educational levels," Shelley B. Wepner, Dean and Professor of the School of Education said.

The conference, cosponsored by the Early Childhood Education Alumni Association and the John A. Coleman School, is in Reid Hall on the Manhattanville campus. Workshops and panels run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presenters such as doctors, speech therapists and educators will discuss various topics, including communication delays and disorders, using assistive technology for children with special needs, sensory integration, ADHD and ADD, classroom inclusion, and using creativity, music and movement, among others. Vendors such as E Skills Learning, Handwriting Without Tears, Rowland Reading Foundation, and Straight A's Educational Supplies and Toys will also be present.

For more information or to register, call Dr. Patricia Vardin, Chair, Early Childhood Education, Manhattanville College, 914-798-2714.