Convention From Your Couch Week 2

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WEEK 2   MAY 18 – 24

Start your week off with a Deep Dive Session presented by Stacy Taylor

May 18, 2020, at 1:00 – 4:00 PM ETDEEP DIVE SESSION with Stacy Taylor, MA, BCBA, Owner, Advance Behavior & Learning
Behavior News You Can Use

Behavior can be frustrating, but the good news is that there is a science to learning and behavior that can help parents learn how to better address any behavioral concerns no matter what age or stage their child is in. These strategies don’t have to be complex or cumbersome. Some tips involve prevention, some focus more on effective consequences and, of course, we always want to focus on teaching. Come and learn about new tools for your behavior toolbox that you can actually understand and use! In this session you will learn:

  • about basic behavioral principles and how the environment impacts behavior
  • about functional assessment and how it can be used to treat problem behaviors
  • the importance of teaching and replacing problem behaviors in order to improve outcomes
  • strategies to prevent problem behaviors from occurring

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May 19, 2020, at 1:00 PM ET- Stacy Taylor, MA, BCBA, Owner, Advance Behavior & Learning
Early Intervention Strategies and Supports

This workshop is designed for families who have infants and toddlers with a disability.  Many parents are often confused about how to best promote early learning and development at home.  We know that this is a critical period of time, but what can you really do with a baby?  Well…LOTS! Come and find out strategies that early interventionists use so you can help get your little one off to a great start.

May 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET- Kelly Piacenti, MA, Assistant Vice President, MassMutual SpecialCare, Somerset, NJ
Ten Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers

This workshop will discuss ten basic steps to help caregivers get started in preparing for the financial future of their dependent with special needs including:

  • applying for government benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid
  • creating a special needs trust
  • the importance of a will
  • considering a Letter of Intent


May 21, 2020, at 4:00 PM ETTerry Katz, Ph.D., Psychologist, Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Ditching the Diapers: How to Move Forward with Toileting

This presentation will cover issues related to toileting. We’ll discuss the challenges involved in toilet training children with special needs, discuss ways to teach this important skill, and review useful and practical strategies.

In Case You Missed It This Week

Each week we’ll offer registered attendees 3-4 new sessions in a webinar format, with recordings available to access afterward. If you miss a session, not to worry!  Recordings will be available for replay on a private channel through June 30.  Below are the workshops presented this week.

An NDSC House Call: A Talk With the Docs – In this FREE webinar doctors Kishore Vellody, Nicole Baumer, and Peter Bulova answered questions submitted by NDSC members about COVID-19.  Dr. Vellody will be following up to answer questions submitted about issues other than COVID-19 in another Ask the Doc workshop in June.

Promoting Strengths and Adaptive Resources in Persons with Down Syndrome – Presented by Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Global Down Syndrome Foundation

We have received great reviews about this workshop in which Dr. McGuire discussed creative ways to help people with Down syndrome adapt to challenges involving the use of concrete forms of thought and behavior that limit communication, flexibility, and adaptive-ness to change. We discussed how some characteristics may be used to solve a host of other problems and concerns.

Inclusion Is for the Included: Breaking Barriers with Self-Determination and Advocacy presented by LaTaasha Byrd, President, Countdown to K, Inc.

LaTaasha talked about the social stigmas and cultural imbalances minority families face when caring for individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.  She highlighted differences in cultural norms and practices and shared personal and practical insight into steps families can take to break the barriers of inclusion and access to resources, even within the family unit.

We are still working on finalizing the full schedule but a list of confirmed workshops can be found here.

More About Deep Dive Sessions

  • A chance to spend three hours intensively focused on one specific topic
  • Sessions are presented by nationally known speakers
  • Include structured content that is research-based, share best practices, and provide proven “how-to” strategies
  • Are NOT included in your conference registration
  • May be purchased as an Add-On for $19 each 
  • Will NOT be recorded, so you must attend the live session(s) as scheduled
  • All sessions will include time for Q & A
  • You may register to attend more than one Deep Dive Session during Convention From Your Couch

It is Not Too Late to Register for Convention From Your Couch

All registered Convention From Your Couch attendees can access the recorded workshops through June 30!  For just $49 you get access to more than 6 weeks of workshops,  Youth & Adult and Brother & Sister programming, social activities, and the opportunity to participate in Deep Dive sessions with world-renowned experts! For more information about Convention From Your Couch and to see a complete list of workshops visit our website.

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We will miss seeing everyone in person and hope that you will make plans to attend the 2021 Annual NDSC Convention in Phoenix, AZ,  July 8-11. 


Thank you to all of the 2020 NDSC Convention From Your Couch Sponsors

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