Do you want more time to talk practice?
Grab some food and join your colleagues to discuss and debate topics of interest with leaders in the field. The discussions will be lively and interactive and each will have a scribe to summarise the discussions for the closing session. These summaries will become the ongoing discussion around these topics in our field so make sure your voice is heard.
WEDNESDAY AT LUNCH
Building Systems to Support ECI in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A ‘round table’ discussion focused on research and programming gaps, needs and potential opportunities for strengthening systems to improve the health and well-being of children with disabilities in low-and middle-income settings in Asia and the Pacific using Fiji as an example. With the Pasifika Call to Action for Early Childhood Development launched in Fiji in 2017 recognising that investments in ECD are vital for children to reach their full potential, now is the time to ensure that these efforts are inclusive of children with disabilities.
Leaders: Kate Milner and Fleur Smith
Participatory Approaches to Service Design, Implementation and Evaluation: The Role of Children and Parents as Key Service Stakeholders
In recent years there has been growing emphasis on the importance of collaboration and co-design with stakeholders in both the service and research context if interventions are to be meaningful, sustainable, and effective. This round table session will discuss participatory methods for engaging with children and parents. It will explore ethical issues, child-friendly approaches, a rights-based framework, and will provide examples of good practice from different cultural contexts.
Leader: Rebekah Grace
Let’s Not Allow Funding Get in the Way of Good Early Childhood Intervention
This roundtable will discuss the shifts taking place in Australian ECI service provision and will explore if these are being driven by the current NDIS system. With the current funding model of NDIS, and under the pretext of choice and control, many practitioners are moving away from best practices. It seems we are going backwards to the individualised medical model-based services that do not have credible evidence to support their practice when working with children and families in the ECI space. Come along and share your views on these topics.
Leaders: Anoo Bhopti and Sylvana Mahmic
THURSDAY AT LUNCH
The Use and Interpretation of Big Data, Anecdote and Evidence in Clinical Practice
Increasingly big data is seen as a driver and enabler in research, clinical practice and organisational decision making. But, how does big data fit into heterogenous clinical populations and how does interpretation differ from a macro to micro level? This session will include a clinical, research and organisational representative to support this discussion.
Leader: Katie Neal
The Risks and Benefits of Pre-Natal and New-Born Screening for Genetic Diagnoses Associated with Neurodevelopmental Problems
Advances in genetic research and medicine are making it possible to screen for literally hundreds of genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. Genetic testing could occur at almost any time, but pre-symptomatic screening is now being offered both during the prenatal period and the newborn period for selected disorders. Although early and accurate diagnoses have many potential benefits, risks exist that must be considered when developing screening programs. This Round Table provides an opportunity for participants to examine these issues from a variety of perspectives
Leader: Don Bailey
Early Childhood Intervention vs Intensive Therapy: Complementary or Counter-productive?
This Round Table will focus on one of the big questions in early childhood intervention: how much service is enough to produce positive change in children and families. The session will focus on four themes. First, the importance of distinguishing between intensive intervention and intensive therapy – in what ways are these different and what do these differences mean. Second, what do we know about ‘dosage’ – how much intervention of what sort is needed to produce change? Do we all have a cognitive bias to think that more is better? Can less sometimes mean more? Third is the related and thorny issue of ABA therapies – is 40 hours a week ‘better’ than 25 hours? Finally, there is question of parental choice – what if parents prefer intensive therapy to natural environmental interventions? Do we all have a tendency to think that what an expert does must be better than what we can do (or learn to do) ourselves?
Leaders: Tim Moore and Robin McWilliam
The Challenges of Challenging Behaviour - Let’s Talk Practice!
This round-table will focus on issues related to supporting educators to addressing challenging behaviour. We will discuss practical strategies for addressing challenging behaviour and how we support educators to implement those strategies
Leader: Mary Louise Hemmeter
FRIDAY AT LUNCH
Focus on Practice: Increasing Parent Participation Through Parent-Child Interaction
Parent-child interaction is typically not a focus of most early intervention programs for families who have a child with disabilities. This stands in sharp contrast to early intervention focused on families with a child considered “at-risk” (for a variety of reasons). For improving child development outcomes, research supports a focus on parent-child interactions. Our theories for early intervention and our recommended practices both support parent engagement through a focus on parent-child interaction. Table discussion will focus on the research and field practices regarding these issues.
Leaders: Mark Innocenti and Gerald Mahoney
Using Single Case Research to Validate Practice: The Why and The How
Single case research design is well-suited for evaluating interventions at the level of the individual. Some have argued that practitioners can and should use these designs for evaluating their own practices. This roundtable discussion will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss whether and in what contexts this idea is a useful and actionable way to reduce the research-to-practice gap.
Leader: Jennifer Ledford
Recruiting and Retaining Early Interventionists Able to Support Evidence Based Practice in Inclusive Environments: Recognising and Addressing the Need
Shortages in high quality personnel able to provide effective interventions for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers in inclusive environments is a challenge across the world. Reasons for this range from a decline in numbers of students pursuing an early childhood special education career, to a lack of appropriate pedagogy in personnel preparation programs to enable practitioners to implement effective interventions in classrooms with children with and without disabilities. Compounding this recruitment and preparation challenge is the need to provide ongoing support and training to those in practice to enable them to continue to provide evidenced based interventions for all children in inclusive environments. This roundtable will compare and contrast effective strategies to address these challenges from those in attendance.
Leader: Mary Beth Bruder
Research to Practice in Early Childhood Intervention: Fostering Practitioner-Researcher-Family Collaborations
The key question this roundtable aims to answer is: how can collaborations among practitioners, researchers and families be conducive to implementing research findings into practice? Discussion will focus on (1) the barriers and facilitators to collaborative ECI research; and (2) identification of research questions, methodologies and outcomes that pool stakeholders’ knowledge, and that enable translation of research findings into policy and practice.
Leaders: Susana Gavidia Payne and Kerry Bull