2018 Preschool Family & Professionals Conference

Date and Time: 
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Event Location: 
Hyatt Regency
333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
Event Contact: 
Online Registration: 
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Preschool Family & Professionals Conference; Guiding Your Child in a Positive Light

This Conference is for families and professionals that have children who are blind or visually impaired through age five, and multiple impairments through age eight.

This Year’s Sessions Include:

  • Connecting Families: Parents will have a chance to sit with a group of families whose children have the same or similar diagnoses.
  • Resiliency through Purpose : Dr. Scott D. Bautch, DC, as this years Keynote, has a unique way of helping parents and educators attain a different way of thinking which in return helps their children and the issues they face. This presentation will be a discussion of the brain and how your thoughts impact aspects in your life. You will gain a better understanding of your child’s behaviors because of their reactions and find out about strategies that create conditions for optimal learning and continuous development.
  • Braille 101: Julie Sumwalt will discuss the origins of braille, what it is, and how it's used. Then she’ll teach the alphabet, basic punctuation and numbers, with practice
  • on a braille writer. Children are encouraged to attend so they can help their parents.
  • Walking Tots: Kay Rhode will demonstrate methods of encouraging children to be more active in both indoor and outdoor settings. 
  • Fine Motor & Vision: This class will provide tips to enhance your child's fine motor skills specifically geared towards children with visual impairments.
  • Technology: Amy Snow & Tina Mekeel will discuss with parents different pieces of technology that may be used to support their child’s development and education.
  • Active Learning Approach: Patricia L. Obrzut, M.S., OTR, Assistant Director for Penrickton Center for Blind Children, will provide a day class on how to incorporate this approach into your life/curriculum. A class for parents and teachers who have students with multiple needs.
  • A Simulated Experience: Alisha Ragainis will guide you as you participate in activities under low vision simulation goggles and share strategies and tools for using your vision more efficiently.
  • Navigating the Special Education maze: Cheri Sylla, WSPEI’s Family Engagement Coordinator, will explain how to navigate the special education maze and provide parent- friendly resources

Cost: $50 per family
This includes all meals and a two-night stay at the hotel

Space is limited
Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis

To Reserve a Room:
Telephone (920) 432-1234 or visit https://aws.passkey.com/go/gfmbc.

A credit card will be needed to reserve your room (your credit card will not be charged for this room unless you fail to attend and/or do not cancel before scheduled arrival date if unable to attend). Your credit card will be billed for any incidentals.