Sunday, September 20, 2015

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 - 9:30 AM


Jeffrey Guenzel, ICDL CEO

Gil Tippy, PsyD, ICDL Director of Advocacy



Kathleen Platzman, PhD, Conference Moderator


9:30 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Presentation:
"Being Different" with John Elder Robison 

Questions & Answers Moderated by Gerry Costa, PhD and Jeff Guenzel, LPC


11:00 - 11:20 AM



11:20 AM - 12:15 PM

Plenary Session:
"Ethics in intervention: self-advocate perspectives on trends, quality, and ethics in autism services" with Julia Bascom, Deputy Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network


12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Provided

DIR 101 Track Participants: Special Lunch Session - An Introduction to ICDL and DIR with Jeffrey Guenzel and Rae Leeper


1:00 - 2:30 PM

Sunday Workshop Group A

1. Moving Beyond Vocational Support: Fostering Independence, Self-Determination, and the Capacity for Relationships in a Unique Therapeutic Transition Program for Young Adults.  Presenters: David Nelson, LPC and Beth Champ, LPC


2. Theoretical Models of Sensory Integration and Components of Comprehensive Assessment. Presenter: Virginia Spielmann, OT


4. Mystery Solved: Debunking mysterious language profiles through exploring early effects of sensory processing differences on child language development Presenter: Melissa Grosvenor, SLP



4.  Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities: The Basics. Presenters: Rae Leeper, M.S., Early Childhood Special and General Education and Jeffrey Guenzel, MA, LPC *


2:30 - 3:00 PM


3:00 - 4:30 PM

Sunday Workshop Group B

1. The World Is Our Playground: The Effects of Screen Time on Healthy Childhood Development from the Perspective of an Occupational Therapist.  Presenters: Laura Sullivan, MS, OTR/L and Alison Regan, MS, OTR/L


2. Self-Determination and Person-Centered Planning for Students with Special Needs. Presenter: Deborah Klein Hammer


3.  Animal Assisted Therapy in DIR. Presenter: Marla Souder, PsyD., HSPP, Advanced DIRFloortime Provider, Clinical Psychologist, Director of ICAN & Paytons Place


4. Our Good Friend Affect: The Role of Affect in DIRFloortime. Presenters: Rae Leeper, M.S., Early Childhood Special and General Education and Gene Christian, MS, CRC, LMHC *

Monday, September 21, 2015

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 - 10:00 AM

Keynote Presentation

Day Two Keynote Presentation: "Does DIR Work?  Evidence to Support the Theory and Practice of DIR" with Devin M. Casenhiser, PhD. 


10:00 - 10:50 AM

Plenary Session

"The journey of my 20’s: how music has gotten me this far, and what I wish I'd been told as a kid."  Presenters: Sunny Cefaratti & C. J. Shiloh, MT-BC from the Musical Autist. 

10:50 - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Monday Morning Workshops


1. Adolescent Lullaby, Using the Salient Qualities of Music and the Power of Relationship to Meet the Needs of Individuals Across Ages and Developmental Levels.  Gil Tippy, PsyD and Stacey Hensel, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT.



2. From Sensory Processing to Executive Functioning.   Presenter: Maude LeRoux, OTR/L *



3. Information Session about the ICDL Endorsed PhD Program: Fielding Graduate University's PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development.  Presenters: Ira Glovinski, PhD and Fielding Graduate School Faculty (this session is not eligible for professional CEUs)


12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch on Your Own - Check out the boardwalk or great restaurants in the casino


1:00 – 2:30 PM

Monday Afternoon Workshops A

1. Using DIR to Understand Challenging Behavior.  Presenter: Gene Christian, MS, CRC, LMHC *



2. Developing Visual Spatial Thinking and Learning While Assuming Competence Through DIRFloortime.  Presenter: Andra Munger, PhD



3. Following the Child’s Lead as an Evidence-based Strategy for Autistic Children? Implications for interactive musical play.  John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT


4. Using EPSDT to Fund Treatment Using the DIR Model, Including Floortime.  Presenter: Steven Kossor, MA, Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist

 3:00 PM    



3:00 – 4:30 PM

Monday Afternoon Workshops B


1. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Visual Perception Abilities Affect Language Development.  Presenters: Kimberly Bishop MS OTR/L and Jennifer Shonkoff MA CCC-SLP TSSLD


2. Following the Parent’s Story: Use of the Narrative Model in the DIRFloortime Treatment.  Presenter: Galina Itskovich, LCSW-R



3. Floortime in Action: Examples of Floortime in Action.  Presenters: Rae Leeper, M.S., Early Childhood Special and General Education and Jeffrey Guenzel, MA, LPC *

The Art Therapy and DIR Connection.  Presenters: Michele Havens, EdD and Faith Condon Thayer, LPC, LCAT, ATR-BC 


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