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2016 Education Conference Continuing Education

ICDL has applied for continuing education credits for the following professions:

  • occupational therapists
  • speech and language pathologists
  • counselors
  • social workers

All participants that apply for continuing education credits/hours will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting hours of participation in their course.  Please note that credits/hours are only provided for direct seat time.  

Non-Credit Onsite Events:   Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner functions or breaks; board and committee meetings, networking events.

Skills Level:  This training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, educators, counselors, and other mental health treating professionals of all skill levels

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Conference Objectives
  1. Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe at least one developmentally appropriate, individualized, relationship based, effective curriculum option for students on the Autism Spectrum.
  2. Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe multiple concepts of the foundations for learning for students on the Autism Spectrum, including but not limited to engagement and interest in relating to the world.
  3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe how a developmental, individual-difference, relationship-based approach is utilized in an educational fashion to promote positive learning development for all students regardless of ability.
  4. Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe how the importance of individual differences of students directly affects curriculum and learning.
Conference Agenda

9:00-9:30 Introductory Remarks: Dave Nelson, MS, MBA, LPC, Executive Director, The Community School, Decatur, Georgia

Keynote Presentation: Gil Tippy, PsyD
How can educators foster growth in essential ways for their students, especially those on the autism spectrum or with related challenges in relating and communicating? As educators, we must articulate a vision for a way of educating that addresses the widest range of possible profiles, and prepares students for the real challenges of living meaningful, fulfilling, independent lives, rich with relationships and productivity.

Understanding Learners As Individuals (2 talks)

10:00-10:20 Talk #1

Speaker: Shelley Carnes, MS, OTR/L, Head of School, The Hirsch Academy, Decatur, Georgia

Title: The Roots of Learning

10:20-10:40 Talk #2

Speaker: Rae Leeper, MA, Educational Supervisor, The Rebecca School, New York

Title: Fostering Affinities:  Putting Student Interest at the Heart of Learning

10:40-11:00 Break

Engagement in Learning: A Critical Aspect of Meaning (2 talks)

11:00-11:20 Talk #3

Speaker: Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, Educational Outreach Specialist, The Marcus Center, Atlanta

Title: Social neuroscience in autism: the importance of ensuring the social world is desirable and predictable

11:20-11:40 Talk #4

Speaker: Gil Tippy, PsyD, Clinical Director, The Rebecca School, New York

Title: A Simple Curriculum to Foster Creativity, Symbolism and Thinking 

11:40-12:30 Panel Discussion

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:30 Lunch Overrun plus Review of Morning and Frame-up for Afternoon

Core Curriculum (2 talks)

1:30-1:50 Talk #5

Speaker: Rae Leeper, MA, Educational Supervisor, The Rebecca School, New York

Title: Creating a Community of Readers

1:50-2:10 Talk #6

Speaker: Sarah Champ, MS, Senior Teacher, The Community School, Decatur, Georgia

Title: Experiential Math

2:10-2:30 Break

Educating the Whole Person (2 talks)

2:30-2:50 Talk #7

Speaker: Tara Gilbert, School Program Director, The Community School, Decatur, Georgia

Title: The Importance of Independence Work

2:50-3:10 Talk #8

Speaker: Beth Champ, MS, MBA, LPC, Young Adult Program Director, The Community School

Title: The Role of Relationships in Education

3:10-3:50 Panel Discussion

3:50-4:00 Wrap Up

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The course content is focused on a specific product or service (DIRFloortime®) and there will be no mention of other products or services.

Speech and Language Pathologists

This conference is offered for .50 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area)

 Occupational Therapists

This course is offered for .50 CEU’s
(Intermediate level, Professional area)

The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The ICDL AOTA Provider number is 6778. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


ICDL has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6733. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICDL is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  DIR 101, 201, 202, 203, 204, the 2015 Annual Conference, and the 2016 ICDL DIRFloortime Conference on Education are all available for NBCC continuing education credits unless it is indicated otherwise.

Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886680002-0) for 5 Social Work continuing education contact hours.