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Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma to host annual education conference for parents and pr

Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma to host annual education conference for parents and professionals

Oklahoma City -- Registration is now open for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma’s (DSACO) annual conference, “Reaching Across the Plains.” The conference will take place on May 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 5;00 p.m. at the Reed Center in Midwest City. Cost to attend is $40 per individual and $70 per couple. Cost includes breakfast and lunch. Registration closes April 26, 2013.

Renee Roy Hill, M.S., CCC/SLP will give the morning keynote address and will present three breakout sessions. Hill is a speech and language pathologist with more than 10 years of professional experience. She is past clinical director of Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson & Associates, in Tucson, AZ and currently has a private practice, Crossroads Therapy Clinic, in New Braunfels, TX, where she is responsible for providing therapeutic, assessment and program planning for adults and children with oral-placement, feeding and motor speech deficits. Hill is an international lecturer for professional enhancement courses as part of TalkTools® speakers bureau, author of the TalkTools® Apraxia Kit and co-author of Ice Sticks.

Dr. Michael M. Harpold, chief scientific officer for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation, will deliver the luncheon keynote address. Harpold will give an overview of current research that is taking place involving persons with Down syndrome. He has served as Chair of the DSRTF Scientific Advisory Board since its inauguration in 2006. Harpold has more than 35 years’ experience in biomedical research within both academia and the biotechnology industry.

The conference will include the following breakout sessions:

•    Medical Overview Birth-3 years - Dr. David Domeck
•    Developing a Good Foundation for Speech and Language: Birth to First Grade - Renee Roy Hill
•    Magnificent Movement: Gross motor development birth to 3 - Lori Moore, RPT, Children’s Center
•    Planning for Communication Needs and Skills During the School Years - Renee Roy Hill
•    Responding Positively: Changing the Way We Think About Behavioral Challenges - Mansur Choudry, MEd, Special Care
•    Preparing for Early Childhood Education and IEP Preparation - Andrea Stamper, Oklahoma Parents Center
•    Navigating the Transition Pages of the IEP - Dr. Amber McConnell, OU Zarrow Center
•    Post High School Opportunity Panel with DRS, WINGS and Dale Rogers Training Center
•    Improving Speech Clarity for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome - Renee Roy Hill
•    The Road to Independence - Tammy Harwig, Gatesway Foundation
•    Medical Overview Age 21+ - Dr. David Domeck
•    The Critical Role Estate Planning Plays in Protecting the Affairs of Your Loved One with Special Needs
•    Perspectives of Self-Advocates and Parents of Adults with Down Syndrome
•    Legal Strategies to Protect Your Child While a Minor and an Adult, Including Power of Attorney and Guardianship
•    Overview of Community Services - SSI, TEFRA, SoonerSuccess, Center for Learning and Leadership

The conference will also feature a special day-long event for teens and self-advocates with disabilities. This conference will begin with a morning yoga session to stress the importance of health and well-being. Other topics will include the rights of working individuals with disabilities, resume writing, coping with bullies at school and in the workplace, and mapping your dreams for your future.

Although the conference is being held by DSACO, the topics being presented will be valuable for any parent who is raising a child with a developmental disability.

Continuing education credits are being offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for speech language pathologists who attend the conference.

DSACO is offering a special rate for Oklahoma educators who are interested in attending the conference. To learn more about this special rate, please contact the DSACO office.

For more information on the conference, contact Megan Winkler, executive director, at 405.463.5641 or at executivedirector@dsaco.org.
You can also learn more about the conference and register online at www.dsaco.org/conference.

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