Upcoming events for entertainment and learning

February and March feature sensory-friendly events at Nashville cultural organizations for families with children on the autism spectrum, as well as the annual Assistive and Augmentative Communication Workshop and the Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators.

TRIAD Community Engagement Program

The VKC TRIAD Community Engagement Program is an innovative partnership with community cultural and civic organizations that works to promote full inclusion of all children and adults. These organizations are prominent arts, education, athletic, and community organizations across Nashville. Partnerships include training staff to increase awareness, developing research-based supports to increase accessibility for families, and hosting inclusive/modified performances or activities.

Upcoming sensory-friendly performances scheduled for February and March will be held at Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, and Nashville Opera. Link here for details.

Questions? Contact lauren.weaver@vanderbilt.edu.

AAC Workshop

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop, March 2

“AAC for Specific Populations—Autism and Visual Impairments” on March 2 will be the focus of this annual AAC Workshop for speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members. Topics and speakers are:

  • Coaching Parents of Young Children with Autism to Use Visual Supports at Home—Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • How Do You Work With a Student Who Is Blind or Has a Visual Impairment? Making Language Tangible—Vicki Wolczyk, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Using Tangible Core Symbols: Word Walls and Communication—Monique Bird, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Using Tangible Core Symbols for Communication, Word Walls, and Story Kits for Students With Blindness/Visual Impairments and Intellectual Disabilities—Deedra Finch, M.Ed., CTVI

The annual AAC Workshop is co-sponsored by the Department of Special Education, the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND Training Program, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and the Technology Access Center.

The registration fee is $175 for professionals, $50 for students/parents; $125 Group Rate is available for 2 or more persons from the same agency or organization who register at the same time. The Workshop fee includes lunch, breaks, and instructional resources. ASHA CEUs are offered. Link here to register.

Questions? Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu.

Young woman meditating Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators, Series II, March 19-April 30

Educators are invited to take part in this 6-week training (weekly 2-hr Mon. sessions) on using mindfulness when working with children with disabilities. A free dinner is provided weekly.

The annual Britt Henderson Workshop Series is provided at no cost through an endowment from the Robert and Carol Henderson family in memory of their son Britt. The series offers training in innovative, evidence-based practices to improve the quality of education for students with diverse learning needs.

The series is held at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Mondays, March 19-April 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Link here to register.

Questions? Contact julia.e.strauss@vanderbilt.edu.

Happy family moments in the parkVanderbilt Consortium LEND presenting free training on developmental disabilities

Twenty-five percent of outpatient pediatric visits are for developmental or behavioral concerns. To help both families and professionals, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is holding a series of free conferences and workshops in several Tennessee cities.

The training for families and the Interprofessional Course will be held in Johnson City, Feb. 10; in Knoxville, April 28; and Chattanooga, May 12. For information contact tara.j.minor@vanderbilt.edu.

For families, the half-day session will help parents be effective advocates for their child with an intellectual and developmental disability, including autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, and cerebral palsy. Experts will address a range of topics, including navigating the complex health care system, engaging with the school system and community agencies, identifying supports for caregivers, and transitioning to adulthood.

For professionals, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is providing an Interprofessional Course on Developmental Disabilities in Pediatrics—Including Congenital Zika Syndrome. The Interprofessional Course is designed for a broad range of professionals, including community pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric and family nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, school administrators, audiologists, social workers, and clinical and developmental psychologists. CME, CNE, APA, and ASHA continuing education credits are available.

This training is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) in collaboration with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Center for Child Development, East Tennessee State University, and the Tennessee Department of Health.

Jan Rosemergy is VKC Director of Communications and Dissemination.


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