HOME VISITING SUMMIT – THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
Session A
10:00-11:30 a.m.

A-1. Sharing a Vision of Quality for Parents as Teachers
Join us for an opportunity to discuss essential topics that support quality for Missouri Parents as Teachers programs. Topics will include data and outcomes, strategies for Essential Requirements, model implementation, and growing administrator support. Participants will have the opportunity to join in the discussion as we expand our vision for home visiting with Parents as Teachers.
Presenter(s): Parents as Teachers
Interest Area: HV, FP, I, T, PRE, AL

A-2. Early Identification and Community Referral for Children With Autism (Repeat of B-8)
In this presentation, participants will learn key signs and symptoms of autism that can help identify children who are at risk for autism at an early age. Participants will also learn about novel resources they can access in the state to help these children be evaluated and supported closer to their own communities.
Presenter(s): Alexandra James and Brett Moore
Interest Area: SED, T, PRE, AL

A-3. Milestones Matter (Repeat of 25)
In this presentation, presenters will describe the goals of the Missouri Milestones Matter Program and how this model can be adapted across multiple settings to increase developmental monitoring and screening for children birth to 5 years old in Missouri.
Presenter(s): Cindy Reese and Alicia Curran
Interest Area: HV, PD, SED I, T, PRE, BE

A-4. Supporting Families Affected by Intimate Partner Violence
How can you as a home visitor partner with families affected by Intimate Partner Violence? You probably already are! This presentation will help you reflect on additional ways to support family well-being during crisis and beyond through facilitated discussion on the dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), the effects of IPV on children and families, red flags that may signal IPV is occurring and specific strategies to empower parents and families impacted by IPV.
Presenter(s): Katie Epema and Kimberly Weakley
Interest Area: HV, FP, I, T, PRE, AL

A-5. Staff Self-Care: An Intervention to Support Children (Repeat of B-10)
Staff well-being is not a luxury or an afterthought, but a priority for individuals and organizations serving children and families with challenges and vulnerabilities. This presentation will define burnout and secondary trauma and explore their impact. Participants will assess their level of compassion fatigue and begin developing a personal-care plan. They will also develop ideas for what their organization can do to promote staff well-being.
Presenter(s): Patsy Carter
Interest Area: SED, PRE, IE

A-6. Bytes and Brains: Supporting Families in a Growing Digital World
Do you wonder what impact technology has on the children and families you serve? How much screen time is too much? Join us for answers to these questions and to learn ways to help parents create healthy media habits within their families. We will share the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for screen-time use, strategies for raising children in a media-focused world and surprising facts about young children’s brain development. Educators will learn practical ways to help families manage screen time and will practice ways to encourage more parent-child interactions to build better foundations for learning.
Presenter(s): Stephanie Kane and Jo Ellen Zack
Interest Area: HV, FP, T, AL

Session B
1:15-2:45 p.m.

B-7. Principles and Practices for Improving the Parent-Child Relationship
Parents are faced with all kinds of stresses and struggles. In the heat of the battle, too many focus their attention on correction and lectures. The Parenting Pyramid provides a more-effective way of parenting by focusing on flourishing as an individual and strengthening the parent-child relationship so children are more open to teaching and correction. Come ready to learn research-based principles and practices for improving parent-child relationships from the ground up!
Presenter(s): Dave Schramm
Interest Area: HV, FP, AL

B-8. Early Identification and Community Referral for Children With Autism (Repeat of A-2)
In this presentation, participants will learn key signs and symptoms of autism that can help identify children who are at risk for autism at an early age. Participants will also learn about novel resources they can access in the state to help these children be evaluated and supported closer to their own communities.
Presenter(s): Alexandra James and Brett Moore
Interest Area: SED, T, PRE, AL

B-9. Star Power: A Diverse Environment Simulation
Star Power is a simulation that focuses on power and the effects of how power is used. Participants will actively engage in the simulation, causing them to experience the various facets of power.
Presenter(s): Melissa Lamb and Jennifer Albano
Interest Area: CD, PRE, AL

B-10. Staff Self-Care: An Intervention to Support Children (Repeat of A-5)
Staff well-being is not a luxury or an afterthought, but a priority for individuals and organizations serving children and families with challenges and vulnerabilities. This presentation will define burnout and secondary trauma and explore their impact. Participants will assess their level of compassion fatigue and begin developing a personal-care plan. They will also develop ideas for what their organization can do to promote staff well-being.
Presenter(s): Patsy Carter
Interest Area: SED, PRE, IE

B-11. Hats Off! Exploring the Many Hats of a Home Visitor/Parent Educator
As a home visitor/parent educator, you wear several hats during a home visit. You may be called upon to be a coach, cheerleader, mentor, counselor, motivator, designer, facilitator, referee, etc. Learn how you can adjust your role (as well as the visit) to meet the needs of the family you are serving.
Presenter(s): Paula Wright and Kristi Reynolds
Interest Area: HV, FP, I, AL

Session C
3:00-4:00 p.m.

C-12. First Steps: From Referral to Services
This presentation outlines the referral and eligibility process for Missouri First Steps to help early childhood professionals understand when to refer a child to First Steps and how to prepare families for First Steps services.
Presenter(s): Beth Loethen
Interest Area: HV, I, AL

C-13. Dialogue with Dads (Repeat of D-17)
This presentation will share strategies to promote peer leadership among fathers participating in the programs and services offered by an agency as well as engaging fathers from the community at large. Specific strategies discussed will include the Dad Café model and National Parent Leadership Institute strategy and curriculum. Attendees will gain knowledge of the framework for both models as well as interactively experience select components of each model. The presentation will highlight the importance of fathers as peer leaders in improving outcomes for children through social development and civic engagement.
Presenter(s): Brian Williams and Charles Stephenson
Interest Area: SED, FP, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

C-14. Finding the Circles for Our Families
Things don’t always go as planned for home visitors or for families. We all need support. We will discuss how to help families understand and identify their own circles of support to help with life’s unexpected challenges.
Presenter(s): Carla Godfrey and Paula Harvey
Interest Area: HV, FP, AL

C-15. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) in Missouri – Information for the Home Visitor (Repeat of D-18)
This presentation provides an overview of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system in Missouri – from newborn hearing screening to enrollment into early intervention. Emphasis will be given to equipping professionals working with young children and their families with the knowledge needed to assist families to understand and complete recommended EHDI follow up.
Presenter(s): Catherine Harbison and Kris Grbac
Interest Area: HV, I, IE

C-16. Adult Learning Styles
This interactive presentation will focus upon gaining an awareness of adult learning styles and how those are important in communicating effectively with parents during home visits and other interactions with parents and caregivers. You will have the opportunity to briefly assess your own preferred learning style(s) and explore how that influences interaction with parents, especially those that may have a very different learning style.
Presenter(s): Don Nicholson
Interest Area: HV, FP, AL

Session D
4:15-5:15 p.m.

D-17. Dialogue with Dads (Repeat of C-13)
This presentation will share strategies to promote peer leadership among fathers participating in the programs and services offered by an agency as well as engaging fathers from the community at large. Specific strategies discussed will include the Dad Café model and National Parent Leadership Institute strategy and curriculum. Attendees will gain knowledge of the framework for both models as well as interactively experience select components of each model. The presentation will highlight the importance of fathers as peer leaders in improving outcomes for children through social development and civic engagement.
Presenter(s): Brian Williams and Charles Stephenson
Interest Area: SED, FP, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

D-18. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) in Missouri – Information for the Home Visitor (Repeat of C-15)
This presentation provides an overview of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system in Missouri – from newborn hearing screening to enrollment into early intervention. Emphasis will be given to equipping professionals working with young children and their families with the knowledge needed to assist families to understand and complete recommended EHDI follow up.
Presenter(s): Catherine Harbison and Kris Grbac
Interest Area: HV, I, IE

D-19. Strategies for Collaboration Among Home Visiting Programs
Who is providing home visiting services? How do you collaborate within your community to give Missouri families the best opportunities for support? Hear about lessons learned from our work with the federal Preschool Development Grant during the statewide listening presentations. Presenters will also share strategies identified in the pilot projects that can assist all communities to think in a more collaborative effort.
Presenter(s): Jo Anne Ralston
Interest Area: HV, AL

D-20. Music Mania
Add pizzazz to the music you use every day with young children! Participants will partake in a lively, interactive, hands-on demonstration on how to incorporate music in early childhood settings – home visits, group connections, play groups, in-home child care and classrooms.
Presenter(s): Kathy Nicholson and Beth Weaver
Interest Area: EAM, I, T, PRE, BE

D-21. Articulation at Your Fingertips: Visual Cues and Strategies to Improve Speech
Did you know that speech guidelines have changed, and there is now a one-year delay in qualifications for speech therapy? If you are a professional working with young children, then parents and preschoolers need your communication guidance now more than ever.
Presenter(s): Melissa Finneseth and Tracy Halphin
Interest Area: HV, PRE, AL

D-22. Who’s at the Door?
This presentation will help home visitors to create and provide quality, high-impact visits especially for the family. Learn how home visitors can be more mindful, sensitive and deliberate in providing visits that enhance a family’s life with quality supportive services that do not overwhelm parents or caregivers.
Presenter(s): ‘Tisha Hensel and Jen Jacobsmeyer
Interest Area: HV, PRE, IE

This conference always runs so smoothly and is orchestrated with such perfection – it is truly appreciated!! The keynote speakers are always relatable, engaging and enjoyable, sharing a wealth of information to take back and begin using right away.