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Past Conferences

Each year, since 1996, Criterion has sponsored the “Great Beginnings Conference”. This conference, designed to provide experienced professionals with the opportunity to focus on current research in a specific area relevant to their work, attracts hundreds of early intervention specialists, teachers and pediatric professionals from all over New England. Past conference topics and keynote speakers have included:


Issues in Service Coordination
Carl Dunst
Efficacy of Early Intervention
Craig Ramey
Attachment Theory
Gary Kramer
Robert Shprintzen
Critical Periods & Their Implication for Early Childhood Services
Don Bailey
Child Directed Learning
Todd Risley
Routines: Their Impact on Child and Family Development
Steve Warren
Making the Connection
Mark Wolery
Integrated Developmental Therapies
Diane Bricker
In Search of Evidence-Based Practice
Kevin Nugent
Promoting Parental Responsiveness Through Routines-Based Intervention
Juliann Woods
The Developing Brain: The Impact of Early Experience on Learning
James E Black
Assessment in Context: What Early Educators Need to Know
Samuel J. Meisels
2010 Can We All Get Along: The Case for Blended Autism Interventions Travis Thompson
2011 The Role of Genetics in the Nature and Nurture Interaction: A New Understanding James A. Blackman
2012 Attachment Problems, Behavior Problems, New Neuroscience, Intervention: Making the Pieces Fit
Early Childhood Programs Produce Immediate and Long-Term Benefits for Children, Parents and Society
Early Intervention Referrals: The Impact of Genetic Disorders on Management and Outcomes

Self-Regulation in Child Development: Why the Terrible Twos Don't (Usually) Last Forever
Gary W. Kraemer
Craig T. Ramey
Robert Shprintzen
Susan D. Calkins

Parental Mental Health and Childhood Outcomes
Good Nutrition in Pregnancy: How Eating Right Promotes Health Moms and Healthy Babies
The Neurobiological Consequences of Exposure to Adversity and What We Might Be Able to Do About It

Environmental Chemicals and the Health of Young Children

Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT
Alayne Ronnenberg, Sc.D.
Lauren A. Smith, M.D., MPH
Alan Woolf, M.D., MPH

Immigration Status and Public Benefits: Being a Resource for Children in Immigrant, Refugee and Mixed Immigration Status Families
Beyond Words: Effective Use of Cultural Mediators, Interpreters, and Translators to Build Trust with Families
Early Intervention Alchemy: Mining and Valuing Families' Cultural and Linguistic Resources

Cultural Humility: Working in Partnership with Families and Communities

Shannon Erwin, JD
Clara Pérez-Méndez and Susan M. Moore, JD, MA CCC-SLP
Victoria I. Puig, EdD
Melanie Tervalon, MD, MPH

Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children
Strategies to Implement Family-Based Interventions for Young Children
Routines-Based Early Intervention:  Promoting a Family-Centered Approach Through Home-Based Visits
Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk:  Feeding and Swallowing Management for Early Intervention Providers

Elizabeth Daniels, LMHC
Angel Fetting, PhD and Angela Stone-MacDonald, PhD
Amy Jenkins, MEd
Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP and Brooke Littleton, MS, CCC-SLP

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