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2022 Learning Deck Webinars: Individual or Group Registration

Upcoming Learning Decks
Teacher and Pupil
Infant Toddler Mental Health and Early Intervention


Would you like to know more about Infant Toddler Mental Health (ITMH) and the DEC IMH community of practice? How does ITMH relate to early intervention services? Join us for a panel discussion (including graduate students enrolled in ITMH programs) and resource sharing materials on Infant Mental Health. 


1. To broaden the awareness of infant toddler mental health and importance in early intervention.
2. To highlight knowledge and skills of graduate students in current programs across disciplines.
3. To share resources and certificate programs nationally for those interested in getting more involved.


This virtual event will be presented as a webinar and available as a podcast after the initial recording. Registrants will receive both the video and audio recordings. 


Presenters: Nancy Goins, MA, CFRM, IMH-E, A-CFHC; Lisa Terry, MS, M.Ed., IMH-E®; Patricia Blasco, PhD - Featuring Student Panelists: Victoria Ramirez Garcia and Heather Peterson-Bruno, Students in the Early Childhood: Inclusive Education Graduate Program at Portland State University 


NANCY GOINS, MA, CFRM, IMH-E®, A-CFHC, is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at AnLar, LLC and Co-Chair of the DEC CoP Development Committee. She brings her passion for early childhood education to her work at AnLar. She is a skilled facilitator, trainer, technical assistance provider, health and wellness coach, and life-long learner. She has expertise in early childhood education, early intervention, preschool special education, Pyramid Model, Infant Mental Health, inclusion, and communities of practice. She is a co-author of the book ‘Growing Together: Developing and Sustaining a Community of Practice in Early Childhood’.


LISA TERRY, MS, M.Ed., IMH-E®, is an Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant at the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities. Lisa provides support for the design and implementation of professional development activities for early intervention providers and administrators in Virginia. Lisa is a certified trainer in the Growing Brain, a ZERO TO THREE curriculum. Lisa is the co-facilitator for the DEC Infant Mental Health Community of Practice and she maintains endorsement in infant mental health as an Infant Family Specialist.


PATRICIA BLASCO, PhD is an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University with a research interest in neurodevelopment in young children born preterm. Dr. Blasco is active in the Division of Early Childhood Leadership. In addition, she teaches coursework in the Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate program at Portland State University.

Teacher and Pupil
Speech, Language, and Communication for the Non-verbal Child

Description: This session will provide an overview of speech, language and communication development along with examples of naturalistic strategies, intentional approaches and intensive interventions to promote language and communication in non-verbal young children. There will be a focus on ways to increase communicative opportunities with peers and adults and collaboration across providers with linkages to DEC Recommended Practices. 


Participant Outcomes:

  1. Review the components of speech and language and forms of communication. 

  2. Review key environmental components of communicative opportunities. 

  3. Gain knowledge of naturalistic strategies, intentional approaches, and intensive interventions to facilitate language and communication.


  • Deborah A. Bruns, PhD is Professor and program coordinator for the Special Education program in the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She teaches coursework in collaborating with families with children with disabilities as well as early childhood special education assessment and curriculum methods.

Art Class
Increasing High Quality Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood: A Learning Package

Description: The learning package contains 6 topics that explore key ideas about inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood. The package covers a range of topics from defining inclusion to understanding the benefits of advocating for inclusion.
In each module topic, a topic guide is available for reflecting and applying what you learn to your own experience. The learning package also includes additional resources to explore each topic further.


Participant Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to define the 3 key features of inclusion

  2. Participants will learn how to promote a growth mindset by using the definition of inclusion from the NAEYC/DEC Joint Position Statement.

  3. Participants will learn about laws, policies, and practices that support inclusion of children with disabilities.

  4. Participants will take away many different resources that can be used in their own early childhood professional settings.


  • Talin Tokat is an Inclusion Specialist for Early CHOICES. Talin has a master’s degree from Erikson Institute in Child Development with a specialization in Children’s Law/Policy. She has worked as an early childhood educator, program director, and therapist, with a focus on increasing inclusive, equitable opportunities for all children. 

  • Tammy Wrobbel is an Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, an initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. She has a Master of Science degree in Developmental Therapy and Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. She has over 20 years of experience and also parents two adults who are uniquely abled.

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