WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Friday Plenary Sessions - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Plenary4: Music & Movement Time, presented by Aaron Nigel Smith, One World Chorus


In this workshop, participants explore basic techniques for using music & movement in the classroom. Creative tools for engaging and educating youth through song, creative movement and improvisation are shared. We encourage participants to monitor how much time students spend sitting versus moving while learning.
Aaron actively promotes the positive effects of music and movement as an integral part of early education through his recordings as well as his enrichment program, FUNdamentals of Music and Movement. Launched in 2002 in Los Angeles, FUNdamentals is now the program of choice for over 100 schools nationwide! The up tempo, hook-filled tunes created for his curriculum get kids literally jumping off the floor while exploring key developmental concepts. His songs have been described as ?some of the best targeted music for kids today, and PBS agrees.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Plenary5: Learning in Relationships: Young Children’s Early Social-Emotional Development, presented by Jane Hu, University of Washington


Children learn an amazing amount in the first few years of life, but they can’t do it alone – much of what they learn is through listening, observing, and interacting with others. Social and emotional health is rooted in their earliest interactions and relationships.
This presentation will provide participants with the fundamentals of early social emotional development and use examples from current behavioral and neuroscience research to illustrate the building blocks of social and emotional development.
Jane Hu is an Outreach Specialist working with the Outreach and Education team. Before joining the I-LABS outreach team, Jane earned a B.A. in psychology at Yale University and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied preschoolers’ social learning.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Plenary6: Find You, Find Your Passion, Find Your Purpose, presented by David Brooke, That Gratitude Guy


David George Brooke presents a workshop that is designed for the people that are looking to find their purpose in life. If you have journeyed through life, and still haven’t actually become what you wanted to be when you grew up, then this is the workshop for you.
By using simple exercises to focus on your strengths, individuals can restart their life’s journey and work toward that goal that had seemed to slip away. Attendees are able utilize assessment tools that can redefine their strengths and aptitude. By focusing on the relationship with yourself, gaining an understanding of what is your true passion, one is able to find and move towards their true life’s purpose.
David George Brooke - That Gratitude Guy, has been a speaker, teacher, life coach, and bestselling author for over 25 years. His published works include “The Brooker’s Daily Gratitude Journal”, “Happiness Starts With Gratitude”, and a number of other books on gratitude.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Plenary7: Behaviors of Concern: Is it Autism? What if it is? What if it isn’t? Does it matter? Presented by Dr. Steven Merahn and Deric Toney, Centria Healthcare


A Pediatrician and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst will discuss the challenges when a child has “behaviors-of-concern” or patterns of interaction that are disruptive to play and learning. There will be a review of how to use basic principles of child development to determine which children should get a more detailed evaluation, provide some training in screening tools, and provide concrete suggestions for opening a productive dialog with parents and caregivers.
About the presenter: Dr. Merahn Trained in Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He is a recognized thought leader in healthcare quality and performance improvement, population health and systems-based practice and comes to Centria from his role as Chief Medical Officer for US Medical Management, a 14-state 42-office primary care network and accountable care organization delivering care to complex/fragile patients in their home.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Merahn has special interests in helping children have the best developmental experience possible, especially through the integration of behavioral health, general pediatrics and the educational system and in supporting the needs of medically complex children and their families.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Plenary7 Handout

Plenary8: What is Infant Mental Health Endorsement and Why Should I Care? Presented by Stacey Frymier, Washington Association for Infant Mental Health


Come learn about a new credentialing system that is available in Washington for the many professionals who work with infants, toddlers, and their families. Infant Mental Health Endorsement is a way to verify the expertise of those who work with this population. Endorsement applies to a multidisciplinary field including mental health therapists, social workers, caseworkers, early intervention specialists, early childhood professionals, home visitors, public health nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and others. This system organizes a set of standardized competencies that professionals must meet in order to become endorsed, ensuring that families receive high quality, specialized services and that providers are recognized for their advanced expertise.
About the presenter: Stacey Frymier, MA, LMHC, ATR, IMH-E®(IV) is an experienced clinician, consultant and trainer in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) field. Stacey obtained her BA in Psychology and Fine Arts from Purdue University, her MA in Counseling/Art Therapy from Southwestern College, and later her Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®) at Level IV-Clinical. Stacey worked for many years in rural northern New Mexico as a therapist and clinical director at an early childhood agency before moving to Washington in 2013. In addition to her work with WA-AIMH, Stacey provides reflective supervision and clinical/administrative consultation to individuals and agencies.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Friday Networking Lunch: Participants who do not wish to attend a plenary session can participate in the informal gathering to meet and network with other professionals. Continuing Education Credit is NOT available for participation in this option.