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April 22-24, 2015

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

New York City

Young Child Expo & Conference Overview


It is our great pleasure to present the 12th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference 2015 - a joint project of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and Los Niños Training. Our goal is simple – to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow and reach their full potential. Our conference brings over 1000 people together across all kinds of programs, disciplines, and interest areas from speech pathologists to parents, to those working in children’s museums, day care centers, preschools, and those working with children who have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or other special needs. In one unique event, this conference integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs, including autism.

2015 program coming soon….

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Our 2015 Keynote Speaker…..other keynoters forthcoming…..

Temple Grandin Temple Grandin, Ph.D. – was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. She will be speaking on her experiences with autism.
Temple Grandin Serena Wieder, Ph.D. – Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation. Dr. Wieder, a clinical psychologist, has dedicated her career to understanding developmental challenges and created innovative intervention approaches, including the DIR® Model with Stanley Greenspan. They co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child with Special Needs, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She publishes extensively and has just completed a new book with Dr. Harry Wachs, called Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement: Advancing Competencies and Emotional Development in Children with Learning and Autism Spectrum Disorders, including a Manual. She was the co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), serves on the Board of Zero to Three – the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and the Scientific Advisory Boards of First Signs. In addition, Dr. Wieder offers national and international training programs. Her research has focused on diagnostic classification, emotional and symbolic development, integrated intervention approaches, and the long term follow up of children treated with DIR®. Dr. Wieder currently consults to programs and practices in New York City. She will speak on The Window into the Child’s Inner Experiences: The DIR Hierarchy of Symbolic Play, Reality Testing and Developmental Anxieties.
Dr-Ami-Klin circle Ami Klin, Ph.D. – Professor and Chief of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine, Director of the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of London, and completed clinical and research post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale Child Study Center. He directed the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine until 2010, where he was the Harris Professor of the Child Psychology & Psychiatry. The Marcus Autism Center is one of the largest centers of clinical care in the country, providing a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services, and is now growing a comprehensive interdisciplinary program of research in clinical science. The Center also provides training in a broad range of disciplines, and is strongly committed to advocacy at the local, national, and international levels. Dr. Kiln’s primary research activities focus on the social mind and the social brain, and on developmental aspects of autism from infancy through adulthood. He is the author of over 180 publications in the field of autism and related conditions. He will speak on a new system of health care delivery for infants & toddlers with autism spectrum disorders.
Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. Edward Hallowell, M.D.child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA, New York City and San Francisco. These Centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families. Dr. Hallowell is best known for the ground-breaking books he co-authored with Dr. John Ratey, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, which have sold millions of copies. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a “disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments. Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure and has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Good Morning America and interviewed for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and many other leading publications. Learn more at He will speak on A Strength Based Approach to ADHD: Dr. Hallowell’s Special Sauce.

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Catherine Lord, Ph.D. – Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain a joint project of New York – Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in partnership with New York Collaborates for Autism. She completed degrees in psychology at UCLA and Harvard, and a clinical internship at Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lord is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialties in diagnosis, social and communication development and intervention in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is renowned for her work in longitudinal studies of social and communicative development in ASD. She has also been involved in the development of standardized diagnostic instruments for ASD with colleagues from the United Kingdom and the United States (the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) an observational scale; and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) a parent interview), now considered the gold standard for research diagnoses all over the world. Her work at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain involves continued research in validity and longitudinal studies, early diagnosis of children with autism, and regression in children with autism and clinical evaluations and diagnoses of children and adults who may have autism. She will speak on the Diagnosis of Autism in Toddlers.
Michelle Gielan - Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, is an expert on the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a Partner at GoodThink, a positive psychology consulting firm, and she holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS. She formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News, as well as a correspondent for “The Early Show.” In 2009, Michelle produced “Happy Week”, a series focusing on fostering happiness in the midst of the recession. In 2011, she appeared in her own weekly health and wellness segment, “Manic Monday” on FOX News Chicago. Michelle graduated cum laude in Computer Engineering. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR. She will speak on Broadcasting Happiness: Creating Success through Positive Engagement with Young Children in the Classroom.
Dr. Susan M. Swearer – Professor of School Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Co-Director Bullying Research NetworkDr. Susan M. Swearer is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Co-Director of the Bullying Research Network ( She is the principal investigator on the Target Bullying: Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention Project ( and has worked with school districts nationwide since 1998 to reduce bullying. Dr. Swearer has developed and implemented a data-based decision-making model for responding to bullying among school-aged youth and has conducted staff trainings with the goal of helping school personnel establish cost-effective and data-based strategies to reduce bullying behaviors. She will speak on bullying and what we can do to prevent it.

Full Day Pre-conference Workshop Presenter to be announced…..


Shauna Tominey Shauna Tominey, PhD – Director of Preschool Program for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Tominey is the project director for the development of Preschool RULER, an early childhood program integrating social and emotional skills into the lives of children and the key adults in their lives, including teachers, administrators, and family members. Her background includes a diverse range of experiences within the field of early childhood education, including teaching, working as a parent educator, and conducting research focused on developing and implementing interventions targeting social and emotional skills and self-regulation across diverse settings. She will be providing a full day preconference workshop on Preschool RULER: Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Early Childhood Education.

Sprout Film Festival

We are very proud to have the Sprout Film Festival at our conference. Selected short films will run from 12:00 to 12:40 each day of the conference (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). These inspirational and educational films will delight you with their look into the world of special needs. Award winning filmmakers document the challenges, successes, trials and tribulations of young children and families as they negotiate their world. Preview these films for your own enjoyment, education and for possible inclusion in your educational programming work at your own institution. A schedule of the new 2015 films will be forthcoming.


Conference Features

  • Over 80 Conference Sessions
  • Certificates of Attendance
  • Full Day PreConference Workshops
  • Excellent Value
  • Exhibition Hall




  • ABA
  • ADHD
  • Art Education & Therapy
  • Autism Assessment & Treatment
  • Autism Resources/Programs
  • Behavior Management
  • Bilingual Language Development/Issues
  • Bullying
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Curriculum: Common Core, Creative Curriculum, High Scope, Reggio Emilia
  • Developmental Discipline
  • Discipline Strategies
  • Divorce Impact/Legal
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Early Intervention
  • Early Literacy
  • Early Math Skills
  • Educational Policy
  • Emotional Intelligence & Literacy
  • Feeding Issues
  • Gifted/Talented
  • Immigrant Issues
  • Innovative Programs/Approaches
  • International Approaches
  • Leadership in Early Childhood
  • Mental Health
  • Motor Development
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Music & Learning
  • Music & Movement
  • Parent-Professional Partnerships
  • Play Based Approaches
  • Positive Parenting
  • Preschool Special Education
  • Resiliency Development
  • Resources for Special Needs
  • Selective Mutism
  • Sensory Integration/Issues
  • Sleep Issues
  • Social Emotional Skills Development
  • Speech/Language Issues
  • Technology Innovations (e.g. New Mobile & PC Applications & IPAD)
  • Transition to Kindergarten
  • Trauma
  • TV and Young Children
  • Yoga & Holistic Integrative Approaches



Professionals who care for or work with all young children — including typically developing children, those with special needs, gifted and bilingual children, and parents:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Directors
  • Administrators
  • Case Managers
  • Parents, Grandparents, Caretakers
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • ABA Therapists
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Service Coordinators
  • Foster Care Providers
  • Students


Make the 2015 Young Child Expo & Conference your Professional Development Day!