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2018 Fall Conference

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
  • Alerus Center, 1200 S. 24nd Street, Grand Forks, ND


  • Special price for members. Late registration does not guarantee lunch.
  • Late registration does not come with a guaranteed lunch.

Can You Believe It? 

    Keynote Speaker: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Kelli Odden, Ph.D.


 Description: Embrace who you are! Everyone has a gift, it is up to you to embrace this gift. It is okay to say, I am good! We will explore messages we tell ourselves, the importance of positive self-talk, and give ourselves permission to appreciate our own talents. 

Breakout Sessions

    Session One:  12:00-1:30 p.m.

Session Two:  1:45-3:15 p.m.

Kelli Odden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

Working Together

Description:  As a human we can lift each other up, now we need to work on doing the same for ourselves. People are a competitive species. We are going to explore how to drop the competitive barriers so that we can listen and support one another creating a positive work and life environment. 

 Available Breakout Session One

Nikki Keiffer, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Sensory Tools for 0-5: Strategies for Success

Description: We will explore important milestones for children 0-5 related to motor, social/emotional, and cognitive development that contribute to sensory regulation. We will spend time problem solving common challenging behaviors and identify underlying areas of struggle that contribute to those challenges. 

  Available Breakout Session One and Session Two

Shyla Muse, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
 Children's Mental Health


Description: Shyla Muse, PhD has been a practicing child psychologist for 11 years. She specializes in pediatric neurophychologial and developmental evaluations. Dr. Muse also provides individual and family therapy sessions for the pediatric population. She is a co-director of behavioral science for Altru Family Medicine Center.  Dr. Muse will present on early childhood brain development and the impact that society can have on a child's overall mental health. She will also discuss the importance of assessment and early intervention and provide the audience with information on available resources.

Available Breakout Session One and Two

Michael Gallo, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Crossroads of Caring

Description: Our profession is often referred to as “Child Care.” This session will look at how our “caring” profession prepares us, and the children we care for, to deal with the challenges and adversities of life as Michael shares how his years as an Early Childhood Educator prepared him to be a caregiver for his wife, diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s… and how to find the hidden joys in that journey.  


Available Breakout Session Two


7:30 a.m. Membership Breakfast

(Must Pre-Register) 



7:30 a.m. Registration and Exhibits Open

Lunch and a Snack Are Provided


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