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2022 Virtual Nurturing Developing Minds Conference and Research Symposium: Strengthening Families

February 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

2022 NDM

Take away best practices and bright ideas from our thought-provoking lineup! On Friday, February 25 from 9:30 AM-3:30 PM ET, researchers, policymakers, medical practitioners, early childhood educators and all those working to optimize children’s development will convene virtually for a day of learning and enlightenment. Hear from experts on timely issues: early childhood education–ensuring quality, adjusting to COVID-19, measuring what matters, and supporting the workforce; Autism–early interventions, and the genetics; and health equity as well as child well-being.


For those claiming AMA and APA CMEs, the attestation form and instructions on how to access those credits can be found in this Nurturing Developing Minds Attestation document.


For early educators claiming credit through SC Endeavors, please use the SC Endeavors Attendance Verification form. If you attended multiple sessions, you will need to use the form multiple times.

Keynote Address 9:30-10:30 AM ET

Family Resiliency in the Era of COVID-19
Carol Weitzman, MD

Dr. Carol Weitzman is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and the Co-Director of the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine. She is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Nationally, she is the immediate past president of the Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) is the immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and a member of the American Board of Pediatrics DBP sub-board. Dr. Weitzman is the author of the AAP Clinical Report “Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems,” which is undergoing revision this year. She authored the AAP’s Interim Guidance on Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Health Needs of Children, Adolescents, and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Breakout Session One – 11 AM – 12 PM ET

  • Early Childhood Education Quality During Rapid Expansions: Lessons from the Field and Opportunities

Rasheed Malik, Center for American Progress

Christina Weiland, EdD,  School of Education and Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan

Ariel Ford, Division of Child Development and Early Education for the Department of Health and Human Services

  • Active Ingredients of Early Interventions for Social Communication and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Sarah Edmunds, PhD, University of South Carolina; Community-Oriented Lab for Autism and Behavioral Interventions (COLAB)

  • Program Innovations for the “New Normal”: Making Pandemic Adjustments Permanent for Families

Tanya Camunas, A Child’s Haven (Greenville, SC)

Ben Goodman, PhD, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Sonya Ebeling, Medical University of South Carolina Center for Telehealth


Lunch – 12-1 PM ET

Breakout Session Two – 1-2 PM ET

  • Measuring What Matters: Equity Considerations in Early Childhood Measurement Tools

Tyson Barker, PhD, EC PRISM (Early Childhood Precision, Innovation, and Shared Management)

Katie Hammond, EC PRISM

Aimée Drouin Duncan, PhD, EC PRISM

  • LEND Family Panel

Moderator: Karen E. Irick, University of South Carolina Center for Disability Resources 

Panelists: Susan Kastner, Parent/SC LEND Family Trainee; Anastasia Ford, Parent; and Grace Trumpower, Self-advocate

  • Health Equity During a Time of Global Crisis

Mary C. Garvey, Institute for Child Success (ICS)

Bryan Boroughs, Institute for Child Success (ICS)


Breakout Session Three – 2:30-3:30 PM

  • Early Childhood Workforce: Supporting the Professionals Who Support Our Families
    Megan Carolan
    , Institute for Child Success (ICS)

Amber Posey, Institute for Child Success (ICS)

  • Genetics of Autism

Curtis Rogers, MD, Greenwood Genetic Center

  • Universal Screenings as a Tool for Child Well-Being

Kerrie Schnake, South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA)

Kerry Sease, MD, Prisma Health

Kristine Hobbs, SC Department of Health and Human Services

Tentative Session and Speaker lineup.

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