A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds
The Young Child Expo & Conference began in 2003 as a joint professional development project of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and Los Niños Services. Their 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.
It invites all teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students. The New York City conference attracts over 1,100 attendees from around the world. This year there were participants from 23 countries, including 83 people from Iceland!
The 2015 Young Child Expo took place at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City from April 22nd to 25th and it was amazing! The highlight of my experience was the fact that I got to meet Temple Grandin!
Temple gave one of the most exciting lectures I have listened to in a long time. She is super-energetic and engaging and is such an inspiration. It is hard to believe that she didn’t speak until she was 3 (neither did Einstein!) years old and that she struggled with academics. Although she is a bit eccentric, she taught me so many methods to help teach students with autism and even those with ADHD. Most of them are so simple! I was a bit star struck and I left the conference feeling excited and wanting to share that excitement with my colleagues and students.
There were many excellent lectures to choose from. I tried to focus on the ones that would provide me with tools to engage more students and keep behavior issues at bay. I am confident that I learned methods that will make me a better teacher and parent.
Wednesday night was an excellent dinner at The Sky Room in Times Square. Not only was the food and company good, but the view was amazing!
Overall, it was a great trip. I would like to thank Preemie World for the opportunity to attend!