Imua Family Services Hosts Third Annual Early Childhood Development Conference October 25th-26th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 7,2013

Imua Family Services Hosts Third Annual

Early Childhood Development Conference

Friday, October 25th -9am-4:30pm at UH Maui ‘Ike Lea 144
Saturday, October 26th – 9am-12:30pm J. at Walter Cameron Center Auditorium

 Wailuku, Hawaii – Due to the continued success of Imua’s Annual Conference on Early Childhood Development, Imua Family Services continues its commitment to bringing quality continuing education to Maui  professionals, teachers, therapists, providers, and parents who work and care for children with special needs and developmental concerns. This year, Imua Family Services is bringing highly acclaimed speaker Margaret A. Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP who will be joined by Maui’s own Dr. Gabrielle Galler-Rimm M.D., F.A.A. P.

The first full day in the workshop series will be taught by guest presenter Margaret Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP. Margaret is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois.  She has 30 years of clinical experience working with children with severe speech-sound disorders, language impairments, and social language challenges. Her primary professional interest is in the evaluation and treatment of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Margaret is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Plural Publishing.

The workshop entitled “Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS),” will focus on the critical elements of a thorough motor speech evaluation that support making a differential diagnosis in children with suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and the majority of the workshop will be devoted to maximizing treatment effectiveness for children with CAS. Note: This course is offered for 0.60 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

The second-day presenter Dr. Gabrielle Galler-Rimm M.D., F.A.A.P. is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician working in private practice in Makawao, Hawaii. She has 23 years of clinical experience working with children (and families of children) with developmental and behavioral difficulties. Much of her clinical focus is centered on the evaluation and treatment of children with autism.  Dr. Galler-Rimm’s approach is a family based one, in which she helps families explore the opportunities they have to be the strongest advocates for their special needs child. She has past experience working in the Bio-Behavioral Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as the clinical leader of a behavioral team in the public health system in New Zealand (where she lived with her family for 8 years), as a behavioral consultant to special schools for children with developmental disabilities in New Zealand, as a consultant to the Hawaii Department of Health and to the Hawaii

Department of Education, and as a consultant to Imua Family Services. She has served on the Board of Directors of Imua Family Services for the past 8 years.

This extensive and uniquely combined learning experience is available for teachers, parents, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators, early interventionists, mental health professionals, health care professionals, behavioral specialists, skills trainers, and other paraprofessionals or caregivers who work with children or adults with sensory processing difficulties and children with special needs.

Imua Family Services provides comprehensive early childhood development services to children and their families with the support and resources needed to reach their full potential in life. “We are thrilled to bring this specialized training conference to Maui’s special needs caregiving community which will ultimately enrich the lives of so many children on Maui and their families,” says Dean Wong, Imua Family Services Executive Director.

If you would like more information about the Third Annual Imua Family Services Early Childhood Development Conference and registration, please visit our website at www.imuafamilyservices.org or call 808-244-7467. You can register online for the conference at www.imuaconference.eventbrite.com.

 

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