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ILOTA Live Virtual Event: "Early Intervention Stories of Engaging Families: A JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity) Perspective"

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Registration Fees: Members FREE - Non-members FREE

(Zoom meeting link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the meeting.)

This course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of CE credit for ILOTA members. EI credit has been approved for 1.0 - Working with Families.

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Description:

This panel discussion explores how and why addressing diversity, equity, and inclusivity is important in early intervention. Panelists will provide stories and examples of key challenges they have encountered, success stories and strategies for best practices in Early Intervention from a justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity perspective.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the panel discussion, participants will be able to:
1. Reflect on one’s own cultural identity and its impact on occupational therapy practice in early intervention.
2. Understand the influence of one’s bias on family and child interaction in early intervention.
3. Identify strategies that work to achieve better family and child outcomes in early intervention.

Panelists:

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Maria (Veronica) Llerena (MS, OTR/L) is an Early Intervention occupational therapist and researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Child and Family Development Center (CFDC). She is passionate about working with children and families in Early Intervention and has two decades of experience working with diverse families in the Chicago-land area. She also serves as an adjunct clinical instructor at UIC’s Occupational Therapy department and a member of their holistic admissions committee. She is currently working on her post-professional OTD at UIC. Email: [email protected]

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Edgar Anthony Mercado (MSOT, OTR/L) is an occupational therapist practicing in early intervention. He has a strong passion for supporting and providing resources to underserved communities. Outside of work, he is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and enjoying time with his family and his 6-month-old daughter at home. Email: [email protected]

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Caren Schranz (DrOT, MS, OTR/L) is an occupational therapist with over 32 years of experience in practice. Her primary focus is working with children and families and supporting caregivers through occupational performance coaching. Dr. Schranz is the owner of Kids Connection Therapy, Inc., an Early Intervention, and outpatient pediatric practice. She is also the Department of Occupational Therapy Chairperson and Associate Professor at Governors State University. Email: [email protected]

Event Moderated by Divya Sood (OTD, OTR/L)

Registration Fees: Members FREE - Non-members FREE
This course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of CE credit for ILOTA members. EI credit applied for.
(Not a member? Join here!)

Zoom meeting link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the meeting.

Register here!