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Kids First/TOPS Program Staff Members Present at Annual Milestones Conference

Posted: 7/3/2017

The Summit Educational Service Center’s Kids First/Transition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) program’s staff members recently presented at the 15th Annual Milestones Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

Presenters from Kids First/TOPS programs included Jessica Campagna, Family Liaison and Behavior Specialist, Lyndsey Nopper, Intervention Specialist at Kids First and Misty Rosencrance, Intervention Specialist at TOPS. Earlier this year, they wrote a proposal to present at the conference and were accepted by the conference committee.

“This was a great conference for our team to participate in,” said Campagna. “We learned a lot of new and different intervention strategies that we can implement during the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to trying the strategies with our students and sharing the information with our staff during professional development training.”

Campagna, Nopper and Rosencrance’s presentation discussed the program’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program. The trio discussed the definitions, key terms and components of PBIS, and the data collection and review of the influences PBIS has had on the Kids First/TOPS students.

“Our presentation had a positive impact for some of the audience members who have been struggling with how to implement PBIS,” said Rosencrance. “We helped them discover how to successfully implement the program in a meaningful way for students of all abilities.”

The conference was open to all teachers, consultants, medical professionals, related service providers, parents and family members, and individuals on the spectrum, and included presentations from the various groups. The conference also featured an exhibitor room with service providers from the Cleveland and Akron area, and additional companies selling books for parents, professionals and children; toys and play items; and sensory items.

“At the Summit ESC, we strive to be proactive in learning new strategies that will help the students succeed,” said Superintendent Joe Iacano. “This was a great opportunity for our staff to gain valuable information that can be shared with the entire team, which will result in positive outcomes for the students.”