Hopes & Dreams Schedule

Thursday, May 27

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Early Childhood • 10:00 - 11:30 am

Early Experiences Matter: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) is a rapidly expanding field in South Carolina. This presentation will provide an introductory overview of infant mental health and the concepts behind understanding how experiences impact a child even before they are born. The presentation will review typical social, emotional, and relational development and factors that can disrupt typical child growth and development. Finally, the presentation will review some of the promotion, prevention, and intervention work developed through South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association, with a specific emphasis on infant and early childhood mental health consultation.

*approved for EI credential*

Mackenzie Soniak, Psy.D.

Child and Youth • 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This training is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention.


*approved for EI credential*

Jessica Hill

Parent • 6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Basics: The five fun, powerful ways every caregiver can use to give children a great start in life.

80% of a child’s brain growth happens in the first three years of life.  Beginning from birth, young brains develop like muscles, getting bigger and stronger the more you interact with them.  The Palmetto Basics are  5 fun, simple, powerful ways to help young brains grow to be as happy and successful as they can possibly be.   Learn the Basics and how you can do them with your family!

*approved for EI credential*

Amity R. Buckner, M. Ed.

Español • 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Herramienta de Viaje: El Poder de la Organización

Padres aprenderán como manejar la abrumadora cantidad de documentos creada por los servicios médicos y educacionales. Esta herramienta organizacional facilita la comunicación entre padres y profesionales para alcanzar los mejores resultados médicos y educacionales de los niños con necesidades de salud especiales o discapacidades. Los profesionales que atiendan este taller, estarán mejor preparados para asistir a las familias que ellos sirven, con la preparación y organización de la extensiva documentación que se crea al tener un niño con necesidades de salud especiales.

*approved for EI credential*

Annia Knight, Family Engagement Manager, Family Connection of South Carolina

Jenny Nuvan, Family Engagement Manager, Family Connection of South Carolina

Si necesita asistencia para registrarse en español, por favor, contacte a Annia Knight. (803) 995 1568