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May 11, 2021

Virtual Building Blocks Lunch and Learn Series

Tuesday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm $25 – $50


This May, the Virtual Building Blocks Lunch and Learn Series will explore strategies to empower parents, the power of play, and how immune and nutrition issues affect therapeutic outcomes. This event is hosted by Westmoreland County Local Coordinating Council (LICC) and Trying Together.

PQAS, Act 48, and/or ASHA credit will be available. This event is best suited for Early Intervention parents and therapists, early learning professionals, service coordinators, and teachers.

Lunch and Learn Series

This Virtual Lunch and Learn Series will include three workshops, including:

Why Is This Child Stuck? The hidden ways immune and nutrition issues affect therapeutic outcomes.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021  |  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Kelly Dorfman, Clinical Nutritionist, Author, and Public Speaker
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2021

Two PQAS and/or Act 48 credit hours available.

Many children do not progress as expected in therapy despite herculean efforts by well-trained professionals and caretakers. Medical specialists sometimes uncover a cause but rarely are common immune reactions or dietary weaknesses suspected. Discover how the immune system communicates with and can disrupt neurological function and how nutrition gaps can impact clinical outcomes.

Core Knowledge Competency (CKC) and Learning Objectives

K7.12 C1 – Describe the dietary needs associated with age-related development and ways to accommodate children’s and families’ special needs and preferences.

  1. Discover how widespread messenger molecules communicate between the immune and nervous systems.
  2. Recognize common symptoms that suggest a weak diet or nutrition deficiencies and understand why they are significant.
  3. Identify patients who may have nutrition or immune issues that could be interfering with optimal clinical outcomes.

The Power of Play in a High-Tech World

Wednesday, May 19, 2021  |  12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Registration Deadline: May 12, 2021

Three PQAS, ASHA, and/or Act 48 credit hours available.

It is critical for pediatric therapists, early childhood educators, and parents to understand and appreciate the connection between brain development and play, especially in young children who present with developmental delays. This course will provide an evidence-based approach to working with young children and their families by promoting cognitive, language, sensorimotor and social-emotional development through child-directed, adult-guided play experiences.

Participants will gain more insight as to how play has changed over the years as a result of technology, along with a rationale as to the benefits of screen-free play for young children with developing brains and bodies. Guidelines for virtual therapy visits during COVID-19 will also be discussed.

Core Knowledge Competency (CKC) and Learning Objectives

K2.14 C1 – Identify ways in which play (construction, organizing, and applying knowledge) is the primary instructional mode for supporting children’s construction of knowledge.

  1. Summarize the benefits of play across the five developmental domains (cognitive, communication, social-emotional, physical, adaptive).
  2. Describe the limitations of drill work, flashcards, and educational apps when working with young children with developing brains and bodies.
  3. Explain the developmental stages of object play and social play from birth to age five.
  4. List specific strategies to make virtual therapy sessions more effective for young children and their families.

Empowering Parents in a Positive Way through Virtual and In-Person Coaching

Thursday, May 27, 2021  |  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: June Fisher, President of Dynamic Training Solutions
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2021

Two PQAS and/or Act 48 credit hours available.

Attend this interactive workshop to learn and share knowledge and skills that will improve your ability to work with a diverse population as you guide them to be the best caregivers they can be. During the workshop, we will review evidence-based best practice techniques – based on brain science and motivational interviewing techniques – that will increase your ability to develop positive relationships with consumers.

Core Knowledge Competency (CKC) and Learning Objectives

K3.2 C1 – Describe differences and complexities in family structure and lifestyles within cultures that influence child development and learning, including beliefs, traditions, child-rearing practices, parent-child interaction styles, and discipline.

  1. Review brain science and how to develop a positive serve and return relationship with consumers.
  2. Review key motivational interviewing techniques to engage consumers in services.


Each session will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom to your device of choice and monitor your email inbox for each workshop Zoom link.


Step One (Event Registration)

Workshops cost $25 each, or $50 for all three sessions. Please check the box next to the sessions you would like to attend. Registration will close on April 30 at 11:55 p.m. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Please have your PD Registry Number and PPID Number available (if any).

Step Two (Receiving Credit)

PQAS, Act 48, and/or ASHA credit is available. To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form for each event they wish to attend (in addition to the registration form):

Speaker Information

Kelly Dorfman, Clinical Nutritionist, Author, and Public Speaker

Self-employed for 35 years as a clinical nutritionist, author, and public speaker. In 1994, co-founded, was President, and then Advisor of Developmental Delay Resources, a non-profit charity. Conducts workshops and give talks 10-20 times a year since 1995 in the United States of America as well as Canada, Turkey, India, and Kuwait. Winner of 2013 Nautilus Book Award for her book, Cure Your Child With Food.


Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She works exclusively with young children, from birth to age five, and their families and believes that early intervention is the key to future success. Cari has a son diagnosed with autism and apraxia, allowing her to engage audiences both as a professional and as a parent of a child with additional needs. She has an animated personality, and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. Join Cari as she explores important issues for enhancing the development of young children…you will be glad you took the time!


June Fisher, President of Dynamic Training Solutions

June has 30+ years of experience working, planning, and teaching individuals and groups from various cultures, regions, and backgrounds. She is currently the President of Dynamic Training Solutions, the company she developed that provides: organizational assessments, planning, program and curriculum development, and delivery throughout the United States. Throughout her career, she has worked with individuals and groups to identify and achieve their goals. She is recognized as the premier facilitator by numerous social service organizations throughout Pennsylvania and has won Trainer of the Year Recognition. She provides dynamic interactive workshops for families, agencies, and communities.

June is a Licensed Social Worker, certified Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, and Diversity Trainer and has been certified as a Critical Incident Stress Management facilitator. Ms. Fisher has been an adjunct faculty member in the social work departments of West Chester, Widener, and Temple University. June has been active in the community where in a voluntary capacity she worked with a team to develop and implement Helping Hounds. The mission of Helping Hounds is to train dogs to become companion, therapy, and/or psychiatric service dogs to aid veterans living with the after-effects of military service. She has also been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Cumberland County; In this capacity, she assesses the services provided to abused/neglected youth and based on her assessment makes recommendations to a Pennsylvania Dependency Court Judge. June has touched the lives of many by teaching them the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals personal and professional goals.

Ask A Question

For questions about the series, contact Debra McKeever at dmckeever@achieva.info. For questions about receiving credit, please email jasmine@tryingtogether.org.

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