Learning Through Relationships

Conference Program

The Heart of Learning: Using Relationships to Create Safe Learning Environments

Rebecca School hosts the ICDL Regional Conference

Date:  Friday, March 6th, 2020  8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

LocationExecutive Conference Center, 1601 Broadway, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10019 between 48th & 49th Street 



8:00 AM – 8:45 AM


8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Comments

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Keynote: Dr. Stephen Porges


11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

(1 hr) Breakout A – Pick one of four:

1. Jaime Marrus, Ph.D. & Jennifer Andersen, Psy.D.: Safety Through Relationships: Applying DIRFloortime® methodology in clinical practice to promote improved functioning at home and in the classroom – Room 801

2. ToniAnn Gambella Loftus, MS. CCC-SLP/TSSLD, Courtney Latter, MS, CCC, SLPTSSLD, Rachel Hammer, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, Ashley Eisenstadt, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Victoria Simmons, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD: A Little Help From My Friends: Promoting Communicative Development Within Group Sessions Through Peer Interactions – Room 802

3. Tracy Lin, PT Cert.MDT, CYT-200 Sarah Berkowitz, PT DPT: Beyond the Poses: How Yoga Benefits EveryBODY – Room 803

4. Emily Bottomley, MA, Mandy Hamilton M. Ed, Kim Morales M.S Ed: Were All in This Together: Fostering Community and Peer Relationships in a DIR/Floortime Special Education Classroom – Room 702

5. Sandra Van Nest, DSW, LCSW: Sensory Processing and Perception: A Bridge to Connection and Meaning Making – Room 701

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch (Will be provided)

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

(1 hr) Breakout B – Pick one of four:

1. Christopher Hernandez BA, Michael Fields MS, LPC: When We Game Together, We Stay Together – Room 802

2. Josh Noble LCSW, Lauren-Tobing Puente PhD: Passions Pursued: How Neuro-diverse Adults Use their Interests to Promote Independence and Success – Room 701

3. Sara Morgan LPC, Sarah Champ MS: Developmental Approaches: Uncomfortable, Taboo, and Awkward Situations – Room 702

4. Rebecca Connick MOT, LOTR: The Importance of Engagement and Connection for the Child with Feeding Difficulties – Room 801

5. Liza Bernabeo MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Ashley Lyons MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Kacie McGoldrick MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Raquel Quiñones, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD (Author not Presenting), Jennifer Shonkoff CCC-SLP, TSSLD: Teaching Emotions: When a Picture is Not Worth a Thousand Words – Room 803


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Closing Panel – Sam Wilkinson: Relationships

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Comments