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Human Development Institute Seminar Series

What You Need to Know: 

The Human Development Institute is Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. HDI Statewide Live, Interactive Seminars are open to faculty, staff and students as well as statewide self-advocates, parents /caregivers, and professionals. CEUs are pending in Early Childhood, Social Work, Psychology, OT, SLP, EILA and Licensed Professional Counseling. If approved, there is a $20 fee for CEU Certificates in Social Work, Psychology, & Counseling. The KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation co-sponsors our Seminars for Certified Rehab Counseling CEUs. Contact  or at 859-257-1714 or if your community has a video-conference site and wishes to host our Seminars! Registration opens January 13.


Communication First: Facilitating Access to the General Curriculum

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
HDI's Coldstream Office Training Room with statewide streaming
Jacqueline Kearns, Ed. D., Principal Investigator, TAALC – Low Incidence Communication Initiative, HDI
Jane Kleinert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Div. of Communication Disorders, UK College Health Sciences
Judith Page, Associate Professor, Div. of Communication Disorders, UK College of Health Sciences
This Seminar features an exciting, evidence-based research into practice which has huge implications for students, as well as their teachers, therapists, FRC staff and parents!  All students communicate, although sometimes in very subtle behaviors that can be easily missed or in challenging behaviors that are quite obvious but fail to communicate to their educators, peers or parents. Evidence-based practice has found that with direct instruction and augmentative communication most suited to their needs, students have been shown to gain communicative competence at a rapid rate! Despite these results, we still have students leaving school without the means to communicate wants and needs, or share a secret with a friend. Join this compelling Seminar to help solve this problem! Register online:


DSM - 5 Changes and Implications for Rehabilitation

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Coldstream Office Training Room with statewide streaming
Ted Godlaski, Assistant Clinical Professor with U.K. Psychiatry and College of Social Work
Myrabeth Bundy, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University’s Autism Certificate Program Coordinator
Christy Leaver, MSW, LSCW, Family Therapist in Private Practice
H. Thompson Prout, Ph.D., Professor with UK School Psychology Program
This Seminar will highlight clinical and diagnostic changes occurring with the release of the DSM-5, and how these changes affect practitioners in Rehabilitation Counseling and professionals in health care and human services. Client eligibility to services, documentation and assessments completed by professionals are all impacted by the definitions and severity changes included in the DSM-5 manual. This Seminar begins with an overview of DSM-5 changes, including elimination of multi-axial diagnostic system, severity determination, WHODAS and assessment, and changes in substance use disorders. Changes related to Intellectual and Developmental Disability definitions in the DSM-5 will also be discussed as related to practice and services available to individuals with these disorders. DSM-5 changes relating to autism spectrum will be addressed by EKU’s Autism Program Director, as well as how these changes may impact individuals with this diagnosis. Mental health diagnostic changes as they impact clinical treatment will be discussed, as well as DSM-V changes in personality and depressive disorder changes. Register online:  


College and Intellectual Disability? Absolutely!

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
HDI’s Coldstream Office Training Room with statewide streaming
Beth Miller Harrison, Ph.D., P.I. of HDI’s College & Career Ready and Supported Higher Education Projects, KY Post School Outcome Center
Barry Whaley, Director of HDI’s Supported Higher Education Project

Changes to the Higher Education Act of 2008 have opened the doors to students with intellectual disabilities to attend college and become lifelong learners. This presentation will highlight the efforts of the Supported Higher Education Project at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute to develop a statewide network of Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) at Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) across the Commonwealth. This innovative project develops the supports necessary for students with ID to be successful in the college environment, study alongside their peers, and earn a meaningful credential. Participants will gain information about SHEP, how SHEP supports students with intellectual disabilities in inclusive post-secondary educational settings, and what the future holds for students who intellectual disabilities who choose to attend college. Online registration available in March.

Part 2 -- Strategies to Facilitate Social-Emotional Health and Self-Regulation of Young Children

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
HDI’s Coldstream Office Training Room with statewide streaming

Julie Kraska, OTR/L, Director, Kraska & Associates, Inc.     

This Seminar is Part 2 to a HDI Fall 2013 Seminar which had excellent evaluations, with the audience requesting additional strategies to use in the preschool and home settings. Part 2 will include a brief review of the initial seminar information and key points presented, followed by “what to do” strategies. Descriptions and examples of recommended sensori-motor strategies to directly use with young children when faced with 1st order dysregulation in sleeping, body temperature, respiration, and muscle tone to one of greater organization will be provided. Positive support strategies to implement to decrease limbic-system behavior reactions, and increase social-emotional health in children will also be highlighted. Early childhood educators, social workers, counselors, and therapist working with families with young children and parents are the target audience for his Seminar. Attendance at the Fall Seminar will facilitate audience learning but is not mandatory.