Inclusion Conference

Making Inclusion Work with Transdisciplinary Teaming

Making Inclusion Work: Transdisciplinary Teaming
for Assessment & Intervention Planning

Please stay tuned for 2015 Conference Information!


Partially funded by The University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Schwyn Family grant.


Thank you all for making the 2014 Inclusion Conference such a success!  As requested, we have added materials of some of the conference presentation below.  Not all presenters were able to share materials but we did receive a good variety of presentations.  

We will leave the materials up on the web page through March 31, 2014 so if you plan on downloading or printing please do so within the week.

We hope to see you all next year!




Jennifer Kilgo
Professor of Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization
in Early Childhood Special Education
University of Alabama at Birmingham

"A Transdisciplinary Teaming Approach: The Quest to Provide More Family-Centered, Coordinated, and Integrated Services"


This year the conference will focus on assessment and intervention planning.  We have put together a great group of presenters across disciplines.  We will also offer a panel session at which attendees can present a case to the transdisciplinary team with a question and answer session.  Click on the link below to view a tentative agenda for the conference:

Breakout Sessions

  • Moving from the Functional Behavior Assessment to the Behavior Intervention Plan: Linking the Results of Your Assessment to Effective Programming - This presentation will discuss the elements of Functional Behavior Assessment, and examine the relationship between assessment results and the development of an effective Behavior Intervention Plan.
    • Kim Killu, Ph.D., LLP, BCBA-D, Associate Professor of Special Education, UM-Dearborn

  • NICU Developmental Follow-Up: The Multidisciplinary Approach - Level III NICUs are expected to provide some form of developmental follow-up to monitor outcomes of their graduates.  There is little to no standardization of what this follow-up should look like in the clinical setting.  This presentation will explore the multidisciplinary approach to addressing follow-up evaluation and care coordination.  Target audience: Persons involved in NICU graduate follow-up targeting children up to age 2 years.
    • Derek K. Bair, MD FAAP, Corporate Director, Neonatology, Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center - Dearborn

  • An Exploration of Diagnostic Reading & Writing Assessment Tools for K-5 Students - This presentation will provide hands-on experiences with a variety of authentic reading and writing assessment tools.  The intended audience is K-5 classroom teachers who are interested in on-going assessment that informs authentic classroom instruction.
    • Dara Hill, Associate Professor, College of Education, Health and Human Services, University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Supporting Academic Success through Social Emotional Competence Assessment - This presentation will provide the importance of supporting social emotional development beginning with social emotional assessment.  A focus on the connection between social and emotional competence and academic success will be addressed.  
    • LaShorage Shaffer, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Health and Human Services, University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Planning for Success: Assessing & Evaluating Transdisciplinary Activities - This session will focus on planning, methodologies and strategies that facilitate the evaluation and assessment of activities that combine or cross disciplines.  Special emphasis will be given to the types of data collection and analysis that help support continuous improvement, accreditation, and the preparation and evaluation of grants.
    • Dr. Laura Reynolds-Keefer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, College of Education, Health and Human Services, University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Using Accommodations & Modifications to Support Participation in the Least Restrictive Environment - This presentation will provide an overview of the differences between an accommodation and modification, including examples of both.  Strategies for using assessment information to plan appropriate accommodations and modifications for individual students will be discussed.  Target Audience: Appropriate for all ages; appropriate for IEP team members.
    • Lydia Moore, Early Childhood Special Education Consultant, Oakland Schools

  • Connecting Assessment Data to Support Intervention - This presentation will address how psychologists in private practice or hospital settings can be engaged in the process of assessment related to educational placement and planning.  This will include an overview of intellectual, achievement, and neuropsychological testing as well as evaluation of related emotional and behavioral disorders, and provide information on how these assessments may aid intervention planning for school personnel and parents. Target audience:  This session may be appropriate for parents and family members, general and special education teachers, administrators, psychologists, educational consultants, psychologists, social workers, as well as speech and language consultants, OT and PT providers.   
    • Nancy Wrobel, Professor of Psychology, Chair, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Using Assessments for Home Planning & Intervention - This will be an interactive session teaching basic 
    • Nicole Addison, CEF/ECEC Parent, Danielle Camardese, Early Childhood Education Center Lead Teacher, Christine Hamstra, Physical Therapist, Oakwood Center For Exceptional Families

  • Using Assessments for Classroom Intervention & Planning 
    • Kathryn Coldren, SLP, Wayne-Westland Schools, Rachel Machnacki, SLP, Wayne-Westland Schools, Nancy Kelly, M.A., OTRL, Wayne-Westland Schools

  • Supporting Students' Literacy Development - Join this session to gather multiple strategies you can use with your readers to teach the Big 5: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Target audience: This presentation will benefit anyone who supports students' literacy development: elementary teachers, families, etc.
    • Danielle L. DeFauw, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn




Registration is non-refundable.  Substitutions can be made by calling and submitting an alternate name no later than February 14, 2014.


College credit and CEUs will not be available at the 2014 conference.


The Fairlane Center North building is located at the UM-Dearborn Fairlane Center campus, 19000 Hubbard Dr., Dearborn  48126.

From the West

Take I-94 east to Southfield (M-39) and exit north. Follow Southfield to the Michigan Ave. (U.S. 12) exit and remain on the service drive going straight past the east and west exits. The next street will be Hubbard Drive.  Turn left on Hubbard Drive. Move immediately into the right lane and turn right into the entrance for the Fairlane Center campus.

From the East

Take I-94 west to Ford. Rd.  (M-153) and remain on the service drive. Turn right on to Hubbard Dr. and remain in the right lane.  Turn right into the entrance to the Fairlane Center campus.

From the South

Take Southfield (M-39) north to the Michigan Ave. exit and remain on the service drive going straight past the east and west exits.  The next street will be Hubbard Drive.  Turn left on Hubbard Drive.  Move immediately into the right lane and turn right into the entrance to the Fairlane Center campus.

From the North

Take Southfield (M-39) south to Ford Road (M-153) and remain on the service drive.  Turn right on to Hubbard Dr. and remain in the right lane.  Turn right into the entrance to the Fairlane Center campus.