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Parenting Series: Spotting developmental differences in children and where to turn Wednesday, January 9

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Parenting Series: Spotting developmental differences in children and where to turn Part of the parenting series

  • Date: January 9, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Price: FREE
    This is a free event.

About one in seven children born in the United States have a developmental delay ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental differences, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. Come for an engaging conversation about how to spot differences in your child and help them do their best with what is available.

Barb Walti

Barb received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Ohio University.  She taught fourth grade for part of her career.   In 1985 she began teaching in a church based community preschool in Indianapolis, where she raised four children with her husband.   She’s been in love with early childhood development and education ever since.  She then earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Indiana University and a second Masters Degree in School Administration from Northern Illinois University.

Early Childhood Experiences:

Church based Community preschool teacher

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in Indiana and Illinois

Created wrap around preschool programming in elementary schools in Indianapolis

Wrote a chapter for a book published by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

Director of Child Development Center at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis

Trainer of Early Childhood Curriculum/Classroom Environments in Lake County schools

Coordinator of Early Childhood Assessment Teams at SEDOL for 9 years where teams evaluated children coming from Early Intervention programming and Public School Preschool Screenings

Developmental Therapist in Early Intervention for 20 years

Maria Ruez

Maria began her career as a special education teacher and then became a school psychologist in 1983.  She worked as a bilingual psychologist in Florida, Texas, Illinois and Japan.  She has worked with students from preschool to high school, and for the last 17 years she has been primarily working with preschool students doing initial evaluations for children exiting the early childhood program or children referred through Child Find.  For 14 years she worked at the special education district of Lake County (SEDOL) and for the last three years she has worked at Lincoln Early Learning Center that serves preschool children from Mundelein District 75, Hawthorn District 73 and Fremont District 79.




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