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Monday (Dianne)

Monday (Dianne)
Dianne - Mon Jul 19, 2010 @ 05:51AM
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We arrived at the Omni Center, greeted by a film crew on the front steps (of course this makes all of us nervous -- especially when we see how large the lights are -- like we need something to make us hotter!). We found our way to Lubov's office and started the usual "discussion" of how the week would flow. After deciding to continue the planning at a later time, we went downstairs to start the conference.  Jackie VanLenkveld from Canada was our first speaker.  Jackie, whose family is from Ukraine, gave the majority of each presentation in Ukraininan.  One of the translators leaned over the me and said she was doing a good job -- congrats Jackie. Participants were attentive, enjoyed the great door prizes, and asked some questions.  The group asked to work through lunch so they could get out earlier (remind me to pack some food tomorrow!).  Our afternoon session was Becky Roth from Alaska.  Becky's presentation and wonderful videos were on a Mac.  Here was our first discovery of the day -- Ukrainian projectors do not talk to Macs!  So folks moved closed to the front to watch three great videos on the laptop screen -- we are nothing if not adaptable! Participants really seemed interested in the topic of video self-modeling and asked lots of questions.  I was really pleased because there was no previous knowledge about video self-modeling.  Becky and Jackie are both going to work with individuals and small groups of folks from the remainder of the week.  We'll let you know how those groups go.

A small group approached Jason and Kelly and described a program they started for children with autism after the last conference.  We are going to visit that program on Wednesday afternoon.  I am excited to see their efforts, and so very honored that they were inspired by our conference last year.  May God continue to work on behalf of the children, families and professional serving those families in Ukraine! 

Dianne Koontz Lowman, Ed.D.

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