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The Silent Garden

Scarlett's Park

Past Conferences

 Andrea, Paul, and Heather

Conference Chair, Andrea DaSilva Perez; Founder of The Silent Garden, Paul Ogden; Distinguished Scarlett’s Park Lecturer, Heather Lightfoot Withrow

Inaugural Scarlett’s Park Conference Focusing on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children with Special Needs

Conference Details

Date: Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Heather Lightfoot Withrow

Keynote Address: Lessons from a Family Looking for Their Groove When Everyone is Unique

Parents’ Panel: Jeanne Glad, Evelyn Pena, Mary Slotnick, George Walker

Deaf Plus Panel: Five Deaf Adults Share their life experiences

Workshop Presenters and Workshop Titles

Barbara Blakeslee - Transitions

Kimberly Coy - Universal Design for Learning

Rachel Narr - Educational Choices

Nancy Eddy - Deaf Plus Adults

Natasha Kordus - Does this Diagnosis Matter?

Evelyn Peña - Qualities of Raising a Deaf Child w/ Unique Abilities in a Latino Household

Nancy Eddy - An Adoptive Mother's Journey

Sean Virnig - Education Policy Pathways for Deaf Plus Children

The Second Annual Scarlett's Park Conference focusing on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children with Autism

Conference Details:

Date: September 27 & 28, 2019


Keynote Presentations: 

  1. Won't you be my neighbor? How Mister Rogers' Neighborhood can give us the answers we need to support children who are Deaf and have Autism by Christen A. Szymanski

  2. Be Their Advocate: Amplifying the Needs of Your DHH Child with ASD by Rosangela Jaech

  3. Red Flags: The Presentation of ASD in Children who are DHH & Considerations for Support and Intervention by Amy Szarkowski

  4. Opening the Door that Got Stuck: Exploring Pathways of Communication for Children on the Autism Spectrum by Jeffery S. Bravin

  5. Understanding the DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism and Best Practice Assessment Guidelines by Holly Miller

  6. Evidence-based Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Karen Wilson

Conference Details:

Date: September 24 & 25, 2021

Speakers and presentations:

Scarlett's Park Speakers

Stephanie W. Cawthon
"Deaf students with learning disabilities: Considering root causes in the design of supportive learning environments"

Peter C. Hauser
"Deaf Neurodiversity"

M. Natasha Kordus
"Unpacking learning disabilities: What really works with Deaf and Hard of Hearing kids"

Jennifer Labriola-Megee
"How to embrace reading and math challenges and make literacy-based learning work in the classrooms with students that have learning disabilities"

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