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2018 Annual Illinois Developmental Therapy Association Conference

The IDTA is proud to announce our 3rd annual conference exclusively for the developmental therapists in the field. This will be an excellent opportunity to connect with your peers, gain tips to further your practice, honor the achievements of a Developmental Therapist with the Wehman Award of Excellence and celebrate all that has been accomplished in our field. This year's theme will be Make it Work on Monday! Strategies you can implement right away to help improve the lives of the families you serve. So register today, book your hotel room and prepare for a fun and knowledge filled day among your fellow Developmental Therapists.

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved the 2018 IDTA Conference for up to 6 hours of EI credential credit. To see the core knowledge areas in which credit has been awarded please click the link below.

Keynote Presentation:

Touchpoints of Emotional Development in the Early Years

Dr. Joshua Sparrow, MD
Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Recent attention to the brain research of the past 30 years has called attention to the unique opportunities and critical responsibilities for the care and education of young children. However, over-emphasis on “brain stimulation” per se has led to misguided interventions that fail to take into account the central importance of human interaction in the developing brain. Research on emotional development (Brazelton, Emde, Linnert, Stern, Tronick, Weinberg, and others) demonstrates the early opportunities for learning in human interaction, as well as the emotional basis for learning from the beginning of life. 

State regulation, sensory threshold, face-to-face interactions and the model of mutual regulation, social referencing, symbolic thinking, and theory of mind are among the concepts that organize our current understanding of the role of human interaction in early emotional development, and, in turn, of early emotional development as the underpinning for social and cognitive development. These basic processes evolve and continue to be central to the process of engaging in relationships throughout life.

From the beginning of life, parents and professional caregivers can support the efforts of infants and young children to master the challenges of self-regulation, sensory processing, and social interaction – understanding themselves and others. These most basic building blocks for successful learning can only be constructed in the context of children’s relationships, not only in early childhood but through adulthood as well. As a result, our most important gift to them is our humanity, but the emotional availability we need to convey this comes at a personal cost – a contribution that too often goes unrecognized by the rest of the adult world even though a thriving child is the reward.

This presentation will address the EI principles of supporting families in promoting their child’s optimal development and in facilitating the child’s participation in family and community activities, the EI focus on encouraging the active participation of families in the therapeutic process. It will provide a review of the foundations of infant toddler development, from the perspective of the meanings that parents and providers from diverse cultures and communities co-construct of their manifestations.

Breakout Sessions

Learn about the various breakout sessions you will be able to attend by clicking below.

Registration Cost:

Registration cost includes a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Early Intervention Credit will be issued for Keynote Address and Breakout Sessions.

Regular Registration Non-Member: ($95)
Non-Member Traveling from Central/Southern IL: ($85)*
IDTA Members: ($65)
IDTA Member Traveling from Central/Southern, IL: ($55)**
Developmental Therapy Student Non-member: ($55)***
Developmental Therapy Student IDTA Member: ($45)

*Limited to those traveling from the counties in the following CFC areas: 14, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.  (A promo code is required  for this discount please email us at with a request for the code)

**Limited to those IDTA Members traveling from the counties in the following CFC areas: 14, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.  Please obtain your promo code via the discount code page under the member only content section of the IDTA website.

***Developmental Therapy Student must be currently enrolled in a collegiate program to become a Developmental Therapist .  (A promo code is required for this discount please email us at with a request for the code)

Not Yet a Paid Member of the IDTA?

Join now to get your discount on this and future workshops sponsored by the IDTA as well as a variety of other discounts and member benefits. As an added bonus you will receive a free IDTA merchandise item of your choosing when you become a member and also register for our conference on the same day.


Friday, September 14, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM CDT Check-in will begin at 7:00am


Moraine Valley Community College-Main Campus 
9000 W College Parkway
Building M-Conference Center
(Enter from 111th Street)
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Book Your Hotel Room for the Conference Today!

The IDTA has reserved a block of rooms at the beautiful Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge. Only 15 minutes from our conference site. The Marriott offers wonderful amenities and relaxing rooms for your stay. So travel the day before and spend the night before the conference. Share the room with a DT colleague and split the cost to save even more. Last day to book a room at the discounted rate is 8/23/18 so book it today

Make sure to request The Illinois Developmental Therapy Association Room Block at The Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge to receive the discounted rate.

For More Information or to Reserve Online Click Here 

Pre-order Your Official IDTA Merch Before the Conference and SAVE!      

Closing Presentation:

Music Play for ALL Young Children!

Jim Gill

Jim Gill spent twenty years directing programs in music play for families with children with special needs. His unique approach of combining word play and movement opportunities into songs were developed through this work.

In this energizing session Jim will share a number of his creations in music play and discuss the opportunities that such play provides for children of all abilities to participate. Just as importantly, Jim will discuss how music play provides so many opportunities for caring adults to get involved in the play.

Everyone is sure to leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and musical games with the children they love and care for. Even more, they will leave with a renewed excitement about music play as a joyous context for teaching and learning.

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