Early Childhood Education Conference

Workshop H


Welcoming a Child with Special Needs

This workshop will help give caretakers the confidence to welcome a child with special needs into their programs.  This workshop explores the challenges of working with children with special needs, resources to help educate staff and families, the Americans with Disabilities Act, IEP’s, IFSP’s, and expectations of teachers and programs for meeting the needs of children with special needs.  

     Core of Knowledge:  2.0 Clock Hours of Special Needs

Randi Albertsen, has a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A from Loyola University in Maryland.  Ms. Albertsen has worked in ECE settings for over 30 years.  Her experience ranges from school age care group leader, childcare center senior staff, family childcare provide, and public school Kindergarten and third grade teacher.  For the past 20 years, she has been a trainer in Maryland.  Ms. Albertsen owns Innovations in Education, LLC.  Her company provides training and counseling services to the early childhood community.  Ms. Albertsen has also served as a validator for the Maryland State Department of Education’s accreditation program.  She has served on a variety of local and statewide committees to support high quality early education initiatives.