Keynote Speakers

Rune J. Simeonsson - Professor of School Psychology and Applied Developmental Science and Special Education, University of North Carolina, USA.
Simeonsson’s scholarship addresses the role of developmental disabilities and disorders on children’s health, education and well-being. He is involved in international work with universities, UNICEF, and government ministries on issues related to children’s rights, assessment and classification of childhood disability and their implementation in policy and practice.

Dale Farran - Professor, Specialty in Poverty and Intervention, Dept. of Psychology & Human Development, Antonio and Anita Gotto Chair, Dept. of Teaching & Learning, Interim Director, Peabody Research Institute, USA. Professor Farran has been involved in research and intervention for high-risk children and youth for all of her professional career with a focus on early intervention for children at risk for school failure due to poverty and/or disabilities, transition to school, observational methodologies, early language and mathematics development.

Ana Isabel Pinto - Professor in Psychology, University of Porto, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Portugal. Principal investigator of several national and international research projects in the areas of early child development, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and Special needs education, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology and by the Gulbenkian Foundation. Professor Pinto leads an action-research project on ECI as part of the Portuguese National Early Childhood Intervention System (NECIS), implementing supervision, professional development and evaluation of practices. She has been collaborating in national and international research projects on child engagement and participation.

Juan Bornman – Professor in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria as well as a professor at University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her research focuses on AAC and severe disability. She has a special interest in the development of a functional approach towards disability and communication rehabilitation within a positivist, asset-based framework, particularly in the context of a developing country. Professor Bornman is involved in studies of children’s rights and inclusive education.

Christine Imms - Professor of Occupational Therapy, inaugural National Head of School of Allied Health and founding Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR)länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster, Australia. Her research is aimed at optimising the participation of people with childhood onset disability in everyday life, with a primary focus on children and youth with cerebral palsy. Her current work includes being third CI on an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence – Cerebral Palsy, and an NHMRC Partnership project aimed at improving the participation of youth with physical impairments in physical activity.

Samuel Odom – Samuel L. Odom, PhD, is Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, USA. His research has addressed topics related to early childhood inclusion and preschool readiness although most of his current research focuses on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent research articles have addressed the efficacy of a variety of focused intervention approaches (e.g., peer-mediated interventions, sibling-mediated interventions, parent-mediated approach to promote children’s joint attention, independent work systems approach to promote learning) for children with ASD.

Ai-Wen Hwang – Dr Hwang is a registered physiotherapist and associate professor of Early Intervention at the Graduate Institute of Early Intervention at Chang Gung University, Taiwan. Her research focus on participation of young children with disabilities and their living environments, such family and preschool. Dr Hwang has published extensively in refereed journals. Her current work includes applications of ICF-CY in planning and evaluating interventions, developing and testing assessment instruments focusing on participation and implementing and evaluating preschool based interventions focused on participation.

Eric Hodges - Dr. Hodges is an Associate Professor in the UNC School of Nursing, USA. His research focuses on the role of caregiver/infant-toddler dyadic responsiveness during feeding in the development of the young child's self-regulation of feeding, with a primary interest in the area of early childhood obesity prevention. The goal of his work is to understand developmental trajectories in this area from infancy through toddlerhood, with more recent research into influences of this period on later childhood. His studies have primarily involved longitudinal data. Dr. Hodges is also the Director of the Biobehavioral Lab (BBL) Core Facility at UNC School of Nursing, specializing in addressing the interface of biological and psychosocial factors that underlie individual responses to acute and chronic illnesses.

Scientific Committee for Researcher's Conference:
professor Mats Granlund, associate professor Lena Almqvist, associate professor Margareta Adolfsson, associate professor Maria Björk (all members of the CHILD research environment).

The Working Conference is financed by the Swedish Research Council and CHILD.


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