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ECHO: Project SCOPE provides ongoing resources and support to identify and train practitioners in current and emerging knowledge and evidence-based promising practices in screening, monitoring, and care for children diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) or neonatal opiate withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), or who are suspected of being impacted by opioid use and related trauma exposure.

Network participants include individuals in the early childhood workforce, such as early childcare providers in home and/or center-based settings, Early Intervention and Head Start teams, developmental specialists, service coordinators, speech-language pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists.

ECHO: Project SCOPE is a partnership with the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
For more information, visit the Project SCOPE website.


Sessions are on Mondays, bi-weekly,
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MST /
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
via Zoom video conferencing technology.


Learning Topics - Spring 2019

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions*
Registrants will receive session handouts and materials prior to the scheduled meeting time.

February 25

Self-Reflective Practice and Self-Care Techniques

This session will introduce trauma-informed care and how it connects to self-care to manage triggers.

Mary Vicario, LPCC-S
Certified Trauma Specialist; Founder & Director, Finding Hope Consulting, LLC

March 11

Addiction and Treatment

This session will provide background information on process of addiction and current treatment for pregnant women and mothers.

Krisanna Deppen, MD
Medical Director, Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center

March 25

What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?

This session will introduce brain development and outcomes of typically developing newborns and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) newborns.

Kathy Wedig-Stevie, MD
Medical Director & Neonatologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

 April 8

Having Difficult Conversations

This session will focus on having difficult conversations with parents struggling with addiction in relation to their own treatment or in regard to concerns about their children. The stigma of addiction will also be discussed.

Sue Meeks, Stacy Lee, and Kristin Kerwin
Athens County Nurse Navigators

April 22

Monitoring Child Development and Linking to Services

This session will provide an introduction of developmental monitoring materials ("Learn the Signs. Act Early.") and resources to support children and families

Andrea Witwer, PhD; Director of Training, Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University
Steph Weber, PsyD; Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

May 6

Trauma: How it All Connects

This session will focus on understanding trauma and trauma-informed care. We will also reflect on shifting paradigm to understand emotions in context of trauma-exposed children.

Michelle Roley-Roberts, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University

 May 20

Impacts of Trauma on Development: Language Development and Sensory Concerns

The purpose of this session is to explore speech/language and sensory concerns in children who have been prenatally exposed to opioids and/or trauma. Participants will discuss three speech, language, executive function, and/or sensory concerns in children who have been prenatally exposed to opioids and/or trauma; implement three evidence-based strategies to target language, cognition, and sensory development in young children who have been prenatally exposed to opioids and/or trauma.

Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD, SLP-CCC; Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

June 3

Community Needs

This session will be a facilitated discussion about the need for training and support. Participants will be able to discuss impact and implemented strategies.

Canyon Hardesty, MS, CHES and Eric Moody, PhD
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

*Session Registration*


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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2977


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