2017 PHSA Conference Keynote Speaker

Suzanne A. Milbuorne, PhD, OTR/L

Senior Research Advancement Associate,

University of Delaware

Wednesday, April 19th


Together is Better! Environmental Teaching Practices to Support ALL Children’s Participation

Participation happens when a child successfully engages in a routine or activity with only the amount of adult support as needed by most children. ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES impact participation indirectly by modifying or adapting the structural environment rather than by directly targeting skill development. Learn about the foundations of environmental teaching practices, how they support participation and discover a practical tool designed to aid educators to promote the participation of all children in the full early childhood curriculum.

About Dr. Milbourne:

Dr. Milbourne is the co-author of the highly regarded and award-winning CARA’s Kit for Preschoolers (2007), its companion 2012 Toddler version and the TAM Technology Fan for Young Children (2006).  Dr. Milbourne serves as the Director for the Delaware Early Childhood Assistive Technology Demonstration (DECATD) five-year, federally funded project awarded in January 2013 to the University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies.  Trained as an occupational therapist, and trained in providing supports to children with disabilities in inclusive child care and preschool settings, she has over 18 years of experience in designing and providing professional development programs, establishing and implementing innovative service projects, and research and evaluation. Dr. Milbourne launched a volunteer initiative called fabricATe that engages lay community members as “makers” of no- and low-technology solutions for individuals with disabilities. She has extensive teaching experience on the topics of inclusion, adaptations, assistive technology, universal design and human-environment-behavior interactions.