Our work begins here at the University of Florida and extends far beyond our state and nation. As global partners, faculty in the Anita Zucker Center share their knowledge through meetings with colleagues and presentations at organizations in many countries. Their reach offers resources to families and tools to practitioners who are supporting children’s development and early learning.

Reaching Globally to Support Early Childhood Needs

We share our work and knowledge worldwide through research collaborations and many invited presentations at international conferences and meetings. Recent and upcoming faculty presentations include:

  • Capacity building workshop for WHO Caregiver Skills Training Adaptation, Sept. 2016, Zambia
  • Early Childhood Intervention Australia National Conference, Sept. 2016, Melbourne, Australia
  • International Society on Early Intervention Conference, June 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
  • European Conference of Developmental Psychology, September 2015, Braga, Portugal
  • American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Aug. 2015, Toronto, Canada
  • Beijing International Inclusion Conference, July 2015, Beijing, China
  • Capacity building workshop for WHO Caregiver Skills Training Program pilot studies, April 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

Collaborations with colleagues abroad support the implementation of embedded instruction practices. From 2012 – 2015, researchers provided training and workshops in Embedded Instruction for Early Learning in New Zealand, Australia, Portugal and Turkey. In their work with others worldwide, Anita Zucker Center researchers strive to maintain the fidelity of embedded instruction practices while also supporting culturally and contextually appropriate ways of implementing the practice.

Helping Others to Help Families Around the World

Brian Reichow, an associate professor in the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, is collaborating with colleagues from around the world to develop services to families worldwide in areas lacking much-needed support services. His belief in a better life for children with autism and for their families has taken Brian Reichow from his office at the University of Florida to the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. His technical expertise will help finalize an open-source parent skills training program for caregivers who have a child with a developmental disability.