Two professionals to speak at Early Childhood Development Conference

Imua Family Services will host its third annual Early Childhood Development Conference on Friday and Saturday.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in the University of Hawaii Maui College in the ‘Ike Lea building, Room 144, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium.

Speaker Margaret A. Fish will be joined by Maui’s own Dr. Gabrielle Galler-Rimm.

The first full day in the workshop series will be taught by Margaret A. Fish, a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Ill.

She has 30 years of clinical experience working with children with severe speech-sound disorders, language impairments and social language challenges.

Her workshop, titled “Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS),” will focus on the critical elements of a thorough motor speech evaluation that support making a differential diagnosis in children with suspected childhood apraxia of speech, and the majority of the workshop will be devoted to maximizing treatment effectiveness for children with CAS.

The second-day presenter will be Galler-Rimm, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician working in private practice in Makawao. She has 23 years of clinical experience working with children with developmental and behavioral difficulties. Much of her clinical focus is centered on the evaluation and treatment of children with autism.

The Early Childhood Development Conference is open to teachers, parents, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators, early interventionists, mental health professionals, health care professionals, behavioral specialists, skills trainers and other paraprofessionals or caregivers who work with children or adults with sensory processing difficulties and children with special needs.

The cost for the conference is $155.

The cost for teachers, members of the state Department of Education and teachers traveling from other islands is $75.

For more information, visit or call 244-7467. Registration can be completed online at