I have presented on a number of topics however most of my presentations center on our family's journey with Aiden and Apert syndrome. Please contact me at tarynskees[at] if you are interested in sharing a message about overcoming challenges or educating your group about differences. I can also tailor my message based on our experiences to any audience.

  • Becoming That Family: Learning to Live (and Love) Our Special Needs Life
    Norton Healthcare Leadership Conference - KY Fairgrounds - 400+ in attendance

  • Understanding Differences and the Importance of Choosing Kind
    KY Family Resource and Youth Services Centers Victory Over Violence Conference
    2015: Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY; 30+ in attendance
    2016: Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY; 30 in attendance

  • Guest Speaker, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentucky Annual Meeting
    The Olmstead - Louisville, KY; 120+ in attendance

  • Apert Syndrome and Family Centered Care @ Bellarmine University - Louisville, KY
    Bellarmine Association of Nursing Students (BANS); 70+ in attendance

  • Apert Syndrome and Occupational Therapy @ Spalding University - Louisville, KY
    Occupational Therapy Graduate Program; 40+ in attendance

  • Apert Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment, Outcomes @ Oldham County High School
    LaGrange, KY; 25 in attendance

  • Teaching Children About Differences
    + St. Bernadette - Adult Faith Formation - Prospect, KY; 100+ in attendance
    + St. John MOPS group - Prospect, KY - 45 in attendance
    + Northside Christian Church - New Albany, IN - 20 in attendance

  • Informational Session about apertOWL @ Prospect Rotary Club; 50+ in attendance

  • "Choose Kind" Presentations - School assemblies and/or classroom discussions centered on the fiction novel Wonder, about a boy with a craniofacial condition similar to Aidens, and why kindness is so important

    + Goshen Elementary School - Prospect, KY - 3rd-5th grade assembly
    + Beechgrove Elementary School – Beechgrove, KY - school-wide assembly K-5
    + Holy Family Parish – New Albany, IN - Religious Ed program grades 1-5
    + Grantline Elementary – New Albany, IN - 3rd grade class
    + Stephens Elementary – Burlington, KY - 4-5th grade assembly
    + Cartmel Elementary – Carrollton, KY - Teacher Staff meeting
    + St. Bernadette Catholic Church – Prospect, KY - Religious Ed program grades 1-5
    + North Harrison Elementary - Ramsey, IN - school-wide assembly K-5
    + Taylor Mill Elementary - Taylor Mill, KY - 3rd grade class
    + St. Patrick's Church - Taylor Mill, KY - Religious Ed program grades K-8
    + Westport Middle School - Louisville, KY - 6th grade classes 2015, 2016
    + Thornewild Elementary School - Hebron, KY - 3rd-5th grade assembly

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