Joyful Learning: Engage and Advance Young Learners with Significant and Complex Learning Needs | AbleNet, Inc.

Joyful Learning: Engage and Advance Young Learners with Significant and Complex Learning Needs

April 5 | 11:00 AM CDT | 60 minutes

Young learners with significant disabilities – with cognitive and communication difficulties who may also have physical, sensory and behavioral needs – require instructional delivery that maximizes their learning opportunities and minimizes the barriers to attain desired learning outcomes.

This webinar will guide you on how to deliver learning opportunities with a hands-on, playful approach to motivate and sustain learner attention and advance their growth and development in cognitive, language and communication, social-emotional skills.

Presenter Information

Presenter: Padmaja Saraty, Author & Educational Consultant

Relevant Financial Relationship: Padmaja is self-employed at her non-profit Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE).

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Padmaja has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Presenter Biography:

Padmaja is an educational consultant and author with expertise in the fields of early childhood and special education, inspiring educators through her webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at conferences globally. She has graduate degrees in special education, educational diagnostics, and political science.

Padmaja has written multiple books and mini-guides focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood, mindfulness practices, special ed legal compliance. Early on, she was a diagnostician and has served as special education supervisor in Texas school district. Learn more at

She is the founder/president of a nonprofit called Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE ( mission is to empower parents/caregivers and early childhood educators with hands-on strategies to enrich children and put them on a positive school and life trajectory.

Session Information


  • Introduction – Addressing the Needs of Young Learners with Significant and Diverse Needs.
    (5 minutes)

  • Overview of UDL Principles and DEC recommended practices (5 minutes).

  • Illustration of Hands-on and Joyful Instructional Delivery - Language, Cognitive and Social-Emotional Activities: Engage and Sustain to Advance
    (40 minutes)

  • Summary - Conclusion and Q and A. (10 minutes)

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify strategies to tap into the strengths and needs of young learners with significant and diverse learning needs
  • Identify child-specific personalized supports applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and incorporating Division for Early Childhood (DEC) recommended practices.
  • Deliver hands-on and joyful instruction to engage and advance cognitive, communication and social-emotional growth and development of young learners with significant needs.

Cost: Free

Audience: Assistants, Early Career Professionals, Related Professionals, International Affiliates, Speech-language Pathologists

Topic Area: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language and Learning in School-Age Individuals

ASHA CEU Information

ASHA CEU Requirements: Must complete the post webinar assessment with 80% accuracy. Unlimited attempts are allowed. Partial credit is not available. The Assessment must be completed within one week of the end of the session. (End of Day - 4/12/23)

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