Live Webinars

  1. Switch Access Beyond Cause and Effect: Stepping Stones for Effective Learning - Part 3

    June 9, 2020 | 12:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

    Teaching switch access for the most severely involved students often focuses on single switch cause and effect games used over and over with little variation. Even though there are existing guidelines, educators and therapists may find it challenging to locate or create effective resources to teach the motor cognitive skills of learning switch access. What strategies and software features move students beyond cause effect and engage their brains in active learning? How can learning to use two switches without an element of timing put the child in control and provide opportunities for active problem-solving?

    This webinar series will clarify strategies for engaging the child's brain in the development of motor/cognitive learning and encourage problem-solving skills through the use of two switches. Examples of available resources, software, apps and websites that support the early steps of the Stepping Stones to Switch Access Process (Burkhart) will be shared.

    Part 3 of this series will focus on how to move individuals from "two switches, two functions" to learning to step-scan (failure-free with feedback).

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Linda Burkhart and Fio Quinn, M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    switch access | motor/cognitive learning | cause and effect | active problem solving |

  2. Starting at the Beginning: Case Study Illustrating Positioning, Access, and AT Applications With a Very Young Child

    July 7, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    In this webinar, we will explore an in-depth case study of a very young child. The journey begins with initial positioning equipment, other needed ADL and positioning equipment, and determining initial switch access for early exploration. The journey continues with applying optimal positioning and access to play, participation, communication, and mobility.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

    Level:  

    Beginner/Intermediate

    Keywords

    switch access | positioning | mobility | adl and positioning equipment | access to communication |

  3. Managing Behavior in a Technology Rich Environment

    July 23, 2020 | 10:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    Technology is a powerful tool and one that is available in most classrooms today.  However, along with technology comes increased concerns about managing behaviors in regards to screen time, engagement, and appropriate technology use.  

    How do you navigate the wide variety of tools that are available to figure out which will work best in your classroom to increase students' time on task, participation, and access to content?  This session will start with a look at how behaviors have changed with the introduction of technology and then move into tools for self-monitoring time on task, increasing student engagement, and providing more access to the content you are teaching.  

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Cassie Frost, M.Ed

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    student self-monitoring time on task | managing screen time | managing behaviors | increase student time on task | appropriate us of technology | access to curriculum |

  4. Positive Approaches to Addressing Problem Behaviors of Students with Severe Disabilities – Part 1

    August 6, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    Problem behaviors interfere with student learning, educational advancement, interactions with peers and adults and school success. This webinar session, augmented with multiple scenarios of students experiencing challenging behaviors, will demonstrate: 1) proactive strategies for adapting the environment so triggering events are removed; 2) teaching new skills to the student that will replace problem behaviors; and 3) maximizing clear rewards for appropriate behavior.

     

    Depicting student-specific scenarios, this webinar session will illustrate positive, proactive, and functional behavior intervention strategies to be implemented across situations and settings.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author & Educational Consultant

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    replace problem behaviors | environment adaptation | behavior intervention strategies |

  5. Fun Activities using Technology to Develop and Conduct a Safety Fair

    August 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM CST | 45 minutes

    This presentation will feature a specially designed safety fair to help students with special needs learn about safety and to share this information with classmates and the community. The students used technology and assistive devices to develop their topics and to present at the fair.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Mary Hager, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Level:  

    Beginner/Intermediate

    Keywords

    safety fair | presentation development | assistive technology |

  6. Online and face-to-face - They want me to do what? Thriving in a blended learning classroom

    September 9, 2020 | 2:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

    Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Jennifer Courduff, Ph.D. & Sarah Orton

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    universal design for learning (udl) | online instruction | inclusive classroom | blended classroom |

  7. Positive Approaches to Addressing Problem Behaviors of Students with Severe Disabilities – Part 2

    September 29, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    Problem behaviors interfere with student learning, educational advancement, interactions with peers and adults and school success. This webinar session, augmented with multiple scenarios of students experiencing challenging behaviors, will demonstrate: 1) proactive strategies for adapting the environment so triggering events are removed; 2) teaching new skills to the student that will replace problem behaviors; and 3) maximizing clear rewards for appropriate behavior.

     

    Depicting student-specific scenarios, this webinar session will illustrate positive, proactive, and functional behavior intervention strategies to be implemented across situations and settings.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author & Educational Consultant

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    replace problem behaviors | environment adaptation | behavior intervention strategies |

  8. Promoting Access, Engagement and Learning Success for Students with Severe Disabilities

    October 7, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    Educators frequently struggle how best to meet the significant and complex needs of students with severe and multiple disabilities. This webinar session will present techniques and tools (applying Universal Design for Learning Principles) to transform the instructional content, delivery and the student response mode to help students attain meaningful academic and functional life skills.

     

    Get guidance on how to minimize the impact of the barriers imposed by communication, cognition, motor and behavioral difficulties and maximize desirable learning outcomes with appropriate student-specific techniques, tools, and assistive technology. Engage and enable the learner in accessing the curriculum and make progress and develop increased competence towards independence.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author & Educational Consultant

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    universal design for learning (udl) | students with severe disabilities | learning outcomes | functional life skills |

  9. Starting Over: Case Study Illustrating Positioning, Access, and AT Applications With a Young Adult

    December 8, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    In this webinar, we will explore an in-depth case study of a young adult. This young man was successful in using a speech generating device and power wheelchair in the past, but that was several years ago. Re-evaluation and on-going intervention were needed to provide a re-start and restore functional communication and mobility.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

    Level:  

    Beginner/Intermediate

    Keywords

    speech generating device (sgd) | power mobility | positioning | mobility | access to communication |

  10. Time for a Change: Case Study Illustrating a Complex Child Who Has Plateaued in AT Use

    December 15, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    This case study features a child who has significant visual and cognitive impairments as well as significant sensory needs. This webinar will explore how her team successfully moved her from perseverative switch activations to functional switch use for communication.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

    Level:  

    Beginner/Intermediate

    Keywords

    visual and cognitive impairments | switch use for communication | significant sensory needs | access to communication |