Live Webinars

  1. AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Adapted & Online Curriculum

    January 21, 2020 | 12:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

    Part 1 or a 3 part-series

    For students with significant intellectual disabilities and physical and/or complex communication needs, the classroom has a multitude of barriers to learning. With AEM, AAC and other Assistive Technologies available, educators have often pieced together opportunities for "participation". Several publishers and manufacturers have been creating universally designed curriculum from the ground up approach.

    This webinar will include a brief introduction of what a curriculum should entail and what we should be looking for in an accessible and universally designed curriculum when we are talking about students who have a first disability in the intellectual realm. There will be overviews of several curricular options.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Kelly Fonner, MS

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    complex cognitive needs | augmentative and alternative communicaiton (aac) evaluations | assistive technology | adapted curriculum |

  2. AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Communication Supports

    February 11, 2020 | 12:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

    Part 2 of a 3-part series

    Communication implementation supports at home or school don’t come with a download. Whether your child is using a free or simple AAC App or one that is complex or costs hundreds of dollars, child and partner strategies probably aren’t as easy as the click to “install” button. This session will take you through five steps to AAC success that are used in real classrooms and at home. These strategies have been blended from a variety of implementation approaches and updated for today’s AAC apps.

    Step 1) Have a Plan> This webinar will begin with an overview of different classroom-based implementation strategies available, giving you a foundation of choice for your students. [su_spacer 
    Step 2) Everybody On-board> We will review all the classroom stakeholders who make “and/or break” the implementation of AAC in the classroom. How to bring them around and, how you can 
    Step 3) Teaching Communication> Everyone needs to know where the student is headed communicatively, not just the SLP. Using AAC needs to be taught during a real activity in a classroom setting, not just at a table being fed to touch a button. 
    Steps 4&5) well, you just have to join the webinar and find out.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Kelly Fonner, MS

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    complex cognitive needs | augmentative and alternative communicaiton (aac) evaluations | assistive technology | aac apps |

  3. AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Behavior Supports

    February 25, 2020 | 12:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

    Part 3 of a 3-part series
     
    During this fast-paced presentation we will explore the features of behavior and memory support tools being used with students and adults with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive and learning disabilities, as well as an intervention for people who have sustained a head injury. They can be used for creating schedules, task supports, behavior cards and other visual strategies. We will demonstrate the features that should be considered during assessment and selection of schedule and task supports.
     
    This session is not about what product we think is the best, this is about sorting through the options available so that you can be more informed when making decisions.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Kelly Fonner, MS

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    developmental disabilities | complex cognitive needs | cognitive and learning disabilities | behavior supports | autism spectrum disorder |

  4. Beyond the Slideshow- Using Google Slides

    March 5, 2020 | 3:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

    Google Slides has become a tool that is available in almost every classroom. How do we use it to go beyond simply presenting information?  This session will look at Google Slides add-on tools, built in features, and ways to create engaging classroom activities all with this readily available tool.   

    Participants will learn how to change the size of Slides, create custom templates, build move-able activities for students, and make their slides more accessible.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Cassie Frost, M.Ed

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    google slides | engaging classroom activities | add-on tools |

  5. Creative Story-telling and Story-building Strategies to Build Attention, Self-regulation and Imagination of Young Learners

    March 25, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST | 60 minutes

    Captivate young learners with creative use of highly motivating story-telling and story-building strategies to enhance their attention and self-regulation skills. This webinar session will illustrate how to use these story-based activities to stimulate language development, nurture executive function skills and build imagination and creativity of young learners in pre-k, kindergarten and early elementary settings. A selection of popular and colorful picture books to serve as anchors to support the activities will be discussed.

     

    A diverse array of individualized and child-specific adaptations and supports based on UDL principles to facilitate active participation of all learners, inclusive of those with significant and complex needs will be included.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author & Educational Consultant

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    universal design for learning (udl) | story-telling | story-building | self-regulation | language development |

  6. Play Games, Role-Play, Drama and Movement Activities to Build the Brain

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

    Play games to hook young learners onto learning and create a joyful learning environment. Games, role-play, drama and movement activities are not only highly engaging and fun for children but they help to build their brains, strengthen attention, self-regulation and social skills of young learners. They also help to reduce their stress levels. This webinar session will discuss how to use a variety of games and role-play activities in early childhood and elementary settings and how to link them with instructional content (language, math and science vocabulary and concepts).

     

    When children are engaged in play, they have an opportunity to make plans, and then to adjust those plans in response to what happens while playing the game, exercising executive function skills ––inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, and working memory. This session will present a variety of games (e.g., Simon Says, GoNoGo, Musical Chairs with a Twist, Charades, Twenty Questions, etc.) and how to embed them within instructional activities and routines to stimulate and strengthen new neural connections and foster executive function.

    Cost:   Free
    Presenter:  

    Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author & Educational Consultant

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    stress reduction | strengthen attention | social skills | self-regulation | executive function |

  7. Unleashing the Power of UDL: Top Digital Tools for the Inclusive Classroom!

    April 15, 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. & Chris Wenger, CCC-SLP

    Level:  

    Beginner

    Keywords

    universal design for learning (udl) | inclusive classroom | digital tools for inclusive classrooms |