December 04, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

AAC Evaluations

AAC Evaluations may seem daunting and time consuming. There are several steps involved from start to finish. When should I recommend an AAC Evaluation? How do I know when to move from low tech to high tech? How can I streamline my evaluation process? What should I know about report writing? Participants will learn helpful tools and strategies to support conducting AAC evaluations from trials to device submission.

During this webinar we will:
  • Investigate and dispel AAC myths involving AAC evaluations
  • Investigate and Identify at least 3 resources helpful to conducting effective AAC evaluations
  • Identify at least 3 parts of a successful device submission report

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Rachell Johnson

Rachell Johnson

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

Rachell Johnson has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Speech Pathology from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and a Masters in Communication Disorders (MCD) from the University Of South Carolina School Of Public Health.

Rachell has 14 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and has worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011. I served as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioned to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program as well as a consultant for the MN Technology for Home Grant. This led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association and working as an AT Team Lead for a school district. I enjoy teaching, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference, 6 times from 2013-2018 as well as at a host of other AT symposiums and webinars. Working with eye-gaze users of all ages is just one of my interests and specialty areas under the umbrella of AT.

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December 11, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

I Have A Device, Now What?

There is often a lot of emphasis placed on the AAC evaluation and everything leading up to obtaining a device and not enough thought about what’s next. In this presentation, session participants will get ideas, tools, and strategies for treatment plans, fostering independent device users, and for participating in school literacy and curriculum goals.

During this webinar we will:
  • Investigate and dispel AAC myths involving AAC treatment
  • Identify and Investigate at least 3 helpful treatment strategies
  • Identify at least 3 ways to use AAC beyond requesting

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Rachell Johnson

Rachell Johnson

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

Rachell Johnson has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Speech Pathology from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and a Masters in Communication Disorders (MCD) from the University Of South Carolina School Of Public Health.

Rachell has 14 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and has worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011. I served as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioned to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program as well as a consultant for the MN Technology for Home Grant. This led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association and working as an AT Team Lead for a school district. I enjoy teaching, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference, 6 times from 2013-2018 as well as at a host of other AT symposiums and webinars. Working with eye-gaze users of all ages is just one of my interests and specialty areas under the umbrella of AT.

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January 14, 2020, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Get Your Motor Running

As public educators, acting as the cartographers of skill acquisition can be a grueling endeavor. Many of the students whom we serve are faced with significant physical, emotional, medical, and cognitive challenges. When navigating the path towards the final destination, the concept of motor planning cannot be ignored. In fact, plotting the course to include motor planning and possibly neuro-motor re-education as part of the itinerary may make your journey more effective and productive.

Join us as we examine tips to develop, recognize, and fine tune motor planning to help your students gain access to their environments. The concepts of motor planning and neuromuscular re-education will be examined along with their importance on developing points of utilization for individuals to increase access to communication, environmental controls, and mobility.

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Nicole Wingate

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Nicole Wingate

M.A. CCC-SLP

Nicole is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor's of science degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and a master's in speech-language pathology. She has worked in a school setting for 18 years. She is passionate about optimizing her students' communication abilities so that they may become competent communicators. Nicole has co-presented at PATINS, Indiana Principal's Association, Indiana AAC Summit, OCALICON and AAC in the Cloud. Nicole has had guest posts on the AAC Language Lab and PrAACtical AAC.

Angela Sheets

Angela Sheets

Interventions Teacher

Angela is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in special education. She has taught elementary intense interventions for 18 years. She is passionate about designing access for all students to meet their greatest potential. She is also a parent of a child who has cerebral palsy, who is an assistive tech user. Angela has co-presented at PATINS, Indiana Principal's Association, Indiana AAC Summit, and AAC in the Cloud. In addition, she has served two years on the ISTAR Content Review Panel and has had guest posts on the AAC Language Lab and PrAACtical AAC.

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January 21, 2020, 12:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

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

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.

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Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

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February 11, 2020, 12:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Communication Supports

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.
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 see it their way.
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.

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Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

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February 25, 2020, 12:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Behavior Supports

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.

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Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

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March 05, 2020, 03:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Beyond the Slideshow- Using Google Slides

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.

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Cassie Frost

Cassie Frost

M.Ed

Cassie Frost, M.Ed has been in the special education field for 14 years. She has taught in a variety of settings, including a residential treatment facility, an alternative middle/high school, and the public school system. Cassie’s focus has been on behaviors and emotions and how those can affect progress through the educational system. Her background in behavior and emotional needs of the individual student have lead her to look at technology and assistive technology in a unique way. Cassie is currently a full-time Assistive Technology Specialist in the public school system.

Cassie consults with students and adults in the area of behavior and assistive technology to identify and design systems of support that enable independence and improved emotional and behavioral outcomes. Cassie has provided training at the state and national level, including Closing the Gap, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She has experience working with individual districts as well as presenting at local, state, and national conferences focusing on assistive technology, social and emotional learning, and special education.

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March 25, 2020, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

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

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.

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Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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April 08, 2020, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

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

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.

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Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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April 15, 2020, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

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

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.

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Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is a Professor in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is the Research and Developments Chair of ISTE TEN. Dr. Courduff advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities within ISTE and presents strategies for supporting assistive technology at APU, through ISTE, and with AbleNetU. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Chris Wenger

Chris Wenger

CCC-SLP

Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an AT/AAC certificate from West End Selpa. He has a broad experience in working with technology integration for individuals with special needs.

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