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February 22, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 45-minutes

Executive Function Series: Session 1 Building Memory and Focus – for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive Function Series: Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 1: Remembering the information required to completing a task, and sustaining attention during a particular activity are skills that learners require to be successful in academic activities and to develop self-dependence. Augmented with student scenarios and context-specific situations, this webinar session will discuss and illustrate a variety of instructional support strategies to build and strengthen the working memory, attention and focus of students with autism and intellectual disabilities to enable them to succeed in school and beyond.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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March 01, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 45-minutes

UDL Webinar Session 2: Expanding Opportunities for Student Action and Response Supported with UDL Application

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) means the design of instructional materials and activities that allows for the learning goals to be achievable by individuals with wide differences in their abilities. The two UDL webinar sessions will increase your awareness and understanding of the application UDL principles on how to expand learning opportunities for students with significant disabilities and reduce barriers to access and respond to academic curriculum content.

Session 2: The webinar session will demonstrate how to promote “action and expression” of students with diverse and complex cognitive, communication and behavioral needs through incorporating UDL-based techniques. Aided with student scenarios and examples of instructional and assistive technology supports, the session will discuss how to facilitate active participation and response of students with significant disabilities to academic curriculum. You will gain skills in using multiple means to inspire students to navigate through information and activities and demonstrate what he/she knows.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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March 15, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 45-minutes

Executive Function Series: Session 2 Developing Cognitive Flexibility – for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive Function Series: Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 2: Students with autism and intellectual disabilities often find it challenging to adjust to changes in strategies, shifting focus from one task to another, transitioning to different environments and personnel, changes in routine, etc. This webinar session will discuss how to compensate for any deficit areas using student and context-specific examples and help students to develop cognitive flexibility to adapt to different rules in different settings, be flexible and apply varied strategies to work out a problem or to resolve a conflict with others.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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March 21, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 1

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 1: Video tools that are needed to record, capture, download, enhance, edit, add captions and animation on different platforms and devices.

FREE

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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March 28, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 45-minutes

Executive Function Series: Session 3 Strengthening Self-Regulation – for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 3: This webinar session will focus on a number of strategies to teach and guide students to develop self-control and strengthen self-regulation skills. Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities may experience difficulties with filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation and also may experience behavior meltdowns. In this session, participants will gain knowledge and skills in providing a variety of cognitive tools to teach students to exercise self-regulation – reflecting before acting, controlling impulses and learning to calm down, and resisting temptations and distractions – for academic and life success.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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April 05, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 45-minutes

Choreographing Effective Paraeducator Support in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings

This session will demonstrate practical strategies of how to choreograph effective paraeducator support that is child-centered, discreet and unobtrusive to advance the learning – cognitive, communication, and social-emotional – outcomes of children in inclusive pre-kindergarten and kindergarten settings. Participants will gain skills in assisting with student-specific instructional interventions, and maximizing learning opportunities for children using appropriate level of prompts and cues and gradually fading the prompts.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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April 11, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 2

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 2: The use of video to build receptive language and comprehension and how to incorporate video into lessons, reading-to-learn activities, and presentations.

FREE

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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April 20, 2017, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 3

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 3: Will cover a variety of tools, apps, and alternative solutions to support and enhance expressive language and communication skills. Different and accessible ways for all students to express knowledge and understanding will be explored and presented to attendees.

FREE

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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April 25, 2017, 12:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Hands-Free: An Introduction to Switch Support on iOS Devices and Apple TV

Switch Control provides a robust solution for built-in switch access on iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. With tvOS 10, this support now extends to the Apple TV, which can also serve as a hub for controlling a number of smart devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home automation protocol (such as lights, locks and more).This session will focus on the key features of Switch Control across these two platforms, including the different access methods (auto scanning, manual scanning and single-switch step scanning), Recipes for performing repetitive actions such as flipping the pages in an ebook, Long Press for adding more than one action to a switch press, Device Switching for using one switch interface with multiple devices, Point Mode for adding switch accessibility to apps that lack it and more. A number of switch compatible apps will also be shared, along with a free ebook to continue your learning of Switch Control after the session.

FREE

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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May 09, 2017, 12:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living

Devices from Apple, Google, Pebble and others offer a great deal of customization through a number of built-in accessibility features as well as apps that can be installed to support a number of individual needs. For this session we will focus on the use of wearables as a support for executive functioning, our ability to plan and executive key tasks related to daily living. We will explore a number of built-in features and apps for setting up and managing calendars, to do lists, reminders and other tools that can help all of us stay on track as we seek to complete important personal goals. In addition to these aids for daily living available on a number of wearables ranging from fitness devices to smart watches, we will explore the availability of accessibility features such as screen reader support, magnification and other display adjustments for those who need them to interact with their devices.

FREE

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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