March 08, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services – Part 1

Navigating the move from one program to another and facing the challenges it brings can be traumatic for families. Well-coordinated and seamless transitioning of young children with special needs will yield positive outcomes for the children, their families and early childhood professionals involved. In this two-part webinar series, the presenter, who developed an award winning preschool transition model ‘Together We Succeed’ (TWS) and has published a couple of books on this theme, will present innovative strategies and practical activities to facilitate successful transitions.

Professionals will learn what they must know and do at various stages of the transition process to play an effective role in facilitating smooth transitions for young children from early intervention to preschool services and then on to kindergarten aided with case examples and flowcharts. Applying the principles of family-centered practices, the sessions will present actions and steps that sending and receiving programs must employ to guide and empower families in the transition-related decision-making process. Also, get tips on professional and family role in preparing children adequately for the next environment.

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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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March 13, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Positioning: How Do I Address Poor Head Control in the Seating System?

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series We’ve all seen it – a student with a highly customized wheelchair seating system who still has a very poor head position. Students may hang their head forward, hyperextend, or even hook their head around and under the head support. This webinar will address strategies to improve head position for these students.

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Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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March 22, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services – Part 2

Navigating the move from one program to another and facing the challenges it brings can be traumatic for families. Well-coordinated and seamless transitioning of young children with special needs will yield positive outcomes for the children, their families and early childhood professionals involved. In this two-part webinar series, the presenter, who developed an award winning preschool transition model ‘Together We Succeed’ (TWS) and has published a couple of books on this theme, will present innovative strategies and practical activities to facilitate successful transitions.

Professionals will learn what they must know and do at various stages of the transition process to play an effective role in facilitating smooth transitions for young children from early intervention to preschool services and then on to kindergarten aided with case examples and flowcharts. Applying the principles of family-centered practices, the sessions will present actions and steps that sending and receiving programs must employ to guide and empower families in the transition-related decision-making process. Also, get tips on professional and family role in preparing children adequately for the next environment.

FREE

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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March 28, 2018, 12:00 pm CST - 75-minutes

ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation

There are a large variety of Alphabet books to cover many interest areas and age ranges. A wide diversity of students can relate to them, create custom ones, sing them, sign them, and repeat them over and over again. ABC books connect literacy to communication. These books can provide a prompt for a lesson, an opportunity for a child to read to themselves, or an engaged time for a parent to read with their child. Alphabet books can be rich in language and are prolific; you can be using more ABCs in your AAC!

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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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April 10, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Can I Provide Independent Play in the Classroom For My Youngest Students?

Play is fun! Play is also an important part of early childhood and can build a foundation for learning. Independent play can be challenging for children with significant physical limitations. This webinar will present strategies to provide independent play for our youngest students.

FREE

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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April 19, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings

This webinar session will present strategies on how to use classroom routines and group instructional activities in inclusive settings as opportunities to facilitate positive peer social interactions and promote friendship and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Participants will learn how to set up the classroom environment – the physical, instructional and social environment – to enable children with ASD to develop appropriate social skills, make friends and to be effective members of a group. The session will illustrate how a variety of child-specific interventions including using video-modeling, scripted stories social narratives and prompting strategies can be used to teach targeted social skills.

FREE

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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May 01, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-Minutes

Amazing Race

Staff members from Bluffton-Harrison Elementary will share their "Amazing Race" in implementing various methods of AAC use with their students who have a wide range of abilities and needs. These methods will include no tech, low tech and high tech examples of AAC systems trialed and utilized in the Intense Interventions class. This presentation will also include case studies and practical methods of utilizing AAC in the classroom using communication, collaboration and core vocabulary.

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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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May 08, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Pursue Preventives, and Positives: A Win-Win to Avoid Restraint and Seclusion Use

This webinar session will provide guidance on avoiding the use of aversive measures except in crisis situations and pursuing intensive, purposeful and positive behavioral interventions to address the challenging behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum disorders (ASD). Physical restraint and seclusionary timeout measures are intended primarily to help children gain composure when they are in danger of harming themselves or others after a serious meltdown, however, these measures continue to be employed as a routine behavior management strategy.

Participants will:
  • Understand the risks that restraint and seclusion procedures as discipline measures pose for children, educators and school districts.
  • Learn how to create a system of supports and interventions personalized for student, setting and situations to avoid resorting to risky interventions to discipline children.

FREE

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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May 15, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Do I Determine How the Student Can Access Augmentative Communication?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can provide communication for many non-verbal or difficult to understand students. However, the student must have the ability to “access” or control the device as efficiently as possible. This webinar will present general AAC access evaluation considerations.

FREE

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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May 22, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

All Aboard

Educators from Bluffton Harrison Elementary School will present their AAC journey including experimentation, education, assessment, and growth. Presenters will demonstrate creative methods to increase AAC use across multiple settings with a variety of ages, levels of cognitive performance, and physical needs. Along the journey, participants will examine data collection procedures to help guide instruction. Additionally, presenters will demonstrate methods to educate and encourage non-AAC instructors to become vested participants. This is a timely piece because educators now have access to advanced technology that can aide in the enhancement of communication options for a variety of students. Empowering teachers, families and peers to take the plunge is eminent to meeting student communication needs on a daily basis. Since implementing multiple forms of AAC, it soon became evident that we needed to increase AAC knowledge in our school and community. In addition to our willing participants, we also encountered some participants who were less than eager to take part in the AAC experience. We will present instructional strategies to target the eager and reluctant participants. This presentation will give specific strategies to encourage families, paraprofessionals, therapists, community members, and typical students to jump on board to assist with modeling, prompting, and instructing.

FREE

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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