July 16, 2019, 01:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Do I Know a Child is Ready For Power Mobility?

When recommending a power wheelchair, a number of features must be considered, such as driving method, seating, and drive wheel configuration. Before picking out colors, however, we first need to determine if the client is truly ready for a power wheelchair and, if not, develop readiness. This webinar will present strategies to determine readiness.

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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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August 06, 2019, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Seven Contemplative Discipline Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors – Part 1

Problem behaviors exhibited by students interfere with their learning, interactions with peers and adults, and school success. Educators and schools struggling with how best to handle behaviorally challenged students often respond reactively. They frequently pursue a punishment-based approach using time-out or in and out of-school suspensions even for minor infractions. These punitive consequences do not really work because the challenging behaviors continue.

This 2-part webinar series will present a systematic and coordinated framework of seven contemplative discipline steps to address challenging behaviors, drawing from sound research-based best-practices. Participants will learn proactive ways to enable the student to practice appropriate and constructive behaviors and achieve longer-term positive outcomes.
Part 1 will provide step-by step guidance on how to apply the seven contemplative discipline steps, including how to understand student behavior through data collection, and use the Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence (ABC) method.

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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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August 14, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Fun Activities Using Technology and Gardening

This presentation will feature a specially designed garden measurement activity highlighting the use of bar graphs. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on the types of assistive devices to consider when planning this activity,

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Mary Hager

Mary Hager

MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Hager, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA has been an occupational therapist for over 38 years; most of this time spent working with children in the Kanawha County Schools System in West Virginia. She also served as the WV school liaison for many years. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a MA in Special Education from Marshall University. Mary has presented at numerous national and state conferences. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and has mentored many OT and OTA students.

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August 20, 2019, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Seven Contemplative Discipline Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors – Part 2

Problem behaviors exhibited by students interfere with their learning, interactions with peers and adults, and school success. Educators and schools struggling with how best to handle behaviorally challenged students often respond reactively. They frequently pursue a punishment-based approach using time-out or in and out of-school suspensions even for minor infractions. These punitive consequences do not really work because the challenging behaviors continue.

This 2-part webinar series will present asystematic and coordinated framework of seven contemplative discipline steps to address challenging behaviors, drawing from sound research-based best-practices. Participants will learn proactive ways to enable the student to practice appropriate and constructive behaviors and achieve longer-term positive outcomes.
Part 2 will show how to structure a positive and enabling learning environment illustrated with case examples to keep students engaged, learning, making academic and social gains, and present in the classroom.

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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September 17, 2019, 01:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Do I Develop Readiness For Power Mobility?

When evaluating a client for a power wheelchair, the client may not demonstrate readiness. Pre-mobility training can be used to develop mobility concepts. This webinar will present strategies to develop readiness. Case examples will be included.

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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September 23, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

The Freedom Series: The Flip Side of Disability is Giftedness.

Speech Dude Series - Part 2: Discovering natural giftedness within students and helping them to plug in to their own brilliance. In this presentation, participants will discover ways to understand hidden gifts and talents of students with moderate to severe disabilities. We will provide scenarios and strategies that we use to discover hidden student gifts and talents. Then, we will introduce innovative technology tools that can be used to create, collaborate, and celebrate these gifts.

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Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor 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 advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. 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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October 09, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Working with Students Using Switches: Collaboration is Key – Part 1

In this two part series we will explore strategies and equipment for students using switches to participate in academics, communication, and more! Many teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and others may not have had the opportunity to learn about working collaboratively with students using switches; as a result, some might assume that the ability to hit a switch for cause and effect activities (i.e. make the toy walk) is the ultimate goal, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Switches are a means to an end, and that end can be functional, engaging, and educationally relevant. The switch is a tool for controlling other things - toys, communication devices, computers, power wheelchairs and more. Teaching switch use is about moving from learning what the switch does to learning about how to use the switch to do meaningful things. The goal of this webinar is to provide an overview of switch equipment and systems, as well as resources and ideas to help educators think about how to teach these skills and provide support for switch related activities or interventions in the classroom.

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Amy Fleischer

Amy Fleischer

OTR/L, ATP

Amy is an OT and ATP, based in Washington state. She has previously served in medical settings, schools and universities, as well as community-based programs, and she has presented at local and national conferences. Amy currently works in the public school system, where she is leading an effort among teams to increase capacity for effective AT decision making. Energized by the hurdles and rewards of working on interdisciplinary teams, Amy especially enjoys collaborating to improve systems, services, and solutions for people with disabilities.

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October 16, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Working with Students Using Switches: Collaboration is Key – Part 2

In this two part series we will explore strategies and equipment for students using switches to participate in academics, communication, and more! Many teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and others may not have had the opportunity to learn about working collaboratively with students using switches; as a result, some might assume that the ability to hit a switch for cause and effect activities (i.e. make the toy walk) is the ultimate goal, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Switches are a means to an end, and that end can be functional, engaging, and educationally relevant. The switch is a tool for controlling other things - toys, communication devices, computers, power wheelchairs and more. Teaching switch use is about moving from learning what the switch does to learning about how to use the switch to do meaningful things. The goal of this webinar is to provide an overview of switch equipment and systems, as well as resources and ideas to help educators think about how to teach these skills and provide support for switch related activities or interventions in the classroom.

FREE

Amy Fleischer

Amy Fleischer

OTR/L, ATP

Amy is an OT and ATP, based in Washington state. She has previously served in medical settings, schools and universities, as well as community-based programs, and she has presented at local and national conferences. Amy currently works in the public school system, where she is leading an effort among teams to increase capacity for effective AT decision making. Energized by the hurdles and rewards of working on interdisciplinary teams, Amy especially enjoys collaborating to improve systems, services, and solutions for people with disabilities.

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

Introducing Menus! Give Students Choice Without Losing Control of Curriculum

In this session, participants will learn the value of menus in organizing learning for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Visual menus are great for students to have the power of choice and to take control of their own learning. Participants will learn implementation strategies on teaching students to work with digital menus to self-pace, work independently, and be accountable for their work.

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Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor 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 advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Sarah Orton

Sarah Orton

M.Ed

Sarah Orton is an elementary school teacher in Texas. She earned a Masters of Education Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, Chicago and holds an English Language Learner Certificate. Sarah teaches gifted and talented students in the Texas Public Schools and currently works as a Professional Developer. Her passion is in teaching reading and finding ways to integrate technology into the classroom.

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November 19, 2019, 01:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Do I Train a Child Who Has a Power Wheelchair to be a Better Driver?

This webinar will present strategies for optimizing power wheelchair use in the context of a school day. Many students receive their first power wheelchair and bring this immediately to school where the wheelchair may be housed due to accessibility issues. This may leave the school team with the task of teaching the child to use the power wheelchair. Mobility training can be accomplished by pulling the student out of other activities but can also be done as a part of the school day. Case examples will be presented.

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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