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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

Learning objectives:
  • 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.

Learning objectives:
  • 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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