October 17, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Do I Develop Switch Skills?

You have selected an optimal switch site and switch type. How do you help the student to develop switch competence? This webinar will present strategies to increase the student’s ability to use a switch effectively.

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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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October 24, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

What Do You Know About Twice Exceptionality? Groundbreaking Tools for Addressing the Needs of the Twice Exceptional Student.

In this session, participants will be introduced to the wild world of the twice-exceptional student. A brief overview of twice-exceptionality will be provided, followed by a discussion of strategies and tools that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. Finally, a presentation of tools and strategies to help students learn to use strengths to buffer challenges will be provided. Let’s help these students shine!

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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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November 01, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Developing Standards-based IEPs for Students with Significant Needs: Aligning IEPs, Instruction and Alternate Assessment – Part 2

This two-part webinar series will provide guidance on developing standards-based IEPs that connects with specially designed instruction applying UDL principles for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and multiple disabilities. The webinars will demonstrate how to craft IEP goals considering the individual student’s strengths and needs in relation to accessing and mastering the general curriculum and to align it with the instructional delivery providing learner-specific scaffolds and supports. A number of student scenarios, functioning at diverse skill levels and across grade levels, will be depicted. Session 2 will target communication, social and behavioral skills, and daily living 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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November 07, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Strengthening Working Memory (Executive Function) in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions

Executive functioning, an important area of growth during the early childhood period, is critical for school readiness and success. This webinar will focus on strengthening working memory, an essential component of executive functioning. The session will present easy-to-use environmental scaffolds, growth-promoting instructional experiences and child-specific interventions woven into the daily routines to promote working memory in all young children, including those who have or at risk for developmental delays.

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

How Do I Develop Scanning Skills?

Switches are often used to access various assistive technology devices. Switch scanning is a common strategy, particularly when accessing a speech generating device. This webinar will present strategies to develop scanning skills to optimize use of speech generating devices.

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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November 29, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Mindfulness, Yoga and Breathing Practices to Help Children Learn Calming Techniques and Attention Control

This webinar session will demonstrate embedding Yoga and Mindfulness experiences as an integral part of the routine in early childhood and elementary classrooms to help children learn calming techniques and attention control. The growing interest in mindfulness and yoga practices has captured the attention of researchers, educators, and many families. This may be due to the immediate and positive outcomes associated with mindfulness and yoga activities. Studies show that these activities help to reduce anxiety and stress levels, and to calm down enabling children to develop self-regulation and build focus for learning. These practices can provide young students with simple, positive, and fun tools that they can use throughout their lives.

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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December 05, 2018, 10:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Understanding Mathematics Instruction: Developing Number Sense Through Subtraction Exploration

This presentation will help teachers make strong mathematical connections in order to allow all children to experience and enjoy the reasoning behind mathematics as we explore the conceptualization of subtraction. Students, as well as many adults, have developed the procedural knowledge needed to produce to the "right" answer without any true understanding of how or why a procedure really worked. It is our job to ensure that students start to demystify and conceptualize mathematics and build conceptualization.

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Dr. Chris Cain

Dr. Chris Cain

NCBT

Dr. Cain is a tenured professor in the Education Department at Mars Hill University. His current research focuses on understanding how educational practitioners develop mathematical concepts beyond the procedural algorithm. He is particularly interested in how conceptual and language based mathematical learning can be fostered in the classroom.

Dr. Cain is a dynamic speaker / presenter with real world teaching experience in both the general and special education classroom settings. He has a passion for mathematics, students with special needs and those who work with them. Dr. Cain works in multiple states to help develop teacher understanding and improve the outcomes for all students by creating cohesive and collaborative multi-tiered systems and researched based professional development to support instruction in the mathematics classroom.

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December 18, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access?

Many of the students we work with present with multiple needs including motor and visual limitations. Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is common among children with conditions such as cerebral palsy. This webinar will address how CVI impacts a student’s ability to access assistive technology devices.

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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January 15, 2019, 01:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Dynamic Seating

Dynamic seating has three primary functions – to allow movement, to diffuse force and to protect the client, seating system and frame. Dynamic options continue to expand and improve. This course will take a look at the product options, discuss clinical indicators and contra-indicators for dynamic components, and present case studies to illustrate these points.

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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January 22, 2019, 03:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Tell Me Moore – Descriptive Teaching Techniques and Tools

“Tell Me More” will provide instructional tools to implement while developing teaching models for AAC users. Descriptive teaching poses inquiry phrasing that elicits responses that may be composed through use of core vocabulary but still challenges the academic content presented. Descriptive teaching helps teachers meet the demands of State standards/assessments while respecting the domain of AAC users.

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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