August 07, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – A 3-Part Series

Part 2 of a 3-part series: Executive functioning, an important area of growth during the early childhood period, is critical for school readiness and success. This three-part webinar series will present easy-to-use environmental scaffolds, growth-promoting instructional experiences and child-specific interventions woven into the daily routines to develop and strengthen executive functioning in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.

Participants will be able to: Increase their awareness and understanding of the growth of executive functioning in young children and how crucial these skills are for their development, learning and social competence.
Gain skills in creating growth-promoting environments and personalized instructional interventions to develop and strengthen executive functioning – working memory, cognitive flexibility, self-control – in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.
Learn how to engineer easy-to-use learner-specific scaffolds and adaptations to increase access, engagement and participation of young children with special needs to enable their attainment of social-emotional, language and cognitive competence, and school readiness 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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August 14, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch?

Switch Access can be used to control speech generating devices, computers, mobile technologies, and power wheelchairs. Switch access is one means of controlling these devices. Access evaluation is used to determine the optimal location for a switch. This webinar will present assessment criteria and a hierarchy of possible switch placements.

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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August 21, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – A 3-Part Series

Part 3 of a 3-part series: Executive functioning, an important area of growth during the early childhood period, is critical for school readiness and success. This three-part webinar series will present easy-to-use environmental scaffolds, growth-promoting instructional experiences and child-specific interventions woven into the daily routines to develop and strengthen executive functioning in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.

Participants will be able to: Increase their awareness and understanding of the growth of executive functioning in young children and how crucial these skills are for their development, learning and social competence.
Gain skills in creating growth-promoting environments and personalized instructional interventions to develop and strengthen executive functioning – working memory, cognitive flexibility, self-control – in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.
Learn how to engineer easy-to-use learner-specific scaffolds and adaptations to increase access, engagement and participation of young children with special needs to enable their attainment of social-emotional, language and cognitive competence, and school readiness 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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August 30, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 30-minutes

Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices

This presentation will demonstrate several interactive devices that are easy to use and can be adapted for home and classroom.They are readily available and are low cost. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on what to consider when purchasing interactive devices.

FREE

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

How Do I Determine What Type of Switch the Student Can Use?

Switch assessment determines the optimal switch location and switch type. This webinar will review the latest available switches and provide clinical indicators for selection.

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 26, 2018, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Accessibility in Mobile Devices: Updates from the Field

In this session, participants will be provided with a short refresher on accessibility features offered on iOS12, Google Chrome, and Android-based devices. The majority of the session will focus on application: Participants will be provided with scenarios for applying accessibility tools for a variety of purposes including personal and professional productivity.

FREE

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 04, 2018, 12:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Overview of On-line Curriculum Supports for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

For the student with significant intellectual disabilities who also has physical and/or complex communication needs, the classroom has had a multitude of barriers from learning. With AEM, AAC and other Assistive Technologies available, educators have often hodge-podged together opportunities for "participation". Several publishers and manufacturers have been creating universally designed curriculum from the ground up approach and those options that have an on-line component are what we will explore in this time together.

FREE

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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October 11, 2018, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Developing Standards-based IEPs for Students with Significant Needs: Aligning IEPs, Instruction and Alternate Assessment – Part 1

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 1 will focus on the academic content areas of literacy and math.

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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October 16, 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.

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

What do you know about twice exceptionality? Ground breaking 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!

FREE

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.

Beginner

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