Aided Language: from Research to Practice – 60 minutes

“Aided language may be defined as the use of communication aides in face-to-face conversations.” (VonTetzchner, 2018). Various AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) vendors & presenters talk about the use of Aided Language Stimulation, Modeling, Aided Input and other methods of introducing a language system to an individual with CCN (Complex Communication Needs). In this webinar we will provide the research background on Aided language, explain aspects and skills related to utilizing it in your practice, and give usable examples of its implementation into real life in school, community and home. Learn how to model because it is not as easy as it sounds. Aided Language: from Research to Practice handout

Kelly Fonner

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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.

Sharon Redmon

Sharon Redmon

M.S., Ad.Ed.~Assistive Technology; ATP

Sharon Redmon is a SpEd and GenEd teacher with over 20 years of experience. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Adaptive Education: Assistive Technology and an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) license from RESNA. Sharon's passion for AT and especially AAC began with her first teaching job in WI where she became involved in WATI and continues today as a leader in the WI AAC Network created by an AAC Communicator. Sharon has been an AT specialist for a WI and WA school district, ECSE teacher (low incidence population), SPED/ABA/Autism coordinator/teacher, high school and kindergarten teacher and now ATP in private practice. Her classroom experience in WI, WA and overseas schools, has given her a unique perspective on how UDL, AT, and AAC intertwine. She is excited to be back in Washington State and working with individuals of all ages and abilities to access communication and their environment.

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Twice Exceptionality in the Digital Age: Strategies For helping Students Tap Into Strengths Using Innovative Technology – 60 minutes

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 innovative tools and strategies that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. We will include practical strategies for motivating students to become self-directed learners and thinkers! Twice Exceptionality in the Digital Age: Strategies For helping Students Tap Into Strengths Using Innovative Technology - handout

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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Promoting and Advancing Personal Living Skills and Self-dependence in Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities – 60 minutes

This session will build educator capacity with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable students with severe and multiple disabilities to play an active role with personal living activities. Techniques and tools to remove many of the barriers that impact their self-dependence with intensive instructional intervention, customized adaptations, and technology supports enhanced with student-specific situations will be illustrated. In this session you will learn:

  • How to embed academic, functional and life skills objectives and also address math, science, and literacy concepts within personal living/personal care activities - cooking activities, ordering and eating a meal, personal grooming, etc.
  • Gain skills in how to move the student from partial/no participation towards maximal participation to gain greater self-dependence and reduce dependence on adults.
  • Identify a variety of supports and activity adaptation ideas to actively involve students with sensory, communication and/or cognitive disabilities.
Promoting and Advancing Personal Living Skills and Self-dependence in Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities handout

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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What Does the Research Say About Providing Mobility to Young Children? – 60 minutes

This webinar will present the importance of early mobility, specifically the use of power wheelchairs with very young children. The course will review key developmental areas that are proven through research to improve through independent mobility. Specific developmental areas that will be addressed include motor, intellectual, psychosocial and vision. What Does the Research Say About Providing Mobility to Young Children? - Handout

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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The Freedom Series: Empowering Independence and Untethered Learning For Students With Moderate to Severe Disabilities.

Speech Dude Series - Part 1: In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can support independence and untethered learning for students with moderate to severe disabilities. We will focus on apps and social media resources that level the communication field for students who struggle. We will provide simple implementation strategies with special emphasis on high school aged and transitional students. The Freedom Series: Empowering Independence and Untethered Learning For Students With Moderate to Severe Disabilities handout

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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Inquiry, Exploration, Problem-solving: Nurturing STEM Thinking in All Young Learners – 60 minutes

Get onboard on an adventure trip to capitalize on young children’s natural inclinations curiosity, ask questions and exploration – to prepare them to be 21st century STEM thinkers. This session will build educator knowledge and skills on how to create learning environments and experiences that will support investigation, problem-solving and critical thinking in all young children (from preschool to grade one) to promote their higher order thinking and concept development. Inquiry, Exploration, Problem-solving: Nurturing STEM Thinking in All Young Learners handout

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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Invigorative Instruction to Engage and Advance Young Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities – Part 2 – 60 minutes

Children with severe and multiple disabilities – students with severe cognitive and communication impairments who may also have physical disabilities, sensory impairments and autism spectrum disorders – require instructional delivery that maximizes their learning opportunities and minimizes the barriers to attain desired learning outcomes. In this two-part webinar series, you will gain skills in planning and implementing a variety of creatively crafted activities to actively engage young learners (preschool to early elementary) with severe and multiple disabilities in the learning process. You will learn specific strategies and steps to gain and sustain a student’s attention, increase his/her interaction with people and objects and attain successful outcomes supported with multi-sensory techniques, student-specific adaptations and assistive technology tools.

Augmented with student-specific case scenarios, the session will illustrate how to personalize instruction to match the individual learner needs.
Part 2 will present art, music, movement and games activities to increase student alertness, attending and listening skills as well as nurture the growing brains. Invigorative Instruction to Engage and Advance Young Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities - Part 2 Handout

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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Power Wheelchair Alternative Driving Methods – 60 minutes

Do you work with a student who is unable to use a power wheelchair joystick? Many alternative driving methods are available. This webinar will provide a general overview of available driving methods that are available to best meet an individual’s needs. The seating and mobility evaluation team can try specific driving methods during assessment. Power Wheelchair Alternative Driving Methods Handout

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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Invigorative Instruction to Engage and Advance Young Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities – Part 1 – 60 minutes

Children with severe and multiple disabilities – students with severe cognitive and communication impairments who may also have physical disabilities, sensory impairments and autism spectrum disorders – require instructional delivery that maximizes their learning opportunities and minimizes the barriers to attain desired learning outcomes. In this two-part webinar series, you will gain skills in planning and implementing a variety of creatively crafted activities to actively engage young learners (preschool to early elementary) with severe and multiple disabilities in the learning process. You will learn specific strategies and steps to gain and sustain a student’s attention, increase his/her interaction with people and objects and attain successful outcomes supported with multi-sensory techniques, student-specific adaptations and assistive technology tools.

Augmented with student-specific case scenarios, the session will illustrate how to personalize instruction to match the individual learner needs.
Part 1 will have an academic focus with illustrating how to promote cognitive and literacy development of young learners. Invigorative Instruction to Engage and Advance Young Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities Part 1 handout

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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Go and Show Vocabulary Instruction -Active Core Vocab Techniques to Increase Student Engagement – 60 minutes

With a hands-on understanding of the challenges that arise in classrooms, presenters will offer a systematic and engaging approach to instruct emergent AAC users in vocabulary acquisition. Educators need to contextually build experiences with target core word instruction to grow receptive and expressive language. With respect to the fact that engagement stems from enjoyable experiences, presenters will outline steps to increase student participation by utilizing a concept called “Go and Show Vocabulary.” “Go and Show Vocabulary” is intended to be simple, strategic, meaningful, and fun. Participants will gain exposure to the implementation steps, data collection, and suggestions to utilize the process in a classroom setting to increase meaningful and practical AAC usage. Go and Show Vocabulary Instruction -Active Core Vocab Techniques to Increase Student Engagement Handout

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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