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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Tell Me More – Descriptive Teaching Techniques and Tools – 60 minutes

“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. Tell Me More - Descriptive Teaching Techniques and Tools 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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Dynamic Seating – 60 minutes

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. Dynamic Seating 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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How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? – 60 minutes

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. How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? 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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Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies – 60 minutes

In this presentation, we'll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or "mainstream" technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs. Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies Handout

Lisa R. Tebo

Lisa R. Tebo

OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Lisa Tebo is a clinical assistant professor in the Clarkson University's Occupational Therapy Program. She received her Masters of Science in Special Education with a Concentration in Assistive Technology from Bowling Green State University, and her Post-Professional Doctorate in OT from Thomas Jefferson University. She has had her ATP certification from RESNA since 2010. Lisa teaches multiple courses on assistive technology at the graduate level, and is the Director of CU OT's Assistive Technology Resource & Education Center. She has served as a consultant to numerous school districts and disability service agencies, providing professional development and training for staff, as well as guidance in program development. She has extensive experience providing both direct and consultative AT services to children and adults through public education and vocational rehabilitative programs.

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Understanding Mathematics Instruction: Developing Number Sense Through Subtraction Exploration – 60 minutes

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. Understanding Mathematics Instruction: Developing Number Sense Through Subtraction Exploration Handout

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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