Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings

This webinar session will present strategies on how to use classroom routines and group instructional activities in inclusive settings as opportunities to facilitate positive peer social interactions and promote friendship and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Participants will learn how to set up the classroom environment – the physical, instructional and social environment – to enable children with ASD to develop appropriate social skills, make friends and to be effective members of a group. The session will illustrate how a variety of child-specific interventions including using video-modeling, scripted stories social narratives and prompting strategies can be used to teach targeted social skills. Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings 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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How Can I Provide Independent Play in the Classroom For My Youngest Students?

Play is fun! Play is also an important part of early childhood and can build a foundation for learning. Independent play can be challenging for children with significant physical limitations. This webinar will present strategies to provide independent play for our youngest students. How Can I Provide Independent Play in the Classroom For My Youngest Students 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.

Intermediate

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AAC Funding Report Writing

AAC report writing can seem like a daunting task whether you are writing your first report or have submitted reports in the past. There are several steps involved starting with device trials and moving towards writing a device submission report. What are the do's and don’ts of report writing? What is the language of report writing? How can our treatment plan on the report be used in our therapy plan and/or IEP to help the user acclimate to their device? In this presentation, participants will learn successful report writing tips for AAC device submissions. The resources, tools and strategies learned during this presentation can help a therapist during each stage of an AAC device funding report and treatment plan. During the presentation tools and strategies for having the most effective report will be discussed and examples demonstrated. These resources can be easily implemented into a clinician’s evaluation process when working with any AAC user. AAC Funding Report Writing Handout

Rachell Johnson

Rachell Johnson

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

Rachel 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.

Rachel has 12 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and have worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011. First serving as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioning to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program, which led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association. I am an experienced presenter, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. During the last 2 years, I have presented at the Children’s Hospital AT Symposium, CollaborATe in Richmond, VA as well as a host of support groups, medical clinics, and in-services on the topic of AT/AAC for the ALS patient and/or other eye-gaze users.

Beginner

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ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation

There are a large variety of Alphabet books to cover many interest areas and age ranges. A wide diversity of students can relate to them, create custom ones, sing them, sign them, and repeat them over and over again. ABC books connect literacy to communication. These books can provide a prompt for a lesson, an opportunity for a child to read to themselves, or an engaged time for a parent to read with their child. Alphabet books can be rich in language and are prolific; you can be using more ABCs in your AAC! ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation Handout

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.

Beginner/Intermediate

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Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services – Part 2

Navigating the move from one program to another and facing the challenges it brings can be traumatic for families. Well-coordinated and seamless transitioning of young children with special needs will yield positive outcomes for the children, their families and early childhood professionals involved. In this two-part webinar series, the presenter, who developed an award winning preschool transition model ‘Together We Succeed’ (TWS) and has published a couple of books on this theme, will present innovative strategies and practical activities to facilitate successful transitions.

Professionals will learn what they must know and do at various stages of the transition process to play an effective role in facilitating smooth transitions for young children from early intervention to preschool services and then on to kindergarten aided with case examples and flowcharts. Applying the principles of family-centered practices, the sessions will present actions and steps that sending and receiving programs must employ to guide and empower families in the transition-related decision-making process. Also, get tips on professional and family role in preparing children adequately for the next environment. Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services - 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.

Beginner

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Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services – Part 1

Navigating the move from one program to another and facing the challenges it brings can be traumatic for families. Well-coordinated and seamless transitioning of young children with special needs will yield positive outcomes for the children, their families and early childhood professionals involved. In this two-part webinar series, the presenter, who developed an award winning preschool transition model ‘Together We Succeed’ (TWS) and has published a couple of books on this theme, will present innovative strategies and practical activities to facilitate successful transitions.

Professionals will learn what they must know and do at various stages of the transition process to play an effective role in facilitating smooth transitions for young children from early intervention to preschool services and then on to kindergarten aided with case examples and flowcharts. Applying the principles of family-centered practices, the sessions will present actions and steps that sending and receiving programs must employ to guide and empower families in the transition-related decision-making process. Also, get tips on professional and family role in preparing children adequately for the next environment. Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services - 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.

Beginner

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Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons – Part 2

Part 2 - Standards for Mathematical Practice 5-8

Teachers want their students to develop a mathematical mindset and see math in the world around them. No matter your grade level, the eight mathematical practice standards are a guide to good math instruction. These sessions will give you suggestions for incorporating them into your everyday math class. Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons - Part 2 Standards 5-8 Handout

Janet Stramel

Janet Stramel

M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Stramel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University. She received a BS degree in Middle School Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; an M.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University. She was a middle school mathematics teacher in Guthrie, OK from 1985-2001 and Wamego, KS from 2001-2009. During her time at FHSU, Dr. Stramel has taught classes in teacher education with a focus on mathematics methods as well as classes for the Department of Mathematics. She was the Director of Assessment and Accreditation and appointed as Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU during the 2015-16 academic year.

Beginner

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Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons – Part 1

Part 1 - Standards for Mathematical Practice 1-4

Teachers want their students to develop a mathematical mindset and see math in the world around them. No matter your grade level, the eight mathematical practice standards are a guide to good math instruction. These sessions will give you suggestions for incorporating them into your everyday math class. Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons – Part 1 Handout

Janet Stramel

Janet Stramel

M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Stramel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University. She received a BS degree in Middle School Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; an M.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University. She was a middle school mathematics teacher in Guthrie, OK from 1985-2001 and Wamego, KS from 2001-2009. During her time at FHSU, Dr. Stramel has taught classes in teacher education with a focus on mathematics methods as well as classes for the Department of Mathematics. She was the Director of Assessment and Accreditation and appointed as Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU during the 2015-16 academic year.

Beginner

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Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People

Living with people on the Autism Spectrum can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t always have to be. There are many areas in a home environment that can be adapted to make the home a happy home. A home where lifestyles are healthy and independence is nurtured. A home to work, play, learn and live in. Not only do children need to learn to adapt to the environment, but the environment also needs to be shaped- to stimulate or calm, provide order, encourage interests, talents, and successes and to give and maintain control to parents and caregivers. Areas addressed in this presentation include: space to eat, sleep, and work, color, clutter, visual/auditory/sensory input, home safety, elopement, attitude, and assistive technology devices that will support learning, playing and day to day living. Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People Handout

Stephanie Rauscher

Stephanie Rauscher

ATP

I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 40 years and have spent the last 36 years employed at Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica, NY. I presently work with developmentally disabled adults in a Day Habilitation setting, but have also worked with pre-school and school aged children. I provide PT services to the people we support, write justifications for wheelchairs and durable medical equipment, and am involved in accessibility for ICF’s, IRA’s, and self-direction homes. I have been an ATP for the last 10 years and have provided assessments for home modifications through a waiver grant and for individuals serviced by ACCESS-VR. In 2013, I developed a consulting business for home modifications and assistive technology needs for people with varying abilities called Dwell In Peace LLC.

Beginner/Intermediate

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Positioning: How Do I Address Poor Head Control in the Seating System?

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series We’ve all seen it – a student with a highly customized wheelchair seating system who still has a very poor head position. Students may hang their head forward, hyperextend, or even hook their head around and under the head support. This webinar will address strategies to improve head position for these students. Positioning - How Di I Address Poor Head Control in the Seating System 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.

Intermediate

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