Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – Fostering Inhibitory Control – 60 minutes

Fostering Inhibitory Control 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. Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions-Inhibitory Control 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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Where to start? Examining the Language Organization of Communication Devices and Strategies to Support Their Use – 60 minutes

Where do we start? How do we teach speech generating devices (SGD) to individuals who have exceptional and complex communication needs? This webinar examines the language representation and organization on various SGDs. We will also focus on strategies for working with a wide range of device users: users with language skills at the cause effect level up to those using dynamic communication devices. Join us to discuss symbol representation, vocabulary sets, and use/implementation of various forms of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Where to start - Examining the Language Organization of Communication Devices and Strategies to Support Their Use Handout

Megan Mussano

Megan Mussano

M.S. CCC-SLP/L, ATP

Megan Mussano M.S. CCC-SLP/L, ATP is a full time Assisstive Technology Coordinator for an Illinois K-12 school district. She has been an Assistive Technology specialist for 6 years with an additional 8 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist. She provides professional development at various conferences and is the instructor for an AT course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Eye Gaze? – 60-minutes

Eye Gaze is a very powerful technology often used to access a speech generating device. What if a student is struggling with this access method? This webinar will address strategies to determine if a student is using the optimal access method and what can be done to optimize use of eye gaze. Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Eye Gaze? 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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Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Direct Access? – 60-minutes

Your student is using Direct Access to control a speech generating device, but is struggling. How do you determine if the issue is motor-based or something else? If the client is struggling due to motor skills, what can be done to optimize Direct Access and when are other access methods more appropriate? Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Direct 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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Speech Dude Tells Even More: Innovative Assistive Technology to Help Your Moderate to Severe Students Flourish – 60-minutes

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can be easily integrated into teaching and learning in for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Google extensions and other cutting-edge tools will be discussed, along with simple implementation strategies to increase access to content and improve student engagement and productivity, with special emphasis on high school aged and transitional students. Speech Dude Tells Even More: Innovative Assistive Technology to Help Your Moderate to Severe Students Flourish 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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All That and a Bag of Chips – 60-minutes

The purpose of this presentation is to simplify the multiple demands that are included in constructing a language rich classroom that meets the demands of the Indiana Content Connectors while complying with IEP goals and utilizing common curricular pieces. This presentation will leave participants with the necessary ingredients to return to their own classrooms and be equipped to serve up their own recipes that align standards, goals, and curriculum in an organized manner to make implementation easy breezy lemon squeezy! We will focus on practical ways to organize and implement the Indiana Content Connectors, IEP goals, AAC, and curricular pieces in an intense interventions setting. We will offer a step-by-step recipe, specifying key ingredients including Content Connectors and functional classroom activities that can easily be related to language and communication instruction to meet individual needs. We will introduce free, online tools and resources to guide participants through the outlines and directories of the Content Connectors. Popular curriculum pieces will be explored and incorporated into the bag of chips. We will offer tips to include related services personnel, student peers, and family members, and ideas for planning, storage, and organization of lessons and materials. All that and a Bag Chips Webinar 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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All Aboard – 60-minutes

Educators from Bluffton Harrison Elementary School will present their AAC journey including experimentation, education, assessment, and growth. Presenters will demonstrate creative methods to increase AAC use across multiple settings with a variety of ages, levels of cognitive performance, and physical needs. Along the journey, participants will examine data collection procedures to help guide instruction. Additionally, presenters will demonstrate methods to educate and encourage non-AAC instructors to become vested participants. This is a timely piece because educators now have access to advanced technology that can aide in the enhancement of communication options for a variety of students. Empowering teachers, families and peers to take the plunge is eminent to meeting student communication needs on a daily basis. Since implementing multiple forms of AAC, it soon became evident that we needed to increase AAC knowledge in our school and community. In addition to our willing participants, we also encountered some participants who were less than eager to take part in the AAC experience. We will present instructional strategies to target the eager and reluctant participants. This presentation will give specific strategies to encourage families, paraprofessionals, therapists, community members, and typical students to jump on board to assist with modeling, prompting, and instructing. All Aboard 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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How Do I Determine How the Student Can Access Augmentative Communication? – 60 minutes

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can provide communication for many non-verbal or difficult to understand students. However, the student must have the ability to “access” or control the device as efficiently as possible. This webinar will present general AAC access evaluation considerations. How Do I Determine How the Student Can Access Augmentative Communication? 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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Pursue Preventives and Positives: A Win-Win to Avoid Restraint and Seclusion Use – 60 minutes

This webinar session will provide guidance on avoiding the use of aversive measures except in crisis situations and pursuing intensive, purposeful and positive behavioral interventions to address the challenging behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum disorders (ASD). Physical restraint and seclusionary timeout measures are intended primarily to help children gain composure when they are in danger of harming themselves or others after a serious meltdown, however, these measures continue to be employed as a routine behavior management strategy.

Participants will:
  • Understand the risks that restraint and seclusion procedures as discipline measures pose for children, educators and school districts.
  • Learn how to create a system of supports and interventions personalized for student, setting and situations to avoid resorting to risky interventions to discipline children.
Pursue Preventives and Positives: A Win-Win to Avoid Restraint and Seclusion Use 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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Amazing Race – 60 minutes

Staff members from Bluffton-Harrison Elementary will share their "Amazing Race" in implementing various methods of AAC use with their students who have a wide range of abilities and needs. These methods will include no tech, low tech and high tech examples of AAC systems trialed and utilized in the Intense Interventions class. This presentation will also include case studies and practical methods of utilizing AAC in the classroom using communication, collaboration and core vocabulary. Amazing Race 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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