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.

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Revolutionizing Sensory Integration: Squease Therapeutic Applications and Tutorial

This webinar will provide an overview of the Squease pressure vest and its use as a therapeutic intervention. Learn about its applications and the innovative research behind how and why it works. The vest was designed to mimic the feeling of being hugged and has been shown to increase oxytocin levels resulting in more effective coping and functioning.

Revolutionizing Sensory Integration: Squease Therapeutic Applications and Tutorial Handout

Sarah Hovseth

Sarah Hovseth

B.S.

Sarah Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Psychology. She spent three years working in autism day treatment and ABA classrooms alongside speech and occupational therapists. In her current position she works to assess and connect children and adolescents with a variety of mental health diagnosis to appropriate services.

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Executive Function Series: Session 3 Strengthening Self-Regulation for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 3: This webinar session will focus on a number of strategies to teach and guide students to develop self-control and strengthen self-regulation skills. Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities may experience difficulties with filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation and also may experience behavior meltdowns. In this session, participants will gain knowledge and skills in providing a variety of cognitive tools to teach students to exercise self-regulation – reflecting before acting, controlling impulses and learning to calm down, and resisting temptations and distractions – for academic and life success.
Executive Function Series: Session 3 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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Executive Function Series: Session 2 Developing Cognitive Flexibility for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive Function Series: Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 2: Students with autism and intellectual disabilities often find it challenging to adjust to changes in strategies, shifting focus from one task to another, transitioning to different environments and personnel, changes in routine, etc. This webinar session will discuss how to compensate for any deficit areas using student and context-specific examples and help students to develop cognitive flexibility to adapt to different rules in different settings, be flexible and apply varied strategies to work out a problem or to resolve a conflict with others.
Executive Function Series: Session 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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Executive Function Series: Session 1 Building Memory and Focus – for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive Function Series: Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 1: Remembering the information required to completing a task, and sustaining attention during a particular activity are skills that learners require to be successful in academic activities and to develop self-dependence. Augmented with student scenarios and context-specific situations, this webinar session will discuss and illustrate a variety of instructional support strategies to build and strengthen the working memory, attention and focus of students with autism and intellectual disabilities to enable them to succeed in school and beyond.
Executive Function Series: Session 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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Personalized Behavior Supports for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This webinar session will focus on addressing the behavioral challenges that young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may exhibit. Using child and situation-specific case scenarios, the session will demonstrate how to structure the environment to decrease the probability of problem behaviors occurring and to offer creative adaptations to increase engagement and participation in activities and routines. Both early childhood educators and families of children with ASD will gain helpful strategies to cope with a number of behavioral issues.

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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Autism | PreK | ASD | Behavior

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Using Assistive Technology To Support Strategies with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Unique challenges to communicating and learning for students with autism spectrum disorders can often be met with assistive technology, including the use of voice output communication devices. Such technology can serve to foster the development and implementation of relevant and meaningful support strategies to allow students to gain new skills.

Brenda Britton

Brenda Britton

M.A.Ed

Brenda Britton has over 15 years of experience as a special educator. Her classroom career has been spent primarily as a center-based teacher of students with moderate to severe disabilities, as well as those with autism spectrum disorders, both at the elementary and secondary level. Brenda holds a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in reading instruction, recently earned a certificate in autism spectrum disorders, and has conducted regional and national presentations and teacher training sessions across the country.

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Transition Techniques for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Transform Meltdown to Calm-down

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience frequent melt-downs in transitioning from one activity to another, from one environment to another, and sometimes, from one person to another. These behavioral challenges result in a multitude of negative consequences for the child, instructional and support staff serving the child, the instructional setting, peers, and the family.

The webinar session will examine multiple transitions that occur during a typical school day and classroom activities and demonstrate research-supported strategies and transition techniques and tools to prevent transition meltdowns. Augmented with student and context-specific applications to use across situations, the session will demonstrate how to prevent transition meltdowns to better support children with ASD to make a smooth transition from one activity/environment to another. Participants will gain skills in using positive intervention strategies to provide environmental, visual and structural support aided with technology to help students with ASD.

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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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understand Characteristics to Maximize Academic, Social and Behavioral Outcomes

Understanding the complex and unique behavioral and learning characteristics of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the underlying factors that contribute to the problem behaviors is an important step in providing personalized interventions. This webinar session will give a snapshot of what to know and what to do to lessen the challenges for both the adults and children. Aided with a variety of student vignettes, the session will illustrate how to customize interventions based on sound research-based best practices to minimize the impact of the disability.

The webinar participants will:
1. Increase their understanding of the distinctive characteristics of children with ASD
2. Learn how to analyze adult responses to student behaviors
3. Gain skills in enabling students with ASD to attain desirable academic, behavioral and social outcomes

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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Autism and the Holidays

Holidays can be stressful for anyone. Students with Autism might really have challenges with the change in routine, the change in the visuals within their environment, possibly the change in foods eaten, and more. Let’s look at some ways to help make the holidays easier for those with Autism.

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

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Autism

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