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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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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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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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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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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Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings – 60 minutes

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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Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People – 60 minutes

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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Universal Design for Learning: Back to the Basics – Session 1 Affective Networks – 60 minutes

In this 3-part series we will take a brief look at Universal Design for Learning framework and then spend quality time focused on each of the 3 principles. Each session will focus on a different network in the UDL framework. We will explore the research supporting the specific network and how students benefit when teachers predict and plan for common barriers. Join us for all 3 sessions, or choose the one that best meets your needs.

Universal Design for Learning: Back to the Basics – Session 1 Affective Networks Handout

Judy Peacock

Judy Peacock

Ed. S

Judy Peacock is currently working as an AT Specialist in a Florida school district. For the past 6 years, she served as the Region 1 Technology Coordinator for the Technology and Learning Connections team, part of the PS/RtI Project in Florida. During that time, she worked with 17 local school districts in the Panhandle of Florida, many of which are small and rural districts. Judy worked closely with district administration and local assistive technology specialists (LATS) to identify and support needs ranging from technical assistance in the areas of assistive technology, accessible educational materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to providing professional development and implementation support in these areas. Judy received her BA in Elementary Education, her M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and Design and her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum and Assessment (ABD) from the University of West Florida.

Judy has also taught 5th grade in Escambia County, FL. While earning her Gifted Endorsement, she taught gifted and talented students in a resource model for K-5th grade. She then transitioned to the position of Instructional Technology Specialist for the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) for 7 years.

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Executive Function Series: Session 3 Strengthening Self-Regulation for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities – 60 minutes

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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