Let’s Take Action! Include All Students Using Action Dictionary from AbleNet

In this webinar, presenters will discuss differentiated strategies to include all students as active participants in the classroom. The focus will be using the free resource available in the iBookstore, Action Dictionary from AbleNet, which offers both low and high technology solutions. Specific strategies from the Action Dictionary such as choose, look, and write will be discussed to maximize student participation in all areas of instruction. This resource can support teachers in providing accessibility for all.

Jennifer Emanuele

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Jennifer Emanuele

Jennifer Emanuele joined AbleNet in June 2014, with 7 years experience in the field of both Special Education and General Education. She has experience as a classroom teacher and an Inclusion Facilitator at a special education cooperative, servicing students with mild moderate, and severe and profound disabilities. Jennifer was also part of a curriculum team which organized and implemented the Equals Mathematics Curriculum. She has presented at national conferences about the curriculum implementation experience in Special Education programs. Jennifer works on the Curriculum Writing team to provide high-quality curricular products keeping current best practices and methodologies in mind.

Nicole Kalcheim

Nicole Kalcheim

Nicole Kalcheim is a Curriculum Product Specialist, providing support and curricular solutions to AbleNet customers. Nicole has 11 years of professional experience in the field of Special Education. She was a teacher for students with mild, moderate, and severe and profound disabilities. Nicole was also part of a curriculum and assessment team which organized and implemented the Equals Mathematics Curriculum for the district where she was employed. She has presented at national conferences about the curriculum implementation experience in Special Education programs.

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Social Communication and AAC/SGDs

The acquisition of social skills is critical in the successful academic inclusion and competitive employment of all individuals, and especially those with disabilities. To communicate one person must "say" something by using: any combination of speech, gestures, writing, pictures, and/or objects, AND at least one person must "understand" what is meant by the: speech, gestures, writing, pictures and/or objects. The way we say the words we say helps us convey our intended meanings. The tone of voice used, facial expressions, bodily gestures we adopt while we are talking all add information and layers of meaning to the words we "say". Pragmatic models were first applied to the treatment of children with language impairment in the late 1970s. This session will discuss, the study of language use, the impact of language treatment and practical applications for individuals using AAC/SGDs.

Patricia R. Ourand

Patricia R. Ourand

MS, CCC-SLP

Pat holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD, and a Master’s degree in Technology for Special Education & Rehabilitation from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She is currently the President of Associated Speech & Language Services, Inc., a speech-language pathology practice, serving the Baltimore/Washington area, and specializing in assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Pat has presented locally & nationally on various topics associated with assistive technology & AAC. She has extensive experience working with individuals with significant cognitive, linguistic, sensory and/or motor disabilities necessitating technology access. Pat has written on these topics as well. She is licensed as a speech-language pathologist in the state of Maryland, and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association and Past-President of the US Society for Augmentative & Alternative Comm.

Beginner

SGDs | AAC | Inclusion

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