Literacy Journey: Invigorate Instruction to Engage Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities – 60 minutes
In this highly practical webinar session focusing on English Language Arts (ELA)-Reading instructional activities, participants will gain skills in planning and delivering academic content through a variety of literacy-rich activities to advance the learning outcomes for students with cognitive, communication and motor challenges. Through depicting a number of multi-sensory, hands- activities embedded in high-interest scenarios, the session will demonstrate how to address and advance the following ELA-Reading content area key concepts to:• Expand vocabulary skills (linking literacy with personal life experiences) • Understand the importance of print as a means of communicating ideas • Develop comprehension skills to identify main theme, characters, events, and conflicts in story • Increase concept knowledge Applying the universal design for learning principles (UDL) framework centered on presentation, student engagement, action, and expression, this webinar session will demonstrate how to ensure accessibility and foster active learner participation in a variety of ELA-Reading activities. Participants will increase their knowledge of how to adjust the task complexity level aided with a diversity of teaching resources and assistive technology tools that correspond to individual students’ strengths and needs.
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.