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.

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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Developing Lifelong Leisure Skills for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities: Purposeful Use of Switches and Other Assistive Technology in the Classroom

This session will focus on incorporating the use of switches and other assistive technology into classroom and home activities with a long-term purpose of creating independence for the students once they are adults. The goal for using switches is for more than “hitting the switch,” but in making the switch a part of the student’s repertoire for self-sufficiency and independence for life.

Jodi Click

Jodi Click

Jodi Click is a Special Education Coordinator for Goodwill Education Initiatives in Indiana and a private Assistive Technology/AAC Consultant. She has over 15 years experience working with teens and adults with severe & multiple disabilities, autism, and emotional disabilities in various school and adult service settings, as a teacher, consultant, and case coordinator. She triple-majored in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Education at University of Evansville and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology. Jodi is often found wearing her Super Teacher cape in the classroom and while leading IEP conferences.

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Developing Lifelong Leisure Skills for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities: An Overview of Fun Activities for the Classroom

This session will be an overview of leisure skills students may need once they reach adulthood, with ties to activities and lesson goals that can begin as early as preschool to ensure these skills are developed. Simple and fun activity ideas for the classroom and home will be provided, with information about additional resources for materials and ideas.

Jodi Click

Jodi Click

Jodi Click is a Special Education Coordinator for Goodwill Education Initiatives in Indiana and a private Assistive Technology/AAC Consultant. She has over 15 years experience working with teens and adults with severe & multiple disabilities, autism, and emotional disabilities in various school and adult service settings, as a teacher, consultant, and case coordinator. She triple-majored in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Education at University of Evansville and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology. Jodi is often found wearing her Super Teacher cape in the classroom and while leading IEP conferences.

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Writing IEP Objectives For Students With Severe Multiple Disabilities

In this webinar, we will look at various components to developing an IEP that will assist teachers in identifying measurable objectives for students with severe multiple disabilities. Key areas will include collecting clear baseline data, writing student specific objectives versus team objectives, exploring methods of evaluation, and looking at the "learning stretch" for your student.  You are invited to bring your student's IEP to this webinar for reference.  The targeted audience for this webinar includes classroom teachers and special education teachers who are case managers for students with severe multiple disabilities. This webinar may be particularly helpful to those who are new to their roles or to supporting a student with severe multiple disabilities.

Terry Wendorf

Terry Wendorf

MA

For over 33 years Terry has been working in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher, University Instructor, and Ministry of Education Outreach Program Coordinator. As an Outreach Program Coordinator, worked with a team of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) to provide website resources including online tutorials, workshops, and individualized curriculum guides for students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple disabilities. Developed and delivers an online course (i.e., Developing Functional Curriculum) for Vancouver Island University. Over 21 years as an educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training with emphasis on adult learning.

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Common Core Aligned Health Units/Lessons for Students with Multiple Disabilities

This webinar will discuss ways to infuse health and adaptive daily living skills in the classroom and will focus on diet and nutrition. I will go through a unit which is aligned with the common core but created for students with multiple disabilities. The lessons will utilize large and small group instruction, ways of including IEP goal alignment, and skill based learning infused with content.

Lauren Collier

Lauren Collier

MA, ED. M.

Lauren Collier received her MA and dual certification from Pace University in Special Education and Elementary Education and her Ed. M. at Columbia University for curriculum development and leadership with an emphasis was on culturally relevant teaching for students with multiple disabilities.

Between internships, 1:1 behavioral therapy, and full time teaching, she has taught students diagnosed with multiple disabilities, autism, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, emotional behavioral disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and a myriad of other syndromes. She started teaching through the New York City Teaching fellows Program and taught a self contained class for 5 years at a specialized NYC department of education school. She currently teaches a combination class for students receiving resources and fully self contained special education services in Hawaii.

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Building Personalized Participation Packages

In this webinar, we will look at designing personalized learning packages that can increase participation for students with complex communication needs and/or severe multiple disabilities. Key equipment that will be incorporated into the participation packages will include the AbleNet PowerLink 4, the All-Turn-It Spinner, and dedicated speech generating devices such as the Step-by-Step. This is a "DIY" guide to creating your own participation/learning packages for your individual students/clients that will increase communication opportunities and physical participation.

Terry Wendorf

Terry Wendorf

MA

For over 33 years Terry has been working in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher, University Instructor, and Ministry of Education Outreach Program Coordinator. As an Outreach Program Coordinator, worked with a team of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) to provide website resources including online tutorials, workshops, and individualized curriculum guides for students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple disabilities. Developed and delivers an online course (i.e., Developing Functional Curriculum) for Vancouver Island University. Over 21 years as an educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training with emphasis on adult learning.

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Techniques and Tips for Serving Children with the Most Significant Needs

Educators and parents are always challenged as to how best to meet the significant and extensive needs of children with severe and multiple disabilities. This series of five workshops is designed to provide techniques, tools and tips that are easy-to-implement to expect higher levels of performance from these children and reduce the barriers imposed by cognitive, communication and motor difficulties.

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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Engage with Adaptations and Supports for Children with Significant Needs

Introduction to series of webinars on moderate to severe disabilities. Educators and parents are always challenged as to how best to meet the significant and extensive needs of children with severe and multiple disabilities. This series of five workshops is designed to provide techniques, tools and tips that are easy-to-implement to expect higher levels of performance from these children and reduce the barriers imposed by cognitive, communication and motor difficulties.

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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Creative Art Experiences Integrated with Functional Outcomes

Educators and parents are always challenged as to how best to meet the significant and extensive needs of children with severe and multiple disabilities. This series of five workshops is designed to provide techniques, tools and tips that are easy-to-implement to expect higher levels of performance from these children and reduce the barriers imposed by cognitive, communication and motor difficulties.

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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