Build the Brain When it Counts: Stimulate Literacy Development with Enriching Experiences – 45 minutes

Build the Brain When it Counts series offers three webinars to increase the knowledge and skills of educators to nurture children’s executive function skills through the cognitive, literacy and social-emotional thematic frameworks. The strategies and activities will illustrate an invigorating learning process to put Pre-K to Kindergarten children on a positive learning trajectory.

Part 2: Using the thematic framework of the ‘Literacy World’, this webinar incorporates best-practice strategies to promote and advance communication and literacy development of Pre-K and Kindergarten students. A popular children’s book will serve as the focal point for exploring the theme of literacy. Educators will learn how to design and deliver a variety of enriching experiences to spark children’s sense of wonder and advance their learning.
Build the Brain When it Counts: Stimulate Literacy Development with Enriching Experiences 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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Build the Brain When it Counts: Cultivate Cognitive and Executive Function Skills- 45 minutes

Build the Brain When it Counts series offers three webinars to increase the knowledge and skills of educators to nurture children’s executive function skills through the cognitive, literacy and social-emotional thematic frameworks. The strategies and activities will illustrate an invigorating learning process to put Pre-K to Kindergarten children on a positive learning trajectory.

Part 1:Using a thematic framework of the ‘Cognitive World’, this webinar will illustrate a variety of math, science, literacy and movement activities to train children in executive function skills – attention, working memory, filtering out distractions, and problem-solving skills– to pave the way for success with learning and development. A popular children’s book will serve as the focal point to embed numerous highly motivating activities to cultivate cognitive and executive function skills.
Build the Brain When it Counts: Cultivate Cognitive and Executive Function Skills 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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Build the Brain When it Counts: Nurture Social-emotional Domain with Positive Behavioral Approaches – 45 minutes

Build the Brain When it Counts series offers three webinars to increase the knowledge and skills of educators to nurture children’s executive function skills through the cognitive, literacy and social-emotional thematic frameworks. The strategies and activities will illustrate an invigorating learning process to put Pre-K to Kindergarten children on a positive learning trajectory.

Part 3: Using a thematic framework of the ‘Emotional World’, this webinar will illustrate a variety of enriching early experiences to foster the social-emotional development of Pre-K and Kindergarten students. A popular children’s book will serve as the focal point for exploring the theme of emotions. Educators will learn how to design and deliver diverse activities to advance student growth in self-regulation and problem-solving based on neuroscience findings.
Build the Brain When it Counts 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 – 45 minutes

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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Beyond Games: Strategies to Engage PreK Learners

PreK mathematics is more than just play. This webinar incorporates best practices in mathematics instruction and play-based learning, including the latest research on how to engage PreK children in learning mathematics.

Janet Stramel

Janet Stramel

M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Stramel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University. She received a BS degree in Middle School Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; an M.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University. She was a middle school mathematics teacher in Guthrie, OK from 1985-2001 and Wamego, KS from 2001-2009. During her time at FHSU, Dr. Stramel has taught classes in teacher education with a focus on mathematics methods as well as classes for the Department of Mathematics. She was the Director of Assessment and Accreditation and appointed as Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Equals PreK Mathematics Curriculum – A Curriculum Developed for All Young Math Learners

Equals PreK is systematic math instruction for pre-school students of all abilities. The program draws on the critical foundational math skills necessary for on-going success, helping our students truly enjoy learning around math. Differentiated instructional strategies are embedded into the lessons to include all learners, specifically students with mild, moderate, or severe disabilities.

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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PreK | Curriculum

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