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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Community Connections: Build Learner Knowledge of Self, Community and World at Large

In this highly practical webinar session focusing on Personal and Social Development instructional activities, participants will gain skills in planning and delivering academic content integrated with functional activities to advance the learning outcomes for students with severe cognitive, communication and motor challenges. Through depicting a number of multi-sensory, hands- activities, the session will demonstrate how to address the following Social Studies - Personal and Social Development content area key concepts using high-interest scenarios:

• To learn facts about self, community and the world at large
• To identify resources and supports in the community
• To build relationships with peers, school community and the community at large
Applying the universal design for learning principles (UDL) framework centered on presentation, student engagement, action, and expression, this webinar session activities will demonstrate how to ensure accessibility, adjust the task complexity level and foster active learner participation. Participants will increase their knowledge of a number of resources and support tools including assistive technology aids to enhance instruction in the Social Studies (Personal and Social Development) content area.

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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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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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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