Intervention Strategies for Self-injurious Behaviors – 45 minutes

Students with significant disabilities may engage in a variety of unconventional behaviors causing injury to themselves –-such as hitting, head banging, scratching, hair pulling, biting, or screaming. These problem behaviors interfere with learning, inflict bodily harm and cause injury. The webinar will discuss the function that it serves, the contributing factors that trigger the behavior and how to observe and document the behavior. In this session, both educators and families will learn how to change the triggers, provide supports to the student and teach more appropriate replacement behaviors.

Intervention Strategies for Self-injurious Behaviors 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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AAC in the Classroom for Students with Significant Disabilities: Analyzing Data from Low Tech AAC and Apps

The analysis session will follow the uses of the implementation techniques introduced in session 1 and the data collection techniques introduced in session 2. It is often difficult to represent the progress of students with significant disabilities who also have complex communication needs. Kelly is in the sixth year of a project where teams in 17 school districts have done just that, and have demonstrated impressive gains when then have focused on communication in specific classroom activities rather than as a Speech/Language activity alone. When communication and analysis of communication goals is made accessible to all staff members, including para-educators, the students are the winners. There's no reason that data has to be managed by just one person on the team, when it's results impact everyone's interaction with the student. If everyone is involved with the data and data charting and analysis, then it is more likely that they are invested in the outcome.

Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 1: Communication

Communicative Competency is the foundation to instruction. Students with significant disabilities must also be able to achieve all the aspects of communication including exchanging information and ideas, ask and answer questions, and make comments about daily life, the world in which they live and the academic content in their classes. This workshop will explore a variety of communication options for these students.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

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