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How to Create the Right Environment for Successful AAC use in the Classroom

Learn about the newest technology for AAC users - Location Awareness with Beacons. As educators, it is imperative that we are fluent in the use of digital devices. It is our job to teach our students how to be independent AND to help them develop functional skills with technology. Studies in the visual cognitive sciences have argued that we need to bring the environment into the AAC. This webinar is designed to improve your digital fluency and show you how to teach appropriate iPad behaviors to student with special needs. Learn how to use location awareness technology built in to SuperSpeak AAC which is a easy way to bring the environment in on the AAC. We will teach you how to best apply these findings in a classroom setting with your special needs learners. Participants will also get some hands on training on how to bring the environment into the AAC through location awareness technology built in to SuperSpeak AAC.

How to Create the Right Environment for Successful AAC use in the Classroom Handout

Kirsten McLeod

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Kirsten McLeod

Kirsten is an app troubleshooting guru. She can teach anyone how to best customize their mobile device for their specific needs.

Katrine Gulstad Pedersen

Katrine Gulstad Pedersen

As a special needs teacher Katrine has ten plus years of experience working together with special needs children, their teachers, and parents. She has been a key driver for the implementation of digital tools and solutions in the Norwegian public schools and kindergartens, as well as establishing strategies for best practice.

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Revolutionizing Sensory Integration: Squease Therapeutic Applications and Tutorial

This webinar will provide an overview of the Squease pressure vest and its use as a therapeutic intervention. Learn about its applications and the innovative research behind how and why it works. The vest was designed to mimic the feeling of being hugged and has been shown to increase oxytocin levels resulting in more effective coping and functioning.

Revolutionizing Sensory Integration: Squease Therapeutic Applications and Tutorial Handout

Sarah Hovseth

Sarah Hovseth

B.S.

Sarah Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Psychology. She spent three years working in autism day treatment and ABA classrooms alongside speech and occupational therapists. In her current position she works to assess and connect children and adolescents with a variety of mental health diagnosis to appropriate services.

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From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living

Devices from Apple, Google, Pebble and others offer a great deal of customization through a number of built-in accessibility features as well as apps that can be installed to support a number of individual needs. For this session we will focus on the use of wearables as a support for executive functioning, our ability to plan and executive key tasks related to daily living. We will explore a number of built-in features and apps for setting up and managing calendars, to do lists, reminders and other tools that can help all of us stay on track as we seek to complete important personal goals. In addition to these aids for daily living available on a number of wearables ranging from fitness devices to smart watches, we will explore the availability of accessibility features such as screen reader support, magnification and other display adjustments for those who need them to interact with their devices.

From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living Handout

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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Classroom-wide Core Vocabulary Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This webinar will review an implementation program, called Project Core, aimed at providing classroom professionals with the training, tools and ongoing support needed to deliver classroom-wide communication instruction to students with significant cognitive disabilities. The program specifically targets students who are not yet using speech, sign language or symbols to communicate in flexible ways. The instruction is delivered by teachers, teaching assistants and other classroom staff, and all students have individual access to an augmentative communication system with Universal Core vocabulary. The Universal Core vocabulary consists of 36 highly useful single words that can be used alone or in combination to communicate for a range of purposes on countless topics with a variety of communication partners. Available Universal Core vocabulary formats to support student access through direct pointing, touch, eye gaze selection, and partner-assisted scanning will be discussed, along with an online tool to guide the selection of suitable formats.

Modeling and explicit instruction of the Universal Core vocabulary is incorporated into daily activities and common instructional routines. An overview of available instructional planning guides and self-evaluation and observational checklists will be provided. The development and evaluation of the Project Core implementation program is supported by a Stepping Up Technology Implementation grant from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Preliminary analysis of data from 17 classroom sites will be presented. All training materials, tools and support resources are available from the Project’s website at: www.project-core.com.
Required disclaimer: This presentation was produced under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H327S140017. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this presentation is intended or should be inferred.
Classroom-wide Core Vocabulary Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Handout

Lori Geist

Lori Geist

PhD, CCC-SLP

Lori Geist, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lori is a certified speech-language pathologist with an emphasis in augmentative communication and assistive technology. She has worked in direct service, consultation, and product development related to AAC, language, and literacy intervention for students with complex communication needs. Lori currently serves as the project director for a research initiative called Project Core.

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Hands-Free: An Introduction to Switch Support on iOS Devices and Apple TV

Switch Control provides a robust solution for built-in switch access on iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. With tvOS 10, this support now extends to the Apple TV, which can also serve as a hub for controlling a number of smart devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home automation protocol (such as lights, locks and more).This session will focus on the key features of Switch Control across these two platforms, including the different access methods (auto scanning, manual scanning and single-switch step scanning), Recipes for performing repetitive actions such as flipping the pages in an ebook, Long Press for adding more than one action to a switch press, Device Switching for using one switch interface with multiple devices, Point Mode for adding switch accessibility to apps that lack it and more. A number of switch compatible apps will also be shared, along with a free ebook to continue your learning of Switch Control after the session.

Hands-Free: An Introduction to Switch Support on iOS Devices and Apple TV Handout

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 3

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 3: Will cover a variety of tools, apps, and alternative solutions to support and enhance expressive language and communication skills. Different and accessible ways for all students to express knowledge and understanding will be explored and presented to attendees.
Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction - Session 3 Handout

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 2

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 2: The use of video to build receptive language and comprehension and how to incorporate video into lessons, reading-to-learn activities, and presentations.
Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction - Session 2 Handout

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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Choreographing Effective Paraeducator Support in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings

This session will demonstrate practical strategies of how to choreograph effective paraeducator support that is child-centered, discreet and unobtrusive to advance the learning – cognitive, communication, and social-emotional – outcomes of children in inclusive pre-kindergarten and kindergarten settings. Participants will gain skills in assisting with student-specific instructional interventions, and maximizing learning opportunities for children using appropriate level of prompts and cues and gradually fading the prompts.

Choreographing Effective Paraeducator Support in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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Executive Function Series: Session 3 Strengthening Self-Regulation for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Executive functioning and self-regulation — recalling relevant information to complete a task, filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation, and adapting and adjusting to changing demands — are particularly challenging for students with significant communication, behavioral and cognitive needs. This webinar series will discuss support strategies to develop and strengthen executive function and self-regulation skills and compensate for any deficit areas to enable academic and life success.

Session 3: This webinar session will focus on a number of strategies to teach and guide students to develop self-control and strengthen self-regulation skills. Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities may experience difficulties with filtering out distractions and exercising self-regulation and also may experience behavior meltdowns. In this session, participants will gain knowledge and skills in providing a variety of cognitive tools to teach students to exercise self-regulation – reflecting before acting, controlling impulses and learning to calm down, and resisting temptations and distractions – for academic and life success.
Executive Function Series: Session 3 Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

Beginner

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Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 1

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 1: Video tools that are needed to record, capture, download, enhance, edit, add captions and animation on different platforms and devices.
Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction - Session 1 Handout

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

Beginner

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