ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation – 60 minutes

There are a large variety of Alphabet books to cover many interest areas and age ranges. A wide diversity of students can relate to them, create custom ones, sing them, sign them, and repeat them over and over again. ABC books connect literacy to communication. These books can provide a prompt for a lesson, an opportunity for a child to read to themselves, or an engaged time for a parent to read with their child. Alphabet books can be rich in language and are prolific; you can be using more ABCs in your AAC! ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation Handout

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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Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services – Part 2 – 60 minutes

Navigating the move from one program to another and facing the challenges it brings can be traumatic for families. Well-coordinated and seamless transitioning of young children with special needs will yield positive outcomes for the children, their families and early childhood professionals involved. In this two-part webinar series, the presenter, who developed an award winning preschool transition model ‘Together We Succeed’ (TWS) and has published a couple of books on this theme, will present innovative strategies and practical activities to facilitate successful transitions.

Professionals will learn what they must know and do at various stages of the transition process to play an effective role in facilitating smooth transitions for young children from early intervention to preschool services and then on to kindergarten aided with case examples and flowcharts. Applying the principles of family-centered practices, the sessions will present actions and steps that sending and receiving programs must employ to guide and empower families in the transition-related decision-making process. Also, get tips on professional and family role in preparing children adequately for the next environment. Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services - Part 2 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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Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services – Part 1 – 60 minutes

Navigating the move from one program to another and facing the challenges it brings can be traumatic for families. Well-coordinated and seamless transitioning of young children with special needs will yield positive outcomes for the children, their families and early childhood professionals involved. In this two-part webinar series, the presenter, who developed an award winning preschool transition model ‘Together We Succeed’ (TWS) and has published a couple of books on this theme, will present innovative strategies and practical activities to facilitate successful transitions.

Professionals will learn what they must know and do at various stages of the transition process to play an effective role in facilitating smooth transitions for young children from early intervention to preschool services and then on to kindergarten aided with case examples and flowcharts. Applying the principles of family-centered practices, the sessions will present actions and steps that sending and receiving programs must employ to guide and empower families in the transition-related decision-making process. Also, get tips on professional and family role in preparing children adequately for the next environment. Navigating the Maze of Transitions: From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services - Part 1 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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Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons – Part 2 – 60 minutes

Part 2 - Standards for Mathematical Practice 5-8

Teachers want their students to develop a mathematical mindset and see math in the world around them. No matter your grade level, the eight mathematical practice standards are a guide to good math instruction. These sessions will give you suggestions for incorporating them into your everyday math class. Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons - Part 2 Standards 5-8 Handout

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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Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons – Part 1 – 60 minutes

Part 1 - Standards for Mathematical Practice 1-4

Teachers want their students to develop a mathematical mindset and see math in the world around them. No matter your grade level, the eight mathematical practice standards are a guide to good math instruction. These sessions will give you suggestions for incorporating them into your everyday math class. Integrating the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice Into Your Daily Lessons – Part 1 Handout

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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Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People – 60 minutes

Living with people on the Autism Spectrum can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t always have to be. There are many areas in a home environment that can be adapted to make the home a happy home. A home where lifestyles are healthy and independence is nurtured. A home to work, play, learn and live in. Not only do children need to learn to adapt to the environment, but the environment also needs to be shaped- to stimulate or calm, provide order, encourage interests, talents, and successes and to give and maintain control to parents and caregivers. Areas addressed in this presentation include: space to eat, sleep, and work, color, clutter, visual/auditory/sensory input, home safety, elopement, attitude, and assistive technology devices that will support learning, playing and day to day living. Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People Handout

Stephanie Rauscher

Stephanie Rauscher

ATP

I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 40 years and have spent the last 36 years employed at Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica, NY. I presently work with developmentally disabled adults in a Day Habilitation setting, but have also worked with pre-school and school aged children. I provide PT services to the people we support, write justifications for wheelchairs and durable medical equipment, and am involved in accessibility for ICF’s, IRA’s, and self-direction homes. I have been an ATP for the last 10 years and have provided assessments for home modifications through a waiver grant and for individuals serviced by ACCESS-VR. In 2013, I developed a consulting business for home modifications and assistive technology needs for people with varying abilities called Dwell In Peace LLC.

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Positioning: How Do I Address Poor Head Control in the Seating System? – 60 minutes

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series We’ve all seen it – a student with a highly customized wheelchair seating system who still has a very poor head position. Students may hang their head forward, hyperextend, or even hook their head around and under the head support. This webinar will address strategies to improve head position for these students. Positioning - How Di I Address Poor Head Control in the Seating System Handout

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Positioning: How Do I Provide Alternative Positioning in the Classroom? – 60 minutes

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series When working with young students, children may spend time outside of the wheelchair and in other positions. This webinar will discuss simple tips for providing a variety of appropriate positions outside the wheelchair in the classroom. Positioning: How Do I Provide Alternative Positioning in the Classroom? Handout

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Positioning: How Do I Know if the Student is Positioned Adequately in Their Mobility Base? – 60 minutes

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series We tend to position our bodies to match the task we are engaged in. If a student is not positioned well, they will be unable to use their body as functionally as possible. This webinar will present a simple checklist for determining if positioning is adequate.

Positioning: How Do I Know if the Student is Positioned Adequately in Their Mobility Base? Handout Positioning Checklist

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Early AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five Population – 60 minutes

Several myths about using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with the birth-five population have been dispelled through research in the field of speech pathology. Early introduction of AAC has shown a positive impact on verbal speech, successful communication, and overall independence.

Learning objectives are as follows:
1. Attendees will briefly define AAC and some of its key components, as well as highlight the basic differences/give examples of a high tech/low tech AAC system.
2. Attendees will be able to dispel three “myths” about introducing an AAC system with birth-to-five children with language impairments and explain the benefits of introducing such a system as early on as possible.
3. Attendees will understand the concept of “Aided Language Input” and be able to explain its importance to a child’s development of language with an alternative communication system.
Early AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five Population - Handout Early AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five Population - Additional Handout

Meghan Reitz

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Meghan Reitz

M. Ed., CCC-SLP

Meghan Reitz is an SLP working at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for four years. She received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia in 2012. She has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population, which continues to grow through her work at Children’s Hospital’s outpatient, long term care unit and assistive technology center. She has been a member of the AT team since 2013 and has assisted in AT Recipes for Success mini-grant program and planning two CHoR AT Symposiums to provide education and collaboration for community therapists. She has presented at several regional, state, and nation-wide conferences on the topic of AAC and caregiver training. She completes evaluations and family trainings for children and adults who require augmentative and alternative communication to communicate. She also enjoys working with a very diverse population and has created several caregiver handouts in Spanish to assist with carryover of device implementation at home. She values the importance of training and providing education to caregivers in order to empower families to target communication at home and anywhere on-the-go.

Cary Hastings

Cary Hastings

M. Ed., CCC-SLP

Cary Hastings received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 2008 and earned her M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from The University of Virginia in 2012. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for four years, serving the birth to 21 population who present with a range of diagnoses and communication disorders. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) usage and serves on the Assistive Technology Core team, providing transdisciplinary AAC evaluations, patient and caregiver training, and ongoing treatment in this area. She coordinates the hospital’s grant-funded ‘Ready, Set, Read’ program which provides books and therapy materials to patients to help families carryover therapy targets at home. Other areas of professional interest include working with children with pragmatic language needs and providing parent coaching for early language stimulation. When she is not working with children, she enjoys running, live music, and being outside with her husband and their yellow lab, Bedford.

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