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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Designing Your Treasure Chest of Tools to Advance Children With Significant Needs

In this final session in this series on advancing outcomes for children with severe and multiple disabilities, you will learn how to provide a variety of support tools to maximally involve your students in learning and strengthen their concept-knowledge to reach desired outcomes. Based on the research-supported Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, the tools in the treasure chest will offer various formats to increase student access to learning and opportunities for them to respond in non-traditional ways.

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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UDL | Support Tools

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How to Make an Affordable Sensory Cart

This webinar will focus on ways to create an affordable sensory cart. Sensory carts can enable groups of classrooms to share materials, but can often very expensive. This webinar will discuss ways to save and what to splurge on. In addition there will be a portion of the webinar which looks at ways of taking and tracking sensory data.

Lauren Collier

Lauren Collier

MA, ED. M.

Lauren Collier received her MA and dual certification from Pace University in Special Education and Elementary Education and her Ed. M. at Columbia University for curriculum development and leadership with an emphasis was on culturally relevant teaching for students with multiple disabilities.

Between internships, 1:1 behavioral therapy, and full time teaching, she has taught students diagnosed with multiple disabilities, autism, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, emotional behavioral disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and a myriad of other syndromes. She started teaching through the New York City Teaching fellows Program and taught a self contained class for 5 years at a specialized NYC department of education school. She currently teaches a combination class for students receiving resources and fully self contained special education services in Hawaii.

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7 Steps for Structuring Customized Interventions for Children with Autism

Both educators and families will find this session beneficial! In this session, you will gain skills in implementing a “Seven Support Steps” framework based on research-based interventions for responding to the complex and diverse needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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 | Interventions

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The Basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in K-12 Settings

Goals, methods, materials and assessments are the cornerstones of good instruction, especially for a diverse classroom. Our classrooms are made up of students who come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic settings and possess a multitude of abilities. As educators, we should be providing flexible options and multiple ways for our students to absorb process and show information. Come learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all students equal opportunities to learn. Universal Design for Learning is concept developed from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) that provides a structure/framework to support various educational initiatives for ALL students, regardless of ability.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

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UDL | Assessment

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Para Educators: Don’t be Fooled about Technology Supports in the Classroom

This webinar will present an overview of and data which supports the importance of engagement within the general educational setting. Strategies for Para Educators will be discussed and examples shown of how classrooms have used Universal Design for Learning strategies to provide engagement for all students, regardless of disability. Web-based tools and other in-class supports and definitions, including definitions of accommodations versus modifications, will be used to illustrate best practices for engagement.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

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Self-Regulation & Calming Techniques for Children with Autism

Both educators and families will find this session beneficial! This session will present a variety of self-regulation and calming techniques to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to reduce their anxiety and stress levels and to calm down enabling them to develop self-regulation. Calming techniques tied to cognitive behavior modification to help reduce meltdowns in children with ASD and build focus for learning will be discussed.

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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This is not a DRILL: Real Skills For Real Life With Autism

People with Autism have a very specific set of characteristics and therefore require specific strategies while working with them. In this session we will discuss the specific characteristics of people with Autism, how this can look as they become adults, and strategies that have been found to be successful for people with Autism in the real world. We will also look at social skills and behavior as the people work with get older. Real life stories will be shared!

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

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Autism | Social Skills

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