When students are identified as struggling readers in a tiered system of support (RTI/MTSS) process, it’s very easy to pull them out of the classroom to give them individualized instruction and support to address the gaps in their learning. However, this strategy keeps students away from class culture, away from important instruction and away from their friends—which can impact them socially. In this edWebinar, Learning Ally’s Terrie Noland explored…
One of the most challenging parts of working with students with autism is the maladaptive behaviors often associated with these students. As educators, it is important to understand that students use these behaviors to communicate a variety of things. In order to effectively eliminate maladaptive behaviors we have to understand what the student is trying to communicate. The process to do this is called a Functional Behavior Assessment…
Discover how songs and rhythmic chants can support necessary skills inherent in social development, including joint attention, turn-taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses. In this edWebinar, Dr. Carol Ann Blank highlighted ways to approach making music with young children in the inclusion classroom to support development of social skills not only in children with disabilities, but in any child who is delayed in social skill development.
Research has shown that students with autism learn best when behaviorally based strategies are used. In this edWebinar, Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, President of Nina Finkler Autism Services, explained a variety of behaviorally based strategies and how to implement them in small groups, whole class lessons, and other settings.
Individuals with autism tend to have difficulty with communication – including comprehension, expression, and social pragmatics. Research and clinical observations demonstrate that individuals with autism often benefit from the use of visual supports. The Visual Immersion System™ (VIS™), created by Dr. Howard Shane and his colleagues from Boston Children’s Hospital, establishes a robust foundation to address communication deficits. In this webinar, Dr. Shane discussed the Visual Immersion System and how to enhance communication and expand language by repurposing consumer products/technology to provide Just In Time Communication (JITs).
Website accessibility is about giving everyone equal access to your online content, regardless of their physical or cognitive ability. In this webinar, John Foliot and Stefani Cuschnir covered the basics of accessibility, rules, and regulations impacting schools.
A variety of comorbid mental health conditions occur regularly for many children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anxiety disorders, anxious symptoms, and developmentally appropriate “worries” present themselves in students with ASD in as many ways as they do in more typically developing children, and they often lead to behavioral challenges for students with ASD. There are highly effective, well-known behavioral and cognitive strategies and interventions for helping manage anxiety but these methods are largely geared toward more “typical” youth. The ways of training professionals to assist youth with anxiety symptoms and conditions focus almost exclusively on language-driven, cognitive methods, which aren’t always effective with children on the autism spectrum…
In this webinar Julie Collison, M.Ed., took and in-depth look at adult transition services, especially for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation focused on the steps required to ensure a smooth transition from school to adulthood, including when the process should begin. School professionals will gain an understanding of where to start and how to guide families to the appropriate services.
Most educators realize the importance of teaching digital citizenship to all students, but students with autism face unique challenges. Learn how to differentiate digital citizenship for students with autism.Instructional Technology Specialist Jennifer Lang shared the strategies she uses leading the digital citizenship efforts at Cumberland Academy, an independent school that serves students with autism and other neurobehavioral differences.
For every teacher, it’s different, but you know who they are for you – the students who are “hard to teach.” They have been overlooked, underserved, or frustrated, and they’re not learning as they should. In this webinar, Doug Fisher presented a thoughtful and practical approach to achieving breakthrough success with linguistically and culturally diverse students who struggle in school.
Lauren and ShyJuan presented an in-depth look at evidence-based strategies to help reduce and/or replace challenging behaviors utilizing functional communication training (FCT).
Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to knowing and implementing laws that pertain to students with disabilities. It is critical that all educators understand the fundamentals of these laws and are able to answer basic questions about them. In this webinar, Beverley H. Johns shared these concepts about special education law/
Reinforcement is a critical component to changing a student’s behavior in the classroom. In this webinar Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA gave participants a better understanding of reinforcement, strategies for implementing and using reinforcement in the classroom, and specific ideas of what to use for reinforcement.
In this webinar, Dr. Eva Horn presented the Children’s School Success Plus (CSS+) Curriculum Framework for early childhood educators, a guide to plan and deliver instruction for all young children they serve. The CSS+ framework offers guidance to early educators on how to provide equal access to interesting, integrated academic and social curriculum content while simultaneously addressing children’s unique learning needs.
We’ve learned a lot about how to help students on the Autism Spectrum achieve success at school. But research shows that half the time we don’t apply what we know works. Using a few simple tools and tweaks can change stress into easy, meltdowns into smiles, and fear into fun. In this webinar, Linda Hodgdon highlighted her list of 12 “must haves” for every classroom with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The nerves have set in. The first day of school is rapidly approaching. In this webinar, Lauren Stafford provided tech tips and tricks for starting the first day of school with confidence.
In this webinar based on her Gryphon House publication, Practical Strategies for Supporting Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders, author Tricia Shelton shared instructional strategies that lead to the successful inclusion of students with ASD in early childhood classrooms.
Many educators have explored the fundamentals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and then asked: “How do I use UDL in my planning?” In this webinar, Dr. Patti Ralabate walked through the process of applying UDL to effective lesson planning.
Students with autism present many unique challenges within a classroom environment. In order to effectively address these behaviors, educators must first understand them, then develop individualized treatment strategies. After showing viewers how to identify each of the four functions of behavior, this webinar will provide specific strategies to treat behaviors, explain ways to collect data to monitor behaviors, and discuss the importance of reinforcement.
With the advent and proliferation of mobile devices available to students and teachers has come a wide range of options for accessing text. Electronic Texts and accompanying accessibility features such as text to speech can facilitate organization of materials, richer arrays of contexts available, and comprehension of classroom content for those with reading, language learning and other disabilities. This webinar will familiarize educators with a variety of options at various price points and platforms, with demonstration of apps and features that put eTexts at your and students’ fingertips in no time.
This webinar will help educators find ways to create additional access points into learning through the inclusion of songs and chants throughout the school day. Discover music activities that support social development, language development, and physical-motor development for ALL children in the early childhood inclusion classroom, including special learners or those with challenging behaviors.
The process of transition planning should not fall solely on the school district. Educators can help parents play an active role in planning as well providing opportunities for instruction within the home and community. When having the discussion about transition, there are five critical skill areas that must be considered and included in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This webinar focused on these five critical areas and their importance.
Many children with autism have atypical sensory behaviors, which may negatively impact their participation in the community. Research indicates that using a desensitization approach, which emphasizes the child’s needs while creating a positive and structured experience, can significantly improve community participation…
One area of concern for new teachers is the large number of students with special needs in their classroom. Many novices do not know how to differentiate their instruction to meet each student’s individual needs. In this webinar, Shannon Holden discussed how to use accommodations and modifications to create an inclusive classroom environment where all students experience success.