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.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provides us with many useful tools for addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom. Often the most effective interventions involve an interdisciplinary approach, which combines ABA with Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and more. This collaboration enables us to address the needs… read more →
This webinar focused on creating seamless and truly inclusive educational experiences for all learners. Dr. Julie Causton presented many useful strategies for creating warm and welcoming classrooms equipped to support all students. Dr. Causton also discussed alternatives to pull-out therapy, resource services, and many examples of how to provide collaborative and inclusive.
Take an in-depth look at the combined effect of autism and co-existing mental health conditions. The presenters discussed the impact on day-to-day function, and strategies to support improved behavior, learning and performance of students with dual diagnoses.
In this webinar, Alexandra Dunn, speech language pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board, and Heather Snider, grade 2/3 teacher at Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, Canada, discussed collaborative learning environments built around the tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
This webinar provided immediate and effective interventions to prevent bullying that can be implemented across grade levels and settings. Learn how to empower school personnel to prevent bullying of students with disabilities and ultimately minimize the harm.
Learn how to step up the progress of early childhood inclusion. In this webinar, Dr. Erin Barton and Dr. Barbara J. Smith provided an overview of their book, The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox.
Discover how the application of eBooks can be used as an assistive technology tool for reading for all students – including those with special needs. In this webinar, Dr. Terence Cavanaugh shared the numerous features of eBooks that can be classified as accommodations.
Behavior! As teachers, you have to deal with a variety of student behaviors on a daily basis. Children with autism especially have challenging behaviors that can be perplexing and confusing. Understanding these behaviors and being able to decode what your students need are vital skills for any teacher.
A growing body of research reveals that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a heightened interest in all forms of visual materials. This, coupled with strong visual processing skills, makes this group an excellent candidate to benefit from technology-based instruction. This webinar focused on current and emerging technologies that impact learning and communication and detailed the experience of implementing technology at Monarch Center for Autism.
Do you know how to work with young children who have sensory processing disorder (SPD)? Learn about the brain process, sensory integration, how it affects young children’s learning, and their behaviors. Christy Isbell shared red flags for the identification of children who have sensory processing disorder and are “sensory seekers” or “sensory avoiders”.
Puberty is a challenging time for all youth, but can present unique challenges for youth with disabilities. In this webinar, Ruth M. Eyres shared instructional strategies for teaching the social skills, self-awareness, and safety skills necessary to provide appropriate sexuality education.
The benefits of including students with autism spectrum disorders in group instructional opportunities is well documented. The challenge for educators becomes providing these instructional opportunities while ensuring that all learners have meaningful participation.
Traditionally teachers plan a lesson, and then with support of a special educator, the lesson is adapted to meet the needs of students who have disabilities. In this interactive, collaborative webinar, attendees learned to use the principles of universal design to work together to practice a model where lessons are created with every learner in mind. Using a collective prior knowledge of instructional technology tools, they worked together to convert the content traditionally delivered on a paper-based worksheet into an authentic, meaningful learning experience that engages a spectrum of abilities and interests. Loudoun County Public Schools’ Christopher Bugaj and Mark Nichols provided a new model for lesson planning to share with your district, as well as a host of tools and strategies for using contemporary educational tools to meet the needs of every learner.
Viewers will come away equipped to:
● describe the three pillars/principles of Universal Design for Learning;
● redesign a lesson with a Universal Design for Learning perspective; and
● share a key phrase to summarize a Universal Design for Learning framework.
This webinar recording will be useful for any educator including teachers, media specialists, administrators, technology resource teachers, related service staff, and parents.
The Queen of Visual Strategies, Linda Hodgdon, CCC-SLP shared her 5 quick tips and tricks for kicking off a successful school year. Lauren Stafford, M.Ed added a twist with fun interactive technology that will make the 5 supports easier than ever with data to monitor student success.
In this webinar, participants learned how songs and rhythmic chants can support necessary skills inherent in social development including joint attention, turn taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses. Carol Ann Blank, board certified music therapist, highlighted ways to approach making music with young children in the inclusion classroom to support the development in social skills not only in children with disabilities, but in any child who is delayed in social skill development.
The pace of development and the sheer number of different types of technology, both hardware and software can be overwhelming to many in the education field. Further, deciding how to implement technology can be confusing. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have needs that can often be met more effectively with technology than students with typical cognitive development. In this presentation Jeffery Richards, M.Ed. and Chris Karter, M.A. suggested a framework, using the SAMR model, for approaching and utilizing technology in the classroom.
Attendees of this webinar learned about the Visual Immersion Program by exploring its core beliefs: the 7 functions of communication, foundational tools, emerging familiarity, and emergent understanding. Participants learned about assistive technology tools, including low-tech versus high-tech, foundational apps/devices, emerging familiarity apps/devices, and emergent understanding apps/devices.
Recent directives from the federal government suggests that states are not doing enough to prepare students with intellectual disabilities to gain employment after leaving high school. In this webinar, Kara Magee-Arick discussed ways school districts can improve postsecondary outcomes and employment opportunities for students with significant intellectual disabilities.
What do you want to accomplish with the iPad? How do you sort through a million apps in the App Store and what should you look for? In this program, the focus was on 5 key skill areas that apps can help preschoolers, school age and adults participate in life activities working toward achieving more independence.
Dr. Clarissa Willis offered strategies for teachers to assist their early learners with social interaction difficulties, communication challenges, and developing routines. Participants had the opportunity to identify how these strategies could be implemented in their own setting.
Presenter Carol Ann Blank, shared songs and activities that support social development, language development, and physical/motor development for ALL the children in your class – including special learners or those with challenging behaviors. View the webinar to see how students who are handicapped participate in instrument play, singing, and academic-related concepts alongside their typically developing deaf peers.
The DSM-5 or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition) is a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association which standardizes psychiatric diagnostic categories and criteria. Dr. Barry addressed the following topics as they relate to ASD: changes from the DSM-IV; limitations; and social-communication disorder.
This webinar was designed for professionals who work with young children with autism and their families. The importance of the direct involvement of parents in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been widely recognized. Project ImPACT is an evidenced-based parent-training curriculum that has been used to improve children with ASD’s social communication skills.