An Interdisciplinary Approach: Use of Core Vocabulary to Develop Language Skills Overtime Jacque TrevinoCristina Martinez
In this session participants will understand the benefits of functional high frequency words to develop children’s’ vocabulary, increase sentence length and to promote social pragmatic skills. Session will have videos and photos of students of all ages using core vocabulary within daily functional routines, story-time and writing!
Behavior is Communication- Strategies for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities Misty Terrell
Our students communicate with us through their behavior. In this session, participants will learn practical strategies to interpret the messages and interventions that can be implemented consistently and by multiple staff members working with the students in a variety of settings.
Learn the advantages of teaching with visuals in the preschool classroom and exploring evidence-based, best-practice techniques during circle time. Learn to use developmentally appropriate activities that encourage participation by accommodating individuals as well as group learning styles and special needs while supporting emergent literacy and pre-math concepts.
Conflict is inevitable! Learn how to predict, prevent, manage and navigate through conflictual situations on ARD committees, with bosses, colleagues and at home. This session explores the nature of conflict as well as tools and strategies to help maintain a problem-solving, team-oriented tone in order to get to mutually satisfying solutions.
Communication from Paper to Pads… iPads That Is Jenny DumasKaren Vinson
Introducing no-tech communication books using screen shots of vocabulary retrieval sets from AAC applications on the iPad as a beginning AAC system. This implementation strategy gives students a place to start with and end result in mind, with-out changing their language system. The use of the no-tech communication book helps beginning AAC users become familiar with a chosen vocabulary retrieval set and transitions seamlessly to a high tech AAC system as the user’s skills develop.
Give Yourself a Hand: Using Sign Language in the Classroom Cyndi O'TooleSusie Tiggs
Participants will learn basic sign language signs as well as hear about research that supports using sign language with young children and how to teach sign to children. This session is beginning level sign language for people who work with any age children or adults in any capacity.
Well written IEPs provide a foundation for appropriate services. This session will provide an overview of the appropriate tools and skills needed to create a student-focused Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Participants will practice writing PFLAAP statements, as well as academic and functional goals/objectives using tools that can be applied to all students.
Shared Predictable Chart Writing Ann JacobsonNichole Kertis
Predictable chart writing is a fun and easy, shared writing activity that supports emergent and
conventional writers and readers. This one activity can be extended over 5 days so that students with disabilities get repeated concept development while enjoying varied exercises. Ideas and examples of adaptations for students with significant disabilities will be shared.
Snap, Crackle, Pop: A Multisensory Approach to Early Childhood Sue Schnars
Increase student engagement and minimize behavior issues using a multisensory approach to your instruction in Early Childhood. Do you wonder why some of the children have wiggles beyond measure, or do you sense that you are constantly redirecting behaviors? If so, this session is the class for you.
Speech Therapy in the Classroom; Collaboration is the Key! Katie Adams
Do your students struggle to generalize their speech and language skills? Do you want to create increased collaboration between the teacher and SLP during speech therapy sessions? Do you want your students to apply what they have learned in speech sessions outside of the therapy room? This session will provide an easy, inclusive therapy approach focusing on providing speech therapy in the classroom with the teacher and paraprofessionals in order to generalize speech skills and increase knowledge of speech and language strategies. This session focuses on students with low incidence disabilities. Videos, outlines and therapy plans will be provided.
Using Visuals with the SAMA Assisting Process Maryteresa Tracy
The SAMA program focuses on preventing aggression from becoming physically harmful. The emphasis of the course is on using the Assisting Process in all interactions. For some of our students, the Assisting Process is just too many words! This session will explore using visuals to increase a student’s comprehension of the assisting process, as well as what pre-requisite skills will help a student begin to use the assisting process. (SAMA certification is NOT required to attend this session)
Yoga for Stress Relief and Attention Nichole KertisAnn Jacobson
Yoga for children is a natural way to exercise, relax, focus, and strengthen the body/mind/spirit connection. Studies show that yoga is an effective self-help therapy for ADD/ADHD, Autism, and general health and well-being of all children. Previous yoga experience not required. Join if you are thinking about how to incorporate yoga into your program for students with multiple disabilities.