All in a Day's Work: How to Adapt Lessons for Students who are Multiple Impaired with Significant Visual Impairments Debra Leff, Nichole Kertis
Participants will learn techniques for adapting literacy materials for students with cortical visual impairment, blindness and/or physical disabilities. Participants will learn to adapt "functional routines" so that they are accessible to students at an exploration or partial participation level.
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.
Participants will learn about communication books, explore and learn how to develop a variety of engaging communication activities with simple communication devices (Big Mac, Step by Step, Tech/Talk) using conversational scripts.
Core Vocabulary for Students With Complex Comm. Needs Karen Vinson
Participants will become familiar with low, mid and high-tech AAC as it relates to CV, learn how to adapt current therapeutic techniques and strategies to incorporate CV and promote the use of CV in daily activities to facilitate functional communication skills.
They will be discussing ways to create effect lesson planning geared to the STAAR-Alternative Assessment. During this process, we will use the STAAR-Alt assessment tasks, and give examples of how a lesson plan can be created that will address instruction, strategies for delivery of the assessment, and ideas for generalizing the skills.
iCan Do iT: iPad Apps iN Support of iEPs & STAAR Nichole Kertis
In this hands-on workshop participants will explore the built-in features of the iPad that were designed for struggling learners. We will also examine a variety of apps that can be used for instruction and progress toward IEP skill development including reading, writing, communication, math, and personal management. Connections to STAAR-Alternate and digital literacy will be emphasized.
Interactive Accommodations For Literacy Challenges Perry Stokes
The Interactive Accommodations For Literacy Challenges will provide the attendee with an innovative and unique simulation that showcases a full range of classroom accommodations across several content areas. Participants will experience accommodations from the student's perspective. Workshop attendess will be accommodated by both the physical arrangement of the classroom as well as instructionally within the various assignment parameters. Challenged readers and writers will access the very same literacy assignment in a needful, meaningful but different manner as their peers will access this same assignment. The simulation workshop will also provide resources for lesson planning and examples of accommodated classroom assignments.
Individuals who are low-functioning deaf or deaf-blind and significantly developmentally disordered miss out on informal instruction and modeling which are the ways most children learn society’s rules about sexuality. They may lack many of the basic concepts related to body and behavior. This session will address specific areas of instructions and teaching strategies to address this issue.
It Takes a Village: Planning A Good Life with the Decision-Making Matrix Denise Geiger, Kim Greer
Participants in this session will receive instruction in how to use the DMM, examples of completed DMM assessments, reproducible copies of DMM materials, examples of how to write IEP goals and objectives using the DMM, and examples of how to tie this to the postsecondary goals.
Let's Work Together! Inclusion, Literacy & Fun(ctional)! Brenda Bush, Phuong Palafox
This course will provide information on the effectiveness of joining up with your team members and service providers to provide integrated therapy. You will also hear about how different classrooms (PPCD, Life Skills, Bilingual Classroom, K-Secondary) are effectively using this model.
Literacy Throughout the Day Amie Gonzales, Jeanne Ply
The presenters will share examples from a middle school life skills class of incorporating literacy throughout the school day including use of the Systematic Phonics program and other literacy programs (such as Unique Learning Curriculum, News2You, Reading A-Z, Wordmaker).
Make it Work! Technology + PPCD = :-) Michelle McGehee, Linda García
Come learn how PPCD teachers in Hays CISD have integrated their Smartboards/Mimios, data projectors, iPads, and student computers into daily instruction, embedding technology into their classrooms successfully.
Sensing, Acting, Learning: Strategies for Fragile Learners Millie Smith
Barriers to learning imposed by sensory, cognitive, and motor impairments must be overcome by teams of professionals who can use research-based strategies to design highly effective instructional activities.
Social Skills: From Parallel Play to Social Thinking Laura Peroutka
This session will focus on the various developmental stages within social skill development and strategies to add deficits at all levels. Participants will learn about the following stages: functional play, parallel play, interactive play, and social thinking.
The Successful Employment Journey of a Young Man with Severe Autism Linda Levine
This session will cover the successful employment journey of a young man with severe autism who is nonverbal, cannot read or write, has sensitivity to sounds, has difficulty learning and does have behavioral concerns.
Working with Paraprofessionals - How to Make It Work Stephanie Hartman
This session will show mistakes I made and ways I made it work. It will include dealing with personalities, communication, and data collection. This session is geared toward teachers, but it would also be appropriate for a teacher and paraprofessional(s) team.