Tag: Early Childhood

Powered Mobility in the Classroom

What if you learned five features and strategies you need to have to control the chair that will relieve your fears? Let’s talk about the features available on all chairs that you need to know to keep everyone safe so your students can be independently mobile through their power chair in your classroom and throughout their school. FIrst we need to be sure we are asking for the best features in a powered mobility chair to increase success in the classroom. Then we need to have a framework on how to train staff on these controls so there is a team addressing increasing powered mobility. Then you can see how activities address language skills, access, literacy and AAC while addressing powered mobility.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to use a kill switch to keep all students and adults in the classroom safe.
  • Understand how to toggle from attendant control and student control to use the power chair throughout the entire school day.
  • Provided integrated activities so language, mobility, literacy and AAC skills are being addressed through powered mobility.

Autism, Behavior, Communication: Made as Simple as ABC

Do you work with children with autism who struggle to communicate? Have you tried AAC and feel it is not working? We must consider the characteristics of autism and the researched based strategies of utilizing AAC. When we put these together, we can be more successful. So let’s look at Autism, Behavior and Communication and clarify the process of implementing AAC with this population. Join this class to accurately define what communication looks like using AAC, what changes you can make to increase functional use of the device and what IEP goals reflect this functional communication.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will identify 3 strategies to use when a person with autism displays stimming behavior while using an AAC device.
Participants will identify 3 characteristics of autism that can impact the use of AAC and how to address each one.
Participants will learn 5 (SMART) components of an IEP goal required to measure increased functional communication using AAC.

Switch It Up: Creative Solutions for Play!

Get ready to revolutionize your pediatric therapy toolkit with Switch It Up: Creative Solutions for Play! This dynamic class delivers an abundance of innovative strategies to engage and empower children with diverse abilities. From outdoor activities to artsy escapades, from themed parties to magical journeys inspired by Harry Potter, our curriculum is bursting with excitement and limitless possibilities. Join us as we redefine the boundaries of adapted play, offering you a comprehensive playbook of adaptable strategies and inventive approaches. Leave our class feeling empowered, invigorated, and supplied with the tools to transform your practice and elevate your impact. Let’s ignite our creativity together as we discover new avenues to connect, engage, and empower the children in our lives!

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will understand what a switch is and how to place it.
2. Participants will be able to identify different types of switches as well as other switch adapted equipment.
3. Participants will be able to identify at least 10 fun ways to incorporate switches into their classroom/therapy/home!

Unleash Your Creativity: Book-Related Strategies to Support AAC and Literacy

Have you ever left an amazing conference with so many ideas your head just can’t hold them all? Have you left with a sense of how you are incorporating AAC and literacy and when you get home it’s clear as mud? Us too! So let’s help each other organize research based emergent literacy instruction ideas and books you own to apply all that you know. We will give examples of books and activities that target research based literacy instruction and take it one step further by unlocking your creativity to apply it all to your favorite books. Bring favorite books and be ready to share them (might need your Amazon cart) and apply all that you know about literacy and AAC.

Key Learning Outcomes

As a result of this presentation participants will be able to:

1. Compare books to select those that lend themselves to specific research based literacy instruction AND enhance motivation.
2. Apply literacy instruction ideas to a wide variety of books for students of all ages – including age respectful books for older students who are emergent readers.
3. Customize the activities demonstrated by the presenters to meet the needs of their own unique students

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