Scheduling 101: Fitting It All In

January 23rd, 2020|

Linda Petersen, MS, CCC-SLP, with Easterseals Outreach, will review the importance of using classroom schedules and individual student schedules. She will also provide input as to how to create them and how to use them to teach a variety of skills. A 1-hour PD certificate will be available following this online training.

Meeting Recording:

Auditory Access in the Classroom

January 21st, 2020|

Donna Fisher Smiley, Ph.D., CCC-A (Audiology Supervisor, Arkansas Children’s Hospital/Coordinator of the EARS Program) will be the guest presenter. She will provide an update on hearing assistive technology that is being used in schools for students with hearing loss. She will also share some of the resources that the EARS Program @ AR Children’s Hospital has developed to support school staff in their day to day work with this type of technology.

Training Video Link http://somup.com/cYVrVzf9fw

3D Printing for Accessibility.

October 18th, 2019|

Bill Beavers is a guest presenter from ESVI. Come online and learn the basics of 3D printing from simple design tools, to making the g-code files that are sent to the printer to create the final product. We will also cover the basics of the 3D printer and how to get them to perform as expected and maintenance. There will be examples of how to use these for creating projects that will aid those with special needs in daily life.


Story Box as Universal Design

October 16th, 2019|

This hour will review the principles of UDL and the use of the story box literacy strategy for emergent literacy learners and young students with complex learning needs. Access to the literacy and language curriculum and time in the regular classroom for students with multiple disabilities is often severely limited by narrowly focused curriculum combined with a wide range of needs and a lack of adaptations. We will review the principles of UDL and apply them to the story box strategy for emergent literacy student.


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Lunch & Learn: AAC Implementation Ideas

September 12th, 2019|

We will be viewing a video entitled Ruby Bridges was not Alone. Students with complex needs require support in language development, early concept development, vocabulary, and background knowledge. We often struggle to find the time and technology to embed AAC modeling in our lessons and classroom activities, particularly in inclusive classrooms. This webinar was first developed for a teacher who asked “don’t tell me WHY I should model AAC, tell me HOW.” This webinar will explore simple, hands-on descriptive teaching strategies. Based on Gail van Tatenhove’s descriptive teaching method, we will examine how to shift from referential to descriptive teaching to scaffold access to the regular curriculum for emergent students. We will see how the simplest graphic organizers can support our AAC modeling and foster language growth in our students with complex needs. This is an archived webinar shown March 28, 2018 published on Youtube by Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. Erin Sheldon began her career in AAC as a mom of a daughter who has Angelman’s syndrome and is now a special educator.