AGENDA

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 - Registration

8:30 -9:50 - General Session

10:00 - 11:20 - Concurrent Sessions

11:20 - 1:00 - Lunch (On Your Own)

1:00 - 2:20 - Concurrent Sessions

2:30 - 3:50 - Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, June 7, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 - Registration

8:30 -9:50 - Concurrent Sessions

10:00 - 11:20 - Concurrent Sessions

11:30 - 12:50 - Concurrent Sessions

DAY 1

8:30 - 9:50

Camp LATI - Networking Activity

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 - 11:20

Making Content Accessible with Google 

Jessica Montgomery, LEAP Connectors High School Teacher   Ascension Parish

Google Suite helps students increases accessibility, interaction, and independence through Google Classroom, extensions and other pieces. We will learn how to use Google in order to increase our students participation, independence, and access to the world.

 

Comprehension Plan for Hearing Impaired Students                                                                                                 

Dr. David Mulnick, Director of Audiology, ReNEW Schools

The presentation gives an overview of the workings of hearing aids and cochlear implants, and familiarizes teachers with the daily care of theses instruments.  It also gives useful tips for working with hearing impaired students.

“In Tents” Communication

Sharon Edwards, AT Facilitator,  South River AT Center

This session will focus on the 3 key components for AAC Success:  core vocabulary, motor planning and modeling. Join me for some “in tents” ideas on how to make this work in the classroom.

Interactive Facilitators for SPED Students in an Online Environment

Dr. Mona Ristovv Reed, Instructor, Lafayette Parish

As online courses are increasing throughout K-12, so are the number of SPED students using this technology and completing mandated subjects. It is considered Assistive Technology when text-to-speech, and speech -to–text are used, as well as closed caption, and manipulation of the context are available (high-lightening, contrast, and color accenting). How can teacher facilitate learning in this environment?

Campsite Clean up with Assistive Technology

Theresa Robinson, AT Facilitator, Northwest AT Center

Assistive technology can be made from common items found at your campsite. In this make-and-take session, participants will learn how recyclable or reusable items can be constructed as AT.  Join us on our adventure as we explore how these supports can address cognitive, visual, fine motor, tactile, sensory, and behavioral needs.

1:00 - 2:20

The Co-Teaching Tango                                                  

Melinda Luna, LASARD Facilitator, LASARD

Co-Presenters: Julie Riley, Chris Champagne, Donna Hammons, Amy Dakin

Have you ever heard the phrase, "It takes two to tango"? The phrase can aptly be applied to co-teaching because it takes two teachers sharing the responsibility of a classroom to implement this practice. Co-teaching is a model that emphasizes collaboration between two teachers working together with groups of students, sharing the physical space as well as the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction. In this session, you will learn about the types of co-teaching, how to prepare for co-teaching, and how to implement it in your classroom. Get ready to tango!

Exploring Our World 

Gilen Meibaum-Norwood, Pathways Trainer , Natchitoches Parish

The goal of this presentation is to impress upon participants the value of play in the early childhood classroom whether indoors or in an outdoor environment. In modeling, appropriate behaviors in the classroom and community one needs to build security of self which leads to portraying kindness and empathy for those around us. Environment and access to items can make a difference in how a child develops the ability to learn. Play is one of the most important needs that enhances imagination and helps to develop coping skills that become a lifelong.

Let Your LAMP Shine

Sharon Edwards, AT Facilitator, South River AT Center

This session will focus on the motor planning and core vocabulary approach when developing effective communication systems. Participants will learn the basic principles behind LAMP and how to use normal language development to build a student’s language to be able to produce spontaneous novel utterances. Each participant will make a low tech LAMP Words for Life board.

Fire Up Your iPads with Switch Control Recipes  

Patty Lagron, AT Facilitator, South Central AT Center

Switch Control, built directly into iOS, is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with impaired physical or motor skills.  Using the "Recipes" feature of iOS Switch Control, you can create custom gestures for one or more switches.  They are not your mother's recipes but they are quick and easy; come fine out how!

 

Campsite Clean up with Assistive Technology  

Theresa Robinson, AT Facilitator, Northwest AT Center

Assistive technology can be made from common items found at your campsite. In this make-and-take session, participants will learn how recyclable or reusable items can be constructed as AT.  Join us on our adventure as we explore how these supports can address cognitive, visual, fine motor, tactile, sensory, and behavioral needs.

2:30 - 3:50

“Can’t I Just Take A Picture of It?” Making Worksheets More Accessible  

Josh Miller, AT Facilitator, Southeast AT Center

Participants will be exposed to various ways to make worksheets more accessible including low tech accommodations and high tech resources. Topics covered include: modifying the assignment based on student strengths, low tech assistive technology and high tech solutions including the incredible IOS app Go Worksheet Maker which lets you snap a picture of your worksheets and enhance them.

Putting Out the Dyslexia Fire with Google Tools 

Kristie Sheffield, AT Facilitator, Northeast AT Center

As more and more districts are choosing to use the Google platform, they are also making classrooms more accessible for students with learning disabilities.  Join us in this session to discover ways to support your students with Dyslexia and those classified as SLD utilizing free or low cost Google tools.

May the “Forest” Be with You, Read with Ease 

Charlene Viator, AT Facilitator, Southwest AT Center

In this session you will learn about free resources that are accessible for everyone to enjoy reading. There are thousands and thousands of fiction and non-fiction books .

Fire Up Your iPads with Switch Control Recipes  

Patty Lagron, AT Facilitator, South Central AT Center

Switch Control, built directly into iOS, is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with impaired physical or motor skills.  Using the "Recipes" feature of iOS Switch Control, you can create custom gestures for one or more switches.  They are not your mother's recipes but they are quick and easy; come fine out how!

Getting Connected with S'more Activities

Kristie Stapler, AT Facilitator, South River AT Center

Tired of recreating the wheel for every lesson?  Me too! Well join me as I share some templates that make it easy to create lesson activities to meet the LA Connectors.

DAY 2

Concurrent Sessions

8:30 - 9:50

Creating a Core Vocabulary Campsite      

Kristie Sheffield, AT Facilitator, Northeast AT Center

Communicative competency gives them the power to be successful.  Join us in this session and take a different look at how the power of core and immersing it into daily activities will give your students the ability to competently communicate across situations.  

Hiking Through Sensory Strategies  

Josh Miller, AT Facilitator, Southeast AT Center

Explore ways to address the sensory needs of students in the classroom with resources both handmade and purchased.  Topics covered include: Why address sensory needs?, sensory bins, calming bottles and various tools designed to meet the sensory needs of students. Participants will create and leave with a sample “sensory bag” as part of this hands on, make and take session.

May the “Forest”  Be with You, Read with Ease  

Charlene Viator, AT Facilitator, Southwest AT Center

In this session you will learn about free resources that are accessible for everyone to enjoy reading. There are thousands and thousands of fiction and non-fiction books .

Calm Campers: S'more Mindful Movement for Your Classroom   

Kristine Taylor, AT Facilitator, Central AT Center

Looking to create more calm and focus in your students (and yourself)? Self-regulation skills allow students to manage their emotions, behavior and body movement when faced with tough situations. Mindful movement strategies (when practiced regularly) can help students self regulate and improve concentration, so they are ready to learn. In this session, participants will actively explore tools to help create a calm classroom environment.  Learn simple breathing and movement strategies you can immediately implement to center your students.

Map Out Your Communication Plan 

Sharon Edwards, AT Facilitator, South River AT Center

Students with disabilities, like all students, must have the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of education (e.g., academic, social, vocational). Being able to effectively communicate with others is critical in this process. IEP teams are required to consider the communication needs of all students with disabilities and address the identified needs through the IEP. Let’s map out a plan so that our students can find their way to be an effective communicator.

10:00 - 11:20

Get Hooked on Digital Text:  Fishing for Accessible Formats  

Jodi Burr, AT Facilitator, Northwest AT Center

Read a student a book and you teach him for a day.  Give a student tools to read a book INDEPENDENTLY and you teach him for a lifetime!  
Join us as we reel in a catch of accessible formats and resources to not only support struggling readers, but also to universally provide opportunities for all learners to comprehend digital text.  

Hiking Through Sensory Strategies     

Josh Miller, AT Facilitator, Southeast AT Center

Explore ways to address the sensory needs of students in the classroom with resources both handmade and purchased.  Topics covered include: Why address sensory needs?, sensory bins, calming bottles and various tools designed to meet the sensory needs of students. Participants will create and leave with a sample “sensory bag” as part of this hands on, make and take session.

Math Wilderness Survival Guide     

Dana McGee, AT Facilitator, Southwest AT Center

This session will focus on how to incorporate AT apps and websites with Math Resources/Guides, Connectors, and Essential Element Cards found on the Louisiana Department of Education website.

SeeSaw: Digital Portfolios for Happy Campers   

Kristine Taylor, AT Facilitator, Central AT Center

Justin Sims, AT Facilitator, Central AT Center

Seesaw is a student driven digital portfolio that allows kids to save and submit a variety of work: videos, photos, text and drawings.  They can reflect on their work in writing or with a voice recording when they submit.  Teachers can offer feedback and share with parents.  Come and explore how to use the free features of this cool tool to curate student work.

S'more Modeling the Core     

Tammy Dupre, AT Coordinator, South/S Central AT Center

When students see adults and peers modeling with AAC repeatedly, they learn to communicate with AAC too! Modeling Core Language is a communication strategy used by the communication partner. The communication partner models spoken language while using the student’s AAC system. This session will demonstrate various examples of modeling core language provide resources to incorporate this strategy.

11:30 - 12:50

Classroom Transformations: A Different Way of Reaching Special Education Children 

Diana T. Sylvander, Special Education, Bossier Parish

Using classroom transformations to teach special needs students offers the teacher the opportunity to drive engagement for difficult or unpopular content, as well as teach across content. At the other end of the educational continuum, the students get the chance to immerse in fun simulated environments that allow them to fully engage in hands-on learning activities, master difficult concepts or skills, and make real-world connections.

Calm Campers: Mindful Movement for Your Classroom  

Kristine Taylor, AT Facilitator, Central AT Center

Looking to create more calm and focus in your students (and yourself)? Self-regulation skills allow students to manage their emotions, behavior and body movement when faced with tough situations. Mindful movement strategies (when practiced regularly) can help students self regulate and improve concentration, so they are ready to learn. In this session, participants will actively explore tools to help create a calm classroom environment.  Learn simple breathing and movement strategies you can immediately implement to center your students.

Math Wilderness Survival Guide

Dana McGee, AT Facilitator, Southwest AT Center

This session will focus on how to incorporate AT apps and websites with Math Resources/Guides, Connectors, and Essential Element Cards found on the Louisiana Department of Education website.

Pro-Tips-2go for Proloquo2go   

Justin Sims, AT Facilitator, Central AT Center

Proloquo2Go is an astounding AAC app that facilitates communication for students with significant and diverse communication needs. However, the application MUST be tailored to fit the needs of the student by considering accessibility, motor planning, vocabulary and phrases, and appropriate grid/layout. In this session, participants will explore features and best practice for implementing this communication app with their students.

S'more Modeling the Core     

Tammy Dupre, AT Coordinator, South/S Central AT Center

When students see adults and peers modeling with AAC repeatedly, they learn to communicate with AAC too! Modeling Core Language is a communication strategy used by the communication partner. The communication partner models spoken language while using the student’s AAC system. This session will demonstrate various examples of modeling core language provide resources to incorporate this strategy.

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