Free Regional AT Trainings for the 2018-2019 School Year

Based on needs assessment data collected by Infinitec and ISBE, this year Infinitec has organized regional training offerings around two strands.

-       Autism

-       AAC / Communication

·       Reading / Writing (Executive Functions)

·       Transition

-       Significant Disabilities

Below you will find descriptive information about trainings offered in each strand along with links to flyers with additional information and registration forms for each scheduled session.

 

Coaching

Professional Development that Changes Practice                        

Facilitated by:  September Gerety

Description:

Here's one professional development scenario: Participants attend a training or seminar where an engaging, dynamic presenter shares wisdom and ideas. They are inspired and excited about putting those ideas into practice. And then they go back to their day-to-day context, and nothing changes.

Here's another: Participants attend a training or seminar that feels irrelevant to their role, or that is far too basic or far too advanced for their current level of practice. They suffer through, check the boxes and get the certificate. And then they go back to their day-to-day context, and nothing changes.

It doesn't have to be this way! We know what it takes to create successful professional development experiences that actually change practice. This two-day training will focus on application of the research about adult learning and professional development, including the Practice-Based Coaching model.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will:

Describe principles of adult learning and research-based professional development

Describe the Practice-Based Coaching Model

Plan for application of adult learning/professional development principles and components of coaching in the context of current practice and organizational realities

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:  10/31/18 & 11/1/18 Tinley Park, IL 

Call Debra Eubanks to register for this event 708-444-8460 x 223 

 

AT Decision Making & AAC & Language 

 

AAC Assessment Series 

Facilitated by Kathleen Post and Heather Miller                                     

 

Description:

This presentation will discuss the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment process within the education environment.  Participants will compare features of current mobile technology apps and dedicated speech generating devices and examine the benefits of matching the technology to the student rather than matching the student to the technology. The steps of an AAC assessment will be outlined and discussion will focus on evaluation models, tools, formats and recommendations.  Participants will walk away with the knowledge necessary to make decisions that best support a student's communication needs within the classroom.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

Identify the components of a feature match assessment and list three tools to support this process.

Compare and contrast the features of a variety of apps and speech generating devices for communication.

Identify three strategies to promote AAC usage during and after the AAC trial.

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms: 

Ottawa, IL  

November 9th (AAC overview) 9-3 pm

November 29th (AAC Assessment day 1) 9-3 pm

November 29th, zoom call 8-9:30 am

December 19th, zoom call 8-9:30 am

January 25th, zoom call 8-9:30 am

February 13th zoom call 8-9:30 am

March 8th, final wrap up zoom call 8-10:00 am

 

 

 

Autism

Dual Diagnosis:  Autism and Mental Illness                                                          

Facilitated by:  Ruth Aspy 

Course Description:

Individuals with ASD are at greater risk for mental health challenges than are their neurotypical peers.  These challenges include: anxiety disorders and panic attacks (sometimes called meltdowns); depression and increased risk for suicide; and catatonia.  Mental health challenges in ASD are related to sensory differences, high rates of bullying, emotional dysregulation, and the need for predictability, as well as other neurological differences.  Effective intervention for these mental health challenges begins with addressing the underlying characteristics of autism.  

 

 Participants will be able to:

Recognize the signs that an individual with autism is experiencing depression.

Describe the relationship between sensory differences and anxiety in people with autism.

Share knowledge about catatonia and autism with others in the community.

Implement strategies that address mental health challenges for those with autism.


Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

 

12/18 – Kishwaukee College , Malta, IL  

 

12/19 – Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL   

 

 

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE THAT SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH AUTISM

Facilitated by Kris Bretl M.Ed., BCBA, Autism, Behavior, Technology Supports, Inc.

Description:

This workshop will discuss autism characteristics and challenges for school professionals and how to choose and use the evidence based practices that are established, within school settings. These evidence-based strategies that address social communication, behavior, and classroom/academic supports for students with autism will be explored, considered and practiced.  The two projects that have identified evidence based strategies for autism spectrum disorder, the National Standards Project from the National Autism Center and National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder will be used as reference and support. Participants will be considering the best
practices from these projects and how they relate to supporting our students with autism within the classroom and school environment.

Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

•identify the characteristics that are used to classify autism as described in the DSM-V and the Illinois School code, and identify how these characteristics may provide challenges for students within the school environment.
•recognize and select evidence based strategies that have been categorized as support for social communication deficits and academic needs within a school setting.
•identify evidence-based strategies that can be matched to function when selecting interventions.

Dates, Locations & Times:

TBD Quincy, IL  

TBD Macon/Piatt, IL  

 

 

 

 

Significant Disabilites

Cortical Visual Impairment, Identification, Assessment, & Intervention

Facilitated by:  The Bridge School

Description: 

 

Outcomes:  

Participants will be able to:


 

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms: