Free Regional AT Trainings for the 2016-2017 School Year

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

-       Autism

-       Assistive Technology Decision Making  

-       AAC / Communication

·       Executive Functions

·       Transition

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.

 

Autism:  Designing Effective Programs Using Evidence-Based Practices           

Facilitated by:  Lee Stickle - Director of TASN (Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports 

Please join us for a two-day event that will introduce participants to information on the neurology of learning, making the connection of learning to individualizing programs for students with autism, an understanding of the process of specially designing instruction and the basics of instruction. In a time of specialization, often the basic tenants of instruction are lost, let's dig into the basics in order to create an environment where we differentiate instructionrather than expectations.

Participants will:

- be able to define neuroplasticity. able to identify EBP as they relate to the core features of ASD.

- use a planning tool to guide the process for developing specially designed instruction.

- develop a comprehensive plan to address the needs of learners.


Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

11/1 & 11/2 Palos Park, IL  -  

11/3 & 11/4 Kishwaukee, IL  

12/5 & 12/6 Sparta, IL   

 

 

Student Led IEP         

Facilitated by Kelly Ott  

Course Description:  

The concept of Student Led IEP meetings is growing momentum. There has been increased discussion about including students and allowing them to lead the development of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). While it seems sensible enough to include the student in his or her own IEP development, it has not become a routine practice nationwide. This course will teach you the importance of student led IEPs and best practices to implement successful student participation.

 

Participants will:

•identify current evidence based practices related to student Self-determination.
•discuss the benefits of Student Led IEPs.
•discover how to overcome barriers related to student participation in IEP meetings.
•examine how to implement Student Led IEPs.

Date, Location and Registration Form

February 10, 2017 - Tinley Park, IL  

 

 

The Changing Role of Assistive Technology Teams: Video Series with Live interactive Webinars        

Facilitated by Gayl Bowser and Dr. Denise DeCoste

Description:

Are you concerned about the viability of your school district's AT Team? Are you looking for new ways to propel AT services in the coming years? If you are part of a team that provides AT services in public school settings, then this intensive 2 day training is right for you.

The workshop will focus on strategies for analyzing and improving AT service delivery models by broadening the vision for professional development, expanding the team's online presence, and using effective outreach strategies across silos of service. Information presented will focus both on developing the individual capacity of educators as well as the collective capacity of the district to use strategies such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Professional Learning Communities related to AT.

Participants in this two-day training would benefit most from attending in teams. However, we have structured the content so that those who enroll as individuals will not be at a disadvantage and will learn valuable AT team skills and concepts. Whether you are an individual AT practitioner or part of a local or regional school-based AT team, you will leave with a clear, detailed plan to move into the next decade of AT services.

Participants will define the population of students served by their team and use online information about the district to analyze the numbers served and the scope of services. This analysis will be used to help frame a vision for current and future AT services.  Once a team vision is established, teams will explore ideas such as matching activities to the vision, documentation of services provided, and building a support network.  Interactive activities will give you an opportunity to focus on improving service delivery, building agency-wide capacity, broadening strategies for professional development, and planning effective outreach.

Participants will:

Develop and articulate a vision for the scope and types of AT services provided by their AT team.

Create a 3-year plan for improving AT services

Identify delivery systems to increase access to information about AT and restructure professional development priorities.

 

Start Date:  January 25, 2017 

End Date:  May 18, 2017

Course is Full

 

 

 

AAC Implementation Facilitated by Marlene Cummings   

Description:  What if you had a toolbox designed to establish AAC shared knowledge, create a communication mindset and apply powerful implementation strategies to be utilized in your instructional day? Imagine core vocabulary coupled with aided language input strategically applied during instructional activities such as vocabulary instruction, shared reading and predictable chart writing. Result: communicative opportunities galore! Videos, fieldtested self-assessments, artifacts and resources will be shared.

Participants will:  

       be able to name 4 implementation strategies to support AAC and Language.

      be able to describe core vocabulary and its application in AAC.

      describe 2 ways to provide opportunities to communicate in daily routines.

      be able to share two instructional activities that are supported by core vocabulary.

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

March 28th and 29th, 2017 - Carbondale, IL 

April 3rd and 4th, 2017 - Moline, IL 

April 5th and 6th, 2017 - East Peoria 

 

Executive Functions  facilitated by Sarah Ward                                                                                    

Description:  To successfully execute, children need to be aware of task demands & set goals. Then they must access forethought and hindsight to think in an organized way and to sustain their focus on the relevant features of the task at hand. Professionals will learn how to develop practical therapeutic interventions to support student's development of: forethought, situational awareness, goal selection, task management & planning, time management and organized thinking/speed of processing. These skills will be applied to self regulation in the classroom, written expression, homework completion & management of materials & technologies.

Outcomes: 

Participants will be able to:

•state the functional working definition of what is meant by the term "executive function skills" as it pertains to therapeutic interventions.

 

•define how situational awareness, self talk, forethought and hindsight are the foundational skills for successful task executions.

 

•identify milestones of Executive Function Development.

 

•develop an intervention program to foster a student's ability to form more independent executive function skills by describing therapeutic activities.

 

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

 

June 6, 2017 - Bloomington, IL