FREE AT Webinars 

Can't travel to the Regional or Local AT Trainings? Webinars offer a great way to participate in Infinitec's free AT training from the comfort of your school or home.  Professional development credit is issued for all live webinars.  The date and time for each live webinar is listed after the webinar description.  All particiipants registered will recive an archived recording.  

Never participated in a webinar before?  Don't worry, it's pretty simple really.  We've provided a couple of documents below that can help you register and get connected.

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Please contact Samantha Conklin with any questions.  sconklin@ucpnet.org 

 

Winter/Spring 2020

 

Building Capacity for AT Services through the Common Language of Problem-Solving

Presented by By Daniel Cochrane, M.S., M.A., ATP, Clinical Instructor for University of Illinois-Chicago

The need to move toward a capacity-building model in the provision of assistive technology services has been promoted by DeCoste and Bowser in workshops and online classes for at least five years (DeCoste, 2014). It requires building a common understanding within a school district of what assistive technology is and how we decide whether a student would benefit. We can do this by harnessing the common language of the problem-solving cycle, the core decision-making process of RtI and MTSS, instead of introducing an isolated decision-making framework. In this webinar, UIC clinical instructor Daniel Cochrane will show you how he integrated AT into the problem-solving process as a way of building capacity in his former school district, where he served as AT coordinator for thirteen years. Combining the problem-solving cycle with the Johns Hopkins University AT Cycle and an expanded version of task-demand analysis from the Illinois AT Guidance Manual (2012), Dan created a simple but powerful visual guide to the AT process that embeds key principles of best practice in AT.

Janurary 16, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Building Capacity for AT Services through the Common

Language of Problem-Solving' - 

https://tinyurl.com/ygrpey3n

 

 

Creative Ways to Provide Professional Development When Training on Assistive Technology

Tools and Supports

Presented by Kelly Key, AT Coordinator, Barrington 220

Training staff, parents, and students to gain a comfort level and confidence when using assistive technology is essential for implementation success. This session will cover creative ways to find time for professional development, ideas on activities to do during the training sessions, and so much more! Whether you are training on AAC implementation or access to the curriculum, you will be guaranteed to walk away with new ideas and creative ways to fit in professional development sessions.

February 25, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Creative Ways to Provide Professional Development When Training on Assistive Technology Tools and Supports' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yg62f7q5

 

 

"Why Can't You Just Go Back Masking?" The Mental Health Implications of Faking "Normal" for Individuals with Autism

Presented by Dr. Jacquelyn Fede, Autistic Self-Advocate, Developmental Psychologist and Program Evaluator

Masking is broadly defined as any effort to suppress our different traits, behaviors and actions in order to appear more like neurotypical peers. This presentation blends current research findings with the autistic speaker's personal experience to explore what it means to mask and ways to identify masking as well as associated mental health outcomes that stem from blending in to pass as "normal."

February 28, 2020 - 11:30 to 12:30

Click on the link to register for '"Why Can't You Just Go Back Masking?" The Mental Health Implications of Faking "Normal" for Individuals with Autism' 

https://tinyurl.com/scvyhlx

 

 

How to be an MVP (Most Valuable Partner) for Students with Complex Communication Needs

Presented by Susan Foster, M.S., CCC-SLP and Megan Thurber, M.S., CCC-SLP; Northern Suburban Special Education District 

Within the first 12 to 18 months of a child's life, he or she is bombarded with speech and language from their communication partners (e.g., parents, siblings, caregivers). It has been reported that by the time a typically developing child reaches 18 months of age, they have been exposed to 4,380 hours of oral language at the rate of 8 hours/day. Unfortunately, a child who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) does not have the same experience and receives limited examples of how to communicate using their specific methods (e.g., voice output device, communication board/book, etc). In fact, if a child using a communication device only receives models of how to use their tool to communicate during twice weekly, 20-30 minute isolated speech therapy sessions, it would take the student 84 YEARS to experience the same level of input their typically developing peer receives within the first 18 months of their life ( Jane Korsten, 2011 QIAT Listserv 4th April) ! Therefore, communication partners of students with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) who use AAC have a critical role in successful device implementation. During this webinar, we will discuss common barriers communication partners face when working with students who use AAC. We will also identify strategies to overcome these barriers and discuss how to use communication supports throughout the day to have a positive impact on student device use and language learning.

March 4, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'How to be an MVP (Most Valuable Partner) for Students with Complex Communication Needs' - 

https://tinyurl.com/ydoxbm7w

 


Understanding Instructional Strategies that are Supported by Autism Spectrum Disorder Neurological Research

Presented by  Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, International Presenter, Researcher, and Author

Instructional strategies that address academic/learning, social, sensory and regulation skills as they relate to brain research (interpreted in laymen's terms) will be presented.  These strategies will be presented as they relate to evidence-based practices (EBP) as identified by the National Autism Center (NAC), centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CNS), and National Professional Development Center (NPCD).  Finally, a means of organizing these strategies for easy application will be discussed.

March 9, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Understanding Instructional Strategies that are Supported by Autism Spectrum Disorder Neurological Research ' - 

https://tinyurl.com/qpxxxvs

 

 

Tips for Rolling out a Core Vocabulary Initiative 

Presented by Kelly Key, AT Coordinator, Barrington 220

ave you considered starting a core vocabulary initiative but don't know where to begin? Or have you started one, but would like to enhance it? In this session, this enthusiastic presenter who began a core initiative in her district (ages 3-21) over 10 years ago, will share many of the tips and tricks they have learned along this journey of implementing core across the district. Information about their universal core approach will be shared including; how they got started, who to get on board, determining your low tech board set up, using an anchor set of symbols, "coring out" materials, sharing resources, adapting for individual students, tips for providing professional development, and so much more!

March 10, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Tips for Rolling out a Core Vocabulary Initiative ' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yeu74kw2

 

 

Making the World a Bit Easier to Navigate for Individuals with Autism: Using Executive Function Skills

Presented by Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, International Presenter, Researcher, and Author

The 21st Century Skills have recognized the importance of executive function skills to school success. Indeed, it can be argued that executive function skills underlie all life success. The multiple aspects of executive function challenges that impact home, school, community, and employment will be described with examples that relate to each of these environments. In addition, evidence-based interventions and supports that can be implemented to help individuals on the spectrum develop will be described.

March 11, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Making the World a Bit Easier to Navigate for Individuals with Autism: Using Executive Function Skills ' -

https://tinyurl.com/upe9hhu 

 

 

Tele-tricks and Tips for Virtual Therapy with Children Who Use AAC

Presented by Jill Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP, Owner of Technology and Language Center, and MattBaud, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Coordinator for Niles Township District for Special Education

Are you starting to provide teletherapy to your students? If so, this webinar will introduce therapists to tools and strategies for making distance augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) therapy fun and engaging. The strategies discussed should work with most video conferencing and e-learning platforms.

March 31, 2020 - 12:30 to 1:30

Click on the link to register for 'Tele-tricks and Tips for Virtual Therapy with Children Who Use AAC' - 

https://tinyurl.com/uxua26g

 

 

Tips on Implementing Core Words and Visuals Throughout Your Student's Day

Presented by Kelly Key, AT Coordinator, Barrington 220

Do you work with students with complex communication needs that utilize core based communication supports (low, mid, or high tech)? Would you like to learn some fun and clever ways to provide your students with core vocabulary visually and verbally? If so, this is the webinar for you! Kelly will share a variety of activities, resources, and creative ways to embed core vocabulary throughout your student's day to increase independence and communication. Examples will include embedding core in curriculum materials, visual supports, activities, and more! 

April 14, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Tips on Implementing Core Words and Visuals Throughout Your Student's Day' - 

https://tinyurl.com/ydlrd9tt

 

 

You Can't Take Your Case Manager With You: Transition and the QIAT-PS

Presented by Sayard Bass, M.S., CCC-SLP/L - ATP, Assistive Technology Coordinator Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education

We all work so hard to do our best for students, though one day they will graduate and leave us. What can we do to best prepare them for transition? This webinar is a discussion of some of the differences between school and life after graduation (IDEA vs. ADA), some of the IEP pieces we have a duty to complete (Indicator 13), and many resources which are there to help us bring our students closer to independence. This all leads to the tool of the QIAT-PS which can help you start meaningful discussions about the role Assistive Technology will play when that final graduation comes.

April 16, 2020 - 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'You Can't Take Your Case Manager With You: Transition and the QIAT-PS' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yggwlmu4

 

 

Online and Electronic IEP Services:  Facing Our Future or Facing Litigation

Presented by Teri Engler, Attorney, Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC

April 20, 2020- 3:30 to 4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Online and Electronic IEP Services: Facing Our Future or Facing Litigation' -

https://tinyurl.com/sggnjkk

 

 

Digitial Differentiation Series

Presented by Susan Oxnevad, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Innovative Educator and Blogger
This webinar series is 3 sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live. 

 

Digital Differentiation Overview - Leverage the Power of Tech as a TOOL for ALL Learners (Session 1)

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students. At the most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by essential questions and offer flexible learning paths, use of digital tools can break the learning barriers that exist in our classrooms. This webinar will provide an overview of digital tools and resources to design learning experiences that effectively incorporate digital differentiation.

January 29, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Digital Differentation Overview - Leverage the Power of Tech as a

TOOL for ALL LEARNERS' - 

https://tinyurl.com/ygclc5gr

 

Digital Differentiation: Power Up the Portfolio Process with Google for Increased Engagement (Session 2)

Learn to embrace e-portfolios to empower students as stakeholders in their own learning. Explore apps that seamlessly support the three-step e-portfolio process to ensure successful implementation and management. Discover powerful ways students can create collections of artifacts to document learning as they engage in self-reflection and goal setting.

February 5, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Digital Differentiation: Power Up the Portfolio Process with

Google for Increased Engagement - 

https://tinyurl.com/ydjgle6k 

 

Digital Differentiation: Great Ways to Use Google Docs to Design Differentiated Learning Experiences (Session 3)

Learn to leverage the power of Google Docs to design personalized learning experiences that meet the unique needs of ALL learners in the classroom. Provide students with flexible learning paths and maximize instruction by embracing the powerful features available in this mainstream tool for education. Learn to combine pedagogy with features to support Universal Design for Learning and walk away with a template for modification and reuse.

February 12, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Digital Differentiation: Great Ways to Use Google Docs to

Design Differentiated Learning Experiences' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yjsvktsz

 

 

 

Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Emergent Literacy Interventions for Students with Complex Communication Needs Series

Presented by Matt Baud, SLP/Assistive Technology Coordinator for Niles Township District for Special Education
This webinar series is 3 sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live. 

 

Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Eating SMoRRES in the CAR for Shared Reading (Session 1)

Literacy instruction can be challenging for students with complex communication needs. Interventions require a number of options to provide enough opportunities for learning through a balance of approaches based around literacy and language strategies. In this 3-part webinar series, we will discuss three different interventions for emergent level students that can be easily added to your everyday schedule.
For the first webinar, we will discuss shared reading and how to use specific techniques to incorporate different forms of AAC to maximize interactions and help students make connections with text. Video examples will be shared, and participants will have opportunities to practice shared reading.   

January 14, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Eating SMoRRES in the CAR for Shared Reading' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yenb7v8f

 

Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Direct Literacy Instruction for ALL (Session 2)

Literacy instruction can be challenging for students with complex communication needs. Interventions require a number of options to provide enough opportunities for learning through a balance of approaches based around literacy and language strategies. In this 3-part webinar series, we will discuss three different interventions for emergent level students that can be easily added to your everyday schedule.
For the second webinar, we will review a literacy curriculum that provides active participation opportunities for students that use AAC to learn basic reading skills including sound blending, decoding and more through a systematic direct instruction format. Extension activities and examples of how the Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) program has been utilized within a number of different classrooms will be discussed.

February 11, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Direct Literacy Instruction for ALL' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yffzn6gg

 

Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Shared Writing to support AAC (Session 3)

Literacy instruction can be challenging for students with complex communication needs. Interventions require a number of options to provide enough opportunities for learning through a balance of approaches based around literacy and language strategies. In this 3-part webinar series, we will discuss three different interventions for emergent level students that can be easily added to your everyday schedule.
For the third webinar, we will discuss predictable chart writing and how to use this language experience approach with students to teach different aspects of literacy while incorporating core and fringe vocabulary from their AAC system. Simple go to tools for predictable charts and sample activities will be provided so you can start writing tomorrow with your students.

March 3, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Literacy in AACtion for AAC: Shared Writing to support AAC' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yzxbbykg

 

 

 

Switch Control on the iPad Series

Presented by Mark Coppin, M.Ed., ATP, Prairie Assistive Technology

This webinar series is 3 sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live. 

 

Switch Control on the iPad - The Basics (Session 1)

Switch Control allows persons with limited mobility, full access to their iPad, with the help of switches and other adaptive devices. With access to the iPad, they can select, tap, drag, and type. Switch control can be as simple as access to cause and effect activities all the way to advanced activities such as video editing, drawing, and controlling your home.
This session will guide participants through the basic setup of switch control. You will learn about switches, switch interfaces, scanning methods, and how to configure switches. Participants in this workshop will leave with the knowledge and confidence to be able to do the basic setup and configuration of switch control.

February 20, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for ' Switch Control on the iPad - The Basics' - 

https://tinyurl.com/ygmmcja8

 

Switch Control on the iPad- Beyond the Basics (Session 2)

Switch Control is a powerful access feature that is built into the operating system of the iPad. But Switch Control is much more than a basic scanning system. It is a robust feature-rich part of the operating system that allows for customization and personalization for the switch user. These features allow the user to move beyond basic functions such as select, tap, drag and type.
This session will guide participants through the custom features of switch control. They will learn about scanning methods, menu customization, point scanning, auditory scanning, grouping, cursor size and more. Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to be able to customize Switch Control and take it to the next level.

March 12, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for ' Switch Control on the iPad- Beyond the Basics' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yeppl5ro

 

Switch Control on the iPad - The Advanced Edition (Session 3)

Switch control allows access to the iPad for persons who cannot access the device using the touch interface. Switch control offers and extensive, powerful and customizable feature set that can be individualized to meet the needs of the user. This webinar will explore the advanced features of switch control. We will explore menu customization, creating recipes, using gestures, media controls, Siri shortcuts, head tracking and more. Participants in this webinar should have a basic understanding of how to set up and configure Switch Control and switches.

April 9, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Switch Control on the iPad - The Advanced Edition' - 

https://tinyurl.com/yz8mfpf6

 

 

 

Executive Function Series

Presented by Sara Ward, Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP, Co-Author of the 360 Thinking Executive Function Program
This webinar series is 3 sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live.  Each recording will be available for only 3 weeks after the live webinar.

 

Executive Function and Written Expression (Session 1)

Writing is the ultimate executive function skill as it requires massive amounts of simultaneous "online" processing. Learn how to infuse executive function based instruction into your existing writing curriculum to support students in developing executive control for the writing process, to improve the initiation of writing tasks, to increase the quality and volume of their thought retrieval, to expand on their ideas and to use metacognition to evaluate the quality of their writing and to be sure their written expression meets task requirements. Learn cool ‘tech tools' for writing!

March 16, 2020 -12:00-1:00 

Click on the link to register for 'Executive Function and Written Expression' - 

https://tinyurl.com/v5mngdg

 

The Organized Classroom: Space Makeover! (Session 2)

Learn how to organize the classroom/work spaces to promote independent executive function skills with less supervision and fewer prompts. Learn new ideas on how to organize the classroom environment to promote self-regulation. How to set up and organize a classroom/treatment center/bedroom and locker/cubby spaces to create an environment that fosters the development of executive function skills. Ideas on how to help students stay organized, manage materials in the classroom, record homework, and access resources when they are ‘stuck' or need help initiating.
This webinar will directly impact students as educators consider executive function factors to enhance their learning environment including traffic patterns, zones of the classroom, organizational challenges, managing visual noise, space organization, time management, and classroom design.
Participants will receive materials to take back to their education settings to walk through and evaluate those spaces for the presence and or absence of the factors that promote executive function skills. We will examine photos of various classrooms, and a variety of tips and tricks to ensure optimal learning environments within your classrooms/program/school. This program is sure to deepen participants' understanding of ways to make the learning environment conducive for all learners to successfully develop and use their executive planning skills.

April 6, 2020 -12:00-1:00 

Click on the link to register for 'The Organized Classroom: Space Makeover!' - 

https://tinyurl.com/skv63t9

 

Executive Function Challenges: When 504 is not enough but the Student Does not Qualify for an IEP (Session 3)

Do you have a student who is on a 504 plan and struggles with organization, time management, task completion and self-regulation but was not found eligible for an IEP? What do you do when the 504 does not provide enough support but there is not specially designed instruction for executive function challenges that would qualify a student for special education services? We are observing many schools are now offering "lunch bunch executive function study skills" groups to students who need to learn strategies but do not qualify for SPED. In this webinar, we will explore how to provide practical executive function strategies in group and or resource room settings. Taking into account the diversity of students and learning styles, we will provide you with teaching methods to provide lessons that are interactive and individualized and gives students the opportunity to not only develop their executive function skills but also to generalize these skills in various environments away from their school desk. Do you feel like you spend the majority of resource room/learning center time "putting out fires" and there does not seem to be time to teach the executive skills? This webinar will address how to use assignments and classwork as the tools to build executive function skills! It is a win-win!

April 15, 2020 -12:00-1:00 

Click on the link to register for 'Executive Function Challenges: When 504 is not enough but the Student Does not Qualify for an IEP' - 

https://tinyurl.com/tt9nawq

 

 

 

Illinois Assistive Technology Manual Series

Presented by Gayl Bowser, Independent Consultant, Former Coordinator of Oregon AT Project

This webinar series is  sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live. 

 

Hot Off the Press – Overview of Updates and Changes in the Second Edition of the Illinois AT Guidance Manual (Session 1)

The second edition of the Illinois AT Guidance Manual provides guidance to IEP Teams, Schools, and Districts, regarding common questions that arise in AT service delivery. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of and rationale for the recent updates and changes included in the revision in response to stakeholder feedback and changes within the AT field. Attendees will review the layout of the Manual and identify key components with respect to the provision of AT devices and services in schools.  

April 27, 2020 - 3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Hot Off the Press – Overview of Updates and Changes in the

Second Edition of the Illinois AT Guidance Manual ' - 

https://tinyurl.com/vt6ockk

 

Understanding AT Processes in the Illinois AT Guidance Manual (Session 2)

The second webinar in this series about Edition 2 of the Illinois AT Guidance Manual will provide a more in-depth look at information about AT Consideration, Evaluation, Inclusion in the IEP and Implementation. Attendees will review specific guidance in the manual and have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the ways that the manual can inform their work with students who need assistive technology.

May 4, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Understanding AT Processes in the Illinois AT Guidance Manual' - 

https://tinyurl.com/t9kw7uf

 

Illinois AT Guidance Manual Second Edition: Transition for Students who Use AT and Additional Resources (Session 3)

Some aspects of the second edition of the Illinois AT Guidance Manual are entirely new to the guide. In this webinar we will review the new chapter on transition for student who use AT and take a look at resources like the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services and example forms that have been included in the appendices.

May 11, 2020 -3:30-4:30 

Click on the link to register for 'Illinois AT Guidance Manual Second Edition: Transition for

Students who Use AT and Additional Resources' - 

https://tinyurl.com/tmwozf2

 

Using the Illinois AT Guidance Manual to Help Create an Infrastructure to Support Effective AT Services (Session 4)

Many chapters of the second edition of the Illinois AT Guidance Manual identified the legal and procedural requirements for an agency to provide assistive technology devices and services to all students who receive specially designed instruction and need AT to benefit from their educational program. Much of the guidance has been directed to the specific actions that an IEP team would take to meet the needs of an individual student. Agencies that provide AT services that are equitable effective and efficient for all students, offer operating guidelines for all staff about how AT services are developed and managed. The purpose of this webinar is to describe the components of an infrastructure that supports effective AT services.

May 18, 2020 -3:30-4:30

Click on the link to register for 'Using the Illinois AT Guidance Manual to Help Create an

Infrastructure to Support Effective AT Services' - 

https://tinyurl.com/r9k9d4s