Free Regional AT Trainings for the 2020-2021 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.

 

Practitioner's Conference

Choose from 15 Sessions delivered by Professionals practicing in the field.  

Location & Date:  TBA

Registration:  TBA

AT Decision Making  & Coaching

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.

Location:  Dekalb, IL or virtual 

Full Days:

1/15/21 - AAC Overview 

            1/29/21 - AAC Assessment 

Webinar Follow-Up Dates:

2/24/21 - Customizing Trials (8:00-9:30)

3/17/21 - Data Collection in Trials (8:00-9:30)

4/21/21 - Funding and Report Writing (8:00-9:30)

To Register Contact: hmiller@ucpnet.org or call 708-444-8460 x 243

AT Assessment Series

Assistive Technology Decison Making Process for Reading and Writing

Facilitated by Samantha Conklin & Jennifer Skalitzky

Course Description:

Assistive technology can improve a student's access to the curriculum, progress on goals, and independence.  It is critical that educational teams have an understanding of the assistive technology (AT) decision making process to determine tools that can support a student in the school environment.  This presentation will guide participants through the decision making process relating to assistive technology in the areas of reading and writing.  Current Illinois legislation related to AT consideration will be discussed.  A continuum of AT tools, and their features, in the areas of reading and writing will be reviewed. The process of gathering information using the SETT framework and matchingfeatures of tools to students' needs will be described .  Resources to support planning for and implementation of AT trials, and documentation of the process will be shared.  Participants will engage in activities to apply content related to AT consideration, the SETT framework, and AT tools in the areas of reading and writing.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

State the law related to AT and AT consideration

Describe the components that make up the SETT framework

Identify AT tools, and their features, in the area of reading and writing

Describe the process for trialing AT tools and determining their effectiveness

Identify where and how the need for AT can be documented in an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Location:  Virtual :

1/19/21 - AT Consideration & SETT

            1/21/21 - AT Assessment & Tools for Reading 

            1/26/21 - AT Assessment & Tools for Writing

            1/28/21 - Implementation & documentation of AT in the IEP 

Webinar Follow-Up Dates:

TBA

To Register Contact:  Jennifer Skalitzky, jskalitzky@ucpnet.org or call 708-444-8460 x 265