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.  infinitecwebinars@ucpnet.org 

For a sneak peek at the webinar listings through December 2020, please click the link below.

Fall 2020 Webinars

 

 

 

December 2020

 

ABC's of Autism Series

By Penina Rybak, MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH, CEO Socially Speaking LLC

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. 
**WEBINAR RECORDINGS FOR THIS SERIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ONLY 3 WEEKS AFTER THE DATES OF THE LIVE WEBINARS. **

The ABCs of Sensory Processing Intervention Beyond the OT Session: For Service Providers K-8
Children with Autism/special needs often display difficulty developing and maintaining self-regulation and proprioceptive skills, important prerequisite skills needed for learning and socializing purposes. This causes the IEP team to prioritize behavior management by implementing a Behavior Management Plan (BIP) and recommending occupational therapy (OT) for sensory processing intervention. In truth, it is crucial to address this collaboratively as part of the overall treatment plan! This webinar will
introduce attendees to the symptomology and clinical implications of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), its impact on self-regulation and social skills development, and what the entire IEP can do about it. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding on how to foster "Whole Body Learning" and better retention and carryover of learned skills. Practical suggestions will be provided, including a comprehensive handout and list of resources.
Objectives:
• Identify signs of SPD and profiling markers, for preventive behavior management
• Learn to differentiate between sensory processing deficits vs. non-compliance
• Learn practical, classroom based and individually tailored academic and play-based strategies to foster sensory processing skills in children with Autism/special needs

November 2nd - 3:30 PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y3pcka8q

 

 

The ABCs of Improving Problem Solving Skills: For Service Providers K-8
Children with Autism/special needs often have difficulty learning social communication skills i.e. transitioning to becoming a "We", on their own. This is due to fluctuating degrees of disorientation to person/place/time. It can be triggered by environmental, biological, neurological, and intellectual factors. Problem solving is definitely a higher level intellectual skill, requiring a certain degree of cognition. Yet it also requires a level of emotional intuition, and protective instinct. Children with Autism/special needs all exhibit difficulty mastering this skill. Furthermore, acquiring the ability to problem solve requires a certain degree of psycho-social readiness.
A child needs to have somewhat developed both cognitively and psychologically, so he or she can move forward with social development. He or she needs to have an extensive receptive lexicon, an emerging sense of "self", self preservation instincts and an evolving Theory of Mind, to allow for flexibility and empathy with others. He or she will then be ready to work on actually solving a problem. Problem solving is the corner stone and most advanced skill of good social skills development. This webinar will provide insight into what you need to know about problem solving prerequisite skills, pitfalls to watch out for, and strategies to methodically and developmentally address problem solving skills. It will also provide insight into assessing readiness indicators, and providing teachable moments by pairing toys and tech (iPad® apps) in treatment.
Learner Objectives:
• Explain importance of problem solving and clinical implications
• Describe readiness indicators to learn problem solving
• Describe the five step problem solving hierarchy
• List specific toys and iPad® Apps used for improving problem solving skills

November 16th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/yyhz46su

 

 

The ABCs of Teaching Humor & Theory of Mind to Your Students with ASD: Developmental & Practical Guidelines
Research shows that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have difficulty developing and understanding humor, an important social communication skill needed for development of self regulation, resiliency, language, and literacy. Humor is often the neglected and/or the "missing puzzle piece" in a social skills lesson plan/curriculum for children with Autism. Why? Because their performance can be concrete, situation specific, inconsistent, and contingent on comprehension of the rules and roles in the surrounding environment. This causes the IEP team to prioritize goals, not realizing how crucial it is to address humor as part of the overall treatment plan! This webinar will introduce attendees to a more developmental, practical, sequential, and behavioral approach to teaching humor, using toys and tech (i.e. iOS Apps) in treatment. Practical suggestions will be provided, including a list of resources and a comprehensive handout.
Learner Objectives:
• Identify the 2 types of humor and developmental significance for children with ASD
• Identify the prerequisite skills which are needed before teaching humor
• Learn practical, sequential, and behavioral strategies to foster humor development

December 7th – 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y2qlddk9
 

 

 

Completing the Puzzle! AAC Assessment Tips and Tricks for Students with Complex Communication Needs Series

By Amanda Soper, MS,CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist

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. 

 

Gathering the Pieces: Where Do I Begin? - AAC Assessment Tips and Tricks for Students with Complex Communication Needs (Part 1)
Children with complex communication needs (CCN) often have sensory, motor, language, and cognitive challenges. It can be overwhelming and difficult to determine where to start in the evaluation process. This session will describe assessment tools and creative strategies to help you get started with evaluating these students. It is the first of three sessions which will describe the process from gathering information about the student to selecting a device and providing ongoing assessment.
Objectives:
• Identify at least 3 AAC assessment tools that can be used to document current and on-going communication development.
• Discuss how to use an interdisciplinary approach when conducting an AAC assessment. 

December 2nd - 3:30 PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y2e4leqn

 

 

Finding the Corners: Making Connections Between Sensory, Motor, and Language Needs - AAC Assessment Tips and Tricks for Students with Complex Communication Needs (Part 2)
It is imperative to consider a student's sensory, motor, language, and cognitive challenges when completing an AAC Assessment. This session will describe how to use observation and informal assessments to analyze these needs and determine an appropriate AAC system and access method to trial with the student. For students with complex challenges, many often decide to start with a "basic, starter" system before moving to a robust AAC system. This session will describe the importance of utilizing members of the student's team to determine how the student can access a system that they can grow into.
Objectives:
• Describe the importance of selecting an AAC system that allows language growth and development.
• Discuss how to analyze sensory, motor, language, and cognitive challenges during an AAC assessment. 

December 9th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y46k5hyj

 

 

Putting it All Together: Selecting a System and Ongoing Assessment- AAC Assessment Tips and Tricks for Students with Complex Communication Needs (Part 3)
Many students with CCN have medical challenges that may result in the need to change AAC systems or access methods over time. This session will discuss the importance of ongoing assessment for students who use AAC and provide tools that can be used to monitor progress. It will also wrap up this series and provide additional tips and strategies for selecting an AAC system for your student.
Objectives:
• Identify at least 3 tools or methods that can be used for on-going assessment.
• Describe at least 2 strategies for modifying AAC programs to better meet the personal needs of the AAC user. 

December 16th – 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y36c95jz
 

 

 

Webinars for Paraprofessionals

 

Strategies to Support Communication in the Classroom
By Heather Miller Schwarz, SLP-CCC, AT Facilitator, Infinitec
This session is designed for paraprofessionals working with students with complex communication needs (CCN). Practical tips and techniques will be shared including augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), visual supports and the use of prompting hierarchies. Participants will generate practical ideas for encouraging communication that relate to the specific students that they assist daily. 
1. Participants will identify three strategies to use with individuals with CCN to encourage the development of speech and language skills in the classroom. 
2. Participants will identify which individuals may benefit from AAC intervention techniques.
3. Participants will name three types of prompts.

December 1st – 3:30PM -4:30PM CST 
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y29sf9qv 


  

Let's Get Visual! – An Overview of Visual Supports for Paraprofessionals
By Samantha Conklin, AT Facilitator, Infinitec
Visual supports help students to increase their understanding of the classroom environment, support language, and promote independence. Participants will learn why and how visual systems are implemented in multiple facets of the classroom. Low to high tech examples will be shared to demonstrate how visual supports can practically be integrated in classroom activities. 
1. Participants will describe visual schedule systems.
2. Participants will name ways two ways visual supports can be embedded in the classroom to support receptive/expressive language.
3. Participants will state two strategies to use visual systems to promote positive behavior.

December 10th – 3:30PM -4:30PM CST 
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y5mspnd4