Region 13’s Communication / AAC Pathways!

ESC Region 13’s Communication/AAC Pathways:
Take your skills to the next level!

ESC Region 13 is thrilled to present two, tailored pathways to your Communication and AAC learning – PPCD Pathway and Life Skills Pathway! All of the workshops below are open to everyone, but be sure to look closely at the pathway and target audience to make sure you find just what you need.

Region 13 has options that are *just* right for you and your team!


Partner-Augmented Input:

Modeling AAC in the Classroom

Dr. Jill Senner, CCC/SLP & Matthew Baud, CCC/SLP

LEVEL: Intermediate

PATHWAY: PPCD and Life Skills

AUDIENCE: SLPs, Teachers, and any/all other team members who serve students with complex communication needs

DATE: November 30, 2018 (offered one time only)

DESCRIPTION: We’ve been told that we need to model AAC – come to learn how to model AAC! This program will take staff through portions of steps one through five of an evidence-­‐based, 8-­‐step instructional model for teaching partner-­‐augmented input. Staff will complete commitment to the instructional program, strategy description, videotaped strategy demonstration, verbal practice of the strategy steps, and controlled practice. Staff should have a communication board, app, device, or emulation software available for participation in the interactive portions of the program.

REGISTER TODAY! Course #FA1840279


Teaching Students Who Can’t Talk:

Supporting Significant Communication

Impairments in the Classroom

Katie Adams, CCC/SLP

LEVEL: Beginner

PATHWAY: PPCD and Life Skills

AUDIENCE: Teachers and ParaEducators

DATE: January 31, 2019 (offered multiple times per year)

DESCRIPTION: As educators, we strive to connect with our students. But, what do we do if our students are not able to speak? How do we connect with them and provide instruction that can help them understand and express themselves? This beginner level course for educators will cover the foundational elements needed to guide you in assessing the communication skills of your students and implementing class wide strategies to help complex communication needs.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


AAC Foundations Team Training

Nichole Kertis, OT & Lisa Rukovena, CCC/SLP

LEVEL: Intermediate

PATHWAY: PPCD and Life Skills

AUDIENCE: SLPs, Teachers, and any/all other team members who serve students with complex communication needs

DATE: Feb 20 & 21, 2019 (offered multiple times per year)

DESCRIPTION: This workshop series is designed for professionals (especially TEAMS!) working with students with complex communication needs (CCN) who need Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.  We will demystify AAC and empower communication partners with a foundation so that no matter which specific app, device, training or technique presents itself, teams feel prepared. Teams will receive poster- and student-sized core communication boards for the classroom!

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


TELL ME: AAC in the PreSchool Classroom

Dr. Carole Zangari, CCC/SLP & Lori Wise

LEVEL: Intermediate

PATHWAY: PPCD 

AUDIENCE: SLPs and Teachers

DATE: March 7 & 8, 2019 (offered one time only)

DESCRIPTION: This workshop provides an overview of an early childhood classroom designed to empower teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and families to support the use core vocabulary in AAC systems. Participants will learn about the key elements of the TELL ME program (Zangari & Wise, 2017) and see how core language is addressed in shared reading and writing lessons, classroom routines, and typical play/learning activities.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


Literacy for Students with

Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Jennifer Russel & Nichole Kertis, OT

LEVEL: Intermediate

PATHWAY: Life Skills 

AUDIENCE: SLPs and Teachers

DATE: TBD 2019 (offered multiple times per year)

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to support interaction and teach communication as students engage in academic instruction across the school day. Teams will receive materials and poster-sized core communication boards.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


Bonus!

Participants who have attended “AAC Foundations Team Training” in the past are eligible to attend AAC Pathway workshops at a reduced rate! Reach out to each workshop’s contact listed in E-Campus for more information!

 

 

Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2018-2019 meeting is on Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive updates and resources and to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.  This year, our meetings will include a book study, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, by Dr. Katie Novak.  In addition, Region 13 Specialists will join us to provide behavior guidance and assistive technology information.

You can register for SPIN meetings for FREE in Ecampus by using course number FA1839043.

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net

Active Learning Expert Patricia Obrzut @ Beat the Heat 2018!

On June 21st, the first day of Beat the Heat 2018Patricia Obrzut, MS, OTR/L will present a full day session: Active Learning: Given the Opportunity, Any Child Can Learn! Active learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  For students with multiple disabilities, active participation is achieved by creating an enriched environment that fosters independent and appropriate developmental learning.

Join Patty as she discusses the principles of the Active Learning approach, and how to increase students’ functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors.

On Day 2 (June 22nd), she will provide 2 breakout sessions. The first, Promoting Comprehending Hands through Active Learning will focus on detailed Active Learning strategies emphasizing those fine motor skills typically achieved from birth to two years.  The second, Early Learning & Movement: An Active Learning Perspective will focus on how individuals with multiple special needs progress from reflexive and unintentional movements to intentional movements.

Patty is the Assistant Director at the Perickton Center for Blind Children, a private non-profit organization serving blind, special needs children ages 1-12 years.  Mr. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been implementing programming for special need children since 1992.  In 2002 she received the permission of Dr. Lilli Nielsen to provide Active Learning educational trainings.  She is considered an expert in the use of Active Learning strategies, equipment, techniques, assessment tools, and curriculum.  We are excited to have her at this conference!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from an expert in Active Learning for students with multiple special needs!  Register for Workshop #SU1836780.  Patty’s full day session is not included in the BTH virtual conference

""Beat the Heat 2018
June 21-22, 2018
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

For more information and to see the complete conference schedule, visit our Beat the Heat Conference website.

Communication Connections Conference Website Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our CCC for SLPs website.  Find it at https://goo.gl/LrDt95.

Created as a companion resource to our conference, this website can be accessed across all platforms (iOS, Mac, PC, Android…).  As a conference guide, you can bookmark this site in your favorite browser and use it to:

  1. Follow the Schedule
  2. Refer to Session Descriptions to choose the ones that are right for you.
  3. Download and print Handouts. Please note! Printed handouts will not be available at the conference. Links to the handouts can be found in the session descriptions.  Handouts are being posted as soon as they are received from the presenters.

This conference brings you a fresh look on an old favorite!  Join us in learning evidence-based practices on topics ranging from evaluation to service delivery and everything in between.

This conference starts in just 8 days!  Have you registered? We still have a few open spots!  Register today, you can attend onsite or online.

Communication Connections Conference for SLPs!

(Formerly Hill Country Summer Institute for SLPs)

Renee Attaway from Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking presents:

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary:

A Day to Develop Team Creativity

We are so excited to host a presentation by Renee Attaway, a presenter from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking®, that we would like to open up Day 2 registration for all educators – SLPs, Teachers, Behavior Specialists, and more – who would like to attend just this day.

Use the promotional code Day2 to register for the second day of the conference to hear Renee Attaway present “Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity.”

 

Face-to-Face

Join us in person at Education Service Center Region 13 to hear from highly qualified, national presenters on the topics you’ve been wanting.

 

Online

Whether you are near or far, log on from right where you are. You will have full access to the same, wonderful presenters!

 

 

 

Diane Sheline: Beat the Heat 2017 Feature Presenter

Diane ShelineOn Beat the Heat Day 1, Diane Sheline will be presenting her workshop: Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment. This full day session will provide a thorough overview of Cortical Visual Impairment. Diane will review CVI and the brain to include causes of CVI and visual functioning. She will explain the CVI Range- the ten behavioral characteristics of CVI. She will show the impact of CVI on orientation of a child to their environment.  Also, she will share early literacy strategies, demonstrate CVI-friendly materials and review useful apps and resources. She will tailor this information to teachers of students with multiple disabilities. Come learn some new tips and tricks and see her amazing materials!

You might want to check out her recent blog posting on the Paths to Literacy “An Overview of Literacy for Children with CVI.”  In this post, she presents information on some of the implications of the CVI Range for literacy and more.

Diane Sheline, TVI and author of Strategies to See, has worked in the field of education for over 30 years, however, her focus for the past 14 years has been on identification, evaluation and program planning for students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment.  Determining child specific strategies which encourage more efficient and consistent use of vision is an area that she is especially passionate about and this is reflected at her website www.strategytosee.com.   She currently provides independent consultation for local school districts and private evaluations for students of all ages with CVI, in addition to conducting teacher trainings and parent seminars on CVI throughout the US.  She has especially enjoyed working closely with TSBVI on projects such as a yearly CVI Clinic and creating videos of CVI-friendly strategies and interventions (as part of their CVI Web Exercise).  She is a regular contributor the the Paths to Literacy Blog sponsored by Perkins School for the Blind. She currently resides in the greater Houston area.

We are eagerly waiting to welcome Diane to ESC Region 13!

To see Diane or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop ID SU1734208.

""Beat the Heat 2017
June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Teaching Literacy to Students With Significant Cognitive Delays- Free, Online Course

Do you struggle to provide meaningful reading and writing instruction to your students with significant cognitive delays?  The Low Incidence Statewide Network of Texas has published a free, online course entitled “Teaching Literacy to Students with Significant Cognitive Delays.”    Join this engaging online session, and discover  evidence-based strategies that will address ways in which all students can become more literate.

To register, visit http://ecampus.esc13.net and enter workshop ID# FA1430887.  Should you need technical assistance and support to put these practices into action, please let us know!

Sped Teachers, Don’t Miss Caroline Musselwhite’s iWrite! Workshops for Emergent and Early Conventional Writers

Region 13 is fortunate to have Caroline Musselwhite, Ed.D, CCC/SLP with us for 2 days of professional development!  Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is a specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe disabilities, in a variety of settings, including Head Start, developmental day programs, and the public schools. Additionally, she has taught courses at several universities, including West Virginia University, and Western Carolina University, and has authored a number of textbooks on the topic of literacy and communication for children with significant cognitive disabilities. If you are a special educator or therapist who:

  • works with students at an emergent or early conventional  developmental literacy level
  • has access to an ipad
  • needs ideas for best practices in literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities
…you will not want to miss this opportunity on November 12 & 13, 2014!  See flyer for additonal details.  Seating is limited.

Beat the Heat 2014: Registration Is Open

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Registration is open with 4 registration options available!

ESC Region 13’s Beat the Heat is a three-day professional development opportunity for educators who work with children 3-5 and children with significant disabilities ages 6-21.

Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  Back by popular demand this day provides day-long, in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level.

Beat the Heat: Thursday & Friday, June 26-27, 2014. This popular traditional format of a keynote speaker and breakout sessions on best practices features area professionals and ESC staff.  Content for the breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers.  Topic include: Curriculum & Instruction; Classroom Management & Organization; Behavior; Autism; Communication; Assistive Technology; Sensory-Motor; Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD); Transition; and 18+ Programming.

Want the entire experience?  

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014 – 3 Day All Inclusive!  
  • June 25-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428736
  • Cost: $120.00 (This represents a discounted price over registering for individual days)

Can only come 1 or 2 days?

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014: Day 1 Pre-Conference
  • June 25, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428536
  • Cost: $50.00
OR
  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014: Days 2 & 3 Main Conference
  • June 26-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428537
  • Cost: $100/00

Don’t want to fight Austin traffic?  Try our Virtual Conference!

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014 Virtual Conference
  • June 26-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1429966
  • Cost: $50.00

BONUS!!!!

  • Paraeducators attend at no cost for any registration option!  Use the discount code: Para2014
  • Parents attend at no cost for any registration option! Use the discount code: Parent2014
For more information contact:

Inclusion Support for ELA-R

If you are teaching students with disabilities in an inclusion setting, either as a Special Education teacher or as a General Education teacher, Region 13 would like to encourage you to attend Accessing the General Curriculum in English Language Arts on April 9, 2014. Participants will leave with strategies to help deliver engaging, scaffolded lesson cycles, determine and implement appropriate accommodations, collect and use formative assessment data, manage behavior, and differentiate instruction for students with disabilities. Just search E-Campus for SP1428576