Free Reading and Writing Tools for Struggling Students (May 13, 2020)
Cracking the AAC Code
Module 1: Intro to AAC
Module 2: Low Tech AAC
Module 3: High Tech AAC
Module 4: Communication Partners
Module 5: Literacy, UDL, and AAC
Description: Apple Portable Devices, Apps, and Management: Using the iPad/iPod/iPhone in a School, Work, or Retirement Setting - Five-Part Webinar Series
Presenter: Dan Dyer, Assertive Technology Project
View this webinar here.
Description: Have you ever had a child/student who tantrums, bites, or hits? Or maybe you have a child/student who can't seem to finish a task without you standing/sitting right there beside him/her. Well….maybe visual schedules can help. What are they? How do I get them in my classroom? Or…maybe you know what they are, but just can't figure out how to implement them? Tune in to this webinar! Walk away with some new tools for your classroom, home, or work environment.
Presenter: Anne Kuhlmeier, M.A., CCC, ATP Speech/Language Pathologist
Online Training link / Transcript
Students with learning disabilities make up approximately 50% of the special education population, but are sometimes the least likely to utilize assistive technology. There is much confusion around if and when we should compensate for a learning disability. If we give a student with a learning disability easy access to the curriculum through audio or audio/visual means, will this slow down a student’s progress in reading? How much time and effort should be put into remediating reading versus compensating for it? We will look at the emerging research on this subject.
Online Training link
This online training discusses age-appropriate materials for secondary students with significant disabilities. This training grew out of a need to find more appropriate materials for a 16-year-old who has cerebral palsy and autism.This training highlights the fact that assistive technology and educational technology are overlapping more and more with producers of AT helping to create educational materials in accessible formats and that are also age-appropriate.
Presenter: Nora Jehn- Training Coordinator at the Idaho Assistive Technology Project- CDHD/University of Idaho)
Online Training Link
Online Training in CC version
Description: This webinar covers the SETT framework for the assistive technology assessment of math. It also explains the AT continuum and examples of low/no tech, mid tech and high tech are provided. Links to online resources are also provided.
Presenter: Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP
View AT is in the Math Webinar
Description: This webinar discusses and demonstrates over 50 different assistive technology solutions that can be created in minutes for students who experience low incidence disabilities. Examples will include: low-cost Eye gaze boards, key guards for iPads; dual iPad track magnification aid; sounds enhancers; Scan and read stations; adaptive styluses; switch access recipes for head control; Page lifters, turners, and holders; tactile graphic overlays for books; amplification aids for low talker's; hands-free eating and drinking solutions; and more.
Presenter:Therese Willkomm, Ph.D
View Easy and Affordable Assistive Technology Solutions for Low-Incidence Disabilities
Description: An introduction to the variety of Google services, products, and their accessibility. Topics include Google services, Google products, and alternative tools and strategies for accessing both.
Presenter: Laine Amoureux
Recording: Link to view All Things Google video (closed captions)
Presented by Anne Kuhlmeier and Christy Butler
View Implementation Strategies Webinar
Presented by Stephanie Ekis, MS CCC-SLP
This webinar focuses on creating inclusive classroom environments for students struggling with speech and language. Learn how to select vocabulary useful to the natural environment and how to implement that vocabulary and foster rich communication.
Presenter: Anne Kuhlmeier, M.A., CCC, ATP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Online Training Link
This webinar will discuss various ways to implement AAC within the classroom, including modeling, core vocabulary and language expansion. It will explore the various facets of communicative competence and discuss how this relates to the person using AAC. Resources are shared throughout the webinar to provide more ideas and/or information for the topics being discussed. Presenter:
Mary N. Van Donsel, MSR, CCC-SLP View Implementation of AAC Webinar
This webinar will discuss things to consider when selecting a communication app for a person who needs AAC to communicate. A feature analysis chart will be reviewed as an option to use when exploring the various features available in communication apps, as well as the review of a sample of communication apps available on the market today. Presenter:
Mary N. Van Donsel, MSR, CCC-SLP View Communication Apps: What is There to Know?
This webinar will lay a foundation for understanding AAC including defining terms, identifying types of AAC and who might benefit. The AAC Evaluation process including team members, tests and measures and developing goals are also included. Case studies of 3 different children who use AAC are included.
There are five modules in the 'Cracking the AAC Code' series (see Related Resources below). If you are interested in taking all five modules for professional development (inservice) credit, please visit the ITC LMS page.
View the webinar to learn how to:
- Set positioning and mobility goals with your child or student,
- Evaluate and match assistive technology to their needs,
- Lean about commonly used positioning and mobility assistive technology,
- Review examples of real client stories.
PC version: View here
Presenter: Kathie LaFortune, PT, PCS, ATP iPad version:
Begin by downloading iSpring Player app
for iPad in the app store. Once you have installed iSpring player app, view the presentation
in your iPad Safari browser.
Description Many Schools adopted the iPad because Apple was the early leader in accessibility and learning apps. Now many schools and parents are asking us about Google’s Android, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon’s Kindle apps due to the lower cost of these devices. In the next hour we will look at some of the most popular iPad apps and put them head-to-head with Android apps that do the same thing. Handouts: http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/MTA3OTg1MDQ= Presented by:
Mike Mann, MS, ATP View Webinar
Description A majority of the accessibility features in the iPad are explained and some are demonstrated. Links are provided to online demonstrations.
Presented by: Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP