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.

Webinar FAQ

Webinar Registration and Login Instructions

Please contact Jenn Skalitzky with any questions.  jskalitzky@ucpnet.org 

Chrome Apps & Extensions for ALL Learners

Presented by Meghan Mkrtschjan, Instructional Support Coach, St. Charles School District 303 & Google for Education Certified Trainer 

Do you find yourself wondering how to use ALL of the features of Google Chrome to support student learning? Have you stuck your toe in the Chrome Webstore, but are really ready to dive in headfirst? Or are you drowning in all of the options? In this webinar, you will be taken into the sea of Chrome Apps and Extensions. Not only will you be able to understand the differences between Apps and Extensions, but you will be able to identify, install, run, and support ALL learners across ALL contents with effective and relevant Chrome Apps and Extensions. 

October 4th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Chrome Apps & Extensions for All Learners https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/954296221797633794

 

Google Slides to Create Visual Supports

Presented by Lynda Hartman, M.A., M.L.S.; Educator/Consultant on the Integrated Technology Support Team at Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) 

Do you find yourself wondering how to use ALL of the features of Google Chrome to support student learning? Have you stuck your toe in the Chrome Webstore, but are really ready to dive in headfirst? Or are you drowning in all of the options? In this webinar, you will be taken into the sea of Chrome Apps and Extensions. Not only will you be able to understand the differences between Apps and Extensions, but you will be able to identify, install, run, and support ALL learners across ALL contents with effective and relevant Chrome Apps and Extensions. 

Participants will: 
-Understand the difference between an app and an extension 
-Demonstrate how to install apps and extensions in Chrome 
-Identify Chrome apps and extensions that support all learners 

October 9th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Google Slides to Create Visual Supports

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6920385952087463682

 

I Hate to Write! Webinar Series to Support Executive Function & Writing (Recordings available through 12/15/18)

Presented by Kathy Oehler, SLP and Cheryl Boucher, OT

How Executive Function Differences Affect Achievement and Behavior
Why do so many students with Executive Function differences such as autism, learning disability, ADHD, etc, struggle with the writing process? This session, presented by an SLP and an OT, will explore recent neurological studies that give us insight into why so many of our students with learning differences hate to write. The presenters will discuss how these writing challenges significantly impact achievement and behavior. Most importantly, the presenters will offer ways in which educators can help these students become more successful writers.

October 10th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for How Executive Function Differences Affect Achievement & Behavior

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3694247312728915213

 

I Hate to Write! - Helping Kids with Executive Function Differences be More Successful Writers
"I hate to write!" How often have we felt the frustration of our reluctant writers as they face yet another writing task! Writing in today's classroom is a high stakes skill. It affects both academic achievement and behavior. All too often the language, organization, motor, and sensory demands of writing overwhelm our reluctant writers, especially those with Executive Function differences such as Learning Disability, Autism, and ADD. This session will focus on easy to implement strategies that teachers can use to help set students up for success and help ALL kids become happy, successful writers.

October 30th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Helping Kids with Executive Function Differences be More Successful Writers

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6559283244133967619

 

I Hate to Write! More Strategies for Rescuing our Reluctant Writers

"He just won't do his work!" This is a frequent complaint from both teachers and parents as they work with students who hate to write. When a student can't, or won't write, teachers have a hard time measuring the student's proficiency in ANY subject. Teachers worry about academic progress. Parents complain of homework battles. Behavior issues often result. All too often the language, organization, motor, and sensory demands of writing overwhelm our reluctant writers, especially those with Executive Function differences such as Learning Disability, Autism, and ADD. What looks like a refusal to do the work may actually be difficulty with the writing process. By working together, we can set our students up for success and help ALL kids become happy, successful writers.

November 28th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for More Strategies for Rescuing Reluctant Writers

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1554492131962908163  

 

Augmenting Success: AT/AAC for Speech Unintelligibility

Presented by Kristy Gibson, SLP, AAC Provider, Kids Communicate, Two Techie Mamas 

This webinar will combine research-based support for AAC, UDL principles and practical tips to overcome some of the hurdles in "getting started" using AT/AAC for children with reduced speech intelligibility. We will "use what you have" and "start where you are" with an eye towards important literacy and phonological skills. 

Participants will 
• identify 2 components of universal design for learning and how they relate to the early implementation of AAC. 
• compare & contrast tools by demonstrating an understanding of at least 3 different features that may support individuals with speech impairments. 
• integrate implementation of at least 2 AAC and speech production strategies into a sample implementation plan.

October 22nd – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Augmenting Success

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8216963048910102274

 

School Technology: Moving Beyond Assistive

Presented by Carol M. Michels, Ed.D, MS, OTR/L, Northern Suburban Special Education District, Director of District Services 

Assistive technology departments face the need to redesign services and roles to remain effective in school settings. Restructuring assistive technology departments/services to meet the needs of current school environments requires understanding change forces impacting public education and how those forces impact individual departments/services, such as assistive technology. This presentation reviews current research around assistive technology program redesign. It discusses the roles research has identified for assistive technology departments in schools and depicts specific change forces impacting public education and assistive technology departments/services that are predicating this change. Research results are detailed through discussion and direct experience restructuring and redesigning the assistive technology department in a special education cooperative. 

Participants will be able to explain how three current public education initiatives/change forces are impacting the role of assistive technology departments and services within school settings. 
Participants will be able to identify three larger external change forces impacting the role of assistive technology departments within public education. 
Participants will be able to identify and define three roles that research has identified for assistive technology departments and practitioners in public education settings. 

October 24th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for School Technology:  Moving Beyond Assistive

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8346975900848323586

 

DynamAAC Data Collection: Data-Driven Decisions in AAC

Presented by Matt Baud, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Niles Township District for Special Education & Kristin Smith, Coordinator, Niles Township District for Special Education 

Providing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in a classroom requires a team-based approach for developing, implementing and monitoring progress of the interventions in place. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss a team-based, data-driven approach, centered around creating measurable goals, using universal data sheets and visualizing data with graphs. Through the use of these tools, teams can determine if interventions are effective and adjust supports as needed. Be ready for some DynamAAC and interactive activities and bring data and goals for some feedback and problem-solving opportunities. 

October 29th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for DynamAAC Data Collection

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8993351299047256835

 

When Helping isn't Helping: The Importance of Prompt Awareness in AAC Instruction

Presented by Rachael Langley, MA, CCC-SLP, Reach Language, LLC 

An increasing number of students have access to AAC tools at home and within schools. The pace of technology development and availability has greatly outpaced the rate of education and training available to families, teachers, therapists, and others who support individuals with CCN. A greater discussion is needed regarding various approaches to teaching language via AAC. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Participants will describe at least 5 different forms of prompting. 
Participants will be able to describe the difference between partial verbal prompting versus modeling desired skills. 
Participants will be able to identify at least one unintended outcome often associated with over-prompting. 

November 14th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for the Importance of Prompt Awareness

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8369563168570310145

 

Navigating the Transition into Adult Services

Presented by Julie Collison, M.Ed., Transition Coordinator and Middle School/High School Supervisor at Monarch Center for Autism 

In this webinar Julie Collison, M.Ed., takes an in-depth look at adult transition services, especially for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation focuses on the steps required to ensure a smooth transition from school to adulthood, including when the process should begin. The transition process begins earlier than some may think. School professionals will gain an understanding of where to start and how to guide families to the appropriate services. Because the language of transition differs from state to state, and sometimes from county to county, the information presented will be as general as possible to address the needs of all participants. Topics include: 
• What is transition? 
• When does the transition process begin? 
• Who do I go to for assistance? 
• Exploring the process of guardianship 
• How can my local Board of Developmental Disabilities help me? 
• What are Vocational Rehabilitation Services? 
• What about college? 
• Discussing residential options 

November 19th – 11:30-12:30 – Click on the link to register for Navigating the Transition

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7941485908568631041

 

Mental Health and Autism Webinar Series

Mental Health Challenges in Autism: Depression and Suicide

Presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy, Psychologist, Author & National Speaker

Individuals with Autism are at a higher risk for depression and suicide than are their neurotypical peers.  Indeed, they are ten times more likely to die by suicide.  A number of factors are related to the increased risks of suicide and depression. 

  • Bullying
  • Difficulties with social communication
  • Camouflaging
  • Unmet needs for support

This presentation will explore each of these factors.  Interventions to decrease the risk of depression and suicide, will be discussed.

December 6th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Mental Health Challenges in Autism

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2557668949230558723

 

Positive Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation: Addressing Anxiety, ADHD & Emotional Processing for Students with Autism

Presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy, Psychologist, Author & National Speaker

Self-regulation is where successful functioning and independence starts.  There is no way to get there without it. ASD presents some challenges to developing self-regulation skills – sensory differences, difficulty with flexibility and change, difficulty focusing on the salient aspects of the situation, difficulty modulating emotions, and challenges understanding the social world.

This presentation provides information on how to identify when characteristics of ASD are interfering with self-regulation.  A range of strategies for supporting regulation and building self-regulation skills will be discussed.

December 11th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Positive Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/136778540844609283

 

Catatonia & Autism: Hidden in Plain Sight

Presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy, Psychologist, Author & National Speaker

Catatonia is a disorder experienced by 12 to 18% of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Many experts believe that the actual prevalence rate of catatonia in ASD is higher than 18%.  That means that if you know 20 people with ASD, it is likely that 2 of them also have catatonia. What is catatonia? Like autism, catatonia impacts posture/movement, speech, mood, and behavior.  Catatonia manifests in opposing ways -immobility (stuckness) and excitability.

It is important for professionals and parents who care for children and adolescents with ASD to recognize the signs of catatonia.  In autism, early catatonia-related symptoms can advance into full blown catatonia.  When that happens, it can be terribly incapacitating or even life-threatening/fatal.  The longer catatonia is left untreated in individuals with autism, the harder it is to reverse.  

Participants will learn to recognize the signs of catatonia in individuals with ASD. 

December 13th – 3:30-4:30 – Click on the link to register for Catatonia & Autism

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8647551594179679235