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Louisiana AEM is excited to host

the 3rd annual Click or Treat Virtual Conference

OCTOBER 26-28, 2021

Tuesday October 26th

AT Session Descriptions

Time

Presentation

Presenter

8:15 -9:45

Are you Scared?
Taking the Fear Out of Modeling Language

When students see adults and peers modeling with AAC repeatedly, they learn to communicate with AAC too! Modeling Language is a communication strategy used by the communication partner.  This session will show the importance of using core vocabulary throughout the school day during predictable daily routines and  shared reading activities.

Tammy DupreTammy Dupre is an Assistive Technology Regional Specialist with LA-AEM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 -11:30

Creating Accessibility with POUR

This session will focus on designing materials to ensure accessibility for all students by implementing the POUR principles. These principles define four qualities for making web content accessible. Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust.

Theresa Robinson

Theresa  Robinson is an Assistive Technology Regional Support Specialist with LA-AEM.

 

 

 

 

12:15 – 1:45

Building AT Capacity

Building assistive technology capacity for your LEA can be a challenging feat of administrative juggling. It is just as easy to overwhelm IEP and AT teams with paperwork as it is to have student AT needs fall through the cracks. In this one hour webinar, administrators and AT leaders will explore practical approaches to facilitate AT devices and services within their LEA ’s. Tangible examples and resources will be shared with all participants.

Justin Sims

Justin Sims is an Assistive Technology Regional Specialist with LA-AEM.

2:00- 3:30

Zone In Attention with Sensory Strategies and AT Tools

In this presentation, participants will be able to identify various sensory systems that may present with barriers or may be utilized as a strength. Participants will be exposed to sensory equipment and/or strategies that impact barriers as well as how to utilize sensory preferences to impact engagement in the general curriculum. The course will include learning how to utilize various AT tools incorporating sensory to increase attention toward academic tasks.

Katie Sample

Katie Sample is an Assistive Technology Regional Specialist with LA-AEM.

 

 

 

Dawn Sonnier

Wednesday October 27th

VI Session Descriptions

Time

Presentation

Presenter

8:15 -9:45

Integrating Metacognition Strategies to Improve Comprehension for DHH Learners

Join us for a hands-on demonstration by Jim Franklin, teacher of special education, who invented a number line to help students round numbers up to 10,000,000. View a variety of math manipulatives that address the standards of fractions, decimals, money, elapsed time, weight, and capacity. Learn tips and strategies, such as adding and subtracting mixed numbers with different denominators and then reduce answers without paper and pencil, that are applicable to all students, including students with visual impairments

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Jim Franklin

President & Creator at Slide-A-Round Math Manipulatives, LLC

10:00 -11:30

 

 

 

Implementing the mantis Q40 in Your Classroom

This session will provide an overview of the layout and menu structure of the APH Mantis Q40.

 

Jill Dunaway

Jill Dunaway currently serves as assistive technology trainer/specialist at the Center for
Assistive Technology Training, an innovative partnership between Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind. Prior to joining CATT, she taught assistive technology at the Alabama School for the Blind for fifteen years. She also serves on the curriculum committee for the Quorum Programming language, a computer programming language specifically designed for users who are blind or visually impaired. A braille reader and screen reader user herself, Ms. Dunaway likes to say that assistive technology and braille literacy are keys to independence.

 

Dr Susie Thomas

Dr. Susie Thomas  has over 22 years of teaching experience. Dr. Thomas spent 10 years as a secondary science teacher and 12 years as a CTVI and COM specialist. She works with the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) located in Talladega, Alabama.

11:30 – 12:15

Chat with Low Vision Etc.

Dr. Lilli Nielsen describes the philosophy of active learning as “if given opportunity to learn from their own active exploration and examination, children will achieve skills that become a part of their personality, and so are natural for them to use in interactions with others, and of fulfillment of their own needs, and will gradually let children react relevantly to instructions and education, in other words to be as independent as possible.”

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Kathy Foster

Owner of Low vision, etc.

12:15 – 1:45

Active Learning for Students in the Sensorimotor Preoperational Stages of Development

Dr. Lilli Nielsen describes the philosophy of active learning as “if given opportunity to learn from their own active exploration and examination, children will achieve skills that become a part of their personality, and so are natural for them to use in interactions with others, and of fulfillment of their own needs, and will gradually let children react relevantly to instructions and education, in other words to be as independent as possible.”

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Cindy Champagne

VI Teacher,

High Expectations VI Services LLC

 

 

2:00 – 3:30

 

 

Implementing the Chameleon 20 in Your Classroom

This session will provide an overview of the layout and menu structure of the APH Chameleon 20.

Jill Dunaway

Jill Dunaway currently serves as assistive technology trainer/specialist at the Center for
Assistive Technology Training, an innovative partnership between Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind. Prior to joining CATT, she taught assistive technology at the Alabama School for the Blind for fifteen years. She also serves on the curriculum committee for the Quorum Programming language, a computer programming language specifically designed for users who are blind or visually impaired. A braille reader and screen reader user herself, Ms. Dunaway likes to say that assistive technology and braille literacy are keys to independence.

 

Dr Susie Thomas

Dr. Susie Thomas  has over 22 years of teaching experience. Dr. Thomas spent 10 years as a secondary science teacher and 12 years as a CTVI and COM specialist. She works with the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) located in Talladega, Alabama.

Thursday October 28th

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Session Descriptions

Time

Presentation

Presenter

8:15 -9:45

Integrating Metacognition Strategies to Improve Comprehension for DHH Learners

Studies have concluded that one of the areas that deaf and hard of hearing readers experience challenges most often is comprehension monitoring and that questioning, discussion, and explicit comprehension strategy instruction are beneficial instructional practices to improve reading comprehension for DHH students. This session will focus on integrating metacognitive practices, including reciprocal teaching, into interventions with deaf and hard of hearing students-itinerant or in the classroom and provide ideas for formative assessment, application, and resources for use in your practice.

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Kelsey Funk, M.Ed., is a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has had a wide range of teaching experiences in both Texas and Minnesota, with students birth-3, mainstreamed and itinerant students , and preschool classes. She is currently teaching in an elementary resource program using ASL and Cued Speech/English. Kelsey attended University of Minnesota-Duluth for her bachelors degree in communication sciences and disorders, University of Minnesota for her masters degree in deaf education, and Hamline University for an additional degree in reading instruction after realizing how much more she needed (and wanted) to learn about language and literacy.

10:00 – 11:30

A Day in the  Life of a DeafBlind Intervener

The staff of the Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children and Youth will facilitate a panel presentation highlighting experiences of individuals who have served as DeafBlind interveners. Interveners will discuss their role on the educational team in providing access for the DeafBlind students they serve.

Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CVRT, LPC

Coordinator, LA Deafblind Project

Rose is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and a certified Intervener. She has worked over 30 years with individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have multiple disabilities.

 

MIchael NormanMichael Norman, Ph.D

Director LA Deafblind Project

Michael has previously worked in schools, hospitals, clinics and universities as a speech-language pathologist and teacher. Currently, Michael also directs a one-year training program for related services personnel graduate students funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

12:15 – 1:45

Literacy Development for Deaf Children

How do deaf children learn to read and write without phonics? This presentation will include pre-literacy to school age literacy skills necessary to promote the literacy development of deaf children and strategies to use in the classroom

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Megan  Wimberly currently teaches English Language Arts to upper elementary students at Louisiana School for the Deaf. She is certified in Deaf Education K-12. She is a doctoral student at Lamar University in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education working towards her Ed.D.

2:00 – 3:30

Tips and Tricks: Collaborating with SLPs for DHH Students

This presentation will aid professionals in learning: 1) the roles of speech-language pathologists in schools; 2) the foundations of articulation, language, and communication; 3) the importance of language input and therapy for DHH (Deaf-and-Hard-of-Hearing) students; 4) how to collaborate with SLPs; and 5) practical strategies and examples for different students.

BonnieBonnie Dupre Isacks is a certified speech language pathologist who is proficient in American Sign Language. Her passion is implementing language therapy using ASL and English for her Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. She currently works in Jefferson Parish Public Schools and recently opened her own private practice: Bonnie the SLP, LLC. Bonnie attended LSU for her bachelor of arts degree in communication sciences and disorders and the University of Texas at Dallas for her master of science degree in speech language pathology. 

7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Deaf Education Open Chat

Join us for an hour of networking, collaboration, and support. The staff at the Special School District will introduce their team, share their support offerings, and then open the floor for us to get to know each other and see how we can work together to make our state Deaf Education system better for the students and families we serve.

Teachers of the Deaf, special education teachers, educational interpreters, speech-language pathologists, and other related service professionals in Louisiana schools are invited to attend.

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Deaf Education Open Chat event

 

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