Do you go to workshops but come back to school and don’t have time to implement your new ideas?
Do you need some fresh ideas to help students in your classroom?
Do you need to build your inventory of sensory materials but you have a limited (or no) budget?
Then this make and take workshop is for you!
Participants will be provided with the materials and time to create as many tools as they can. While several examples and ideas will be provided, each participant will decide what they want to create to meet their own needs.
In addition, an occupational therapist and a special education strategist will not only share ideas but be available to brainstorm and problem solve with participants. Each participant will leave the training with COMPLETED projects that can be implemented right away.
Improve Success In the Following Areas
Visual Supports for Self-organization and behavior management
A child/students ability to understand and function within their environments requires the environment to fit their way of understanding and learning. Tools such as visual schedule, task analysis, visual representation of time and the passing of time, along with several of these strategies will be explored, shared and created. Positive Behavioral Supports can make a huge difference for outcomes when behavior may be challenging. Making those supports visual can make an impact in the delivery of the desired behavior. You will have an opportunity to create several visuals to support positive behavior.
Using your senses to make sense of the world around you is one of the most important skills a child can have for learning. It is helpful to the child if those around them, also, have an understanding of what they may be experiencing. Sensory items can be used to sooth, calm and help individuals with a sensory processing disorder. You will have an opportunity to create several sensory items for use in the classroom or home.
Language learning and Literacy
Making language visual helps kids learn. A variety of tools such as adapted books, literacy activity, and games (just to name a few) will be explored.
For kids with complex communication needs who may not be able to express themselves, making language visual will help them communicate more effectively. Tools such as communication boards, picture cards, and communication books, along with many other ideas will be showcased.
Your Fearless, Creative Leaders
MOT, OTR/L, ATP
is an occupational therapist. She has worked in the field of pediatrics for the past 30 years. She is currently employed at the Anne Carlsen Center where she served as Director of Therapy for 16 years and is now currently working in their Ideation Center providing internal and external trainings and works in Autism Diagnostic clinics across the state. Her interests and trainings have included: Adapting a Child’s Play Environment, Developing Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills and Sensory Strategies for Learning. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul and received her Master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. In addition, she has a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology from Northern Arizona University. At home, Connie and her husband have been licensed foster parents to over 20 children, for the past 15 years, and enjoys the rewards and challenges of that. Connie is a certified ATP (Assistive Technology Professional) through RESNA.
M.S., SES, ATP
has been employed by the Anne Carlsen Center for 19 years. In her current role as Ideation Center Specialist she serves on a team of professionals responsible for internal and external development for the organization. These activities include staff development training, client consultations, comprehensive programmatic assessments, community-based vocational assessments, and professional trainings/workshops to outside entities throughout the state of North Dakota. She completed her undergraduate work at Jamestown College in Elementary Education. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of North Dakota and is credentialed as a Special Education Strategist. Marcy is a certified ATP (Assistive Technology Professional) through RESNA.
8:30-10:00: CREATING VISUAL SUPPORTS: SELF ORGANIZATION & BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT
10:00-10:30: BOARDMAKER CRASH COURSE
10:30-12:00: GENERATE, CREATE & LAMINATE VISUAL SUPPORTS!
12:00-1:00: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:00 – 2:00: SENSORY
1:30 – 4:30: GENERATE, MANIPULATE, CREATE AND LAMINATE!
8:00-9:00: LANGUAGE LEARNING & LITERACY
9:00-12:00: GENERATE, CREATE & LAMINATE
12:00-1:00: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:00 – 2:00: COMMUNICATION
2:00 – 4:30: GENERATE, CREATE AND LAMINATE!
Make and Take Sessions
For Teachers, Therapists, Parents, Social Workers, School Psych & Behavior Support Specialists.
August 14 & 15, 2017
8:00 – 4:30pm
ND Vision Services/School for the Blind
500 Stanford Rd
Grand Forks ND 58203
August 16 & 17, 2017
8:00 – 4:30pm
Dakota Medical Foundation
4141 28th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104