MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children with Down Syndrome, Dr. David Stein
Behavior problems impact 30% of children with Down syndrome.  Left untreated, these same children often exhibit behavior problems as adults, limiting work and independent living opportunities.  Many behavioral management tools are less effective for children with DS. This workshop will present the basic neuroscience of Down syndrome and how this informs effective behavior management, with practical strategies provided for use in the home and school settings from childhood through transition to adulthood

Transition From Middle School to High School and Beyond, Diane Flood
This workshop will help lay the groundwork for a successful transition plan including:  How to develop a transition planning timeline and strong IEP team plan, promoting independence, post-graduation options, eligibility vs. entitlement, and support services available to allow a student to be successful in middle school, high school and beyond.

Data Driven Instruction,  Sasha Long
Learn how to use your academic data to drive your instructional decisions.  In this session, we will review using rubrics, rate of responding, frequency count, and track prompt levels to take data on both basic and more complex academic skills.  Learn how to utilize your data to plan supplemental activities, write additional goals, or strengthen foundational skills. 

Preventing Wandering (Elopement) at Home and School, Officer Laurie Reyes
Wandering, also known as elopement, is an important safety issue that affects some people with disabilities, their families, and the school community.  In this session, Officer Reyes will discuss the Project Lifesaver program’s outreach and efforts in schools and the special needs community concerning wandering and elopement.  She will also provide important safety tips for parents and educators, as well as how to plan, prevent, and respond in an elopement situation. 

Charlie’s World: An Inclusive Experience, Charlie Bouloukos and Claire Holmes
Charlie and his mother will tell stories and facilitate discussion about Charlie’s inclusive school K-12 school experience, his fun extracurricular activities, his work exploration opportunities, and what they hope comes next for him.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Supporting Positive Behavior in Teens with Down Syndrome,  Dr. David Stein
Behavior problems impact 30% of children with Down syndrome.  Left untreated, these same children often exhibit behavior problems as adults, limiting work and independent living opportunities.  Many behavioral management tools are less effective for children with DS. This workshop will present the basic neuroscience of Down syndrome and how this informs effective behavior management, with practical strategies provided for use in the home and school settings from childhood through transition to adulthood

CORE Language in the Classroom, Tabi Jones-Wohleber
Effective implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools and strategies encompasses an array of complex and nuanced understandings related to communication, language and engagement.  This session will begin to unpack some of these understandings by addressing why we communicate, how communication partner input shapes language development and promotes engagement, and key ideas related to vocabulary selection and use.  Core vocabulary, the words that make up approximately 80% of what we say, are widely employed in the sphere of AAC to grow language and expand communication opportunities.  Discussion and interactive activities will guide participants to apply core vocabulary in everyday interactions as well as during structured play and learning tasks through partner augmented input.  Ready-to-use online resources, as well as tools for planning lessons and activities that incorporate core vocabulary will be highlighted and shared.

Adapted Books:  a Literacy Based Solution for Engaging IEP Instruction, Sasha Long
Learn how to target a wide range of literacy goals for early childhood students using interactive and hands-on adapted books.  Adding moveable pieces, simplified text, and visually based comprehension activities to your existing favorite books can help increase student engagement.  In this session, we will explore ways to create your own adapted books that build both foundational language skills and more advanced literacy concepts.  Adapted Books can be used to build basic literacy and language skills such as matching, sequencing, sorting, following directions, categorizing, using prepositions, and more.

Preventing Wandering (Elopement) at Home and School, Officer Laurie Reyes
Wandering, also known as elopement, is an important safety issue that affects some people with disabilities, their families, and the school community.  In this session, Officer Reyes will discuss the Project Lifesaver program’s outreach and efforts in schools and the special needs community concerning wandering and elopement.  She will also provide important safety tips for parents and educators, as well as how to plan, prevent, and respond in an elopement situation. 

Roundtable Discussion for Spanish Speakers,  Javier Valera
The objective for the roundtable will be to analyze researched-based benefits of inclusive education for students with and without disabilities and discuss the best practices for inclusion as well as the roles of all parties involved.
Activities will include:

  • Research-based benefits of inclusion analysis and discussion ( http://www.ndss.org/Resources/NDSS-en-Espanol/Educacion/Que-es-la-Inclusion/ ) 
  • Do’s and Don'ts, in which attendees will share their views about do’s and don’ts based on their roles and previous knowledge on best practices for inclusive schools. 
  • Inclusion After School: the role of parents in including individuals with disabilities in after school and how can the school can help (brainstorm and discussion)