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Finding and Funding Assistive Technology for Young Children

Assistive technology (AT) can be a powerful tool for young children with disabilities. In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of ways to acquire, fund, and reuse AT.

Emerging Technologies

In this exciting presentation learn about the new and emerging technologies to help people with disabilities.

Smartphones and Smart Ideas: How to Use Your Smartphone to Boost Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily Life

Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting; they can also help organize one’s life, keep track of school work, and more. Workshop participants will learn how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.

Improving Learning Outcomes for Your Child

This workshop will help families of young children ages birth to five learn about evidence-based practices and how they can be used to increase family engagement and improve learning outcomes for their children.

Getting and Keeping the First Job

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. This workshop will provide youth and parents with answers to important questions about preparing for and keeping a job such as: Building essential work skills, the employer’s viewpoint, employment supports such as Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), new provisions in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Co-presented by Barb Ziemke, co-director of PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment and Alyssa Klein, VRS transition specialist

Apps That Support Reading and Writing for Teens and Young Adults

Workshop participants will discover the most versatile and effective reading and writing apps for teens. Apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated, discussed, and compared to show the many ways mobile apps can support struggling readers and writers. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and educators.

Apps for Pre-Academic Skills

Staff from the Simon Technology Center explore the latest apps that support the development of fine motor skills, literacy, math skills, and more for young children. Tell us about your favorite app at [email protected] and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns Three

This workshop helps families understand the transition process from Part C Early Intervention Services to Part B Preschool Services. Topics include transition requirements, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), inclusion, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. Parents will also learn how to actively participate in the transition process.

Get a Seat at the Table: Learn How to Participate in the Decision-Making Process

A stakeholder is a person who has an interest in something, and is impacted by or cares about how it turns out. This workshop helps prepare parents of young children up to age five to participate on stakeholder groups in their school district, or at the county, regional or state level. Participants will learn about opportunities for involvement, discuss the types of data used to make decisions, and review the skills needed to participate.

Assistive Technology for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in Early Childhood

This workshop provides background information about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in early childhood settings, and information about how assistive technology can play a role in designing inclusive learning activities.

Challenging Behaviors and the Transition IEP: Making a Plan for High School and Beyond

This workshop provides information for parents of youth with challenging behaviors on creating a successful plan for graduation and beyond.

Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

For a child with disabilities, kindergarten readiness often requires special preparation. This workshop helps parents plan for this transition and learn how to help their child succeed in elementary school. Parents will learn how to become active participants in the transition process.

Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff

This workshop provides parents of special education students practical tips and interactive problem-solving experiences to build the skills necessary to communicate effectively with school staff and resolve differences.

Social Media & Bullying: Using Technology to Keep Kids Safe

PACER’s Simon Technology Center (STC) and National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) will discuss the technology young people use, and the technology parents can use to keep them safe and raise responsible young digital citizens.

Parent Leadership Training on Children’s Mental Health

This workshop offers parents information about improvements and progress within our systems of care, and support for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges.

Video Modeling in Early Childhood

Video modeling can be an effective tool for teaching novel skills. This workshop will introduce participants to video modeling strategies and discuss methods for implementation in early childhood settings.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This workshop features an overview of families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities within the early intervention system process and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child’s IEP

This workshop for parents of children with disabilities, ages three to five, will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, writing goals, family rights, and how to take an active lead in the IEP process.

Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics

Students with disabilities or health concerns that keep them out of school now have a way to fully participate in their classrooms. They can be virtually present using telepresence and robotic technology . In this workshop, we will explore telepresence and robotic technologies that can be used in the classroom, discuss challenges and share success stories.

Afternoon Session: Apps to Support Social and Emotional Development of Young Children

In this fast-paced informal sharing event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support the social and emotional development of children. See apps that help children learn how to regulate, how to calm, and how to handle big emotions.

Special Education and Challenging Behaviors

This workshop offers information about how parents of children with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges can effectively communicate and plan with the school for a child with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges Special Education process.

Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP

In this workshop, we will provide families, teachers, and other professionals a way to be intentional about the process of considering assistive technology and ensure it is included in the IFSP/IEP document. Participants will learn how to use the TIKES Project’s Child-Centered AT Plan to consider and document assistive technology for children ages birth to five.

Evening Session: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to [email protected] along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.

Introduction to Assistive Technology for Young Learners

This workshop will help families, caregivers, and professionals understand the breadth and scope of assistive technology (AT) available for young children (birth to five). Participants will learn what assistive technology is, the continuum of AT from the very simple to complex, and the research. On site participants will have an opportunity to explore items demonstrated following the live event.

New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology

Today’s assistive technologies (AT) includes a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with any disability.

Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. For a child with disabilities, being ready for that step often requires some intentional preparation. This workshop will help parents plan for the transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful and make their first school experience a good one. It will also prepare parents to take more of a leadership role on their child’s IEP team.

Assistive Technology for Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

This is a workshop designed for parents and professionals to learn about the wide range of assistive technology available to help support the social-emotional development of young children up to age 8. Participants will learn about specific technology, apps, and resources available.

My Child’s IEP: Laying the Foundation for Effective Early Childhood Special Education Services

This workshop for parents of children with disabilities ages three to five will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, timelines, writing appropriate and functional goals, and family rights throughout the process.

Solutions to Help Children Self-Regulate: Discover the science behind Deep Pressure Therapy (Snug Vest)

We are all aware of the five senses, but did you know there are two more? Attendees at this workshop will discover how proprioception and the vestibular sense impact individuals with sensory and developmental disorders, and how Deep Pressure Therapy can help regulate the sensory system. Easy techniques for home, the classroom and the community help reduce anxiety in individuals of all ages, resulting in increased focus, improved learning, and reduced sensory overload. Find out about assistive technology that can help users self-regulate throughout the day, and the research behind Deep Pressure Therapy. This session will be led by Snug Vest CEO Lisa Fraser.

Challenging Behaviors and the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Making a plan that works

Children and youth with challenging behaviors often struggle to be successful in school. This workshop will discuss what challenging behavior in school may look like, why those behaviors are so hard to change, and offer suggestions on how to use the IEP to make a plan that works to support school success.

Evening Session: Appy Hour Event - A Focus on Math

Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast paced informal event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest math app offerings. See apps that go beyond flash cards and drills- apps that help cultivate number sense and problem solving. Also see apps that teach advanced algebra and geometry concepts without the distraction of numbers. We will also cover virtual manipulatives and apps for visual learners. These apps will cover skills taught in grades 3-12. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to [email protected] along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

Morning Session: Appy Hour Event - A Focus on Math

Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast-paced, informal event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest math app offerings. See apps that go beyond flash cards and drills: apps that help cultivate number sense and problem solving. Also see apps that teach advanced algebra and geometry concepts without the distraction of numbers. Additionally, we'll cover virtual manipulatives and apps for visual learners. These apps will cover skills taught in grades 3-12. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to [email protected] along with what you like about it, and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

eBooks and Reading Tools for Teens

Discover a variety of reading tools and digital reading material that can be helpful for reading comprehension. For example, hearing text spoken aloud can provide beneficial reading support. Learn about eBooks and other digital reading material, where to find them, and what tools to use. The options presented are most appropriate for transition age youth who understand language and vocabulary at their grade level.

Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know

Bullying can be an isolating experience, not just for the kids involved, but for their parents, too. Fortunately, there is help. This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview for parents to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying. Topics include definition and roles, laws and policy, ways to help your child, working with the school, students with disabilities and online safety.

New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology - A Focus on Wearables

Participants in this workshop will learn about wearable technology and the ways this technology trend helps youth with disabilities. They will learn about technology to help monitor health, behavior, and more.

Getting and Keeping the First Job

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. This workshop will provide youth and parents with answers to important questions about preparing for and keeping a job.

Webinar: Crisis Planning and Children's Challenging Behaviors: Making a Plan That Works

This webinar is for educators, mental health providers, community support staff and other professionals who would like more information on crisis planning. We will cover some key features of proactive crisis plans, what we should know about challenging behaviors before developing a crisis plan, and questions to ask when considering a child's escalating challenging behaviors. This webinar will cover principles of wellness, recovery, and self-advocacy when working with children and youth who have behavioral health needs and require proactive crisis planning.

Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens

Does managing your homework, time, and health sometimes feel overwhelming? There are ways technology can help! Participants will learn how today's technology, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, can help you more independently manage your school work, time, and wellness. Family strategies for using technology to foster independence will also be discussed. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and the professionals that work with them.

Evening Session: Appy Hour - From Beginning Writer to Published Author

Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast paced informal event staff from the Simon Technology Center will demonstrate apps for writing. For some students, writing can be a difficult task. Whether it’s the physical act of handwriting, or getting thoughts down on paper there are many apps available to help students of all ages improve their writing. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to [email protected] along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

Morning Session: Appy Hour - From Beginning Writer to Published Author

Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast-paced, informal event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will demonstrate apps for writing. For some students, writing can be a difficult task. Whether it’s the physical act of handwriting, or getting thoughts down on paper, there are many apps available to help students of all ages improve their writing. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to [email protected] along with what you like about it, and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

Apps for Little Tikes

Apps for learning have become a large part of our lives. In this presentation we’ll explore apps and their appropriate use for children with disabilities ages birth to 5.

Keyboards for All Learners

Keyboarding is an essential skill in today’s world. For some students with disabilities, typing on a traditional keyboard can be challenging. In this workshop, we’ll explore Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, keyboard apps for the iPad, and alternative keyboards for the computer to help support students.

Families are Important: Understanding the Early Intervention Process in Minnesota

This workshop features an overview of families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities within the early intervention system. It also addresses services in the natural environment, the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), and child and family outcomes.

Responding to Challenging Behaviors at School, at Home and in the Community

Children with challenging behaviors are often misunderstood. This workshop will help parents identify and respond to behaviors that may indicate mental health concerns; navigate school and community supports and services; and learn effective parent advocacy skills. Information, strategies and tips in this workshop will focus on children in the elementary school years.

Early Childhood Development and Strategies to Support Early Learning Skills

This workshop is for parents of children ages birth to 5 with developmental delays or disabilities. Participants will learn about the typical stages of child development and strategies to support emerging learning skills so they can become more involved in their child’s early education. There will also be networking opportunities with other parents.

Challenging Behaviors, Positive Supports, and School Success

This workshop will discuss what challenging behavior in school may look like and the importance of identifying positive supports specific to each child’s needs. Special Education, 504 Plans, and other school support options will be discussed.

Top Reading and Writing Apps for Teens

Workshop participants will discover the most versatile and effective reading and writing apps for teens. Apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated, discussed, and compared to show the many ways mobile apps support struggling readers and writers. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and educators.

Time Flies: Tools to Help with Task Planning & Time Management

Task planning and time management are critical life skills for academic, vocational, and personal success. Some individuals need extra support with these executive function skills. This workshop will explore various tools and strategies to help, including task lists, calendars, reminders, timers, and more.

Child-Centered AT Plan

This workshop will walk participants through a process for considering and providing assistive technology (AT) for children ages birth to 5. The TIKES Project has created a set of planning tools to provide families, teachers, and other professionals with guidance to considering AT. Participants will receive helpful planning documents for this process.

Tablet Accessibility

Tablets are very popular devices but their built-in accessibility features are often unexplored. In this workshop, participants will learn about the many accessibility features on Apple and Android tablets that can open up new possibilities for you, your child, or your students.

How Your Smartphone Can be a Boost to Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily Life

Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting: they can also help organize one’s life, keep track of school work, and more. Workshop participants will learn how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.

Including AT in the IFSP or IEP

Assistive technology (AT) is important for many children with disabilities but it isn’t always clear how to document this need in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this workshop, families, teachers, and other professionals will learn how to be intentional about the process of considering AT and ensuring it is included in the IFSP or IEP.

Getting and Keeping the First Job

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. This workshop will provide youth and parents with answers to important questions about preparing for and keeping a job.

Do the Math: Mastering the Basics Adds up to Success

Participants will learn about the math skills employers are now expecting employees to have. Math is part of making decisions and reasoning, and basic math skills are used in the workplace when purchasing and ordering supplies, following a budget, even managing your vacation time. Discover which technologies can help you brush up on your skills and make sense of this important skill.

Learn About Assistive Technology Online: Helpful resources for parents and educators

Whether you are new to assistive technology (AT) or a seasoned parent or professional, this workshop will provide valuable AT information and resources. Topics include resources for webinars, articles, and social media to make learning about AT fun and impactful. Content provided by the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), a leader in educating the community about AT and IT through informative online content.

Challenging Behaviors and the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Making a plan that works

Children and youth with challenging behaviors often struggle to be successful in school. This workshop will discuss what challenging behavior in school may look like, why those behaviors are so hard to change, and offer suggestions on how to use the IEP to make a plan that works to support school success.

Leveraging Technology to Improve Executive Function

Executive function skills are vital for daily living. Challenges with these abilities may appear at any age and can change over time. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help with attention, memory, planning, organization, time management, and self-monitoring. A person-first framework will be used to consider and select the right tools to help individuals with disabilities move toward independence in a variety of settings including education and employment for transition ages.

Let’s Write a Story: Tools for Creating Social Stories

Social stories help learners understand the world and prepare for the unexpected. Workshop participants will learn about a variety of tools that can be used to create a social story.

Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics in the Classroom

For students with a disability or a special health care need that prevents them from attending school, telepresence and robotic technology can offer access to learning and the classroom. This workshop will explore telepresence and robotic technologies for students, discuss challenges that may arise, and offer success stories.

Off to College with Google Chrome

This workshop is for students preparing to make the transition to higher education. Students, their parents, and professionals will learn about apps, extensions, and resources available on Google Chrome to help with writing, organization, research, and more, including Google services and online resources for college students. The workshop will include both presentation and demonstration.

Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens

Does managing homework, time, and health sometimes feel overwhelming for your youth? Technology can help! Participants will learn how smartphones, tablets, and computers, can help students more independently manage school work, time, and wellness. Family strategies for using technology to foster independence will also be discussed. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, and their parents.

Assistive Technology to Support Little TIKES’ Challenging Behaviors

Participants will learn about technologies such as visuals and schedules, weighted items, and sensory items, to support young children with challenging behaviors.

Using the iPad to Enhance Summer Learning

Participants will learn how to use the iPad and apps to keep children in grades 3 to 7 engaged and learning throughout the summer. You’ll discover strategies to use the iPad as a fun summer learning tool, as well as apps to help students keep their skills fresh.

New Technology for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs

There are countless new technology tools available to support individuals with complex communication needs. Workshop participants will learn about these new products and how to maximize the device’s capabilities by looking at simple techniques to improve language outcomes.

Show What You Know Your Way: New Ways to Complete Assignments with Technology

Computers, tablets, and smartphones can make organizing and expressing ideas easier and more enjoyable than traditional note-taking and writing. Participants will learn about apps and programs to help students show what they know in exciting new ways, and how to talk with instructors about alternative assignment formats. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and professionals.

Taking the Next Steps: Planning for Success in Postsecondary Education

An increasing number of youth with disabilities are choosing to continue their education after high school. This free workshop for parents of youth will provide information on how to help youth prepare for success in college, understand the value of postsecondary education, and access needed supports.

New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology

Parents and professionals will learn about current technology trends – digital citizenship, wearable technology, 3D printing, mobile devices, and more – and their potential to help children with disabilities and learning differences.

Twitter 101: Using Social Media for Professional Development

Parents and professionals are using social media to learn, and tools such as Twitter are an efficient way to gather resources, gain insights, and collaborate in a global environment at no cost. Participants will learn the basics of Twitter, how to gain knowledge about assistive technology and other resources, and find other users with similar interests. Features such as hashtags, mentions, direct messages, and scheduled chats will be discussed. Participants will then join in a live Twitter conversation guided by the presenter.

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