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Live:Web Streaming available

Workshops with this notice means that this workshop offers an off-site attendance option: a video-streaming service will broadcast the workshop live over the Internet so people who can’t attend the workshop in person can view the presentation live on their computer or tablet. The link to the Livestream channel is in the workshop confirmation you receive after you register. All events are free. You do not need a Livestream account to view our live and recorded events. You can sign up for a free account if you would like to receive notifications when we go live or when we post new events.

Links to the handouts will be posted on the event page. Certificates of attendance are available for attending the live event stream and can be accessed by completing a workshop evaluation after the event.

MN Department of Education

Early Childhood and Assistive Technology Streaming Workshop Series

Assistive technology (AT) helps people with disabilities do things they otherwise would not be able to do. Research supports the use of AT with young children. When introduced early, AT can be an important bridge for young children in helping them develop and grow. In just a short amount of time, AT can have great benefits for a child. This workshop series will introduce parents, early educators, and related service providers to the range and scope of the many assistive technology tools available to help young children with disabilities.

January 2019

  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Assistive Technology Consideration and Assessment

    Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: online
    Assistive technology (AT) is important for many children with disabilities but it isn’t always clear how to consider and document AT in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). Although AT consideration for children ages birth to 3 is not legally required, it is considered best practice. This workshop will address how to intentionally consider AT and ensure it is documented in both the IFSP and IEP. The AT assessment process will also be discussed. Live captioning provided.

February 2019

  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Introduction to Assistive Technology (AT) for Young Children

    Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 — 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: online
    This workshop will explore the breadth of assistive technology (AT) available for young children (ages birth to five). Participants will learn about the continuum of early childhood AT tools from the very simple to the highly complex and the research that supports the use of AT with young children. Live captioning provided.
  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for Young Learners

    Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: online
    Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools can help individuals say whatever they want to say to whomever they want to say it to whenever they want to say it. This workshop will introduce AAC and explore tools, strategies, and resources to implement communication tools in early childhood routines, settings, and classrooms. Live captioning provided.

March 2019

  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Assistive Technology and Play in the Natural Environment

    Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: online
    Play is an essential part of a child’s development. However, young children with disabilities often experience barriers to play. In this workshop, assistive technology tools and strategies will be explored to make play more accessible for young children with disabilities in their natural routines and environments. Live captioning provided.

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