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Target Audience: SLPs currently working with students ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device.

*Participants should bring a Speech Generating Device (SGD) to the training for use during a variety of activities to get the full experience.

Is your learner ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device? Do you need help selecting a device and/or preparing your learner for the transition? This training will help get your questions answered!

With the current influx of communication devices and apps to the market how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning? Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are being introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of a device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual paying attention to devices capabilities vs. user capabilities.

This full-day workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner's current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD), choosing a device, and teaching functional use of the device, and why we must teach the basic principles of communication to our learner first to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.

Topics Covered Include:
  • Review of the PECS Protocol 
  • The unique challenges of learners with complex communication needs 
  • Procedures for analyzing current PECS skills 
  • Determining candidacy for transitioning from PECS to a Speech Generating Device 
  • The 5 criteria for appropriate device selection 
  • Preparing the learner for the transition 
  • Using elements of the PECS protocol to teach functional SGD use 
  • Problem solving SGD use
Starts: 12/13/2016 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Inservice Points
Status: 2 open seats left
Class size: 40 seats
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Target Audience: Educators K-12 This one day professional development opportunity is designed to help classroom teachers develop or fine-tune an effective classroom management plan that is proactive and positive. Participants learn how to develop a learning environment focused on clear, consistent expectations that increases learner engagement and provides every student the opportunity to be academically successful. Each participant will receive a CHAMPS Teacher Planner published by Safe & Civil Schools.To learn more about evidence of effectiveness, please visit www.safeandcivilschools.com. More
Starts: 1/6/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Inservice Points
Status: 28 open seats left
Class size: 46 seats
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Target audience: Experienced Matrix users employed by Seminole County The Matrix of Services Online Professional Development module has been designed to thoroughly acquaint you with the historical background of the development, implementation, and all required components and steps needed to successfully complete the Exceptional Student Education/Florida Education Finance Program (ESE/FEFP) Matrix of Services funding document. More
Starts: 1/9/2017 5:00 PM
Credits: 5 Inservice Points
Status: 28 open seats left
Class size: 30 seats
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Target Audience: Osceola county general education teachers, exceptional education teachers, instructional support teachers, support personnel and administrators. This two-day professional development will focus on supporting students with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome in the inclusive setting. Participants will learn characteristics of Asperger Syndrome and explore teaching strategies and accommodations for the instructional process. Participants will be introduced to several positive, proactive behavior support strategies with a strong focus on the importance of social skills instruction in the classroom. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to create tools and resources for immediate implementation upon return to the classroom. More
Starts: 1/10/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 12 Inservice Points
Status: 17 open seats left
Class size: 30 seats
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Participant will become familiar with Boardmaker Online, the newest member of the Boardmaker software family. In a hands-on format, participants learn to connect to the Boardmaker Achieve website to access interactive premade activities and start building new activities. In addition, they will explore the tools and templates that make up the design portion of the program. More
Starts: 1/12/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Inservice Points
Status: 5 open seats left
Class size: 15 seats
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Target Audience: Teachers of students that have mastered writing a variety of sentence types with correct punctuation (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex). This strategy requires 6-9 weeks of instruction. The content and instructional strategies presented in this professional learning event are aligned with Common Core State Standards and the Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, Teaching, and Learning. Learning Objective: The Paragraph Writing Strategy is a strategy for systematically teaching students to organize ideas related to a topic, planning the point of view and verb tense to be used in the paragraph, planning the sequence in which ideas will be expressed, and writing a variety of topic, detail, and clincher sentences. The program consists of two products: an Instructor?s Manual and a Student Lessons Manual. The Instructor?s Manual features a systematic sequence of instructional procedures; the Student Lessons Manual features exercises that correspond to the instructional procedures. Research results showed that students earned an average of 40 percent of the points available when writing a paragraph on the pretest and an average of 71 percent of the points available when writing a paragraph on the posttest. More
Starts: 1/12/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 12 Inservice Points
Status: 14 open seats left
Class size: 20 seats
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