Session Information
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite

SINGING THE STANDARDS: Using Music to Jump-Start Language, Literacy, and Learning! 

We all know that music is a highly motivating medium for student learning. We also know that visual strategies support our struggling learners. Put this together, and we have songboards to scaffold learning across the curriculum. This workshop offers new strategies for accessing songs, and for using songs to support learning. The focus will be on: independence, interaction, and important goals. The areas covered will be: Language (supporting students in learning vocabulary, concepts, question forms, etc.); Literacy (reading, writing, phonics); and Learning Across the Curriculum (science, math, social studies) .

COMMUNICATION CIRCLES: Supporting Communicative Competence for AAC Users
Janice Light (1989) defines communicative competence as ". . . the ability to communicate functionally in the natural environment and to adequately meet daily communication needs." For students who use AAC and are in inclusive settings, this goal is very appropriate . . . and challenging! WHERE do we find the time to support students in learning the linguistic, operational, social, and strategic skills they need to engage in successful interactive communication? One approach is to form ‘Communication Circles’ or circles of peers who support AAC users in learning and practicing skills, using a Rehearse / Practice / Model/ GO strategy.

Josh Ahlstrom

Development of Gait

As members of the health care team treating patients with gait and postural deficits, we oftentimes focus on the gait deficit to determine orthotic and therapeutic solutions to achieve a more typical gait pattern. In order to improve a child’s gait pattern, we need to get back to the basics and understand the fundamental principals of gait development in order to achieve functional outcomes.  This course will explore how children begin developing these skills from birth and continue to add to their repertoire as they age, while also identifying common deviations and potential solutions.
Lynnea Baron
Mealtime Skill Building: Basic Feeding 101
Do you have a child or client who has difficulty with mealtime skills?  Do you want to discover what equipment, techniques, and strategies can help them become more successful with feeding?  Mealtime Skill Building is a general overview addressing basic feeding techniques.  Objectives include:  mealtime safety, proper positioning, preparing the environment and readiness, selecting and using appropriate equipment (cups, utensils, bowls), food texture, various feeding techniques and oral-motor strategies to help develop feeding skills.  At the end of this presentation you will agree that mealtime can be an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Karen Tibbs
Pierce Functional Screening
Participants will gain knowledge about the basic concept of learn to use/ use to learn with children who are faced with cognitive and physical challenges. A step by step process will be presented starting with screening, interventions(activities) and creating a lesson plan. ​
Richelle VanBogelen
Read It Once Again
Learn about the Read It Once Again Preschool curriculum and how it is used in various classrooms to meet state standards and how it is being used as a supplementary curriculum for Preschool age students. 
Ashlee LaTour and Susan Oleson
Watch Me Learn to Communicate: How Communication Skills in Children With Severe Multiple Impairments Can Progress Over Time
This course will provide information and video evidence to demonstrate how communication skill development evolves over time in children with severe multiple impairment, as profiled on the Communication Matrix (Rowlands, 2004). Participants will leave with an understanding of the importance of early training of initiation and persistence skills as it relates to executive function and communication development. Participants will also learn how the Picture Exchange Communication System PECS) and core vocabulary training can be interrelated and can lead to a flexible meaningful communication system.
Courtney Kern-Sanders
Engaging Parents in the IEP Process
Designing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be challenging. If you are a teacher-in-training, support staff, special education teacher, general education teacher working in inclusion, or parent/guardian simply wanting to know more about the IEP; this presentation provides a practical overview of the process. We will also take a detailed look at how to engage parents in the process. The main goal of the presentation is to make this process easier for all people involved. We will take a step-by-step walk through the elements that ensures a successful and compliant Individual Education Program.
Sue Putman
School Health Services

Learning Objectives:
1) Implementation of health for students with special needs
2)Understand key principals of care
3) Maximize the vale of the registered professional school nurse in your school
4) Identify available health related resources for Michigan Schools.

Summarize the May, 2018 Child Trends report-Framework for supporting children and youth with special health care needs.  Legal updates r/t school health.  Health services and the IEP.  Medication guidelines. Integrating health into the classroom.  Resource list.  

Michael Craig
Vocational Horticulture and POHI/SXI Students: Yes, We Can!
This presentation walks participants through innovative teaching techniques designed to accommodate students with multiple disabilities using differentiated methods and adaptive equipment carefully chosen in order to provide each student the opportunity to participate and gain valuable vocational skills. This presentation will feature methods and experiences gained from a unique and special offering, a dedicated vocational horticulture classroom for SXI students, perhaps the only such classroom in the country. Participants will understand that these students, given the opportunity and creative, innovative methods, can achieve success and show measured growth.
Mandy Bush, MAT, E-RYT

Yoga in the classroom? Really?
Yoga is more than stretching or exercise.  Yoga is conscious breathing, mindfulness, and compassion. Experience quick and simple techniques that can be used to improve focus, balance energy, reduce anxiety, and increase overall well-being.  These researched based techniques will save time in the classroom, help with classroom management and most importantly improve mental and physical health