WORKSHOP PRACTICE STATEMENT
TechACCESS is aware that there are many opportunities available for online/webinar professional development. We have a strong belief that opportunities for hands-on, collaborative workshops are invaluable. Attending workshops with your peers and a TechACCESS staff person allows you to gain insight and knowledge from all participants.
Location: All workshops, unless otherwise noted, will take place at TechACCESS in Warwick, RI. Click here for directions.
Registration and Payment: All participants must pre-register for workshops online or by calling 401-463-0202. Credit cards, check and POs are accepted. We regret that we cannot process refunds.
Cancellation: TechACCESS of RI reserves the right to cancel any workshop with less than 6 registered participants. We will attempt to make this determination 7 days prior to a scheduled workshop (so please REGISTER EARLY!). In the event that TechACCESS cancels a workshop, the registration fee will be credited toward a future workshop or refunded.
Special Accommodations: Persons requesting accommodations must call at least 3 weeks in advance.
A certificate of attendance with contact hours will be provided for all workshops. For information on how these certificates can be used for ASHA, please visit: http://www.asha.org/certification/ReportingUnits.htm.
Participants will learn about the latest and greatest visual scheduling apps available on the iPad and how to utilize them in the classroom and/or at home. Participants will also learn about apps that provide visual scene displays, which are interactive picture displays used to provide vocabulary context for users and communication partners. Presenter: Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visual-scheduling-and-visual-scenes-on-the-ipad-tickets-17938288905
Don’t have time to research the best apps for your classroom? Come and see the best middle school and high school apps for reading, writing, math, science, research, organization and more! Presenter: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apps-for-middle-school-high-school-tickets-17938422304
Many schools are now using Chromebooks in 1:1 initiatives. This presentation will explore the best apps and extensions to turn this “general” technology into “assistive” technology. Accessibility features will also be discussed. Presented by: Julie Romero, COTA/L Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chrome-as-at-tickets-17938511571
Accessing the iPad can be challenging for students with physical and/or motor impairments. Fortunately, there are many tools and accessories available that can support these individuals. Come and explore options for mounting, switch access, and apps/accessibility features that make accessing the iPad easier! Presenters: Matthew Provost, MS, Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-a-switch-to-access-the-ipad-tickets-17938570748
This “make and take” workshop provides attendees with everything they need to create an adapted book and correlated extension activities using Mayer-Johnson (Boardmaker) picture symbols. This is ideal for teachers, therapists and parents who have students who benefit from the use of Mayer-Johnson symbols for language input and support. Book: Tiny the Snow Dog Presenter: Kelly Charlebois, ATP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-take-low-tech-support-for-reading-and-communication-tickets-17938638952
This workshop will demonstrate and discuss a variety of apps that can support struggling readers at any grade level…from reading their favorite story to reading their high school textbooks, we will explore apps and discuss implementation strategies to address your student’s needs. Presenter: Julie Romero, COTA/L Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-the-ipad-to-support-struggling-readers-tickets-17938726213
Voice recognition technology has come a long way since it was introduced! This workshop will explain the skills needed to optimize use of this technology; demonstrate the program in use; and discuss successful implementation strategies to maximize student efficiency. We will demonstrate both Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dragon Dictate for Mac and Dragon for the iPad. Presenters: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, Julie Romero, COTA/L Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voice-recognition-overview-tickets-17938780375
Discover what digital literacy is and why we need to understand it to fully support students in the classroom an in online environments. This workshop will discuss digital literacy skills; provide checklists and resources to incorporate digital literacy skills into classroom instruction; and explore digital literacy as it relates to online testing. Presented by: Kelly Charlebois, ATP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-literacy-in-todays-classroom-tickets-17938826513
This workshop will cover the NEWEST features of this amazing app! We will also demonstrate ExpressivePower™ for personalizing with natural intonations, prerecorded expressions and sounds; Adaptive Switch Access; Select on Release; and Social Sharing Support. Participants will learn to customize the settings of ProloQuo2Go as well as create new communication pages, including adding symbols and pictures and backing up custom content. If you are bringing an iPad or iTouch, please have the latest iPad operating system and ProloQuo2Go update installed before attending. Presenters: Matthew Provost, M.S., CCC-SLP and Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/proloquo2go-40-tickets-17938983984
Are you an OT (or a teacher who thinks like an OT) looking for fun and effective apps to use in the therapy room and beyond? This workshop will explore apps that address handwriting, the writing process, organization, visual spatial awareness, sensory needs and accessories that maximize your use of the iPad! Presenters: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, Julie Romero, COTA/L Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apps-for-ots-tickets-17939012068
This “make and take” workshop provides attendees with everything they need to create an adapted book and correlated extension activities using Mayer-Johnson (Boardmaker) picture symbols. This is ideal for teachers, therapists and parents who have students who benefit from the use of Mayer-Johnson symbols for language input and support. Book: Mouse Count Presenter: Kelly Charlebois, ATP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-take-low-tech-support-for-reading-and-communication-tickets-17939037143
This workshop will focus on the supports available for skills that are needed beyond the K-12 classroom, such as task analysis, organization, scheduling, social skills, time management, and behavioral supports. Ideas for job accommodations and integrating technology into the workplace and higher education will also be discussed. Presenter: Julie Romero, COTA/L Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/at-for-transition-tickets-18001528055
For many individuals, time on the iPad is a solitary activity. However, the iPad can be used to engage small groups of children in educational and therapeutic activities. This workshop will demonstrate the apps that are available to teachers and therapists that will allow them to use their iPad for group activities in the classroom and in the therapy room! Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L and Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apps-for-educational-therapeutic-group-activities-tickets-18001540091
Eye gaze technology allows individuals with significant physical challenges to access communication devices and technology to support daily living tasks. This workshop will discuss the technologies currently available as well as what should be considered when using these sophisticated devices. Presenter: Matthew Provost, MS, CCC-SLP Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eye-gaze-for-aac-and-computer-access-an-overview-tickets-18001557142