The following workshops are available upon request. We can provide custom workshops to suit the needs of your district. If you are interested in hiring the SETC to present a workshop for your school district, contact Jerry Connolly at 509.963.3350 to discuss the workshop content, SETC fee, and scheduling.
- SETC Overview of Assistive Technology and Related Services
- AT Overview on Wheels
- Technology Tools for Reading & Writing
- AT/AAC in the Self-contained Classroom
- Overview of Alternate Computer Input and Adaptive Switches
- Curriculum Adaptations with the IntelliKeys Keyboard & Overlay Maker
- AAC Assessment
- WYNN: Software for Electronic Studying
- Including AAC Throughout the Early Childhood Day
- AAC on a Budget
- Forming Your AT Team & Consideration of AT in the IEP
- AAC Seminar
- Success with AAC: What It Is and How to Get There
- Tech Tools for Math: Elementary Level
- Tech Tools for Math: Secondary Level
- IntelliTools Classroom Suite
- SOLO Literacy Solution
- Introduction to Clicker 5
- Clicker 5 for the Intermediate User
- Technology Tools for Writing
- AAC Evaluation and Implementation
SETC Overview of Assistive Technology and Related Services
This presentation style workshop will provide an overview of the services provided by the Special Education Technology Center and the various assistive technologies that school districts should consider when planning for students with special needs. Special attention will be given to technology for students with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Severe Communication Disorders and Multiple Disabilities. The technologies to be covered will include augmentative communication (speech generating) devices, alternate computer access, software to support academics and adaptive switches.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore, hands-on, the use of some devices. The workshop will not include a hands-on software lab but will include a demonstration of software for literacy, math, communication support, and switch access. Free demo CDs for certain programs will be available.
- The goal of this workshop is to increase the general awareness of Washington State school personnel regarding the services provided by the Special Education Technology Center and the assistive technologies that are relevant to students with special needs.
- Participants will become familiar with the services offered by the Special Education Technology Center and how they can access those services
- Participants will gain an awareness of the range of assistive technology products that have application in the educational setting
- Participants will become familiar with the different categories of assistive technology and the respective access limitations addressed
Technology Tools for Reading & Writing
Just as physical barriers to buildings can exclude people with disabilities from full participation in education, so can invisible barriers to written expression prevent some students from maximizing their academic potential. Students with learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities may struggle with the writing process for a variety of reasons. Use of certain software adaptations may free these students from writing constraints and enable them to more easily express what they have learned. Software to be covered in this workshop includes Inspiration, Write:Outloud, Co:Writer, Draft:Builder, Writing with Symbols, WYNN Wizard, Abbreviate, and Naturally Speaking.
- Participants will acquire an awareness of a range of software adaptations that can be used to assist students in the writing process.
- Participants will become familiar with the basic features of a talking word processor, word prediction, abbreviation expansion, concept mapping, and voice recognition software.
- Participants will learn to match student needs to specific software features in order to identify the most appropriate solutions.
AT/AAC in the Self-contained Classroom
Do you struggle with how to provide meaningful classroom activities to your most challenged learners? In this workshop we will focus on ideas and strategies to provide literacy activities to those students who, regardless of their age, have emerging literacy skills. Barb will share ideas for reading and writing activities that utilize low tech and high tech tools to support student understanding, expression and participation. We will also discuss strategies to implement these ideas into a busy classroom.
- Learn to create adapted books and strategies for interactive shared reading.
- Identify low tech to high tech supports for student written expression.
- Become familiar with theme-based literacy supports.
Overview of Alternate Computer Input and Adaptive Switches
Oftentimes, physical and/or cognitive disability makes it difficult to impossible to use a standard keyboard or mouse. This hands-on workshop will give participants guided practice in exploring a range of devices that offer alternative means of input to the computer. Products to be covered include alternate keyboards such as the IntelliKeys and TASH Mini Keyboard, keyboard emulation such as Morse Code, and speech recognition and alternatives to the mouse, including a variety of trackballs, joysticks, the TouchWindow and scanning with adaptive switches.
Adaptive switches provide one mode of alternate access to the computer but also can be used to access any battery-operated, electrical, or electronic device. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of switches and adaptive applications. We will also discuss issues to be considered in switch selection and proper positioning. This class will not cover technology designed specifically for the blind or deaf population.
- Participants will acquire an understanding of the terms alternate keyboard, alternate mouse, keyboard emulation, mouse emulation and adaptive switch.
- Participants will become familiar with a variety of alternate input devices and adaptive switches and how to match them to student need.
- Participants will learn how to connect, setup and use various alternate input devices and adaptive switches.
Curriculum Adaptations with the IntelliKeys Keyboard & Overlay Maker
The IntelliKeys is a touch sensitive, programmable keyboard which provides an alternate means of computer access for students who struggle with use of the regular keyboard or mouse. This hands-on workshop will address IntelliKeys access to standard educational software as well as to IntelliTools software. Additionally, the class will cover the use of Overlay Maker software for creating custom overlays for the IntelliKeys. Custom overlays can be designed to effectively bridge the gap between the unique access needs of an individual student and the software tasks they need to perform.
- Participants will become familiar with the access features of the IntelliKeys keyboard
- Participants will learn to set up the IntelliKeys to meet specific student access needs
- Participants will become familiar with the standard overlays and their functions
- Participants will become familiar with the features of Overlay Makersoftware
- Participants will create several custom IntelliKeys overlays
Assessing students for the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems requires attention to three areas of development. This class will include the components of language, sensory, and motor assessment that need to be included in AAC planning. Currently available AAC equipment, switches and mounting will be available for participants to see. Matching selection of equipment to student needs will be discussed. Video tapes of students using AAC equipment will be included. Participants will receive a checklist to assist them in the AAC assessment process.
- Participants will be able to identify the proper position and motor movements to support communication goals.
- Participants will be able to identify which types of communication systems are appropriate for students with a variety of disabilities.
- Participants will be able to identify which areas of AAC a student is ready to begin to work on.
WYNN: Software for Electronic Studying
WYNN Wizardis a software-based reading and study aid. It provides superior OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for scanning printed materials and reading of the text through the program’s speech synthesis. The speech output is very clear and can be customized (as can the visual presentation of the text be customized) to match the listening/reading needs of the user. Other features include a talking dictionary and thesaurus, bookmarking and highlighting, word prediction, text or voice annotation, and access to the internet with reading and study tools. This hands-on workshop will introduce the participant to all of the above features and offer guided practice in the development of custom setups and reading/writing activities.
Participants will acquire sufficient knowledge and experience in the use of WYNN software to be capable of introducing the program to students and assisting them to set up the software to meet their individual needs.
- Participants will become familiar with the features of the software and how to access them.
- Participants will learn how to use the software to provide reading accommodations.
- Participants will learn how to use the software to provide writing accommodations.
- Participants will learn how to use the software to provide studying & test taking accommodations.
- Participants will learn how to explore the internet using the reading/studying tools.
Including AAC Throughout the Early Childhood Day
Simple Augmentative Communication devices and communication displays can be used to increase young children’s communication skills even when speech is limited. Videotaped segments will show a variety of ways to include simple voice output communication devices and communication displays. Sensory and positioning issues will be addressed. Lesson organization that supports increased language experience will be discussed. Participants will receive sample communication displays and scripts for various activities.
- Participants will be able to identify at least five simple and inexpensive voice output communication devices.
- Participants will be able to include augmentative communication systems in several different activities throughout the early childhood day.
- Participants will be able to identify strategies for increasing student’s turn taking, initiation, and social communication skills within customary class activities.
AAC on a Budget
Many Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are very expensive. These devices may not be available for all students. Additionally, electronic devices need back-up systems to allow students to be able to communicate throughout the school day, when their device is not available or not appropriate for the situation. This class will focus on using low-tech/no-tech tools to move students’communication skills to higher levels when other devices are not available. Emphasis will be on student skill development and participation throughout the school day.
- Participants will be able to identify at least five low cost Augmentative Communication devices.
- Participants will be able to combine teacher made materials with low cost devices to maximize student communication growth.
- Participants will be able to plan AAC use considering sensory and motor issues as well as language/communication goals.
Forming Your AT Team & Consideration of AT in the IEP
The law now mandates that assistive technology be considered in the development of the IEP for any special needs student. However, many school districts don’t currently have the expertise or resources within their district to make appropriate AT determinations. What can districts do to develop suitable policy and procedure and adequately prepare and support special education staff in addressing the technology needs of their students?
The purpose of this presentation is to explore the issues that school districts will need to consider when seeking to form an assistive technology team and look at the steps that need to be taken to do so. We will look at what some states and school districts are doing to properly consider assistive technology in the IEP process.
- Participants will understand the state of current law related to consideration of assistive technology as found in the IDEA amendments of 1997.
- Participants will acquire an awareness of the steps needed to move toward more complete compliance with the law.
- Participants will acquire an awareness of the issues to be considered in the development of an assistive technology team.
- Participants will develop an outline of the steps that their school district must take toward compliance with the law.
This class will meet four times during the school year. The goal of this seminar is to provide ongoing support to teams implementing AAC systems for a student with complex needs that include:
- Difficult motor access
- Diverse vocabulary
- Academic participation
- Communication within a varietly of settings
Each session will focus on one of the topics, with participants bringing video tapes, documentation and/or devices for the student they are focused upon. Teams are encouraged to attend together and to select a single student to focus on during the class.
The seminar is appropriate for SLPs, OTs, PTs, Teachers, and Paraprofessionals who have resposibility to support a student using an AAC system. Don’t miss this opportunity to have ongoing support and brainstorm with others facing the same issues!
Success with AAC: What It Is and How to Get There
What is “successful” intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication? Is there a difference in how success is defined by professionals, family members and AAC users themselves? Do our different definitions set teams up for disagreement and contention . . . and sometimes failure? Is there a way to look at short- and long-term success that will bring teams together on goals and objectives? In this workshop Dr. Pat Dowden will cover these issues and how to plan intervention for individuals, whether they are beginning communicators or very experienced AAC users.
- Participants will be able to state the goals of intervention for different types of AAC users
- Participants will be able to see the role of evidence-based practice in AAC and learn a variety of measures of success
- Participants will be able to show that they understand the way in which AAC, social networks and quality of life interact
- Participants will be able to understand how the team can have different perspectives on the definition of “success” in AAC
- Participants will be able to understand how differing perspectives can lead to obstacles in intervention
- Participants will be able to unify those perspectives around quality of life and social network perspectives
Tech Tools for Math: Elementary Level
This hands-on workshop covers math software designed for students with special learning needs in the elementary grades. Software to be covered includes Marblesoft Early Learning Series (pre-math and early math concepts) Number Concepts 1 & 2 (basic math concepts), MathPad and MathPad Plus:Fractions and Decimals, (electronic worksheet programs) and Unifix Software and IntelliMathics(math manipulatives emulation). This class does not cover the range of math software in the general education market.
- Participants will learn to use the features of software programs that replace traditional worksheet activities
- Participants will learn to replicate traditional math manipulative activities with math manipulative software
- Participants will learn learn to customize software attributes to meet the unique needs of individual students
Tech Tools for Math: Secondary Level
This hands-on workshop covers math software designed for students with special learning needs in the secondary grades. Software to be covered includes MathPad and MathPad Plus:Fractions and Decimals, (electronic worksheet programs), IntelliMathics (math manipulatives emulation), Math Mysteries and Prime Time Math (video based anchored instruction) and Geometer’s SketchPad. This class does not cover the range of math software in the general education market.
- Participants will learn to use the features of software programs that replace traditional worksheet activities
- Participants willlearn to replicate traditional math manipulative activities with math manipulative software
- Participants will learn to customize software attributes to meet the unique needs of individual student
IntelliTools Classroom Suite
This hands-on workshop covers the new IntelliTools Classroom Suite that brings together a cross-platform, network-ready integrated suite of their three curriculum tools:
- IntelliPics Studio 3: a multimedia presentation tool
- IntelliMathics 3: a virtual math manipulatives tool
- IntelliTalk 3: a talking word processor and writing tool
Teachers can assign a series of activities for students. A sampling of 30 activities in four grade ranges in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science come with Classroom Suite. They can also create their own specific standards-aligned activities with the Tools’ handy templates.
Teachers can track students’ activity responses and quiz answers, and then record, report, and print student records for student assessment. Program files as well as student records and preferences can be stored on a network server for easy access from any networked computer in the school district.
This class will not cover the IntelliKeys adapted keyboard.
- Participants will learn to create user groups and set individual user features
- Participants will learn to navigate through the new “front door” to these integrated programs
- Participants will learn to access the templates and activities included with the software
- Participants will learn to create new activities using the software templates provided
SOLO Literacy Solution
The new SOLO Literacy Solution from the Don Johnston Company is a merger of several popular programs plus the addition of one new title. SOLO brings together Write:OutLoud, Co:Writer, Draft:Builder and introduces the new Read:OutLoud in a literacy environment that enables the student to move seamlessly between reading and writing activities in any content area.
- Participants will understand the purpose of each of the four software components of SOLO (Write:OutLoud, Co:Writer, Draft:Builder, and Read:OutLoud) and how the unique features of each program can be used together to support students through the reading, information organizing, and writing process
- Participants will learn how to customize several program features to meet the unique needs of individual students
Introduction to Clicker 5
This is a very practical, hands-on, full day workshop where you will learn how easy it is to create fully accessible Clicker 5 activities using features such as text to speech, picture supports, word banks and more. The workshop is suitable for both complete newcomers to Clicker, and those who have had experience with Clicker 4.
- You will learn how to use the activities that are bundled within Clicker 5to help your students to write with whole words, phrases and pictures
- You will learn how to create simple Clickergrids for writing
- You will learn how easy it is to create fully accessible simple talking books
- You will learn how to access the ready-made Clicker 5materials from LearningGrids.com. You will see how easy it is to do this from within the program, without even opening your web browser
- You will learn how easy it is to create your own fully accessible multimedia presentations
Clicker 5 for the Intermediate User
This full day workshop will build upon your basic skills of Clicker 5 to create more advanced activities. We will be using multimedia resources (video, music, digital photos, etc.) to enhance talking books and presentations; and we will also use pop up grids to create labeling activities and other clever uses of Clicker. Some time will be spent on design aspects as well as tips on working with digital pictures. This is an intermediate workshop, prior Clicker 5knowledge and use will be required.
- You will learn about the cell palette tools
- You will learn about master grids
- You will learn about creating multiple sequences in a grid set
- You will learn about pop up grids and their many uses (labeling activities, talking books, etc)
- You will learn how your switch users can create their own talking books using pop up grids to add text, graphics, and sounds
- You will learn how to modify word pronunciation in the digital speech engine
- You will learn how to customize menu items such as pop up keyboards and word banks for individualized needs
Technology Tools for Writing
This workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on experience with several portable word processing devices including the new FUSION from Writer Learner Systems and the NEO and DANA from AlphaSmart. Writing support software designed for students who struggle in the area of writing will also be presented. Software demonstrations will include concept mapping (Inspiration and Kidspiration), word prediction (Co:Writer 4000), text-to-speech (Write:OutLoud and NaturalReader), abbreviation expansion (TypeIt4Me and Abbreviate), and speech recognition (Naturally Speaking).
- Participants will acquire an understanding of the following terms: concept mapping, voice recognition, abbreviation expansion, word prediction and text-to-speech
- Participants will become familiar with the features of portable word processing devices, voice recognition, and text-to-speech software
AT Overview on Wheels
The Special Ed. Technology Center is now offering a free AT Overview class delivered to your location via the K-20 video conferencing network. The class will cover basic AT concepts with demonstrations of sample technology including adaptive switches, augmentative communication, alternative computer access, environmental control and software to support special learning needs. We will ship to you all the hands-on devices and materials and then connect via the K-20 at an agreed upon date/time. You can schedule the class to occur in one 3-hour session or two 1.5-hour sessions.
AAC Evaluation and Implementation
Access to and use of Augmentative Communication systems has changed dramatically over the past few years. With the popularity and availability of AAC apps for mobile technology, more students than ever use AAC. In the school setting, teachers and therapists are challenged to keep up with this changing landscape. However, the fundamentals haven’t changed regarding how to match systems to students and how to use these systems within the school setting. During this session we will discuss the basics of 1) levels toward communication independence, 2) matching student needs to system features, and 3) strategies to support implementation in the classroom.
- Consider AAC apps and dedicated AAC devices in terms of how they reflect differing levels of communication.
- Become familiar with feature matching checklist.
- Identify and practice basic implementation strategies.