Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Funded by a grant from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, we are proud to announce our 3rd Annual Educational Workshop was a wonderful success! This event is for all teachers, principals, superintendents, aids, AND parents, coaches, therapists, caretakers, etc. The day-long conference helped equip attendees to understand, instruct and encourage students of all abilities.
We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who attended the event. If you attended we would like to ask you, to take a moment and complete a short survey about the event, thank you.
For more information on the speakers and breakout session leaders look below.
Ben & Wendy Erdman are a married couple with Down syndrome from College Station, Texas. They have been advocating and speaking together for many years. The couple will share their powerful and inspiring story of overcoming setbacks and achieving success in the workplace as well as their personal lives. When they are not both working diligently at their jobs, Ben and Wendy enjoy spending quality time with one another at their home.
Dr. Sean Smith is the Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Dr Smith has a background in the area of special education and technology. He has authored and presented many articles on special education technology and is currently a project director on several US Department of Education program initiatives seeking to further the integration of technology components across teacher preparation programs and into the lives of students with disabilities. In addition, he is assisting in the development of a virtual social skill training experience for students with Autism. Dr. Smith currently serves as an Associate Editor for Teaching Exceptional Children. He is the proud parent of four young children, one having an intellectual disability.
To Sign or Not to Sign: Early Communication Opportunities – Tara Blanco, SLP
To view Tara’s power point To sign or not to sign – Promoting early communication opportunities are crucial for a child to learn social, educational, and adaptive skills to participate in daily activities.
A Father’s Journey with His Son Through Modern Public Special Education – Sam & Quentin White
Quentin White is a sophomore in the College Station (TX) public school system. Q and his dad, Sam discussed what has worked well, and not-so-well with his public education, and the importance of extracurricular activities and the groups who provide them.
Improving Teacher Communication for Effective Collaboration in the Inclusive Setting – Mariela Pijem, Parents Reaching Out
Having Fun Together – Developmental Music, Movement and Integrated Learning Activities for ALL Children – Jill Tatz, MA
Jill had a wonderful hands on and fun class everyone seemed to enjoy! Participants engaged in fun activities that incorporated developmental skills in areas of expressive and receptive language, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor developments, and social/emotional skills. Overall this class was a success and participants left with fresh and fun ideas to present students a variety of ways to learn.
The Importance of Enhancing Educational Skills Leading to a Vocational Certificate – Leah Lucier, MSed. Assisted by Blake Fitzgerald and Gina Rea
The Special Services Department at ENMU Roswell offers a certificate program for people with disabilities. In addition to vocational training, students also learn the necessary foundational independent living and life skills needed in order to obtain and retain employment post-graduation.