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Autism and Visual Supports: Powerful Strategies for School, Home, and the Community
Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Rebecca Remner, MS CCC-SLP, Director of Speech Language Pathology, Monarch Center for Autism; and Lauren Williams, MA CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech Language Pathologist, Monarch Center for Autism
Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle
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Because most students with autism are visual learners, they benefit from the consistent use of customized visual supports. In this edWebinar, explore three categories of visual supports: Visual Instruction (adapting instruction so it is presented visually), Visual Organization (using visuals to organize activities and daily schedules), and Visual Expression (using visuals to facilitate expressive communication). We will examine how to effectively use visual supports in school, at home and in the community to optimize students’ participation in all aspects of their day. The presenters:
- Review visual supports that can be effectively used in the classroom<
- Examine real-life applications of visual supports (photos and videos) for use in the community and at home
- Demonstrate how to organize activities and transitions to promote students’ success
- Discuss the benefits of using assistive technology
Real-life examples, tips, strategies, and resources will be shared during the presentation. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, school leaders, paraprofessionals, therapists, and specialists.
About the Presenters
Rebecca Remner, MS CCC-SLP, is the director of speech language pathology at Monarch Center for Autism. Rebecca is a speech language pathologist (SLP) who has worked at Monarch Center for Autism for 14 years with students on the autism spectrum who range in age from 3 through 21. She has extensive experience with individual and group therapy services for non-verbal students, verbal students, lower functioning students with a functional tract, and higher functioning students with an academic focus. As the director of the department, she supervises 22 SLPs, provides staff training and oversees many projects to ensure the department is providing the latest evidence-based therapy and use of technological advances.
Lauren Williams, MA CCC-SLP, is the assistive technology specialist and a licensed speech language pathologist at Monarch Center for Autism. Lauren is a speech language pathologist with 10 years of experience working with students who present along the autism spectrum. She has experience with individual and group therapy services for both verbal and non-verbal students. As the assistive technology specialist, she is responsible for the completion of augmentative and alternative communication evaluations for students on the autism spectrum, and she collaborates with professionals across many disciplines to support the use of Vizzle, SMART Boards, speech generating devices, and adaptive equipment to promote students’ growth and development.
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Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.
STAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!
VizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.