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Integrating Sensory Insights and Strategies: From Stress to Success

Thursday, October 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Integrating Sensory Insights and Strategies: From Stress to Success

Presented by Michelle Nutini, Ed.D., Director of Learning Services, STAGES Learning; Frankie Kietzman, Ed.S., Director of District Relations, STAGES Learning; and Katy Mercier, M.Ed., Educational Ambassador, STAGES Learning

Sponsored by STAGES Learning

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This engaging edWebinar is designed to equip educators with practical solutions to tackle the challenges of sensory processing in the classroom while also addressing the stress and burnout that can accompany teaching. The presenters provide valuable insights, tools, and strategies that seamlessly integrate into your teaching environment, whether you’re working with sensory-seeking, -sensitive, or -defensive students or simply aiming to create a more inclusive, safe, sensory-friendly space.

Throughout the edWebinar, they delve into the fascinating science behind stress, sensory processing, and regulation, shedding light on how these factors impact educators and students alike. Deepen your understanding of how neurodiverse learners, including those with autism, ADHD, and anxiety, interpret sensory experiences through immersive examples and firsthand accounts.

By viewing this edWebinar, you learn strategies to effectively support your students while also prioritizing your well-being, thus reducing the risk of burnout. This session offers actionable steps to navigate sensory challenges, cultivate empathy, and promote inclusivity within and beyond your classroom. Join this transformative journey toward enhancing your teaching experience and creating a more supportive learning environment for all.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Michelle Nutini

About the Presenters

Dr. Michelle Nutini is the Director of Learning Services for STAGES Learning, where she designs professional development services to support the delivery of evidence-based practices into school settings. An award-winning educator invested in applying research to practice, Dr. Nutini has presented at the Council for Exceptional Children, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and International Society for Autism Research annual conferences, serving on several advisory boards as part of community-academic partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nutini earned her doctorate in special education leadership and management at Drexel University as a USELT Scholar, which has been integral to her passion and work in building capacity and systems. She has an M.Ed. from Chestnut Hill College and a B.A. in psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She brings over 20 years of experience, including 16 years of service with the School District of Philadelphia as an autism support teacher and coordinator.

Frankie Kietzman

Frankie Kietzman is a Director of District Relations for STAGES Learning with experience teaching as a general and special education teacher and as an autism specialist. Frankie also serves as one of her brother’s legal guardians, who is deaf and autistic. Frankie has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degrees in high- and low-incidence disabilities, and advanced leadership in special education. She has spoken at SXSW EDU and at conferences across the country on topics related to autism, neurodiversity, and best instructional practices.

Katy Mercier

Katy Mercier joined STAGES in July 2023 and has 13 years of experience working as an early childhood specialist and a special education teacher in Texas public schools. She is extremely passionate about providing early childhood intervention to our youngest learners in order to increase communication, adaptive, social, and academic readiness skills before entering kindergarten. She has supported many teachers by developing individualized behavior systems to improve overall classroom management. Katy also enjoys working with educators to create and implement engaging and hands-on learning experiences for students with various learning styles or sensory needs. Katy obtained her master’s degree in education administration from Lamar University and her Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Texas A&M University. She is excited to provide professional development and classroom support for districts and educators who work with students at all levels.

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STAGES Learning

For 25 years, STAGES® Learning has been dedicated to creating quality teaching tools to help educators provide the best learning opportunities for students on the autism spectrum. Since our first product, Language Builder: Picture Cards, was introduced in 1997, millions of children around the world have benefited from our products. Today, STAGES’ offerings include award-winning, photo-based teaching tools, manipulatives, games, puzzles, posters and sensory items, culminating in our recently launched complete curriculum for children with autism or other cognitive delays. STAGES’ online learning platform, releasing in time for fall 2022, will provide a digital option to ensure educators can support learners with autism and language delays in even more ways.


Thursday, October 12, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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