New PEPSA Training Events!

You are invited to attend:

Inclusion Information Series: Multiple Perspectives on Why Inclusion is Important & How to Make it Work - Part 1


Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Presented by: Erika Boyd & Kimberly Oaks
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD

Training Description: This series will include several education professionals ranging from: consultants, early intervention providers, Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Directors, school administrators, and teachers who have all successfully included students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The series will start off with an overview of what inclusion is and why it is important. The remainder of the series will cover early intervention leading into preschool, an administrative team’s experience creating the culture of inclusion within their small school district, and culminate with a team of educators and administrator who created a model for inclusion in elementary school. All sessions will be held online via Adobe Connect and contain a mixture of information and discussion. Individuals who participate in at LEAST TWO of the sessions will receive a book by Paula Kluth full of practical strategies for inclusion.
Parts 2-4 Coming soon!
  • Part 2 - Starting Early; Ages 0-5
    March 31, 2016
    Presented by Sharon Hennessey & Stacey Ellis
  • Part 3 - Creating an Inclusive Culture Throughout the District
    May 12, 2016
    Presented by Lisa Rowland  & Sherry Lindsey
  • Part 4 Putting Ideas into Practice
    May 19, 2016
    Presented by Teri Jones and the Newberry Elementary Inclusion Team
Adobe Connect

Engineering is Everywhere


Monday, March 7, 2016 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Presented by: Tyler Ley, Ph.D.
Hosted by: UF Jacksonville CARD

Training Description: Dr. Ley hopes this training will be used to supplement the elementary science and math curriculum and to highlight career applications of these basic skills. While there are a number of excellent online STEM career videos targeted for young adults – such as the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers – his plan with this project is an innovative combination of virtual media, student-led activities, and teacher resources that will fill a new niche; providing an age appropriate, career mentoring model that will encourage and broaden participation of individuals that are underrepresented in Oklahoma STEM education and workforce. This unique curriculum pathway and accompanying activity trunk offers hands-on opportunities for students to explore how micro-structures are important to structural and material engineers.  Three video lectures and super cool handheld microscopes encourage students to explore how real-life engineers, like Dr. Ley, use math and science to improve their designs.
Adobe Connect

A Land We Can Share - Literacy for Students with ASD


Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Presented by: Paula Kluth, Ph.D.
Hosted by: UF Jacksonville CARD

Training Description: Too many on the spectrum are excluded from literacy experiences that are inclusive, rich, and appropriately challenging. In this workshop that is based on her book by the same title, the reasons for these exclusions will be explored and a rationale for providing inclusive supports will be offered. Several strategies for supporting students with autism and Asperger syndrome in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities will also be shared.
Adobe Connect

Making Sense of Sensory Processing


Monday, March 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday March 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Presented by: Jennifer Kiellach, OTR/L
Hosted by: FSU CARD & FDLRS

Note: Each session contains the same content. Please register for one only.

Training Description: The number of children with sensory processing difficulties continues to rise. Many “typically” developing children, as well as those with diagnosed conditions, are experiencing issues that are impacting their daily routines, both at school and at home. This workshop will explore the challenging behaviors often associated with sensory processing issues and provide a framework for understanding how to best address these behaviors using sensory strategies and environmental considerations. It will include an overview of sensory processing, the power sensations and their role in processing information for an adaptive response. Additional topics to be covered include brain science related to sensory strategies, as well as a discussion of why sensory processing issues seem to be on the rise. Practical application for the classroom will include environmental considerations, heavy work activities that can be incorporated into the classroom routine and sensory strategies that can be utilized during transitions in the school day.
Aquilina Howell Center
3955 W. Pensacola street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Issues in Autism: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day - The ILAUGH Model


Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Presented by: Nancy Tarshis, M.A., M.S., CCC-SLP
Hosted by: UM-NSU CARD

Training Description: Conference attendees will be exposed to strategies which will bolster social learning and support the Common Core/State Standards. Through the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking, participants will learn how challenges in social thinking, social communication, executive functioning and perspective taking impact functioning written expression, reading comprehension, organizational skills, and working in a group.  Lessons that will help professionals make the abstract social world more concrete and understandable for their students, along with essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping, will be provided.
Nova Southeastern University Medical Clinic
3200 South University Drive
Room 2100
Davie, FL 33314
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