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40th Annual Eastern Ontario Special Education Conference
October 15th to 17th, 2013 - Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie, Ontario
'A' Workshops'B' Workshops'C' Workshops'D' Workshops

“A” Workshops Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
A01: Banking Expectations
Banking Expectations is a credit tracking and communication process for secondary school teams that focuses on actively seeking and creating the conditions where opportunities for credit attainment can be realized as a possibility for students who may otherwise be viewed as not working towards credit. The focus is on the importance of looking at credit attainment possibilities through the lens of possibilities and potential over time.
Presenter: Nance Holman, Vice‐Principal of Engagement, Upper Canada DSB
A02: So, I Got an iPad … Now What?
Participants will learn to use the SETT (Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools) Framework. They will also be introduced to the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Re-definition) Model to better identify where they stand in the integration of technology, as well as determine next steps in relation to their own instructional practices. Come with iPad in hand, and take the plunge into effective integration of iPads in the classroom.
Presenters: Patricia Post and Wendy Goodman, System Educational Technology Support, Hastings and Prince Edward DSB
A03: Mental Health Literacy in Schools: Raising Awareness and Reducing Stigma
This workshop will present a joint initiative between ALCDSB and LDSB to provide training opportunities for school staff around mental health literacy and awareness. Participants will be provided with a description of the professional learning day including the rollout of a regional web resource and resources created through Ministry initiatives. We will also discuss our collaboration with community partners.
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Davidson-Harden, Chief Psychologist, Limestone DSB
A04: Attachment Disorder-Understanding/Implementing Strategies That Work
Attachment is a foundation for academic, social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Secure attachment is associated with greater emotional regulation, social competence, and willingness to take on challenges. When a student has an attachment disorder conventional behaviour modification strategies can actually exacerbate problems. Educators can be more effective if they understand how and why attachment influences students. Information about how to teach a student with attachment disorder will be provided through examples and lessons learned from a new Board class for students with attachment disorder.
Presenter: Deni Melim, Special Education Consultant, Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB
A05: Welcome to the Real World: A High School Transition Program for Students with Exceptionalities
Join us for an overview of our Program as we focus on preparing students in the Transitions Pathway for life beyond high school. We will get ACTIVE as we highlight key components of our Adapted Phys Ed course. We will have an informative session that focuses on our experience in the World of Work Program and a new initiative that changes the classroom into an Apartment Setting.
Presenter: Sarah Spratt, Secondary Special Education Teacher, RCDSB
A06: Making Sense of (Some) of Our Senses
Would it surprise you to learn that 5-10% of typical students and 70% of students with a learning disability have sensory challenges? Sometimes waiting lists for OT support can be long and you want to get started! This workshop is designed to provide educators with usable information about movement and touch sensory challenges and ideas that can be incorporated in to the classroom. Come prepared to participate and have fun!
Presenter: Pat Cole, ABA Expertise Professional, CDSBEO
“B” Workshops Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
B01: Teaching Literacy Skills to Children with Severe Speech Impairments
As educators, we face a challenge: teaching literacy skills to our students with complex communication needs who require alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Literacy skills are critically important for individuals who require AAC. These skills enhance learning and work opportunities. They facilitate self-expression as well as allow for greater vocabulary access on AAC devices. However, many students who use AAC have difficulties in acquiring literacy skills. This presentation will focus on practical techniques that foster emergent literacy and teach phonological awareness skills to children with severe speech impairments.
Presenters: Chichi Mgbenema, Speech Language Pathologist, Renfrew County CDSB
B02: Helping High School Students with Autism Learn About Their Diagnosis
Seeking to empower students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can have incredible rewards. Come learn how one collaborative team, including a teacher, the board’s ABA Expertise Consultant and an ASD Consultant from CHEO, developed an 8 week program designed to help students learn more about their diagnosis.

They will share the creative design of the sessions from the perspective of how they helped students, as well as reveal what the students taught them. They will share strategies, videos of the students role playing, testimonials and generalizations to their social world. Feel free to bring any stories of your own to share!
Presenters: Pat Cole , Deb Hamilton and Vicki Storaas, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
B03: Differentiated Instruction Using Assistive Technology
Participants will be introduced to the iPad as a communication tool to “level the playing field” for students who are identified with a Learning Disability or who are unidentified but have different learning needs. Several key apps for students with LD will be introduced and participants will also have the opportunity to use iPads to explore these apps and practice using them.
Presenters: Anne Lefebvre, Teacher, Renfrew County District School Board
B04: Meeting the Needs of At Risk Youth
Participants will gain practical strategies on how to engage and support at risk youth. The presenters will role model techniques and showcase skills to enable relationship building with disenfranchised youth.
Presenters: Wendy Habets and Louise Thomas, Itinerant Youth Workers, Safe Schools, OCDSB
B05: Early Learning Resource Team (ELRT)
The Early Learning Resource Team (ELRT) is a new initiative of the OCDSB. This team supports full day kindergarten and provides visual and communication supports. The ELRT aims to complement, reinforce and assist in the implementation of recommendations given by other support professionals.
Presenter: Kelly Henderson and Huidi Matthews, Educational Assistants, OCDSB
B06: “Whole Village Networking”: Collaborative Teaching /Student Learning
The African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child” means that a child’s upbringing is a communal effort. The proverb is timeless and relevant to today’s child. The teacher who designs and implements program on their own is limited to one person’s knowledge, skills and time. A group of teachers in a communal effort can make the scope of the program much more expansive. This workshop will demonstrate how our programs are developed, from concept through to assessment.
Presenter: D. Bowlby, M. Bell, M. Brown, R. Tamblyn, Intermediate Teachers, UCDSB
“C” Workshops Thursday, October 17th, 2013 from 11:00 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
C01: Supporting All Students in the Mathematics Classroom
All educators strive to use a variety of critical thinking and problem solving strategies to engage all students as they work towards becoming mathematically proficient. However, students in the same grade level clearly differ mathematically in significant ways. The goal of this session will be to delve into these differences and reveal strategies to promote access and attainment for all students.
Presenters: Tracy Joyce and Julie Huckabone, RCCDSB
C02: Aboriginal Education: The RCCDSB Journey
This workshop will examine how all students needs’ are met using Ontario's First Nation, Métis and Inuit Educational Policy Framework, including those with special education needs. We will examine programs for students and pd for staff that deepens learning for these students and educators. In addition, we will further examine: what has happened, what is happening and next steps.
Presenter: Jody Weller and Myles Sabourin, Aboriginal Education Leads, RCCDSB
C03: Context Blindness in Students with ASD
What is a nice birthday present for a friend? How do you pronounce wind? Can you touch someone’s hair? What do you do when the bells ring? What do you put in your suitcase when you go on vacation? Your answer to all of these questions is likely “it depends” meaning that it depends on the situation and context. The meanings of objects, words, human behaviour and events are all context dependant, making it especially challenging for students with Autism. This workshop will provide participants with a different way of looking at teaching social competence and problem solving for students with ASD.
Presenter: Deni Melim, Special Education Consultant, Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB
C04: Where the Rubber Hits the Road - Applying Theory to Practice for Students with Behavioural Exceptionalities
This session will centre on experiences using the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Model . It is grounded in a cognitive behavioural approach and requires a change in mindset in how to work with children and youth who are presenting with challenging behaviours. Participants in the workshop will receive information on how to use this the CPS approach in both theory and practical application with behavioural students.
Presenters: Scott Buffam and Colleen Sadler, Renfrew County District School Board
C05: Using Core Vocabulary to Develop Communication
Research has shown that 80% of what we say is communicated with only the 200 most basic words in our language. This presentation will review how the Ottawa Carleton District School Board has implemented and evaluated use of core vocabulary over the past two years.
Presenters: Oleszko and Jennifer Arnold Loeven, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
C06: Assistive Technology
This session will consist of a demonstration of various iPad applications. Participants will interactively explore apps using iPads. We will focus on student engagement, assistive technologies and alternative assessments.
Presenters: Brian Hunt, Teacher, Wellington Elementary, Upper Canada DSB
“D” Workshops Thursday, October 17th, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
D01: Teaching Social Skills at School: Is it Possible?
Given the number of social skills required to successfully navigate daily interactions and the social challenges many students with an ASD face, it’s no wonder educators might feel overwhelmed at times. This workshop will review a number of “social skills” programs and strategies that have been implemented successfully. Join in the discussion about how to ‘teach’ these critical skills within our busy classrooms.
Presenters: Jennifer Reid-Hudson and Rachel McKay, ABA Specialists, RCCDSB and RCDSB
D02: Core Vocabulary: The Springboard to Literacy for Individuals with a Developmental Disability
This session will give participants ideas on how to use Core Vocabulary and common word lists like Dolch in literacy programs for students with DD, that can then be extended across the curriculum. It will also show how to use extension activities to access personally relevant words and community words (nouns) to engage students up to the early ready stage and it will demonstrate the use of Core Vocabulary in each of the four blocks of literacy education.
Presenter: Justine Price and Stephanie King, Special Education Teachers, OCDSB.
D03: Google Apps, Edmodo and iPods - Innovative Integration
During this session you will learn innovative techniques for integrating iPods, Goggle free apps and Edmodo in the classroom to teach to all students and reach all parents. Utilizing either BYOD’s or SEA equipment, these useful tools can bring any student into the fold of current ways of teaching and learning. Participants will be shown how to set up and incorporate several apps.
Presenter: Matthew Charles, Teacher, Sagonaska Demonstration School
D04: Working with Kindergarten Students who have Experienced Trauma
This interactive workshop will help kindergarten and primary teachers better understand the connection between early exposure to trauma, self regulation and challenging behaviour. Participants will learn simple strategies they can implement in their classroom to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behaviour.
Presenters: Jennifer Murphy, Special Education Program Coordinator, Limestone DSB
D05: Relationships Matter—How Relationships Can Improve School Connectness and A Sense of Belonging
This workshop stimulates thinking and discussion about what makes a healthy relationship which is fundamental to healthy child development. This workshop will use components of the Healthy Relationship Training Module which teaches adults to form healthy relationships with young people to create a healthy climate.
Presenters: Barb Cahill-Meilenner, Attendance Counsellor, Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB
D06: Physical Activity
Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. I will share the steps that I took to get our life skills/transitional students with special needs involved with school sports, plus the amazing transformations. Please wear athlete gear - what is good for the student is good for us!
Presenters: Kathy Herault, Special Education Department Head, Fellowes HS, RCDSB
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