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 2018 Distinguished Conference Faculty

Washington State Convention Center- Seattle, WA- March 7, 8, 9, 2018

Faculty Members are listed alphabetically by last name.

 

Chris Abildgaard NCSP, LPC, NCC has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum since 1999. He is the owner and director of the Social Learning Center, LLC. located in Cheshire, CT. Chris also holds a clinical appointment at the ​Southfield Center located in Darien, CT and an appointment at the Benhaven Academy located in Wallingford, CT as their School Psychologist.Chris is a ​Nationally Certified School Psychologist​, a ​Nationally Certified Counselor​ & a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to a Masters and 6th Year degree in School Psychology, Chris has earned a Graduate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Behavioral Interventions in Autism. Since 2008, Chris has presented nationally in eight different states at conventions such as the Autism Society of America and American Counseling Association national conferences and through the state of Connecticut on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders, social cognitive development, executive functioning and counseling techniques used when working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  Watch a video of Chris

Subject: Autism, Counseling & Social Skills

Courses Offered by Chris Abildgaard

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #8- Counseling Students on the Autism Spectrum by Chris M. Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, NCC, The Social Learning Center, Cheshire, CT  Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #18- Using Executive Function Assessment to Drive Social Interventions
 by Chris M. Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, NCC, The Social Learning Center, Cheshire, CT    Read More


Anita Archer, PhD, serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of ten Outstanding Educator awards. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Dr. Mary Gleason including REWARDS, REWARDS Plus, REWARDS Writing (Sopris) and Skills for School Success (Curriculum Associates). In addition, Dr. Archer was the senior author of Phonics for Reading (Curriculum Associates).   Most recently, Dr. Archer wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Dr. Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching.  Watch a video of Dr. Archer

Subject: Explicit & Effective Teaching: Reading & Writing Skills

 

Courses Offered by Dr. Anita Archer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-  Course #2 – The Magic is in the Instruction by Anita L. Archer, PhD    Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018-  Course #12 – Effective Teaching of Reading Foundation Skills: Prevention and Intervention by Anita L. Archer, PhD    Read More

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #22 – Writing Foundations: Preparing Students to be Successful Writers by Anita L. Archer, PhD    Read More

 


Kathleen Artman Meeker, PhD, BCBA-D, has led state, local, and national trainings around coaching, preventing challenging behavior and promoting social skills in early care and education settings. Her training, product development, and scholarship have focused on the diverse teachers, children, and families in urban and rural communities served by Head Start, Early Head Start, and military childcare. She has designed, implemented, and analyzed the effects of video- and web-based coaching initiatives. Dr. Meeker has built a productive line of work around translating research to practice and promoting best practices in early childhood programs. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Meeker is employed by the University of Washington, and receives consulting/teaching fees from Ohio State University, University of South Florida, and honorarium from Mathematica Policy Research. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Watch a video of Dr. Meeker

 

Subject: Social Emotional Learning-Birth -2nd Grade

Course Offered by Dr. Kathleen Artman Meeker

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #28 – Promoting Social-Emotional Learning for Young Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Artman Meeker, PhD, University of Washington, and co-speakers Shawna Harbin, MEd, BCBA and William White, Jr, MEd    Read More


 

Kimberly Beeson, MSW, is currently the Director of Student Support Programs in Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Learning, Teaching, and Family Support Department. In this capacity, Kimberly manages multiple grants and ventures involving school safety, student assistance related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, mental health, school nursing, and school drop-out prevention. Kimberly has worked in substance abuse prevention and intervention for 29 years. In 1984, Kimberly received a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Disclosures: Financial- Kim is employed by Puget Sound ESD. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject: Nurses Role in Special Education – Birth to 21 Years


 

Course Offered by Kimberly Beeson, MSW

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-  Course #10 – The Role of the School Nurse in Special Education: Assessments, IEPs, Advocacy, and Resilience by Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN, Puget Sound ESD and Kim Beeson, MSW, Puget Sound ESD – Renton, WA    Read More


(10/23/17 update: These two speakers will replace the original speaker, Denise Bissonnette, MA)

Richard Pimentel is a highly acclaimed author, trainer, writer, and speaker in the field of Employment and Training. As an impassioned advocate for individuals with barriers to employment, Richard has been inspiring audiences throughout North America for the past three decades with innovative thinking and practical strategies for helping people to find their places in the world of work. His first product, Windmills Changing the Perception of Ability has been translated into 13 languages and is the number one guide for educators to work with employers on school-to-work transition for students with employment barriers.   In 2007 a MGM full length motion picture on his life story, Music Within was released in theaters throughout the world. He recently completed a school-to-work transition curriculum that helps build students’ self-esteem and also provides strategies for students to become their own advocates in school and on the job. Richard received his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech communications. He received a honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Portland State University in 2009. Disclosures: Financial- Richard receives speaker and consulting fees for his trainings and for training materials, published by Milt Wright & Associates Inc. Richard is a Senior Partner of Milt Wright and Associates. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Watch the movie preview of Music Within about Richard Pimentel

Milt Wright, MA is a highly acclaimed trainer, creator and founder of Milt Wright & Associates, Inc. As a social entrepreneur his philosophy in founding the company was to design and produce programs, services and products that assist educators, employers and program providers to create disability inclusion models, and to successfully create transitions programs that bridge the gap between students and persons with barriers, and work. For more than 30 years, under Milt’s leadership, Milt Wright & Associates Inc. has provided consultation and provided products on the ADAAA, School to Work transition, disability inclusion implementation, attitude change, job creation and job retention. His company has successfully trained more than 1,000,000 professionals for many educator program providers and employers throughout the country. Prior to starting Milt Wright & Associates Inc. he was the Executive Director of ADEPT, a Statewide employment training non-profit program that places 2,000 individuals with disabilities in employment every year. Milt Wright recently stepped down as the chair of the State Rehabilitation Council in California. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Social Psychology from California State University- Northridge and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program, Graduate School of Business at UCLA. Disclosures: Financial – Milt is the owner of Milt Wright and Associates, a publishing, training and consulting firm focused on Disability Management, Job Creation and Employment Resources in Granada Hills, CA. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject: Transition to Employment

Course Offered by Richard Pimentel and Milt Wright, MA

Friday, March 9, 2018- Course #29 – “All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go”: Assisting Students to Transition from School to the World of Work by Denise Bissonnette, MA   Read More


Monica Burns, PhD is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started ClassTechTips.com to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom. Since starting ClassTechTips.com, Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia.  Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017). Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. In addition to being named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Monica is an Amazon Education Teacher Innovator, Book Creator Ambassador and Nearpod Pionear for her use of engaging creation and formative assessment tools. Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and completed a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University in 2016. Her mission is to help educators place the tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology. Disclosures: Financial- Monica receives teaching/consulting/speaker fees from Nearpod, Adobe Education, & Book Creator and royalties for her publications from Corwin Press. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.  Watch a video of Dr. Burns

Subject:  Technology to Promote Learning – K-10th Grade

Courses Offered by Monica Burns, EdD, EdTech and Curriculum Consultant- Stony Brook, NY

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #23 – Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom by Monica Burns, EdD, EdTech and Curriculum Consultant- Stony Brook, NY  Read More


 

MaryAnn Brittingham, MS, holds a Master’s degree in Family and Child Counseling from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from D’Youville College. She has over 30 years of experience as a special education teacher, and child/family counselor with experience working in psychiatric settings to create therapeutic options for students who require higher levels of emotional and academic support. MaryAnn is a certified trainer at Life Space Crisis Intervention, which uses interactive therapeutic strategies to transform crisis situations into learning opportunities and she teaches graduate level courses in special education and educational psychology at two colleges in New York. Her passion is to help educators gain insights into student behaviors in order to create a safe learning environment where students can discover their talents. MaryAnn is the author of several books including: Transformative Teaching: Changing Today’s Classroom Culturally, Academically and Emotionally; Respectful Discipline; Dealing with Difficult Parents; and Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Student. MaryAnn’s courses focus on practical solutions for helping students be successful in both the general education and the special education classroom. Her approach to behavioral intervention empowers students and provides realistic solutions for working with challenging behaviors. Disclosures: Financial- MaryAnn receives teaching and speaking fees from her company, Brittingham Personal Development Seminars. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject: Managing Behavior and Students’ Emotions- K-21 years

 

Courses Offered by MaryAnn Brittingham, MS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-  Course #3 – Achieve Success with Defiant, Emotional, and Disengaged Student by MaryAnn Brittingham, MS, Family and Child Counseling- Pine Bush, NY    Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #13 –Achieve Success with “I DON”T CARE” Students: Inspiring the Unmotivated by MaryAnn Brittingham, MS, Family and Child Counseling, Consultant, Pine Bush, NY    Read More


 

Jennifer Cooper, PhD, is an Assistant Director for Educational Services and Research Initiatives at the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She completed her PhD in Literacy Studies with a concentration in Literacy Measurement and Analysis at MTSU. Her research interests include creating data-driven, effective research-based interventions to maximize student achievement, analyzing student data to uncover trends using recent statistical developments, and examining the development of vocabulary knowledge and its contribution to reading comprehension. Disclosures: Financial-Jennifer is employed by MTSU. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject: Dyslexia and Related Specific Reading Disabilities

Course Offered by Dr. Cooper

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-  Course #5 Overview of Dyslexia, Building Blocks of Reading, Cognitive Processes of Reading, Reading Development, and Profile of Dyslexia: Experience Dyslexia by Tim Odegard, PhD, Developmental Cognitive Psychologist, Middle Tennessee State University & Jennifer Cooper, PhD, Literacy Studies, Middle Tennessee State University  Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #15 – Screening & Identification of Skill Deficit for Intervention; Overview of Reading Instruction by Tim Odegard, PhD, Developmental Cognitive Psychologist, Middle Tennessee State University & Jennifer Cooper, PhD, Literacy Studies, Middle Tennessee State University   Read More

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #25 – Interventions for Dyslexia: Tools to Use by Tim Odegard, PhD, Developmental Cognitive Psychologist, Middle Tennessee State University & Jennifer Cooper, PhD, Literacy Studies, Middle Tennessee State University   Read More


 

Anne Gallagher, MS, is the Director of Mathematics for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington State leading state-wide initiatives to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards and shifts in mathematics instruction. Her work also focuses on supporting Early Mathematics for providers and districts across the state. Shifting mathematical mindsets and ensuring all students are honored in how they reason with mathematics is the core focus of her work. Prior to her work at OPSI, Anne served as a professor of mathematics at Arizona Western College and was the program manager for a CCRA grant to decrease the number of students who need to take remediation math courses once they enter college. Anne began her teaching career in 1990 at Portland Public Schools and taught secondary mathematics for over 20 years with a focus on work with struggling students. She also worked as an elementary math specialist and served as a program manager and instructional technology specialist for the K-12 science, technology, and arts magnet program. Anne supported teachers as an instructional leader for Systems Thinking in K-12 Education, designed curriculum and professional development in using dynamic modeling and systems thinking to support math and science instruction. She holds a Masters in Mathematics from Portland State University. Disclosures: Financial- Anne is employed by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject: Equity in Math – PreK-8th Grade

Courses Offered by Anne Gallagher, MS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-  Course #9 – What Does Equity Look Like in Mathematics? High Leverage Math Strategies for Special Education Students from PreK- 8th Grade by Anne Gallagher, MS, OSPI-Director of Mathematics – Olympia, WA
Day 1 of this 2-day Course  Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018-  Course #19 – What Does Equity Look Like in Mathematics? High Leverage Math Strategies for Special Education Students from PreK- 8th Grade by Anne Gallagher, MS, OSPI-Director of Mathematics   Read More
Day 2 of this 2-day Course


Shawna Harbin, MEd, is a doctoral student at the University of Washington. Prior to returning to graduate school, Shawna worked for 5 years as an early interventionist in the Seattle area. She received her Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington and is Board Certified in Behavior Analysis. SDisclosures: Shawna is a doctoral student at the University of Washington and has no financial or non-financial disclosures.

Subject: Social Emotional Learning-Birth -2nd Grade

Course Offered by Dr. Shawna Harbin, MEd

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #28 – Promoting Social-Emotional Learning for Young Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Artman Meeker, PhD, University of Washington, and co-speakers Shawna Harbin, MEd, BCBA and William White, Jr, MEd    Read More


 

Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN is a registered nurse with 27 years experience in hospital, home care, and school nursing. As a school nurse, she took an active role in special education and 504 teams at the elementary, high school and 18-21 transition program levels. Annie earned a Master in Nursing Education from WGU in 2014. As an Area Representative for the King County region, she serves on the board for the School Nurse Organization of Washington. She joined the Puget Sound ESD in 2015 as School Nurse Corps Administrator. In that role, she oversees the School Nurse Corps grant to Class II rural districts and provides consultative support and professional development to area school health services, administrators, and families. She is a Youth Suicide Prevention Program Networks for Life trainer and has also presented on Adverse Childhood Experiences as well as numerous school health topics. Her interests include a passion for issues of equity and the importance of access to quality education. Disclosures: Financial- Annie is employed by Puget Sound ESD. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject:  Nurses Role in Special Education – Birth to 21 Years

Course Offered by Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #10 – The Role of the School Nurse in Special Education: Assessments, IEPs, Advocacy, and Resilience by Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN, Puget Sound ESD and Kim Beeson, MSW, Puget Sound ESD – Renton, WA    Read More


 

Barbara Hodson, PhD, professional goal has been to develop more effective assessment and intervention procedures for children with highly unintelligible speech in order to expedite intelligibility gains. She has published two phonology tests (one in Spanish), a computer software phonological analysis program, and three books, the most recent being, Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems: Research and Theory to Practice (2010). In addition, she has published a number of research articles in scholarly national and international journals, as well as chapters in textbooks. Hodson also has given several hundred Clinical Phonology presentations nationally (50 states) and internationally (New Zealand, Iceland, Panama, Puerto Rico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and most of the Canadian provinces). Prior to joining the faculty at Wichita State University, Hodson taught at San Diego State University and the University of Illinois (the institution where she received her PhD). Her major research interests have been: Applied Phonology and Metaphonology, Early Literacy, and Spanish Phonology. Hodson’s major recognitions include: Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award (American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation) Excellence in Research Award (Wichita State University), and the highest award of the profession, ASHA Honors. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Hodson receives speaking/teaching fees and royalties for her publications from ProEd and PhonoComp. Nonfinancial- Dr. Hodson is on an advisory committee for ASHA, is a guest lecturer at various universities, and assists doctoral students in the process of publishing their research.  Watch a video of Dr. Hodson

Subject: Phonological Remediation – Preschool to any age if intelligibility is a problem

Courses Offered by Dr. Hodson
Thursday, March 8, 2018-  Course #20 – Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems: An Update
by Barbara Williams Hodson, PhD, SLP, Wichita State University  Day 1 of this 2-day course  Read More

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #30 – Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems: An Update by Barbara Williams Hodson, PhD, SLP, Wichita State University   -Day 2 of this 2-day course     Read More


 

Karen Kangas, OTR/L is a seating, mobility and positioning specialist, assistive technology specialist, consultant and clinical educator. She has been working since 1973 in many and varied settings including the school system, group homes, early intervention programs, integrated day care, home health, rehabilitation centers, residential facilities, and long-term care facilities. She has been actively teaching since 1985 all over the United States, and in Canada, Sweden, Israel, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, and Germany. Karen is a clinical faculty member at Misericordia University and she teaches a week long graduate course on Seating in Pediatric Practice. Karen has developed teaching materials, including assessment tools, and videotapes and has been in private practice since 1996 in Pennsylvania. She has been an active participant in the International Seating Symposiums including RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America). She is regularly sought out to teach at national, state, and local seminars, training workshops, and conferences on issues of Seating, Positioning, Access, Mobility, and Assistive Technology. Karen is currently working on a book series on seating, sensory processing, powered mobility and access to assistive technology. Disclosures: Financial- Karen has a private practice and she receives speaking and consulting fees from Adaptive Switch Labs, Inc. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject: Assistive Technology, Seating, Positioning and Mobility


Courses Offered by Karen Kangas, OTR/L

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #4 – Never Give Up: Finding and Supporting Access to AT and AAC for Students with Complex Bodies, Including Access, Seating, Postural Control and Sensory Processing by Karen M. Kangas, OTR/L, ATP, Private Practice – Camp Hill, PA –Day 1 of this 2-day course   Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #14 – Never Give Up: Finding and Supporting Access to AT and AAC for Students with Complex Bodies, Including Access, Seating, Postural Control and Sensory Processing
by Karen M. Kangas, OTR/L, ATP, Private Practice Day 2 of this 2-day course    Read More


Leah Kuypers, OTR/L, earned a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism and a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. Leah created The Zones of Regulation® (www.zonesofregulation.com), a framework designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book and two apps by same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing; 2013, 2016 Selosoft, Inc). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals on self-regulation and challenging behavior, as well as conducts workshops on the Zones to groups around the world. She resides in Minneapolis, MN. Disclosures: Financial- Leah is the owner of Kuypers Consulting and she receives royalties for her publications from Social Thinking and Selosoft Inc. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.  Watch a video of Leah

Subject: Self-regulation-The Zones of Regulation® – PreK – 21 years

Course Offered by Leah Kuypers, OTR/L

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #17 – The Zones of Regulation®: Self-Regulation for Students who Struggle with Managing Their Emotions and Sensory Needs by Leah Kuypers, MEd, OTR/L, Author, Consultant    Read More

 


James J. Mazza, PhD, is a professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Washington. He received his masters and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has been working for over 25 years with high risk adolescents who engage in self-harming behaviors and specifically suicidal behavior. He was the past president of the American Association of Suicidology from 2005-2007 and is still actively involved in trying to help school psychologists play a major role in helping to prevent suicidal and self-harming behavior among students. His current research focus is centered around the implementation of a universal emotion regulation SEL curriculum called DBT STEPS-A. This unique curriculum is based on the DBT skills that have been used effectively with highly suicidal adults and adolescents. Disclosures: Financial-Dr. Mazza receives speaking fees from his company, Mazza Consulting, PLLC and royalties from his publications from Guilford Press. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.  Watch a video of Dr. Mazza

Subject: Mental Health – 6th Grade to 21 years


Course Offered by Dr. Mazza

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #21 – Delivering Effective School-Based Mental Health Services by James Mazza, PhD, University of Washington    Read More


 

Stephanie Mitelman, MA, Certified Sexuality Educator, has been a part time professor of Sexology for the past 19 years. Founding sex education publisher Sexpressions and its US branch Sex Ed Mart, she has released numerous books and educational resources for teaching youth with ASDs romantic social skills and the essentials of puberty. Stephanie also runs a private practice assisting neurodiverse individuals and couples. In 2013, Stephanie was awarded the First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology for her work making sexuality education more accessible for people on the autism spectrum. Stephanie holds a Masters Degree in sociology from Concordia University and is a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Stephanie provides comprehensive sex education for youth across Canada and offers training for teachers and health care providers across Canada and the United States. Disclosures: Financial- Stephanie has a private practice and she receives teaching and speaker fees for her presentations. She receives royalties from her publications from Sexpressions and Sex Ed Mart. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Subject:  Autism & Sexuality – 2nd Grade -Adulthood

Courses Offered by Stephanie Mitelman, MA

Friday, March 9, 2018- Course #24 – The ABCs of Autism and Sexuality by Stephanie Mitelman, MA, Certified Sexuality Educator, Montreal, Quebec    Read More


 

Kathy Morris, MEd, has been a speech therapist, teacher for self- contained programs, (including students with autism, severe behavioral difficulties, cerebral palsy), resource teacher and first grade teacher. She was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/autism/behavior/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999. Her business, igivuWings, has reached families and educators throughout the world, including Canada, Mexico and Singapore. Kathy has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioral difficulties including those with autism, ADHD and executive dysfunction. Kathy was honored as Outstanding Educator for Children with Disabilities (1997) and a delegate for the President’s Commission on Special Education (2002). Kathy is certified as an Autism Specialist Level 2 by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuation Standards (IBCCS). Recently she and her husband were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for supporting persons with disabilities by the Arc of Texas. She and her husband, Guy, “walk the walk and talk the talk” since the birth of their twin sons with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Disclosures: Financial- Kathy is the Director and President of igivu Wings, a consulting company and she provides consulting services to Stetson and Associates.  Kathy receives fees for her presentations and workshops and royalties from the Bureau of Education and Research for online courses and DVD sales. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.  Watch a video of Kathy Morris


Subject: Life Skills, Autism & Behavior

Courses Offered by Kathy Morris, MEd

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #6 – Life Skills: Practical Strategies that Work to Maximize Learning for Students with Severe Cognitive/Developmental Disorders, Including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Syndromes in a General Education Setting by Kathy Kaluza Morris, MEd, Consultant, Certified Autism Specialist –Sour Lake, Texas   Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #16 – What To Do After The Melt Down: Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Instructional Consequences by Kathy Kaluza Morris, MEd, Consultant, Certified Autism Specialist–Sour Lake, Texas  Read More

Friday, March 9, 2018- Course #26 – What Is It About Me You Don’t Like? 
Practical Classroom Management Strategies that Help Minimize Challenging Behaviors by Kathy Kaluza Morris, MEd, Consultant, Certified Autism Specialist–Sour Lake, Texas  Read More


 

Patrick Mulick, MEd, is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. Patrick earned his master’s degree in special education and behavior analysis from Gonzaga University. While spending seven years educating students with disabilities, from pre-school to high school, Patrick developed a particular love for working with students with Autism and behavioral challenges. Today he works as an educational consultant and as the Autism Coordinator of the Auburn School District in Washington State. Patrick believes that in order for students to have access to a meaningful education all whom they encounter must be provided access themselves to ongoing supports that are effective and easy to implement. Patrick has committed his work to special needs learners through a hybrid of instruction and inspiration. His resources and strategies have helped simplify the complex, equipping teachers, administrators, therapists, para-educators, and bus drivers alike. Disclosure: Financial – Patrick is employed by the Auburn School District, receives speaking fees, and fees (self published) for The Ultimate Access Card, a visual support aid for students with disabilities. Non-financial – Patrick has a blog on best classroom practices and teacher supports.  Watch a video of Patrick

Subject: Promoting Independence for Students with Disabilities – PreK- 21 years

Course Offered by Patrick Mulick

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #7 – Shifting School Practices to Promote Independence for Students with Disabilities by Patrick Mulick, MS, BCBA, Consultant- Auburn, WA    Read More


 

Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, EdD, CCC-SLP is an assistive technology specialist, author, and curriculum developer with more than 35 years of clinical experience working with children and adolescents with severe disabilities, in a variety of settings, including Head Start, developmental day programs, and the public schools. She has also taught courses at several universities, including West Virginia University, and Western Carolina University. Dr. Musselwhite has authored a number of textbooks and “how-to” books on a range of topics, including Emergent Literacy Success, Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Handicaps, and Reading Activities Project for Older Students (R.A.P.S.). She has also authored a number of software programs (Write to Talk, Social Scripts) and books (Learning to Work) for youth with disabilities. She has presented thousands of workshops throughout the world, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an independent contractor and receives speaker fees for her courses. She is a consultant to the Don Johnston, Attainment, Prentke Romich and Tobii companies. She receives royalties for her publications from Attainment, Pro Ed, Southwest Human Development, Inc, & Special Communications. Nonfinancial- Dr.  Musselwhite is active in the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) and posts information on various AAC websites including educational videos, therapy materials and blogs.  Watch a video of Dr. Musselwhite

Course Offered by Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, EdD, CCC-SLP

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Course #27 – AAC All Day Long!  Scaffolding Conversation, Academics, and Interaction – Apps Included! by Dr. Caroline Musselwhite, CCC-SLP, AAC Consultant and Jane Odom, MEd, Prentke Romich Company    Read More


 

Jane Odom, MEd, is the Director of Implementation Resources for the Prentke Romich Company (PRC). Jane represents PRC at local, regional and national conferences, and she works regularly with Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, educators and family members to address the needs of people with speech, language and cognitive disabilities. She is responsible for focusing nationally on increasing our knowledge of the education segment and creating innovative approaches to implement PRC devices and Unity. Jane Odom, earned her BS and MEd Degrees from Temple University and has over 13 years of teaching experience in the field of Special Education. She also was the Language Instructor for the ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Seminar) program at Temple University for 9 years where she taught AAC device users along side professionals about how to use and implement AAC devices in everyday life. Disclosures: Financial-Jane is employed by and has ownership interest in Prentke Romich Company. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Course Offered by Jane Odom

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Course #27 – AAC All Day Long!  Scaffolding Conversation, Academics, and Interaction – Apps Included! by Dr. Caroline Musselwhite, CCC-SLP, AAC Consultant and Jane Odom, MEd, Prentke Romich Company    Read More


Timothy Odegard, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology, holds the Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at MTSU, and oversee the efforts of the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia. Dr. Odegard is trained as a Developmental Cognitive Psychologist whose research on memory and language uses experimental methods and neuroimaging to understand the development of these aspects of human cognition. His research in the area of reading strives to identify factors that predict the response of individuals with dyslexia and related specific reading disabilities to intensive interventions and leverage this information to improve intervention efforts to meet the needs of these individuals. He also completed a two-year dyslexia specialist training program at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas during his postdoctoral fellowship and has worked as an educator with students with reading disabilities. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Odegard is employed by MTSU. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.  Watch a video of Dr. Odegard

Subject: Dyslexia and Related Specific Reading Disabilities

Course Offered by Dr. Timothy Odegard

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #5 Overview of Dyslexia, Building Blocks of Reading, Cognitive Processes of Reading, Reading Development, and Profile of Dyslexia: Experience Dyslexia by Tim Odegard, PhD, Developmental Cognitive Psychologist, Middle Tennessee State University & Jennifer Cooper, PhD, Literacy Studies, Middle Tennessee State University  Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #15 – Screening & Identification of Skill Deficit for Intervention; Overview of Reading Instruction by Tim Odegard, PhD, Developmental Cognitive Psychologist, Middle Tennessee State University & Jennifer Cooper, PhD, Literacy Studies, Middle Tennessee State University   Read More

Friday, March 9, 2018- Course #25 – Interventions for Dyslexia: Tools to Use by Tim Odegard, PhD, Developmental Cognitive Psychologist, Middle Tennessee State University & Jennifer Cooper, PhD, Literacy Studies, Middle Tennessee State University   Read More


William L. White, EdS, worked for 10 years as a special educator. He received his Masters of Education in Special Education with a focus in early childhood from Virginia State University, and an Education Specialist Degree in Special Education Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Disclosures: William is a doctoral student at the University of Washington and has no financial or non-financial disclosures.

Subject: Social Emotional Learning-Birth -2nd Grade

Course Offered by William L. White, EdS

Friday, March 9, 2018-  Course #28 – Promoting Social-Emotional Learning for Young Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Artman Meeker, PhD, William White, Jr, EdS, and Shawna Harbin, MEd, BCBA, University of Washington    Read More

 


Judy Willis, MD, MEd, a board-certified neurologist combined her 15 years as a practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background as both in neuroscience and education, she has written seven books and more than 100 articles about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and Master’s of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years. Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education and travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting about learning and the brain. She has been interviewed by USA Today, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News Education Nation, ABC Australia Radio, Lateline Australia, Popular Mechanics, Neurology Today, USA Today, Education Week, Medscope Neurology, Parenting Magazine among others, and writes staff expert blogs for NBC News Education Nation, Edutopia, Psychology Today, and The Guardian. In 2011 she was selected by Edutopia as a “Big Thinker on Education.” Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Willis is self-employed and receives teaching and speaker fees. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Watch a video clip of Dr. Willis

Subject:  Attention, Memory, Emotions, Learning & Executive Functions

Courses Offered by Dr. Judy Willis

Wednesday, March 7, 2018- Course #1 – How Emotion Impacts the Brain’s Successful Learning, What to Do About It and How to Build Powerful Executive Functions by Dr. Judy Willis, MD, MEd, Board-Certified Neurologist, Teacher, Author, Consultant- Santa Barbara, CA    Read More

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Course #11 – Capturing and Sustaining Learners’ Attention and Constructing Durable Long-term Memory by Dr. Judy Willis, MD, MEd, Board-Certified Neurologist, Teacher, Author, Consultant- Santa Barbara, CA    Read More


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