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Mail or e-mail your new classifieds to Jim Durkel at: TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756, JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu.  See an up-to-date Statewide Staff Development Calendar.

November 27, 2001

Making a Difference in the Lives of Students with the Most Severe Disabilities

Focuses on the best practices for students with profound impairments. Participants will learn to identify a range of arousal states and will practice an observational assessment procedure for identifying desirable states and techniques for modifying undesirable states. The relationship of arousal states to learning and instruction will be emphasized.

Region XVIII ESC, Midland, TX

Contact: Fred Martinez, (915) 563-2380

November 29, 2001

Communication & Cognitive Development: Assessment and Intervention for Children with Multiple Disabilities

A program of comprehensive instruction for professionals working with nonverbal children who have complex or multiple disabilities, including severe cognitive limitations, deafblindness and autism spectrum disorders. Includes both instruction and practical exercises to help participants learn how to help students interact with social and physical environments.

Region XX ESC, San Antonio, TX

Contact: Britt Green, (210) 370-5431, E-mail: britt.green@esc20.net

November 28, 2001

SEEK: Successfully Educating Exceptional Kids

SEEK is a program for students with autism or pervasive developmental disorders. This workshop will focus on how to use structured teaching activities for students with autism. Other topics will include assessment, sensory integration, the picture exchange communication system (PECS), and the grief process.

Region VI ESC, Huntsville, Texas

Contact: Anissa Barton, (936) 435-2155

November 30, 2001

Speech Therapy Series: Speech Diagnosis and Treatment of Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This session provides opportunities to explore the assessment, IEP development, and intervention processes necessary to successfully support students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Participants will examine general language intervention strategies, models for teacher prompting, and principles of "focused stimulation." The session will include the sharing of game ideas and commercial resources.

Region XX ESC, San Antonio, Texas

Contact: John L. Bond, (210) 370-5418 (v/tty)

E-mail: john.bond@esc20.net

December 3, 2001

Correlating O&M Goals and Objectives with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill

O&M Specialists will be guided through correlating their goals and objectives with the state curriculum - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The presenters will facilitate the group through the TEKS for alignment and implementation of strategies in orientation and mobility. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the connections between TEKS and orientation and mobility strategies to improve student performance.

Designing Curriculum for Divergent Learners

The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 calls for providing access to the general education curriculum as a means for improving education for students with disabilities. Skip Stahl will focus on how to redesign the general curriculum to meet the needs of students with physical, emotional, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. He will also present the latest research data on effective practices for increasing access to the general curriculum.

Region XI ESC, Fort Worth, Texas

Contact for both workshops:

Olga Uriegas, (817) 740-3619

December 4, 2001

Training with Low Vision Devices

This presentation will demystify low vision devices by defining categories, describing idiosyncrasies and demonstrating the appropriate uses of these devices. Basic optics, as they relate to the use and understanding of reading lenses and telescopes, will be presented.

Region VI ESC, Huntsville, Texas

Contact: Gwynne Reeves, (936) 435-2155

December 4, 2001

Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children

This is an overview of the TEACCH program. TEACCH cannot be reduced to a technique, a set of techniques, or even a method. It is a complete program of services for people with autism and other severe communication disorders, which makes use of several techniques, depending on the individual's needs and emerging capabilities. The main goal of TEACCH is to help students attain maximum autonomy as adults. This includes helping them understand the world that surrounds them, acquiring communication skills that will enable them to relate to other people and giving them the competence to make choices concerning their lives. The major thrust is toward improving communication skills, and is not for participants who will attend TEACCH team training on Dec. 5-6.

Region XVII ESC, Lubbock, Texas

Contact: Jill Watkins (806) 792-5468, ext. 870

E-mail: jwatkins@esc17.net

December 5, 2001

F.A.C.E.S. Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Students

In this second of a two-day training, discover the value of F.A.C.E.S. - Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Students, a curricular framework aligned with the TEKS. This curriculum covers Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Health and Vocational skills (elementary to high school) for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Region VI ESC, Huntsville, Texas

Contact: Noyda Thornton, (936) 435-2195

November 29, 2001

IntelliTalk II

Presenter: Patti Rea, Independent Consultant - Celina, Texas

December 7, 2001

Writing Alternatives and AT Consideration: A Decision Making Process

Presenter: Denise DeCoste, Independent Consultant - Potomac, MD

January 30 - 31, 2002

Evaluating Technology Needs of Students with Visual Impairments

Presenter: Ike Presley, AFB - Atlanta, Georgia

Region IV ESC, Houston, Texas

Contact: Karen Crone, (713) 744-6324

December 7, 2001

Discrete Trial Training for Students with Special Needs

Participants will become familiar with the fundamental aspects of Discrete Trial Training. This technique breaks down a skill into small tasks that the educator teaches in parts, or "trials" to the student. Each trial consists of an instruction, a prompt, a response, and feedback. Participants will be able to define what discrete trials are and what they are not, including the relationship of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and discrete trial. Behavior concepts such as shaping, chaining, and modeling will be demonstrated. Participants will also learn how to construct and conduct trials and how to collect data for IEP documentation and behavior plan documentation.

Region VI ESC, Huntsville, Texas

Contact: Anissa Barton, (936) 435-2155

December 13, 2001

Communication & Calendar Systems for Students with Severe Cognitive Disabilities

Participants will learn about the importance of routines as an organizational approach for teaching this population of students and will practice the routine-development process. Participants will examine a communication model that draws from several methodologies, including Dr. Jan van Dijk's, and incorporates the use of individual calendar systems.

Region XX ESC, San Antonio, Texas

Contact: Deborah Thompson, (210) 370-5433

E-mail: deborah.thompson@esc20.net

 January 24, 2002

Augmentative Communication, Technology, and Special Devices for the Classroom

Participants will be shown how to set up a classroom for communication and accessibility, using simple speech devices, picture communication symbols, adaptive keyboards and switches. Overlays will be made for the devices and programmed for use in many different classrooms and settings. Participants will have hands on experience in adapting battery operated devices for switch accessibility. (Participants will be provided with one battery operated device, such as a tape recorder or toy.) A variety of easily accessible software in the areas of telling time, cause and effect, art and concrete math manipulatives will be demonstrated.

Region VI ESC, Huntsville, Texas

Contact: Nodya Thornton, (936) 435-2155

April 8, 2002

Autism in the Visually Impaired Child

Presenters: Terese Pawletko & Lorraine Rociassano

Region X ESC, Richardson, Texas

Contact: Kitra Gray, (972) 348-1580 or grayk@esc10.net

Handouts from these presenters' session at AER 2000 can be found on the TSBVI website at http://www.tsbvi.edu/Education/vmi/index.htm

TSBVI Outreach Video Conferences

Sharon Nichols and Holly Cooper of TSBVI Outreach will be offering a number of video conference workshops for the 2001-2002 school year. All broadcasts will be held from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (CST). From 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., participants will be able to ask questions about the specific technology discussed that day, as well as any questions about any piece of technology. If possible, participants should bring to the training the piece of technology being discussed.

These workshops can be accessed by anyone who is part of the TxED (formerly known as ESCONETT) network and up to five sites that are not part of that network. To get connected, please contact Scott Wimpress at ScottWimpress@tsbvi.edu.  Videotapes of the session will be available. Any other questions can be sent to:

SharonNichols@tsbvi.edu, HollyCooper@tsbvi.edu  or JimDurkel@tsbvi.edu.

December 12, 2001 - JAWS and Internet Access

January 16, 2002 - ZoomText Xtra! Document Reader

March 20, 2002 - Braille Lite, Braille `n Speak &Type `n Speak

April 10, 2002 - Home Page Reader and Internet Access

May 9, 2002 - Matching Technology to the Student

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

is pleased to announce a new product:

Elementary Concepts for Students with Visual Impairments

by Brenda O'Sail, Nancy Levack, Linda Donovan and Debra Sewell

This curriculum is written for students younger than twelve years of age who have visual impairments and are not yet reading, writing, or doing math at a first grade level. It is based on a thematic approach to teaching. Specific units of study have been included and unit activities include concept development, math readiness, reading and writing readiness, music and games, arts, cooking and eating, pretend play, story time, and extended discussion or activities. Infused skills in cognition, communication, sensory and motor skills, readiness, work skills, and music skills are taught through the themes.

Elementary Concepts, Order #59435ECC, sells for $105.00, and may be ordered by contacting Trudy Ross at (512) 206-9215, or TrudyRoss@tsbvi.edu.

April 3 - 7, 2002

Council for Exceptional Children's Annual Convention and Exposition

New York, New York

Contact: Division on Visual Impairments, The Council for Exceptional Children, (888) 232-7733

or www.cec.sped.org

April 4 - 6, 2002

Conference for TAER

(Texas Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

Harvey Hotel, Richardson, Texas

Contact: Neva Fairchild, (214) 688-7007

or nevaf@dars.state.tx.us

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