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Thursday, October 19
 

12:00pm

Registration
Thursday October 19, 2017 12:00pm - 7:00pm
LOCATION: Elevator Lobby A

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshop: Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing Tools for Struggling Students
With technology matched to their personal learning strengths and challenges, struggling students can enjoy improved academic performance, increased independence, and greater self-confidence. Successful outcomes, however, require more than just knowledge about tools. How do you actually make it happen?
This three-hour workshop will provide education professionals with a practical understanding of how to build comprehensive - and effective - assistive technology (AT) solutions for students with reading and writing challenges. Through lecture, demonstrations, and some light hands-on activities, Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven will guide attendees through strategies for selecting, implementing, and supporting technology solutions that work (i.e., produce the desired results) for their clients and students. This pre-conference workshop will include:
  • Demonstrations of how specific technology features address challenges associated with reading (fluency, comprehension, critical thinking, and taking notes) and with writing (composition, writing mechanics, and producing legible text).
  • Strategies for applying tools to accomplish common academic tasks (e.g., take notes while reading, brainstorm ideas prior to writing, complete a worksheet).
  • Acquiring, creating, and sharing accessible educational materials for use with these reading and writing tools.
  • Protocols for objectively evaluating the effectiveness of technology accommodations for reading and writing.

Participants will be able to:
use a “feature match” approach to differentiate between commercial AT products for reading and writing by comparing their features in the context of a student’s academic needs; define “accessible educational materials” and explain their importance for students who need reading and writing accommodations; and explain how to make educated decisions about technology accommodations with the help of various protocols.


Should I bring my laptop or tablet?
This workshop will include some light hands-on activities using participants' own devices (for example: Chrome browser extensions, tools built into their device's operating system, and visiting certain resources on the Web). Attendees are invited to bring their own Mac or Windows laptop, iPad, or Chromebook if they wish to participate in the activities, but it is not required. One-to-two weeks before the workshop, registrants will receive a short list of free apps and browser extensions to install in advance. A special pre-conference edition of the WisdomTech Bar will help attendees make sure they have what they need.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Haven, ATP, RET

Shelley Haven, ATP, RET

Assistive Technology Consultant, Technology to Unlock Potential
Shelley Haven is a certified Assistive Technology Professional who specializes in matching students with technology appropriate to their needs. Her consulting business, Technology to Unlock Potential, serves families, educators, and schools throughout the Bay Area with a focus... Read More →


Thursday October 19, 2017 1:00pm - 4:15pm
LOCATION: Theater

5:00pm

 
Friday, October 20
 

7:00am

Registration
Friday October 20, 2017 7:00am - 7:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

7:30am

8:30am

Executive Function, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Adolescence: The Perfect Storm

Many students with attention deficit disorder and executive function disabilities are not diagnosed until adolescence. Does the biochemistry of the adolescent brain contribute to the plethora of symptoms associated with these disorders? Does the amount of technology and screen time exacerbate the manifestations of these disabilities in adolescents? Using current research and anecdotal evidence, this presentation will focus on these questions and will provide treatment options in classrooms and educational therapy sessions.

Participants will be able to: identify and differentiate various forms of executive functions; explain how attention deficit disorder manifests itself in adolescence; describe the role of the adolescent brain in executive function and attention deficit disorders; and apply strategies for  remediation of attention deficit disorders and executive function challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Maralyn Soifer

Maralyn Soifer

Educational Therapist, Educational Therapist
Maralyn Soifer is a Board Certified Educational Therapist currently working in private practice. She is a retired LAUSD special education administrator and has taught at Yeshiva University High School in Los Angeles, as well as several independent schools. She holds dual master’s degrees in education and educational administration. Maralyn is... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB

8:30am

That’s Not How Your Brain Works: The Role of Educational Therapists in Dispelling Neuro-myths
The private, brain-based, educational industry is a $300 million per year market. With the changing political climate of education at the federal level, parents and students will inadvertently turn to technologies to help their struggling learners. The role that educational therapists play in demystifying neuroscience, dispelling myths and helping students use effective technologies to their advantage has become paramount. This presentation will focus on the social justice implications of the brain-based technologies boom and the role educational therapists can and must play to support effective learning.
Participants will be able to: identify neuro-myths and the technologies that support them; describe the social justice implications of neuro-myth technologies; and explain the therapist’s role in identifying, clarifying, and resisting the push for such technologies.

Speakers
BP

Bibinaz Pirayesh

The Learning Tree
Bibinaz Pirayesh holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University, where her research focused on children's development of mathematical thinking and cognitive neuro... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
LOCATION: Saddleback

8:30am

There is No Such Thing as a Sight Word

If you find yourself telling your students that English is crazy, and they just have to memorize the spelling of words, then this session is for you. Learn why there is a “g” in sign and how morphology, etymology, and phonology all work together to make perfect sense of words like “two” or “their” and so many more! This presentation will set you on a journey of understanding the English writing system from a linguist's point of view. In addition, the presenters will demonstrate how to use web resources to investigate the most common sight words and provide instructions to facilitate the analysis.

Participants will be able to: describe the underpinnings of English orthography as representative of more than just phonology; explain the importance of using graphemes in teaching; use word sums and matrices to help students see the underlying structure of a word; investigate the etymology of a word in order to explain and teach its current spelling; and explain why most “sight words” are not really sight words at all.

Speakers
TB

Tracy Block-Zaretsky, BA

Tracy Block-Zaretsky has provided remediation for children and adults with dyslexia for the past 20 years. She is a certified special education advocate, assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. She is a past-president of th... Read More →
KS

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, EdD

Kelli Sandman-Hurley received her doctorate in literacy from San Diego State University. Trained in Structured Word Inquiry and the Orton-Gillingham approach, Kelli is the past-president of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and author of the well-received book, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Educational System. She also co-created and produced the... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Theater

10:00am

10:30am

Executive Function In and Out of the Classroom

Today, many children lack the necessary executive function skills needed to be successful in and out of the classroom. Learn about executive function issues and leave with both low-tech and high-tech interventions and resources that lead to the development of these skills for K-12 students of ALL abilities in any authentic educational setting.

Participants will be able to: define and describe the various executive functions; explain how executive function issues impact learning; and identify low-tech and high-tech intervention resources for executive function weakness.

Speakers
avatar for Kaye Ragland, EdD, LMFT, BCET

Kaye Ragland, EdD, LMFT, BCET

AET Secretary, Private Practice
Kaye Ragland is a Board Certified Educational Therapist and retired special education director with experience in counseling, teacher education, and administration. Kaye serves on the AET Board of Directors as Secretary, Chair of the Member and Public Information Committee, and is... Read More →
KC

Karen Caruso, MA ED, MA Clinical Psychology, NBCT

Karen Caruso is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with 30 years’ classroom experience. She specializes in bridging the gap between school and home for her students. Karen is the CEO of Lola Tech Systems, an online system to help teachers manage communications and track special... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB

10:30am

Math! The Only Subject That Counts
This presentation will provide participants with a link between the latest research and effective practices in mathematics education, while delivering dynamic, adaptable strategies for immediate use. Special education research shows that technological tools support performance and autonomy when used strategically and in combination with well-developed curriculum. Participants will receive explicit instruction on using technology to boost children’s understanding and application of math concepts.
Participants will be able to: describe the connections between research in special education and effective practices, as they relate to mathematics; implement practical, ready-to-use strategies that can be adapted for classrooms, one-to-one settings, or at home, all of which are designed to increase the mathematics achievement of students with challenges; and integrate technology, a high-interest platform, into their educational therapy practices.


Speakers
avatar for José M. Chávez, MA, ET/P

José M. Chávez, MA, ET/P

Educational Therapist, Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center
José M. Chávez works as an educational therapist for Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center in the South Los Angeles area. He also has a private practice in the San Fernando Valley, providing educational assessments, developing  treatment plans, and collaborating with allied professionals. His professional expertise emphasizes educational support for all types of learners and helping his students unlock the love for learning through a multimodal and relationship-based approach... Read More →
avatar for Orli Lahav, MA, ET/P

Orli Lahav, MA, ET/P

Educational Therapist, Educational Therapist
Orli Lahav is an educational therapist who works in private practice and at the Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center in Los Angeles. In this clinical setting, she meets with students individually and in small groups, teaches a parent education class, and present... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Saddleback

12:00pm

1:00pm

President's Address
Speakers
avatar for Judith Brennan, MEd, BCET

Judith Brennan, MEd, BCET

AET President, Educational Therapist
Judith Brennan has a private educational therapy practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Friday October 20, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB

1:30pm

Keynote: Technology and the Reading Brain: How Production and Consumption of Digital Content Impact How We Read
The origins of reading are shrouded in mystery, but the principles of how the brain learns to read have important lessons for society as we transition to a digital culture. This presentation will describe the reading brain and its development across the lifespan. Dr. Wolf will emphasize the extraordinary characteristics of what is called deep reading - particularly empathy and perspective taking and their importance for a humane society. In addition, she will use the principles of the reading brain to describe a more comprehensive conceptualization of dyslexia and its intervention. Finally, Dr. Wolf’s presentation will underscore how the use of technology is changing how we read, what we read, and why we read. She will discuss the profound implications of these changes for both the next generation and ourselves.

Participants will be able to: use new research on the reading brain to explain how reading develops and how it is best taught; synthesize new research on reading prediction to provide individualized intervention for children with various forms of dyslexia; and describe the different impacts of digital and print mediums on the attention, memory, and inferential processes of children while reading.

Speakers
avatar for Maryanne Wolf, PhD

Maryanne Wolf, PhD

Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, and Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psycholinguistics on the reading brain... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB

3:00pm

Break
Friday October 20, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons CDE

5:15pm

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception for All Attendees (CPET Booksigning)
Join AET members and all conference registrants for conversation and networking.  Browse the bookstore. Speak with our exhibitors. Grab what some might consider a light supper and enjoy a beverage as you meet and greet some very intersting folks.
Editor Maxine Ficksman and various authors from the Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy will be on hand for a book signing as we celebrate the launch of the second edition of this pivotal text.

Friday October 20, 2017 5:15pm - 6:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons CDE

7:00pm

 
Saturday, October 21
 

7:30am

7:30am

Silent Auction
Saturday October 21, 2017 7:30am - 3:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons CDE

7:30am

7:30am

Registration
Saturday October 21, 2017 7:30am - 5:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:15am

8:30am

Keynote: Smartphones, Smart Kids: Activating Attention in the Digital Age
Why do kids pay rapt attention to their smartphones, but not their homework? Why do teens readily initiate Snapchats but not projects? Smartphones capture involuntary attention, while independent schoolwork requires voluntary attention. In this talk, Dr. Palladino will explain how involuntary attention activates “bottom-up” brain pathways that originate in the sensory cortex, while voluntary attention creates and strengthens “top-down” brain pathways from the prefrontal cortex. She will emphasize screen time risk factors for children with various attention challenges and the developmental tasks in executive functioning that children face at specific ages. Dr. Palladino will discuss how voluntary attention builds executive functions, which include decision-making, emotional self-regulation, prioritization, time management, and attention control, and how voluntary attention results in desirable brain development. Participants will learn to recognize and strategize the “hard-to-stop” nature of involuntary attention and the “hard-to-start” nature of voluntary attention. Dr. Palladino will also include a review of evidence-based techniques to guide kids to build awareness, make good choices, and learn to monitor, limit, and balance their own use of technology.

Participants will be able to: describe the two major systems of neural pathways responsible for voluntary and involuntary attention; explain the impact of screen time on these respective systems as children's brains mature; and devise strategies to improve students' ability to focus, based on this knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD

Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD

Lucy Jo Palladino is a psychologist with over 35 years of experience, specifically in the area of attention. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University, her master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University, and she completed an internship in clinical psychology at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She served as a clinical faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School and was awarded a National Institute of Health research grant, for which she served as principal investigator. Dr... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB

10:00am

Break
Saturday October 21, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons CDE

12:00pm

Lunch, Networking, Exhibits & Booksigning (CPET)
Before, during or after lunch, stop by the bookstore to purchase your new edition of the Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy. Authors will be available for signing!

Saturday October 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons CDE

1:30pm

Educational Therapy Meets Technology: Setting up an Online Educational Therapy Practice
Learn the nuts and bolts of how to set up an online educational therapy practice. Several different models will be shared. Suggested tools will be discussed, as well as general best practices regarding strategies for obtaining clients and developing a referral network, factors that can determine whether sessions should be weekly or bi-weekly, and protocols for follow-up and parent conferences. Bonnie Terry will share the knowledge and methods she has gathered from her seven years of experience as an online practitioner.
Participants will be able to: choose technology that suits their needs; implement their teaching methods using online platforms; use effective strategies for building their practices; maintain appropriate follow-up with their online clients; and demonstrate a new model for conferencing with parents.


Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Terry M.Ed., BCET

Bonnie Terry M.Ed., BCET

Educational Therapist, Author, Owner, Bonnie Terry Learning
Bonnie Terry is a learning disability specialist, a dyslexia and ADHD expert, and an online educator. She is the bestselling author of Family Strategies for ADHD Kids, School Strategies for ADHD Kids, Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills, Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills, and... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LOCATION: Saddleback

1:30pm

Understanding How Neuro-training Can Impact Vision and Cognitive Functioning to Remediate Reading, Working Memory, and Attention

PATH neuro-training via computer interaction uses a unique, patented paradigm that engages the user in visual discrimination and movement training exercises that support development of cognitive pathways to address reading, attention, and working memory challenges. Learn the neuroscience behind the visual processing and attention-activating neuro-pathways that, in controlled-validation studies, have been found to improve the speed and sensitivity of figure-ground movement discrimination. These improvements can remediate visual timing deficits in the visual dorsal stream. Through several case examples, Dr. Lawton will illustrate how the neuroscience behind changing cognitive networks can support improvement in processing speed and reading fluency, as well as the executive control functions of attention and working memory. Her research compares both dyslexic and typically-developing readers who have had PATH neuro-training with those who have had no neuro-training using the PATH to Reading computer-based program.

Participants will be able to: describe the neuroscience behind the cognitive circuitry involved in developing the attention network; explain how visual pathways in the brain develop and can impact reading fluency and working memory; discuss how neuro-training can improve reading, attention, and working memory in children and adults with cognitive impairment; and analyze the effectiveness of new methods that work to improve cognitive skills.

*During the poster sessions on Saturday, Dr. Lawton will be available to demonstrate the PATH technology.



Speakers
TL

Teri Lawton, PhD

Perception Dynamics Institute
Teri Lawton earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan and her PhD in experimental psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She has served as a research scientist at CalTech and a faculty member at various educational institutions. Currently, as CEO and Director of Research for Perception Dynamics Institute and the non-profit Early Childhood Parenting Institute... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LOCATION: Theater

1:30pm

Using Technology in College Planning

This presentation will discuss how assistive technology can support college planning. Participants will learn about tools and techniques that help identify personality and temperament, explore careers, construct resumes, keep track of testing and application schedules, interpret descriptions in virtual college tours, and guide the completion of college applications, including essay composition.

Participants will be able to: identify specific AT tools needed to complete the tasks associated with college admissions; integrate technology into complex and novel projects, such as the college application; and justify the use of AT tools to assist in time management.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Kerchner, MBA, CEP

Jan Kerchner, MBA, CEP

CEO, The College Blueprint, LLC
Jan Kerchner has been an educational consultant in Southern California for more than 15 years. She is the founder and CEO of The College Blueprint (TCB). Jan has an MBA from Cornell University, a BS in human development from Penn State, and a College Counseling Certificate from U... Read More →
KL

Karen Lerner, MA, ET/P

Karen Lerner works as an educational therapist at The College Blueprint and as an educational case manager at the UC Irvine Child Development School. She holds a teaching credential and an administrative credential from UC Irvine, a special education credential from Chapman Unive... Read More →
SZ

Sahar Zandi, MS

Sahar Zandi is a college counselor at The College Blueprint (TCB), where she also serves as the lead for assistive technology support. She has a BA in psychology and social behavior from UC Irvine and an MS in counseling from CSU Fullerton. Prior to her work at TCB, she was a sch... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LOCATION: Quail Hill

1:30pm

1:30pm

What’s Math Got to Do With It? Math Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and ADHD: Understanding the Connections and Remediating Effectively
Do my students have a math learning disability (MLD), or do they struggle because of their dyslexia or their ADHD, or is it a mixture? How do I know? How do I best help them? Join BCET Diana Kennedy to learn the symptoms and causes of MLDs and their relationships with dyslexia and ADHD. Explore concept/procedure integration, explicit teaching, incremental instruction and accommodations for students with MLD. Participants will leave with guidelines and games to help all math students excel.
Participants will be able to: describe the neuropsychological processes involved in mathematics; differentiate between domain general and domain specific causes of MLD; analyze the overlaps between MLD, dyslexia, and ADHD; apply an understanding of connections to a framework for remediation and accommodation; and analyze teaching techniques to optimize them for students.


Speakers
avatar for Diana Black Kennedy, MA, BCET

Diana Black Kennedy, MA, BCET

Educational Therapist, MindSpark
Diana Black Kennedy is a Board Certified Educational Therapist with a thriving private practice in Marin County, California. Her extensive classroom experience spans second through twelfth grade in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Her students represent a wide range of learning profiles, and she loves them all. Diana presents nationally and internationally and writes an education blog for her company, Mindspark Learning. She leads... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB

3:00pm

Break
Saturday October 21, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons CDE

3:30pm

3:30pm

From Loathing it to Loving It: Tools to Help Students and Adults Enjoy Reading

Reading brings great rewards for some, but for others it is a painstaking activity. With the right tools, even those who loathe reading can become avid readers, first by learning to read effectively, then reading to learn, and soon becoming lifelong learners. Equipped with stronger literacy skills, these individuals can actively pursue the educational and career advancement opportunities that await them. Learn how assistive reading technologies remove barriers by helping people with various learning differences to read in ways that work for them.

This presentation will focus exclusively on Bookshare assistive reading technologies and will not include information on other similar or related assistive reading technologies.

Participants will be able to: describe how to access and use a variety of assistive reading technologies for people with learning differences; explain the unique characteristics of these technologies and the types of learners who will benefit from each one; and explain the benefits of Bookshare, a key source of accessible ebooks for people who experience reading barriers.


Speakers
avatar for Lara Rondberg

Lara Rondberg

Training Manager, Benetech


Saturday October 21, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Saddleback

5:00pm

5:30pm

5:30pm

Dine Arounds (optional)
Saturday October 21, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION: TBA

6:30pm

7:30pm

Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence's Path [film screening & discussion]
Join Director Patrick Scott and the subjects of the film, Terrence and his mother for a conversation following the AET premiere screening of this amazing film.

Saturday October 21, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
LOCATION: Theater
 
Sunday, October 22
 

6:00am

OVERALL CONFERENCE EVALUATION - 2017
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Sunday October 22, 2017 6:00am - 11:30pm
TBA

7:30am

7:30am

7:30am

Registration
Sunday October 22, 2017 7:30am - 10:30am
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:30am

The Benefits of Online Learning Modalities for the Learning Different Population

Online learning has the potential to reduce social anxieties associated with the learning environment, develop skills needed in the 21st century and improve executive functioning. This presentation will explore the various learning differences most commonly experienced by educational therapists and their associated treatment recommendations given by neuropsychologists through the lens of online teaching. Our discussion will focus on how today’s assistive technologies empower students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and auditory or visual processing issues.

Participants will be able to: describe the benefits of technology-based learning; explain how today’s assistive technology empowers populations who learn differently; apply different aspects of educational technologies in the context of individualized learning programs to improve various learning skills and reduce anxieties; analyze the effectiveness of novel methodologies for online education; and explain why online learning is highly beneficial in helping students with learning differences and warrants further use in educational therapy.



Speakers
avatar for Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali

Founder, Air Tutors
Hasan Ali is an Educational Technology Specialist and one of the founders of Air Tutors, an online resource that provides one-on-one tutoring and academic support 24/7. A former medical student, Hasan has a degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley and 12 years of teaching experien... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
LOCATION: Saddleback

8:30am

Ethics Panel

Educational therapists periodically encounter practice dilemmas that must be handled ethically and effectively. Have you ever struggled to resolve a disagreement with a parent, teacher, or allied professional? Do you find it difficult to manage boundaries when faced with a parent who demands excessive time and drains your emotional energy? What useful information might you learn by analyzing your feelings about that parent? Who can you consult for advice and support? Business practices can also present ethical dilemmas. Is it difficult for you to set fees or discuss fee collection with clients? How do you represent yourself professionally on your business cards, website, or brochures?

A panel of Board Certified Educational Therapists moderated by Risa Graff, MA, BCET, FAET, will discuss ethical issues that often arise in the practice of educational therapy. The panel will offer anecdotes from private practice and settings such as schools, clinics and learning centers. The presentation will include ample time for questions and discussion of specific case examples from the audience.

Participants will be able to: generate solutions when there are disagreements between educational therapists and other professionals or parents; decide when professional consultation is needed in order to understand and maintain boundaries that promote healthy relationships with difficult parents; and identify areas of business practice that often present us with practical and/or ethical dilemmas.



Moderators
RG

Risa Graff, MA, BCET, FAET

Educational Therapist
Risa Graff has had a private practice in educational therapy in Olympia Fields, Illinois for forty years. A past president of AET and currently the Chair of the Ethics/Scope of Practice SubCommittee, Risa was also an instructor for the Educational Therapy Institute. She enjo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Diana Black Kennedy, MA, BCET

Diana Black Kennedy, MA, BCET

Educational Therapist, MindSpark
Diana Black Kennedy is a Board Certified Educational Therapist with a thriving private practice in Marin County, California. Her extensive classroom experience spans second through twelfth grade in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Her students represent a wide range of learning profiles, and she loves them all. Diana presents nationally and internationally and writes an education blog for her company, Mindspark Learning. She leads... Read More →
avatar for Lori Dver

Lori Dver

Learning Resources Coordinator, Polytechnic School
SG

Susan Grama

Educational Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist, Educational Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist


Sunday October 22, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Quail Hill

8:30am

Video Workshops - BCET Case Study Modules

AET promotes the gold standard of excellence in educational therapy practices. Our certification workshop with Ann Kaganoff, PhD, BCET, FAET, and Marion Marshall, MS, BCET, FAET, was videotaped during the 2014 conference and has been edited into four modules:

Part 1: Getting Started - The Five Elements of the Case Study @ 8:30 am

Part 2: Presenting Problem @ 9:30 am

Part 3: Formal & Informal Assessment @ 10:30 am

Part 4: Academic & Non-academic Interventions and Closing Remarks @ 11:15 am



Sunday October 22, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Theater

10:00am

Break
Sunday October 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:30am

The Why, When, What, and How of Improving Educational Therapy Outcomes Through Technology

Educational therapists are faced with a world of students who appear to have become “screen zombies,” practically addicted to their electronic devices. Neurologically, when a child is successfully engaged with these activities, a pleasure response in their brain lights up, increasing the child’s motivation and attention to similar activities. Whether you work in a school or private practice, ETs can leverage technology to support student success. This session will discuss the ways in which the integration of technological tools in treatment sessions can produce breakthroughs in literacy, academic achievement, executive functioning, motivation, and emotional well-being for those we serve.

Participants will be able to: explain how a client’s motivation, attention, organization, and academic, and social/emotional skills are enhanced by integrating technology tools into ET sessions; utilize a framework for the development of personalized strategies that integrate technology into regular sessions; identify appropriate technological tools and apply them with students who demonstrate learning, developmental, social/emotional, behavioral, and/or cognitive difficulties.



Speakers
BC

Barbara Cull

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Special Education Consultants, Inc.
Barbara Cull founded the nonprofit Kayne-Eras Center in 1980. Now merged with the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, the Center is a nationally recognized institution, developing and disseminating researched-based education, human services, professional training, and organization... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Saddleback