When educators are placed in challenging situations without the necessary supports (e.g., information, expectations, strategies, etc.), the experiences can be less than optimal for both the educator and the student. Individuals with autism present specific challenges in the classroom, and this workshop is designed to familiarize educators and support staff with what these challenges might look like and how best to handle them.
This workshop covers the following areas:
- The AODA and its implications in the school environment;
- Autism spectrum disorder including characteristics, deficits, and strengths;
- Teaching implications of various characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
- Approaches and strategies for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and
- Applied behavioural analysis overview, components, and strategies.
Most educators have had experiences working with students who have refused to comply with classroom expectations or who are unable to perform to their true potential due to behavioural deficits. Finding successful strategies that work with such students is often a challenge. In order to have successful outcomes, the education system requires educators to have the knowledge to know how to develop and implement appropriate behaviour intervention plans. Some students will have been diagnosed as being a student with a ‘behaviour exceptionality’, as defined by the Ministry of Education; however, many students who exhibit such behaviours will not have "undergone" a formal identification process and will not have additional educational support.
This workshop is designed to help educators:
- Develop an understanding of behaviour and definitions of diagnoses that are commonly associated with behavioural issues
- Discuss tools and methods for gathering information on behaviours and the factors impacting behaviour
- Identify behavioural modification strategies that can be applied in the classroom
- Work through case studies and assignments related to behaviour
This workshop focuses on helping participants to understand developmental disabilities and how to work with these students in the classroom, with the wide range of student competencies. It provides information regarding definitions related to developmental disabilities, how these affect learning as well as strategies and techniques that can be useful in the classroom setting. Case studies and assignments are also provided. While completing this workshop, participants will be asked to reflect upon current knowledge and school environment and to expand their knowledge through assignments, research, use of resources, and on-line interaction.
The workshop content includes:
- Acquiring knowledge of the causes and characteristics of various developmental disabilities
- Understanding the general and specific educational needs of students with developmental disabilities
- Gaining an understanding of collaborative strategies to enhance the effectiveness of the school experience for children with developmental disabilities.
- Acquiring knowledge about the assessment of children with developmental disabilities
Learning disabilities are sometimes called "invisible disabilities" because kids with learning disabilities don't usually look, talk or behave very differently than other kids. Upon very close examination, you will see that they might not have the same vocabulary as their peers, or that they have difficulty making and keeping friends, or that they act inappropriately at times. No two people with a learning disability are the same.
Learning disabilities, because of their invisibility, are difficult to define and great debates rage over which definition should take precedence. This can also lead to reluctance to accept learning disabilities as legitimate. You may encounter attitudes that reflect a lack of understanding of learning disabilities, and as a result, a lack of support for your work with children with learning disabilities.
This workshop covers the following areas:
- The definition of a Learning Disability
- Information on how a student with learning disabilities presents in the classroom
- Information on how learning disabilities affect a student's performance in the classroom
- Strategies and techniques to support students with learning disabilities in the classroom