Therapeutic Use of the iPad at Home & in the Classroom - August 23, 2014

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Technology is is advancing at a dramatic rate and many of the the tools and programs being created have helped families who have children with special needs increase learning and cognition. Theraputic Use of the iPad at Home & in the Classroom will provide hands on opportunities to take the mystery out the iPad when used as assistive technology for the child with special needs. Instructional strategies will be provided on the basic ways to set up and adapt the iPad, research/access apps, evaluate appropriateness of targeted app functions, provide adaptation/positioning interventions for physically/visually challenged children, and utilizing built-in accessibility features to maximize functional and therapeutic use. Participants will leave with an arsenal of information to begin immediate classroom/home use of educational and therapeutic procedures, fully utilizing iPad technology with children with special needs. 

When: August 23, 2014 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Reed Center (5800 Will Rogers Rd Midwest City, OK)

Cost: $15/person

Register here.


1.  Participants will be able to identify tools they can use to assist in the selection of iPad apps to address specific user needs.

2. Participants will obtain information on funding resources for acquiring an iPad.

3. Participants will be able to apply evidence based principles to support the acquisition and use of apps to address specific student/client needs.

4. Participants will be able to apply information/resources provided to enhance the use of the iPad in therapy /educational/home setting.

5. Participants will obtain information and resources on how to use the built in accessibility features and external modifications/tools to increase functional access to the iPad.

Intended audience

Therapists, Parents, Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Related Professionals

Attendees are encouraged to bring an iPad. Please have it fully charged each day as access to power outlets is limited.


8:15-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Introduction

9:00-9:45 Apps & Feature Match

9:45-10:15 Why use the iPad

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Show & Tell time for apps

11:30-12:00 What is your favorite app & why- Group Activity

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Special Tips & Tricks

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-2:45 Overview of external modifications to increase access

2:45-3:45 iPads & switches

3:45-4:00 Question

About the Speakers

Camber Moulton, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP

Camber works for Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center as an Assistive Technology Curriculum Specialist. Camber grew up in Oklahoma City and attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned her M.S. in Communication Disorders. She has previously worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Edmond Public Schools as a school speech language pathologist and assistive technology consultant. She is passionate about ensuring success for all students.

Stefanie Olson, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP

Stefanie obtained her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Tulsa in 1998. She has worked with individuals across the lifespan and has provided assistive technology, augmentative-alternative communication, and speech-language pathology services in a variety of settings including early intervention, school based, private clinic, university clinic, a residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities, and as a special education teacher with students in self-contained and mainstreamed classrooms. She also worked as an adjunct instructor, teaching the Augmentative-Alternative Communication class at the Tulsa campus of Oklahoma State University. Stefanie was an Assistive Technology Curriculum Specialist and served as Director of the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center from 2003-2013. She currently works for The Little Lighthouse, providing assistive technology services.


Meet Their Need & They Will Read - February 22, 2014

Join Natalie Hale as she leads attendees through an effective plan to teach reading to learners of any age with Down syndrome. (Information given is also relative to other diagnoses involving developmental delays, e.g.: ASD, PDDNOS, and Autism. She covers in detail “Reading M&Ms:” the most effective Methods, Materials, and Motivation.)

February 22, 2014 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

James L. Henry Auditorium at Integris Baptist Medical Center
3300 NW Expressway Oklahoma City, OK

Cost: $15/person

(Register online here or click here to print a registration form)

Topics covered include current best practice, the optimal order of learning, sight word learning vs. Phonemic awareness, teaching nonverbal children, teaching older non-readers, errorless testing techniques, how to engage motivation, the Fast Flash method, comprehension tips, and guidelines for creating personal books and adapting trade books.

Attendees will need to bring their child’s/student’s favorite book from home/school, or preferably buy a new reading book on a topic they know their child/student will like.

Workshop Goals
• To provide a clear, step-by-step plan for teaching reading to individuals with Down syndrome, regardless of age.
• To provide information of such a present, accessible nature that attendees can immediately put into practice what they
have learned in the workshop.
• To give attendees a deeper understanding of how individuals with Down syndrome learn, including knowledge of
learning weakness and strengths and how to work with those issues.
• To communicate the importance of first engaging the learner’s interest and willingness through high-interest material,
often neglected in typical classroom situations.
• To help parents understand effective ways to communicate their child’s reading needs and current levels to educators.
• To help both educators and parents to understand that “it’s never too late to learn to read,” and to give attendees the
tools to make this happen.

About Natalie Hale
Natalie Hale is an award-winning author, an innovative educator, parent of an adult son with Down syndrome (Jonathan, 28), and for over 20 years, a national speaker on the topic of teaching reading to learners with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. In 2000, she founded the publishing company Special Reads for Special Needs to provide parents and educators with reading books and materials specifically designed for learners with Down syndrome.

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