Educational

Communication

47a Positive Strategies for Enhancing Communication Development –Part 1
Stephen Camarata, PhD and Mark Wolery, PhD, John F. Kennedy Center on Development and Disabilities, Vanderbilt University School
of Medicine, Nashville, TN

People with DS often develop speech and language skills according to their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. This requires
individualized strategies and a positive partnership between the self advocate, parents, clinicians and teachers to facilitate communication development. The purpose of this workshop will be to present, in family friendly terms, methods for enhancing communication development in people with DS. Strategies for team building among professionals and families will also be discussed.

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47b Positive Strategies for Enhancing Communication Development –Part 2

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Math

 36 Count on It: Early Math Instruction Can Benefit Your Child
Dana Halle, JD, Co-founder and Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County/DownsEdUSA, mother of a
son with DS, Newport Beach, CA

Math matters. Every day students face choices and routines that involve math concepts: waking up and getting to school on time, following a schedule or playing a game. Math instruction can be powerful and effective when integrated into daily activities from an early age. This presentation describes the importance of early math instruction, explains basic math concepts, provides effective math-focused activities for home or school and includes video demonstrations.

 

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59 Beyond Early Number Concepts: Creating a Math Plan & Introducing Time & Money
Dana Halle, JD, Co-founder and Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County/DownsEdUSA, mother of a
son with DS, Newport Beach, CA

Understanding early number concepts can provide a solid foundation for upper level math skills, but there are so many additional concepts to master for independence. By developing a math plan for your student, you can keep focused and track progress. This session focuses on the components of a basic math plan, successful support for teaching addition, subtraction, time and money and resources to help with instruction.

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Reading

08 Teaching Reading to Teach Talking: See and Learn
Frank Buckley, CEO, Down Syndrome Education International/USA, United Kingdom, brother of a sister with DS

This presentation aims to provide practical knowledge and skills to help participants successfully teach reading skills to children with DS, with additional benefits in speech, language and memory development. It explains how to use the “See and Learn” language and reading program.

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46 Teaching Children with DS to Read
Dana Halle, JD, Co-founder and Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County/DownsEdUSA, mother of a
son with DS, Newport Beach, CA

The session will provide participants with evidence-based methods, activities and tools for effective home or classroom literacy
instruction. Intended for children 2 through 5 years (or any child who is not yet reading), topics include vocabulary development, sight
word acquisition, sentence building, basic comprehension and personalized materials. Illustrated with video examples from students
in The Learning Program™ and with ample time for questions, this session aims to empower parents and professionals to build better
readers. Instructional guides and sample materials will be provided.

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Working Memory

10 Why All the Fuss About Working Memory?: Activities and Classroom Support to Enhance Learning
Dana Halle, JD, Co-founder and Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County/Downs Ed USA, mother of
a son with DS, Newport Beach, CA

Why do researchers talk about visual learning strengths for children with DS? Why is learning from listening alone difficult? Join us as we explore working memory and what we know about how weaknesses in memory can impact learning. We will have fun testing our own memories and provide interesting and simple activities for home or school to improve your student’s memory.

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Writing


34a Sing, Play and Learn! Handwriting Development for Early Learning Success –Part 1
Diane Eldridge, RN, COTA, National Presenter for Handwriting Without Tears, Manassas, VA

This interactive session offers creative letter play activities to develop skills that lay the foundation for pre-writing skills and readiness. Learn about emergent forms of writing, including drawing shapes, coloring and creating letters and numbers using wooden pieces, dough and a slate board. Meet Mat Man, who teaches drawing skills, body awareness and number skills. This Handwriting Without Tears session includes music, movement and manipulativesto develop emergent handwriting skills for children who have diverse learning styles and abilities. Come prepared to PLAY!

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34b Sing, Play and Learn! Handwriting Development for Early Learning Success –Part 2

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58 Get a Grip on Printing with Handwriting Without Tears
Diane Eldridge, RN, COTA, National Presenter for Handwriting Without Tears, Manassas, VA

Handwriting fluency is an essential component of early learning. Attendees will learn engaging instructional strategies to provide
children with diverse learning styles and abilities to print legibly. This session introduces the Handwriting Without Tears program and its
teaching techniques that are play-based using music, movement and multisensory activities. The creative strategies are developmentally appropriate and promote good habits to teach pencil grasp, letter/number formation, letter size, and spacing and sentence skills.

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Visual Modeling

19 Video Modeling: An Engaging and Effective Means to Teach Children with DS

Susan Ellis, BSAC, Co-founder, Director of Operations, The TV Teacher, LLC, mother of two children with special needs, Marietta, GA

This presentation will explain why video modeling, a research and evidence-based practice, works so well with children with DS. You will learn how to create your own teaching tools (self help, social, academic, etc.) for home or school using simple and fun techniques. Through demonstrations and discussions, the basics (i.e. who, what, and how) of creating successful video modeling tools will be shared.

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