Beyond the Screen: Using the iPad to Engage Communication and Relationships in Children 24-36 Months

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

Course #: W725

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $150

Credit Available: 0.5 CEUs; 5 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Project for 5 credential hours in the area of Intervention

Description:

Required: Participants should own, and be comfortable with using, an iPad.

Offered for practitioners and parents interested in learning how to use technology effectively in natural environments, this workshop explores use of the iPad with children ages 24-36 months affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), sensory processing disorders (SPD) communication disorders, and other developmental differences. The iPad can be used as part of a successful intervention strategy to improve development in the areas of communication and learning, articulation, expressive language and comprehension, following routines, transitions, and emotional processing and expression. High quality, professionally tested apps will be demonstrated, while strategies and techniques for using the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone devices to support very young children’s social-emotional development, fine motor skills, and engagement will be discussed. The session concludes with a discussion of how technology can support the development of very young children’s ability to relate to peers and adults.

Instructors:

Tamara Kaldor, M.S.

Kaldor is a developmental therapist and the Director of Chicago PLAY Project. She has worked with children and families with autism and developmental differences for over a decade. She specializes in using the DIR®/Floortime therapy model and providing inclusion support services in the classroom. Tamara is the only licensed provider of The P.L.A.Y. Project in Chicago and a STARS trained advocate with The Family Support Network/Arc of IL. Tamara is also the former Interim Executive Director of the Belle Center of Chicago, an organization focused on inclusion services and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Jordan Sadler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sadler is the Director of Communication Therapy in Chicago. She enjoys helping each child develop to their full potential by working with the whole family within natural environments. Using humor and creative energy, Jordan brings out each child's unique personality. She has been recognized for her work in private practice, public and private schools. Jordan earned a degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in 1997 and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association. In addition to her clinical work, Jordan provides SCERTS Model workshops in the Chicago area and conducts workshops for clinicians and parents on use of the iPad to improve communication in children's day to day lives. Jordan was recently mentioned in the New York Times in reference to her work with children with autism and iPad apps, and is published in The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism.

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