Series Title: Instruction with Learners Who Experience Significant Multiple Disabilities
Date: January 19, 2023
Time: 4:00-6:00 Mountain / 3:00-5:00 Pacific
Presented by: Susan Bashinski
Session 1: Identifying Appropriate Adaptation Strategies to Support Academic Learning
o This first session will present the curriculum and instruction approach introduced by Michael Giangreco and his colleagues in COACH: Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children: A Guide to Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities. The presenter will briefly discuss educational accommodations and modifications in general, as well as explain the major elements and five instructional levels introduced in COACH. Participants will interact to identify possible instructional activities appropriate for each level / type of teaching included in the COACH structure.
Session 2: Creating Support Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviors from an Instructional Perspective
o This session will focus on learners’ challenging behaviors. The presenter will discuss the “management” of challenging behaviors from an instructional perspective—that is, how to teach both educational team members and the learners, themselves, to recognize behavioral triggers and shape more desirable behaviors.
Session 3: Providing Appropriate Supports for Paraprofessionals Who Work with Learners Who Experience Significant Multiple Disabilities
o In the final session, the presenter will discuss the skill areas and activities on which teachers and related services staff should focus in regard to the paraprofessionals with whom they work. Major topics will include the development of schedules, for both the learners and a paraprofessional; strategies for encouraging active learner participation during instructional sessions; and considerations for effective communication between the paraprofessional and other educational team members.