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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Webinar from VanTatenhove (2/20, 12:30 p.m.)

Webinar Title Making Activity-Based Instruction Count with Core Vocabulary 

Speaker(s): Gail Van Tatenhove, President, AACell, Inc.
Webinar Type: Live Broadcast
Webinar Code: AT14-WEB05-LB
Live Webinar Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:30 - 5:00 PM (Note: All times are Eastern Time Zone)
Webinar Fee:  $49.00

Register now image link to registration pageOverview: When someone says “‘it counts,” it means something has value and importance. “It” makes a difference and matters. When a person says “make it count,” they usually mean that whatever they are doing or experiencing, they are going to make the most of the opportunity. They want to make the experience meaningful. This webinar takes these two ideas to remind participants of how valuable and important it is to give people access to core vocabulary. By giving them core vocabulary and then teaching them to use core words, it counts because it makes an important difference in that person’s communication skills and ultimately their life. This webinar demonstrates how to make the most of the different activities that are part of special education programs and make them count by using these activities as opportunities to practice use of core vocabulary. A four-step process will be discussed for providing access to core, selecting activities, establishing communication goals, and scripting the activities. Videos will be used to demonstrate use of core in activities. Additional ideas will be presented for integrated core into additional classroom routines (e.g., choice making, social etiquette, etc.).
Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to list 3 criteria for selecting an activity as a platform for teaching and reinforcing use of core vocabulary.
Participants will be able to develop a simple script for an activity that promotes use of core vocabulary in generative language.
Participants will be able to describe strategies for replacing the use of specific nouns with descriptive core vocabulary during activities.
Participants will be able to de-construct a social script into it's core vocabulary parts in order to encourage use of generative language with core vocabulary.

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