Continuing the math questions.
Last week we scheduled a few minutes with another ADE ESS employee, Harold, who works exclusively with math on the state level in the schools. We explained the situation with the student and his specific needs for math supports, possible handwriting recognition, and the ability for him to show his work when solving math equations. There are a few potential programs and we eventually found 2 that would work well for the student. ModMath and Math paper. Modmath works well, has a small keyboard on the right side and allows numerous computations, but as far as we could tell it does not include exponents (x). The other program, Math paper includes exponents, but as the keyboard is setup in a more page based manner, it takes longer to flip between pages to quickly write out programs. But even with the extra time needed for page navigation, it accomplishes all of the requirements for the student, so Ann emailed the staff at the school and let them know about both programs. They have not responded yet to say how successful the programs are, but it will be interesting to find out.
There was another computer program called “efofex” that suited their purposes well, but it cost $50 and the district was having difficulty coming up with the funds for it. But due to a kindness or tax rebate by the company, students with disabilities are allowed access to this program for free by the company, they just need to provide the appropriate information in order to get a full version of the program.
Friday we went to Sierra Vista for the SMILE conference. It was held at Buena High School, which is apparently 40 years old. My father went to Buena High School in Sierra Vista, but he said that his high school was torn down shortly after he graduated. Based on the appearance of this school and especially the state of the bathrooms, this school was built very shortly after the original Buena High School was demolished.
The conference site was the most “unusual” I have ever attended, as it was at a high school with students still going to classes. All of the presenters had different classrooms, so people could attend any of the 2 hour sessions they wanted to. In our room there was a presentation about classroom setup and different supports for students with Autism in the morning session, and then video modeling in the second session. The first session got a decent turnout, but the session on video modeling was completely packed. Ann and I created several videos as part of the Video Modeling presentation, but due to their creativity and to give them the attention they deserve, I will post them in a separate blog post. I took notes from the day and you will find them and attached pictures below.
SMILE conference- sierra vista/cochise county- at buena high school
Essential practices for programs serving students with ASD
by Suzanne Perry-ADE ESS
Standardizing practicies in complex systems: designing programs for students with autism spectrum disorders
locating info on evidence based practices
learning about the techniques involved
recognizing the practices
selecting the next steps
planning and trying them out
maintaining, adding new
then do it all over again…
Essential classroom practices for students with ASD
schedules and visuals
“a daily schedule of activities is posted in the classroom and a system for communicating the activity schedule to students is evident. Individual student schedules are evidence when needed.”
“aac supports are available to the student at all times and designed individually according to the students needs and learner characteristics”
snap type- take picture of document, then type in text boxes around the picture
one parapro said that writing down positive behavior incidents takes too long, so she has sets of rubber bands on one arm, and when the student does something positive she moves a band to the other hand.
echoing hope ranch for “autistic adults”. yes, I know it’s not person first language.
mary keeney- pintrest
lauren s. enders- pintrest- slp with many resources
video modeling presentation notes below handouts.
Video Modeling Presentation by Mary Keeney and Suzanne Perry
During massive video issues, Mary said, “I ordered a book on how to make shadow puppets on the screen. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it”. The she made shadow puppets for a min or two. great great way to diffuse the situation while we loaded the correct video
4 Types of Video Modeling
videotaping the student, editing it to show the desired behavior or activity
primary model is someone other than the student.
point of view video modeling
targeted behavior is videoed as it would look through the student’s eyes.
Only the hands of the model and the materials being used are seen in the video.
shows sequence of task or behavior in different clips
task is broken down into parts.
not shown start-to-finish
the student views one part, followed by a pause
at the pause, the student is asked to perform that part of the task.
the process is repeated until the entire sequence of behaviors is complete
Does it matter if the person being video taped looks like the person who the video is being created for? No, doesn’t matter at all.
smart board app, that works with the smart board in the classroom would have character recognition but would still allow the student to work through the equation without assistance or having it solved for him.
smartnotebook for computer.
Notes from the week: