Special Agents of Change Webinar Covers New Research and Intervention Approaches for Older Students with Special Needs

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PresenceLearning presents neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns to discuss the latest brain research and its application to older students with autism and attention disorders

As students with autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States according to Autism Speaks, and other attention disorders advance through the school system, special education administrators and experts are eager to adapt the latest research into new instructional and support practices. To help special educators create results-driven and research-based intervention techniques for middle and high school students with these disorders, PresenceLearning presents “The New Science of Learning: Effective Approaches for Older Students with Autism and Attention Disorders” on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time). This free 90-minute webinar, hosted by ASHA Fellow and neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will explore new research and techniques related to autism and attention disorders in older students.

This is the third of the four-part in PresenceLearning’s Special Agents of Change webinar series.

To sign up for the webinar, visit: http://pages.presencelearning.com/special-agents-of-change-martha-burns-register.html

The latest research on the brain can give insight into how educators can alter and individualize instruction for enhanced student outcomes. Certain techniques can help students with autism or attention disorders pay closer attention to oral instruction, develop self-regulation skills and complete assignments on time – all of which help students meet educational goals.

During the webinar, attendees will learn about:

  •     New research on the neuroscience of autism spectrum and attention disorders in older students
  •     Instructional and technological interventions to maximize auditory attention and drive better results
  •     Instructional tools and methods to enhance self-regulation skills and decrease behavioral management issues

About Special Agents of Change
PresenceLearning’s Spring 2015 webinar series “Special Agents of Change” features four thought leaders and their expert experience in the special education field. Gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) expert Janice Toben kicked off the series by presenting on the importance of SEL for students with special needs. Dr. Shari Robertson explored a new collaborative and results-driven approach to early literacy intervention during the second webinar. After Dr. Martha Burns’ webinar, special education expert Dr. Frances Stetson will wrap up the series by addressing five major pitfalls to avoid in reimagining special education programs. Participate in all four to become a special agent of change.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. PresenceLearning also offers online occupational therapy (OT), online behavioral and mental health services, and online assessments. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse clinicians.

PresenceLearning has delivered over half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.

About Dr. Martha Burns
As the author of more than 100 articles and multiple books, neuroscientist Martha S. Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a leading expert on language, brain development and how children learn. She speaks frequently on the importance of applying the science of learning in early childhood education and the K-12 classroom. Dr. Burns is Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and has served on the medical staff of Evanston-Northwestern Hospital for 35 years. She has consulted with school districts worldwide on ways to apply neuroscience to best practices in special education.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (http://www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, behavioral and mental health services and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and mental health professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, PresenceLearning has shown that online delivery of related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.

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