Join us for an amazing day of education and fellowship at our Keys to Success Conference on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Learn more about our amazing speakers and breakout sessions here. Download the conference brochure here.
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DSG was excited to welcome over 300 attendees to our 2017 Keys to Success conference for Educators, Speech-Language Patholigists and Parents. Our keynote speakers, David DeSanctis (Where Hope Grows), Megan Bomgaars (Born This Way) and Carolyn Cronin (Executive Director of LuMind) rocked the house! This year's Keys to Sucess Conference offered 15 sessions on a range of topics spanning the lifespan. Download handouts at the links below.
DSG is committed to providing parents and educators the best tools and resources to support students with Down syndrome. We offer several FREE seminars throughout the school year which highlight best practices and available resources. Share the Seminar Series flier with anyone who would benefit from attending a DSG seminar. We welcome your feedback on additional training topics or needs.
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Scheduling for Success! Tips and Tricks for Seamless Transition:
Do you find yourself going in circles when it comes to scheduling your student’s day? What works for one student, doesn’t work for another and you feel like you might never find a schedule that works? This seminar discusses effective ways to make transition seamless so you work smarter, not harder. Effective approaches to working with learners with Down syndrome will be explored, along with different schedule approaches to make life easier in the classroom. Think outside the box and see what others are doing so that you can get back to teaching!
Sept 20, 2018 Jan 10, 2019
Utilizing Technology for Learners with Down Syndrome:
Are you using technology to help your students with intellectual disabilities? If not, why? This presentation will highlight common challenges with implementing and accessing technology and important resources you can access to help your students be successful.
Attendees will learn when and how to schedule an assistive tech evaluation, how to identify the right app for learning needs, and how to identify, implement and evaluate technology tools. Attendees will also increase their chances of having instructional success through technology application and find literacy solutions through Apps, software and more! Information on how Universal Design for Learning can alter technology identification and use will also be presented. Using technology for progress monitoring and adaptations should become a more familiar language to those attending this workshop.
Oct 11, 2018 May 2, 2019 (This is a reschedule date from February 7th)
Adapting and Modifying Curriculum for Learners with Down Syndrome:
Adapting Curriculum can be daunting even for the seasoned educator. This three hour interactive seminar will help you better understand the nine different types of adaptations, when to use them and how to successfully implement changes to your current curriculum. Proven samples will be shared with attendees in this educator led session covering adaptations that work for K-8th grade in various subjects. Attendees will learn what accommodations/modifications are and when to use them, how to access general education curriculum through modifications that engage the learner, and ways to evaluate an adapt assignments to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
Nov 8, 2018 Mar 7, 2019
Fostering Independence in Students with Down Syndrome:
Is your student with Down syndrome prompt, praise and reward dependent? Do you spend a significant amount of the day trying to find ways to motivate the student to work or stay on task? This seminar will highlight strategies for structuring your classroom and schedule for success while promoting independence and on task behavior. Attendees will also learn how to help students identify when they are frustrated and ask for help as well as develop coping strategies and work through non-preferred tasks.
Dec 13, 2018 Apr 4, 2019