Concurrent Session B: Tuesday 6/27, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. ET
Concurrent sessions are 1-hour presentations on a range of topics with relevance for educators working with students with LD, ADHD, and autism.
*Choose one presentation from the following during Concurrent Session B*:
C5. Gaming for Growth and Belonging
Tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) offer engaging and fun opportunities for students to refine social skills, practice problem solving, and grow their community whether they are first time players or seasoned campaigners. This session will delve into the theory and practice of using tabletop games to further educational goals with neurodivergent students in both online and in-person formats.
Presented by: Eric Gobel-Lynch (he/him/his), Director of Transition Programs and Thomas Kuzma (he/him/his), Coordinator of Student Affairs Online Programs, Landmark College
C6. How to Create Space for Neurodivergent Learners
Active learning, collaboration, inquiry-based activities, and open design with classroom neighborhoods have replaced dusty library stacks, rows of forward-facing desks, and dog-eared textbooks. While this has been beautiful for many students, these changes come with new challenges for many neurodivergent learners. Classrooms have become so much more inclusive, but some modern classrooms have the potential to disable students in new and exhausting ways actively. In this session, participants will learn how to adjust popular current approaches and designs to allow neurodivergent students to meaningfully and joyfully participate authentically.
Presented by: Kelly Cray (she/her), Cultural and Language Support, Burr and Burton Academy
C7. Summer LIFE at the Beach: A Transition Experience for Students with Autism
In Summer 2022, CSU Long Beach Bob Murphy Access Center's (BMAC) Learning Independence for Empowerment (LIFE) Program hosted it's first inaugural "LIFE @ The Beach" multi-night program for incoming and returning students with autism (ASD) with the purpose of developing self-determination skills, increasing social connectedness, self-esteem, independence and confidence, knowledge of CSULB services and programs, safe and healthy cooking practices, and highlighting the importance of group experiences. From this program, CSULB can share recommended program structure, pre and post assessments, collaborations with the campus and surrounding community, as well as recommendations for future programming.
Presented by: Mary Nguyen, Director (she/her), Jessica Wood, Associate Director; CSU Long Beach (CSULB) Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC)
C8. Supporting Students with Executive Function Challenges
This session covers executive functioning inside and out! Participants will learn about the frontal lobe of the brain and how it affects all students’ focus, effort, memory, attention, and even emotions. Students struggling with executive function have an impacted ability to effectively plan, manage time, stay organized, and so much more, which affects their success in school. The good news is EF coaching is simple and highly effective. This session will give participants the skills to recognize executive functioning deficits in students as well as practical, concrete strategies that they can employ to better support their students right away.
Presented by: Samantha DePalo (she/her), Director of Outreach, The Jones-Gordon School