Education Webinars presented by Illume Learning

Down Syndrome Tasmania together with Illume Learning present four educational webinars.

Webinar Details:
Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants when Supporting Students with Down Syndrome Tuesday 11th August, 8pm (60 minutes)

Supporting Learners with Down Syndrome at School: an Overview of the Common Characteristics and Strategies for Success (education focus) Tuesday 25th August, 8pm (60 minutes)

Supporting People with Down Syndrome at Home and in the Community: an Overview of the Common Characteristics and Strategies for Success Tuesday 8th September, 8pm (60 minutes)

From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in a K-12 Classroom Tuesday 22nd September, 8pm (90 minutes)

The webinar will be hosted on Webinarjam and each participant will receive the link and code no less than 48 hours prior to each event.
Facilitating of questions will be available by the chat feature.

Each attendant will receive a Certificate of Attendance and have access to the replay of the session for 7 days.

Webinar Summaries

Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants when Supporting Students with Down Syndrome presented by Amanda Corby
Teaching assistants play an invaluable role in supporting the education of students with Down syndrome, however, recent research internationally has highlighted that the impact teaching assistants have on student outcomes can vary considerably and challenges the widely held belief that the support of a teaching assistant will result in positive outcomes for the student.

In this presentation, we will review the latest research internationally and provide practical, evidence-based recommendations to support educators and families. We will discuss how to best deploy, utilise and support teaching assistants within our educational contexts to promote positive outcomes for students with Down syndrome, both academically and socially. Examples of best practice from schools across Australia will be shared and focus on practical changes that can be made within educational settings to ensure the presence of a teaching assistant results in the best outcomes possible.

This session will challenge you question your own practice and to re think your approaches to the use of teaching assistants in your context.

Supporting Learners with Down Syndrome at School: an Overview of the Common Characteristics and Strategies for Success presented by Rachel Carr
Students with Down syndrome, like all learners, have unique strengths, challenges, interests and motivations. When supporting a learner with Down syndrome there is no more valuable act than getting to know your student as an individual. What’s their currency? What are they great at? What might they need support with?

Underlying the uniqueness that is each individual, there are a number of common characteristics of Down syndrome. By understanding these characteristics and the strategies known to support them you’ll be armed with a range of approaches to support your student as you identify their individual needs.

This presentation will provide an overview of what a diagnosis of Down syndrome means in 2020. We’ll set the record straight about a number of myths and outdated stereotypes, as well as take a practical look at strategies you can use to support fine and gross motor development, low muscle tone, intellectual disability, communication and more. Examples will focus on the school context for both primary and high school students.

This session will add to your toolkit of resources and approaches to ensuring great educational outcomes for your student/s with Down syndrome.

Supporting People with Down Syndrome at Home and in the Community: an Overview of the Common Characteristics and Strategies for Success presented by Rachel Carr
There’s a saying that ‘to know one person with Down syndrome is to know one person with Down syndrome’. It’s an important acknowledgement of the fact that people with Down syndrome, just like everyone else, are individuals with their own skills, challenges and interests.

Person-centred approaches to support work ensure we’re starting with a focus on the individual, identifying just the right type and level of support. With an in-depth understanding of the characteristics of Down syndrome, combined with your understanding of the person you’re supporting, you can maximise opportunities for the development of independence in all areas of life.

This presentation will provide an overview of what a diagnosis of Down syndrome means in 2020. We’ll set the record straight about a number of myths and outdated stereotypes, as well as take a practical look at strategies you can use to support fine and gross motor development, low muscle tone, intellectual disability, communication and more. Examples will focus on daily life activities within the home and community for both children and adults.

This session will add to your toolkit of resources and approaches, ensuring you’re providing the best supports possible.

 From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in a K-12 Classroom presented by Paula Kluth

This idea-filled, interactive workshop is focused on using teacher-created materials to meet the needs of all
learners in inclusive schools. Educators will learn ways to engage, motivate, support, and inspire a diverse
group of students by creating classroom games, study aids, visuals supports, teaching tools, and review
materials. Participants will learn about strategies and adaptations and will have opportunities to try some of
them out as well.