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Friday, December 2 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Using team building and evidence based strategies to facilitate inclusion for students with severe disabilities LIMITED

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This session will provide participants with information on team building and evidence based strategies to facilitate inclusion for students with severe disabilities. Participants will learn how to build a team that includes families and professionals and apply research based inclusion strategies to effectively and efficiently include students with severe disabilities. Summary Many students with severe disabilities are excluded from the general education classroom. A student with severe disabilities is diagnosed as a students who has intellectual disabilities and a significant disability such as physical disability, sensory disability, speech or language impairment or serious emotional disability. The students can benefit from learning experiences with peers, adapted academic materials, systematic instruction and modified academic content in the general education classroom. Meeting the needs of students with the severe disabilities in general education can happened effectively using team building, an inclusion plan and evidence based practices. In this session the steps to creating effective teams will be modeled. The team building process includes a) setting goals, b) determining roles, c) effective and efficient process, d) interpersonal interactions, and e) evaluation. This process will be applied to a multi-step plan for including learners with severe disabilities. This plan contains evidence based strategies for inclusion and all needed supports for the learner to be successful. Types of inclusive strategies are a) embedded trial instruction with time delay, b) differentiating instruction, c) cooperative learning groups, d) class-wide peer tutoring, and co-teaching. Two case studies will be used to demonstrate the use of both the team building process and the multi-step inclusion plan. Data from the cases will be presented to show the performance of learners with severe disabilities already included in general education classes. . Three Learner Objectives 1) Participants will have a model for using collaborative problem solving skills and effective team building practices to include students with severe disabilities into general education classes. 2) Participants will have an inclusion plan that enables them to plan through severe steps for their student with severe disabilities. 3) Participants will have a current list of research based inclusion strategies to use with students who have severe disabilities.

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Karina Cooper-Duffy

Profession in Special Education, Western Carolina University

Friday December 2, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm CST
Midway Suites III 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103