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MAKE STRUCTURED ACTIVITIES USING PRINT, PLAY AND LEARN SERIES

Jo Meyer, President
SoftTouch, Inc.
4300 Stine Road #401
Bakersfield, CA 93313
E-mail: jomeyer@funsoftware.com 
ph 661-396-8676
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Abstract

Print, Play and Learn contains ready to print or adapt activities and games which promote language and cognitive skills for students with autism, developmental delays and language delays. Most activities have been designed using a structure teaching approach (such as the T.E.A.C.C.H. ). Learn how to make these activities for your classroom.

This workshop is perfect if you want to

For the special education teacher, thematic teaching can be very effective, because it organizes thought processes and gives a coordinated language base. The challenge special education teachers have, is not finding curriculum, it is adapting the curriculum to a wide variation of students placed in the classroom. Most classrooms have a variety of students with many different cognitive levels as well as different physical challenges. Materials and software programs need to be adapted so many skills can taught. This needs to be done in a fast and efficient manner.

This presentation will show how SoftTouch’s Print Play and Learn software can be the perfect solutions when a teacher wants to adapt the curriculum to meet IEP goals. The focus of this presentation is to provide teachers with multi-sensory accessible software but also the tools and materials that will empower them to create and adapt off-line materials to support their curriculum.

Teachers, therapists and parents are finding that their students are learning skills that are transferring to off-line activities. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the newest version of Print Play and Learn Series. This will provide the opportunity for teachers to extend the skills being introduced on the computer. The off-line materials are presented on a continuum from easy to more complex. Teachers can print out and laminate materials that give students many opportunities to practice the skills that meet their IEP goals.

Print, Play and Learn starts with single words. It then expands concepts such as big/little, same/different, what goes with. Games such as board games, card games, memory games are included in the activity lists. The graphics presented in these activities are real photographs. The Print, Play and Learn are pre-designed and printed as is or using Overlay Maker, the activities can be altered depending upon the students goals and needs. Because the graphics are ageless, so the ideas to make can also be ageless.

This presentation will give the participants the opportunity to see how to extend thematic units from the computer to off-line activities. This is only the beginning and provides the tools and information to enhance many units within the preschool curriculum.


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