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Life Skills: Practical Strategies that Work for Students with Severe Cognitive/Developmental Disorders, Autism, CP, & Syndromes

Day One: The Toronto Educators' Conference

Presented by Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019  |  Toronto, on

Date & Location

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Students labeled as having moderate to significant cognitive/developmental disabilities may appear to have such challenging deficits that their educational needs are perceived as far exceeding their abilities. Their needs may appear so basic (e.g., simple communication skills, appropriate manipulation of objects, delayed cognitive abilities) that teaching these students in typical classrooms that are highly academic seems improbable or, at the least, impractical. Yet these are the very students who can benefit considerably from the learning opportunities that typically occur in general education classrooms (Downing and Eichinger, 2006). Special educators, no matter how highly motivated or skilled, cannot provide the ongoing stimulation in self-contained classrooms. This interactive, informative workshop targets those students who may have been “relegated” to a LIFE Skills program for the rest of their school career. Instead, a system is presented so that the critical components necessary for success for learning are created in a general education setting. The participants will leave with many “keys” for reaching their students‘ potential.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  • Educational Objectives in the General Education Classroom
  • How to Determine Individual Abilities; Student Supports
  • IEPs and State Standards; Instructional Supports for Middle and High School Students
  • Critical Program Components at the Middle School and High School Levels
  • How to Analyze the Learning Environment to Accommodate Students with Severe and Multiple Impairments
  • How to Implement Strategies at the Elementary School Level

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify individual educational objectives that could be successfully met in the general education classroom
  2. Describe how to determine individual abilities and how to support students
  3. Demonstrate the ability to implement instructional supports starting with the most challenging inclusive strategies for middle school and high school students
  4. Identify critical program components at the middle school and high school levels
  5. Describe how to analyze a learning environment to accommodate students with severe and multiple impairments
  6. Describe how to implement strategies in an elementary school setting
  7. Create multi-level instruction which can be provided in the general education setting that incorporates provincial standards
  8. Determine in a systematic way which individual educational goals can be met in a general education classroom or may need to be implemented in a more restrictive environment.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs (including students with autism, severe behavioural difficulties, and cerebral palsy), resource teacher and first grade teacher. She was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/autism/ behaviour/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999. Her business, igivuWings, has reached families and educators throughout the world,. Kathy has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioural difficulties.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 1.866.932.7058 with the group name Jack Hirose and Associates or the group code JA1134

Guests can also book a reservation online at :

Traditional rooms for $199.00 plus tax a night.

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrolment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrolment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrolment $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (13% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 16, 2019
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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