Supporting Teachers' Use of Assistive Technology in Early Childhood: Lessons Learned in a Post-Pandemic World


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Meeting

Webinar Description:

In this webinar, presenters will discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to modify a professional development program designed to support early childhood educators in using assistive technology with young children with disabilities. Following a brief overview of the core features of our coaching model, presenters will discuss responsiveness to the needs of both parents and educators as they pivoted to using AT for remote learning. The presentation will highlight unique challenges, unexpected benefits, key takeaways, and implications for the future of AT training in a virtual world.

Sponsored by AUCD's Early Childhood Special Interest Group.


Michelle Schladant, PhD ATPDr. Michelle Schladant, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami's Mailman Center for Child Development and the project director for Step Up AT for Early Literacy, a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs funded project. She is also the South Florida Regional Director for Florida's assistive technology (AT) program. With over 24 years' experience in special education and AT service delivery, Dr. Schladant is a certified AT professional and has in-depth knowledge and expertise with the philosophy, methods, and implementation of AT supports for communication and learning.



Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg, PhDDr. Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg is a program manager for the Step Up AT Program, whose focuses are on research and community engagement. She is a qualitative researcher, parent, and community advocate for children with disabilities in Miami, FL and their families. With over 13 years of teaching in higher education, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students across a range of courses, from preclinical health courses to providing specialized assistive technology supports for preservice teachers. She received her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Miami and holds master's degrees in biology and bioethics. She is also the co-author of two books on caregiver advocacy across cultures, languages, disabilities and other social identities.