Jena has a wide range of classroom experiences that include special education paraprofessional, peer model preschool co-teacher, Title I instructor, and 3rd grade teacher. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Exceptional Student Education. She is excited about sharing how intentional classroom and instructional design can change the game for your student. She enjoys watching movies, camping, playing games, traveling, and home projects. Jena's blog posts.
Amanda has been working in Special Education for 13 years focusing on reading, math interventions, and emotion regulation. I shifted my focus after my son was diagnosed with dyslexia and made it my life's mission to not only understand his learning disability, but to help others who struggle with similar difficulties. I shifted careers in 2020 and began working with students with intensive needs and autism. Helping students with intense needs sparked my passion once again to learn and expand my knowledge for students. I look forward to growing, networking and sharing knowledge in my role at PATINS.
Free online learning modules supporting the use of evidence-based practices for educators, paraprofessionals, and caregivers of students with autism.
Videos, visuals, and more resources shared by topic, age level, and format.
Free blank and completed templates and interventions to use with a students with autism. Resources include choice boards, first-then boards, graphic organizers, turn-taking supports, and more.
Free online learning modules spanning numerous interventions, strategies, and topics in autism.
All of the trainings below can be requested at any time by emailing the corresonding presenter noted in the training title. You can find additional training sessions provided by the PATINS team on our Professional Development Guide.
Because we know that all behaviors are a method of communication, we must learn how to properly identify the message or function of our students’ challenging behaviors in the classroom. Understanding the why behind behavior helps us to more appropriately respond in times of crisis. Join this session to grow your understanding of the why behind temper tantrums in meltdowns, how to respond throughout the stages of meltdown, and how to set your student and intervention team up for behavior success! Great follow-up session to Supporting Positive Behaviors for Students with Autism.
This session will lead you through examples and ideas of how to implement built-in accessibility features and assistive technology that can be borrowed from the PATINS Lending Library to support success for students with ASD academically, behaviorally, and socially. The tech and tools that will be shared are available in the PATINS Lending Library for your trial purposes or can be accessed on your current devices at no cost!
Creating structure in your classroom environment through physical design, routines, visuals, positive feedback, reinforcement, and assistive technology can support positive behaviors for all students, especially students with autism. In this session, we'll explore ways to engage your students with autism through the structure of your space and instruction using the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Attendees will leave with use-it-tomorrow ideas for improving student behavior and access to learning!