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Here at eLuma, we are committed to giving back to the special education community-at-large. One way we want to do this is by presenting regular webinars. We choose from a wide range of topics and speakers that can provide valuable insights, knowledge, and utility to the participants.

Even if you can’t attend the webinar events in real-time, we still want to give you the opportunity to see them and have made them accessible with the links below. If you have any questions, feedback or requests for future webinars, we’d love to hear from you. Just email contact@elumatherapy.com with your comments.

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The Special Education Legislative Summit - A Recap

In this webinar, we are so lucky to have Phyllis Wolfram, the Executive Director of CASE, join us to report on the 2021 Special Education Legislative Summit. If you want to learn the latest in most important developments in special education, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an approach for schools to triage the impact of the pandemic and develop initial intervention strategies to support the needs of returning students.

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Addressing Student Needs – Planning for the Transition Back to the Brick-and-Mortar School

When COVID-19 struck, many schools faced the challenge of transitioning from traditional brick-and-mortar environments to virtual environments to provide educational and mental health services to their students. As infection rates decline, schools are planning another transition – this time back to in-person learning environments. However, students will be returning to school with a variety of challenges such as trauma, mental health concerns, and academic difficulties. To efficiently address these needs schools, need to plan and prepare for the transition from the pandemic to a new normal. 

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an approach for schools to triage the impact of the pandemic and develop initial intervention strategies to support the needs of returning students.

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Planning for Uncertainty: How Pandemic Anxiety is Disrupting School Systems

The impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on students’ physical and behavioral health cannot be overstated. The closure of schools has led to a loss of the 3 R’s: Relationships, Routines, and Resources for learning. Children and families have been isolated, stressed, and in so many instances traumatized by the virus’s effect on their mental health and well-being.

This presentation will provide strategies to address anxiety in young people and families, discuss school transitions, and review an MTSS framework for targeting school-based mental and behavioral health supports. Participants will be able to review resources and discuss best practices in school re-entry and recovery.

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Stories that Inspire Change: How to Create & Use Stories in Online Therapy

Since the dawn of civilization, people tell stories to shape the hearts and minds of each generation. Today, we can combine digital technologies with published books to drive personal growth in new ways. Stories inspire us (and our children) to learn from mistakes, choose kindness, and discover ourselves. Join eLuma Online Therapy and StoryJumper as we discuss how to use storytelling in online therapy in ways that inspire change.

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Applying a Trauma-Informed Framework to the IEP Process

This presentation will provide strategies on applying a trauma-informed approach to the entire individualized educational program (IEP) development process, including an examination of current case law. This includes the evaluation, team meetings, engaging caregivers, report writing, and the development of IEP present levels and goals. Participants will be able to discuss the relevance and appropriateness of special education services for students with trauma histories and apply trauma-informed principles to the development of present levels and goals that focus more on skill development rather than compliance.

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Interview with Dr. Cecil Reynolds

Join our discussion with Dr. Cecil Reynolds, author of the BASC-3, RIAS-2, and TOMAL-2, on the validity and adaptions of remote assessment.

About the Presenter – Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D., editor-in-chief, Archives of Scientific Psychology and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology research. Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar of Texas A&M University. He has authored more than 40 commercially published tests including BASC-3, RIAS-2, and TOMAL-2. He has served on the editorial boards of 13 journals and some of his select publications include Encyclopedia of Special Education 4th Edition, The Energetic Brain, and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Learning Disabilities in the Era of RTI.

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Integrating Speech Therapy in Special Education Classrooms

Integrated speech therapy can be a powerful tool for students with deficits in communication. This webinar focuses on strategies for speech therapists and teachers to collaboratively provide speech services in the classroom, both in-person and virtually. This collaboration reduces transition time which can cause undue stress on a student and increases productivity to help students and speech-language specialists make the most out of speech therapy sessions.
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The Federal Policy Picture in 2021

As the 117th Congress begins to legislate, it is imperative that educators from across the country understand what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead.  Dr. Kevin Rubenstein, the Chair of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Policy and Legislative Committee, will discuss several hot topics for educators including:
  • New members of Congress
  • The Biden Administration and education
  • The stimulus package from December and what’s next
Importantly, he will also discuss the role of educators in working with Members of Congress and the Administration on issues related to supporting our students and their families.
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Teletherapy in a Post-COVID World

Join eLuma and International Journal of Telerehabilitation Editor, Dr. Ellen Cohn, as they present the webinar “Teletherapy in a Post-COVID World”. This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of telerehabilitation and why it will continue to thrive in a post-COVID world.

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Embracing Change Management in Uncertain Times

Although 2020 is winding down, its legacy of uncertainty and change will continue into the foreseeable future. More than ever, educators need to be equipped with the right framework to deal with unprecedented challenges & circumstances. Come join us to hear from Mindy Hintze, a PROSCI Certified Change Management Practitioner, who has been managing change in various organizations for nearly 20 years. Mindy will break down change management into effective, actionable tasks to help you manage change in uncertain times. Effective change management takes a solid communication plan, learning opportunities, and reinforcement.

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Mindfulness in Schools: Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness in a COVID Environment.

Join eLuma and noted school psychologist Jason Basinger as they present the webinar “Mindfulness in Schools: Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness in a COVID Environment”. This webinar addresses the basics of mindfulness (including some short mindfulness activities), gives an overview of recent research findings, and provides practical guidance on how schools implement mindfulness activities.

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Online Therapy Strategies for SPED Staff

To provide FAPE, educators need strategies for differentiated and individualized online instruction. Join IDEA Illinois and eLuma as they present “Online Therapy Strategies for SPED Staff”, a special series of webinars lined up for Special Education Teachers, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and School Psychologists/Mental Health Professionals.

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Teaching Special Education Online

CEC will partner with eLuma and present a webinar entitled, “Teaching Special Education Online During COVID-19”. The webinar will specifically focus on helping teachers: identify the necessary tools and strategies need to move instruction online, adapt traditional in-classroom lessons into meaningful online instruction, develop a strategy to ensure instructional goals are being met, and create processes to manage their instruction on an ongoing basis.

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Reinventing Special Education in 2019

Phyllis Wolfram, the president of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), will join eLuma to present a webinar entitled, “Reinventing Special Education in 2019.” The presentation will focus on the current state of special education, what national organizations like CASE & the CEC are doing to make it better, and how special educators can become more involved to make a big difference.

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Making Teletherapy a Viable & Long Term Solution

In this not-to-be-missed webinar, the distinguished Mary Andrianopolous, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and CEC President-elect, Mary Lynn Boscardin Ph.D., CCC-SLP, team up to share their research and expertise on teletherapy, and how to make it a viable, long-term solution in K-12 education. Dr. Andrianopoulos and Dr. Boscardin draw upon their decades of telepractice research to help special education leaders better understand the real value of teletherapy, and what can be done to ensure the greatest long-term success at schools and districts

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Insights from Women Leaders in Special Education

This very special webinar featured the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) President-elect, Dr. Mary Lynn Boscardin, CCC-SLP, and Dr. Kerry Weir. In their presentation, they discuss their research and insights on women & leadership in special education. Specifically, they address ideas that can help all school leaders better understand the benefit of collaborative-relational leadership when addressing many of the challenges associated with special education and education in general.

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A Special Educator’s Guide to Due Process & 504 Hearings

This not-to-be-missed webinar addresses one of the most critical and problematic areas of special education.  Former CEC president, Gerald J. Hime, joins eLuma to specifically discuss what special educators can do to better understand the laws, avoid common and costly mistakes, and also more effectively navigate the legal process. With a wide range of experiences in special education and a deep understanding of the IDEAthe Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the ADA, he is uniquely qualified to speak to educators and administrators to give them meaningful insight.

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How To Succeed with Online Therapy: A Newcomer’s Guide

With the growing popularity of telepractice, schools and districts all over the country are embracing it as a viable solution and discovering that it can also be quite transformative.  When an online therapy solution is properly implemented, it can be a fantastic complement to virtually any on-site program — helping it achieve more efficacy and efficiency, along with a wider-range of goals and objectives. The purpose of this webinar is to help those who are considering online therapy for the first time better understand: how it works, the benefits and limitations, the costs and requirements, and what is needed to succeed.

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How Online Therapy Is Saving Special Ed Programs Thousands of Dollars

With therapist turnover on the rise along with an increasing number of vacancies, budget-strapped Special Education departments all over the country are left scrambling to provide critical services.  Online therapy services provide a viable solution to help with these critical issues along with a number of unique efficiencies and benefits.  In this webinar, the presenters explore and compare the real costs of onsite and online therapies to address common misconceptions as well as show how and when online therapy might actually provide savings to schools and districts.