Customized Professional Development Workshop at YOUR School

To register contact:  Carolina Silva at or call (973) 542-0743 x305

The Phoenix Center is offering customized professional development workshops targeting services for students with multiple disabilities including autism. The Phoenix Center and its staff want to support you and your included students by sharing our 23 years of expertise through the offering of a selection of FIVE customized workshops. Through ASAH, the Private School Association of New Jersey, we will be able to provide your teaching staff THREE Continuing Education Units. (CEU’S)

Five Workshop Topics

All workshops will be conducted by Phoenix Center Staff at your location. For us to adequately customize a workshop for your staff, we could mutually plan to conduct a site visit prior to presenting the workshop.

1. Adapting and Modifying Materials for the Child with Special Needs in Your Classroom

Phoenix Center Curriculum Specialists: Tanya Taibl, MA Ed, Katie Schoerner, MA, Isabel Cosme, BA

This workshop will give an overview of how to adapt and modify instructional materials to meet the needs of your students. The presenters will highlight various types of learners who vary in abilities and access skills. Technology tools and educational software will also be featured. Participants will learn how to implement these strategies through discussions.

2. Managing the Challenging Behaviors in Your Classroom Using Positive Behavioral Supports

This workshop will provide participants with practical strategies to both manage and improve challenging student behaviors. Using Positive Behavioral Supports as a theoretical framework, ideas for both antecedent and consequence manipulation in the classroom environment will be presented.

 3. How to Make the Home-School Connection: Bridging the Behavior Gap Between Home and School

This workshop will present instructional techniques to help students succeed at home. We will address how to set up a conducive home environment. Techniques of behavioral control will be introduced to empower parents and in turn help students to maximize their potential.

4. It All Works Together: Setting Up Your Student for Success Integrating Sensory, Communication, Instructional, and Behavioral Technology

This workshop presents an integrated team approach to setting up students to excel in their leaning environment. Participants will learn practical strategies that incorporate a multi-disciplinary approach to designing and implementing successful programs for special needs students. Linkages between academic instruction, behavioral, communicative and sensory interventions will be explored. This will provide participants with an introduction to the process of student-centered, comprehensive, customized instruction.

5. Improving employability of Transition- Aged Students through Developing Self-Management, Communication, and Social Skills

Lynn Abelson, MA, CCC-SLP, OTR/L, Speech Language Specialist, Kelly Horst, MA, Ed., Special Educator, Jeanine Zatorski, Supported Employment Program Manager

The biggest challenge our students face is demonstrating the following critical domains for job success: self-management, communication, and social skills. Participants will be provided with innovative instructional strategies that empower their students to succeed in their employment settings during school and upon graduation. Participants will learn how to create collaborative learning teams that address employability skills and develop yearlong thematic units that align with the 21st Century Life Skills Curriculum.