HELIX Conference

Daring to Dream: Exploration of Discovery for Transition Planning and St. Vincent’s Bearcat B.E.S.T

  • September 15th, 2017
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Discovery presented by: *Nicole Turman, Anthony Chan, Rita Cheskiewicz; Bearcat B.E.S.T. presented by: Amy
Hildebrand and Philip Pisone*

This session will provide attendees with multiple perspectives on post-secondary options for students with a range of sensory and developmental disabilities. First, Nicole Turman and colleagues will provide an overview of Discovery: a non-comparative assessment designed to identify an individual’s strengths, interests, and conditions for success. Information is gathered through a ‘discovery process’ from activities an individual engages in during everyday life at home, in school, and in activities with family, friends, and others. This information is translated into a full, narrative profile, which provides a roadmap for transition planning. Individuals will learn the essential elements which should be included in any Discovery process and how to apply them to planning for community participation, living, and employment. Second, an overview of St. Vincent’s Bearcat B.E.S.T. program will be provided. With the goals of developing skills in students in the areas of academics, vocational training, activities of daily living, and social skills, Bearcat B.E.S.T. serves as a model of how evidence-based practices can support students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve a greater level of independence

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, Teachers who work with students with hearing loss, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/Administrators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Parents, and Paraprofessionals

Credits Offered: Act 48, Psych

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