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Phyl T. Macomber, President of Make A Difference, Inc. and Practical Assistive Technology Solutions. In addition, she is author of the adapted curriculum framework called T.H.E. P.A.C.T.


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Providing curriculum support to students with special needs in a classroom environment can be a challenging task. Inclusion requires us to look at the specifics of how these students can best learn in a least restrictive environment. Teams serving these populations realize that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to adapting curriculum for these learners. Rather, the curriculum needs to be continually adapted to fit each child’s needs and learning style in order for that child to be truly included in their learning community. Curriculum Challenges of Special Needs Students Many of our special needs students cannot …

Particpants will walk away with creative teaching ideas and a resource library of matching AT supports to give you the “POWER” to target essential language skill areas when providing specialized instruction to make sense of the countless resources available to you. Learn how to (1) use an app for more than one language task; (2) set up a simple Web 2.0 tool to meet multiple learning objectives; (3) create activities in minutes using a comprehensive set of 330 scaffolded language-based instructional templates; and (4) set up simple, reusable low tech AT solutions using inexpensive office supplies – all while supporting …

Students of all abilities should be provided with the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the reading process. Participants in this webinar will discover ways to open doors for students of all ages by adapting reading materials. The iPad has provided professionals with the opportunity to individualize and customize materials for each student. This webinar will demonstrate how to utilize apps to create and adapt books to meet each students particular needs. Participants will learn about the various apps that are are available for creating and providing books for all learners. This webinar will also provide information accessibility features, device …

Phyl T. Macomber, M.S. ATP Author and Curriculum Strategist. President of Make A Difference, Inc. Since completing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Kennedy-Krieger Institute in 1988, Phyl T. Macomber has become an award-winning national speaker, author, developer, curriculum strategist, AT specialist and trainer. Phyl is a retired speech-language pathologist who, now in a leadership role, spends a significant amount of time working with a diverse population of learners – both in special education and regular education – directly mentoring and coaching school-based staff in classrooms, related service settings and learning centers. Phyl’s curriculum framework, called T.H.E. P.A.C.T.™ – Technology …

Phyl T. Macomber, M.S., ATP; Author, Inclusion Specialist, and Curriculum Strategist. Developer of the research-based curriculum framework called T.H.E. P.A.C.T., West Windsor, Vermont. Email: Phyl@AboutTHEPACT.com, Telephone: (802) 484-3537, Website: AboutTHEPACT.com; Social Media Links: Facebook; Twitter As we know, the Common Core Initiative in American education today is a wonderful and noble idea. Basically, it is the idea that all students, regardless of geographic area or zip code, have not just a common body of knowledge, but more specifically, a common skill set. But I think it is safe to say, based on the countless conversations I have had with the …

Complex students. Systematic teaching. Jam-PACT ideas! Reach and teach any learner using an evidence-based delivery system of instruction that focuses the brain on “what to learn” instead of “how to learn it.” See multiple videos of students with moderate to significant challenges achieving success at two of the 18 research sites in North America for this brain-based framework called T.H.E. P.A.C.T. Get a free 10-page, lesson-planning guide – giving you the WHAT, WHY and HOW of each lesson – so you can drastically reduce your prep time and easily replicate this in your own geographic area using any tool of …

Command Central for the Brain The Importance of “Connect-the-Dots” Lessons for Teaching Executive Functioning Skills The Command Center for THE Brain Executive functioning skills are the true command center of the brain. They consist of multiple mental skills, traveling through neural pathways, that help the brain organize and act on information to manage life tasks of all types. Executive functioning involves the ability to size up a problem; to come up with a plan to solve the problem; to reassess the plan over time as contingencies change; and to modify the plan, as needed, towards completion of the plan and …

Command Central for the Brain The Importance of “Connect-the-Dots” Lessons for Teaching Executive Functioning Skills In Part One of this article series, published in the October-November 2016 issue, we discussed that executive functioning skills are the true command center of the brain. We reviewed that executive functioning skills help the brain organize and act on information to manage life tasks of all types. For example, executive functioning skills enable students to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks. In addition, they also help students use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems. …