17th Annual START Conference: Strengthening Inclusive Practices

Session Descriptions & Materials


Don't We Already Do Inclusion?: Creating Better Schools for All

Paula Kluth, Ph.D., Author

  • Description: Are you trying to learn more about inclusive schooling? Do you wonder how to support students with disabilities in general education classrooms? Are you seeking new ideas for working in K-12 classrooms, collaborating with colleagues and elevating your practice? If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions, this session is for you. The examples and illustrations in this keynote presentation are designed to help participants understand the best practices associated with today's inclusive schools and to evaluate their own skills and understandings as they related to inclusive education. Topics that will be addressed include understanding inclusion as a process (vs. as a place), building from strengths, using fascinations, and engaging in "radical" role sharing.
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Session Time: 
    • Part 1: 8:40am to 10:15am
    • Part 2: 10:30am to 11:30am

Developing and Implementing Supports for Students with Complex Needs

Kelly Rogers, S.Psy.S., BCBA, START Project and Gina Sanderson, M.S., Lenawee ISD

  • Description: To support students with complex behavioral, social, and learning needs in general education requires a system of interconnected supports, strategies, and tools which can be difficult and overwhelming to implement. This session will cover the systematic development and implementation of complex systems and tools for evaluating success. Tools and supports covered include the schedule matrix, differentiation strategies, behavioral scripts, peer to peer support, and engagement scripts.
  • Breakout Session (repeated session)
  • Session Times
    • 12:30pm to 1:50pm
    • 2:10pm to 3:30pm

Sexuality Education for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Terri Couwenhoven, M.S., TC Services

  • Description: This session integrates best practice research for teaching sexuality to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Teaching strategies (how do I teach?) along with key foundational concepts (what do I teach?) will be presented. Examples of resources and ideas for teaching at home, school, or in the community are shared.
  • Breakout Session (repeated session)
  • Session Times
    • 12:30pm to 1:50pm
    • 2:10pm to 3:30pm

A Sneak Peek to the Foundations of Communication

Jared Koski, M.A. SLP, Alt+Shift

  • Description: At this session, attendees will learn the fundamental aspects of working with students with complex communication needs (CCN), including the presumption of competence, common myths about AAC, The Communication Bill of Rights, core vocabulary, and aided language input. 
  • Breakout Session (repeated session)
  • Session Times
    • 12:30pm to 1:50pm
    • 2:10pm to 3:30pm

Providing Specialized and Developmentally Appropriate Instruction to Young Children with ASD

Lydia Moore, Ph.D., Farmington Public Schools

  • Description: This session will outline key tenets of developmentally appropriate practice and specialized instructional practices to use with young children in a variety of early childhood settings.
  • Breakout Session 
  • Session Time
    • 12:30pm to 1:50pm

Personal Curriculum: Modifying the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC)

Rashell Bowerman, Educational Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Description: As Michigan strives to ensure that all students are "Career and College Ready (CCR)", the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) graduation requirements may need to be modified to meet the needs of every learner. This session provides and overview of the modifications that are allowable through a PC as well as guidance around how to make those tough decisions appropriately.

  • Breakout Session 
  • Session Time
    • 12:30pm to 1:50pm

Collaborating to Integrate Behavioral Practices into Early Childhood Education Settings

Amy Matthews, Ph.D., BCBA, START Project and Jen VanTol, OTRL, BCBA, Bay-Arenac ISD

  • Description: Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an established evidence-based practice for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and may be used across many settings. Early childhood classrooms are critical settings to help children learn skills, routines, and social participation to prepare for school experiences. Therefore, embedding behavior analytic practices, alongside developmentally appropriate practices, in early childhood settings is the optimal way to ensure that children are learning the most relevant skills in a natural setting with peers. In this presentation, we will share ways that we have worked with early childhood staff and community partners to enhance the teaching of young children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Collaborating to bring behavioral practices into the classroom can help us create effective instructional plans to teach critical skills (e.g. requesting, imitation, social responsiveness) and routines, address challenging behaviors, improve implementation fidelity, and collect and analyze data for decision-making.
  • Breakout Session 
  • Session Time
    • 2:10pm to 3:30pm

Complex Secondary Aged Students on the ASD Spectrum

Maureen Ziegler, M.Ed., START Project

  • Description: This module will address the complex needs of students with ASD and the interconnected strategies needed to meet the individual needs of the student. Many students with ASD now require multiple strategies to assist in their navigation of the expectations in the school environment. Preferred Activities, Contracts, Peer to Peer Support, T-Charts, Self-Management Systems, 5 Point Scale and the Grading Matrix will be discussed. The integration of the strategies creates the success in the student’s plan. 
  • Breakout Session 
  • Session Time
    • 2:10pm to 3:30pm


Please note: PowerPoints, handouts, and materials will be posted closer to the conference. Printed materials will not be provided. Materials and handouts are subject to change. 



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