Teaching Life Skills to Students with Severe Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

10:00a.m. to 10:45a.m.

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Ms. Maria Parks, Ms. Caitlin Cook, Ms. Dana Furru

Independent - USA

Ms. Maria Parks graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater in 2018. During her final semester at UW-Whitewater, she spent six weeks student teaching at Woodlawn Special Needs School in Jamaica. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Education with a Cross Categorical Special Education licence. Currently, she is employed with the School District of Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin as a special education teacher working with students with intellectual disabilities and autism. 


Ms. Caitlin Cook graduated from Carthage College in 2014 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Elementary Education and the other in Cross Categorical Special Education. She graduated in 2020 with her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Carroll University. Currently, she is employed with the School District of Waukesha in Wisconsin as a special education teacher. 


Ms. Dana Furru graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She continued on at UWM and also received a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2005, focusing on speech-language pathology in both the medical and educational settings. After graduating, Ms. Furru worked with adults and children in a rehabilitation hospital before pursuing a career in the public school systems. She has worked as a middle school speech-language pathologist for her current district, the school district of Waukesha, for the past 10 years.

moderated by

Mrs. Sharlene Sutton

Abstract:

This session is centered on life skills in the classroom. What happens to our most exceptional students after they leave us? Do they have the skills necessary to function in society? Do they have the skills to gain employment? Believe it or not, you have the power to help prepare your students for life after school through meaningful engagement in life skills activities right inside of your classroom. The session examines practical strategies and ideas to practice life skills with resources you already have! Come take a look at how you can service your students for their future.