Presented by Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, Ed.D, ASHA Fellow (Creative Strategies for Special Education) (3 Hours)
Collaborative relationships can lead to positive cultures in complex school organizations. Many related service providers struggle with concrete ways to support students’ success in the classroom. They search for ways to integrate the core curriculum into their service delivery and foster generalization of skills outside the therapy setting. After all, when is there time to become familiar with every grade level standard to ensure that core standards are embedded into therapy? This workshop sets the stage for dynamic ways to collaborate with other team members. Strategies will be explored for identifying and removing the barriers that inhibit collaboration (i.e. busy school schedules, competing priorities, etc.) using a unique framework, “6 Steps to Success.” Participants will have an opportunity to create a School Culture Profile to characterize the level of collaboration at their sites and then define specific strategies to build upon that level to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of collaboration. Through several engaging group activities, participants will identify potential collaborative partners, determine ways to establish meaningful relationships, and develop systems for ongoing communication and collaboration.