Upcoming Webinars and Events

Empower, Engage, and Elevate Your Skills with Smarty Symbols.

At Smarty Symbols, we’re not just about creating the most comprehensive symbol library; we’re about building communities, fostering learning, and enabling growth. Our series of webinars and events are meticulously designed to support educators, speech-language pathologists, special education professionals, and parents alike.

About the Presenter: Heather Hall, a seasoned special education expert with over 16 years of hands-on experience, for an enriching webinar on Smarty Symbols in special education. With a robust academic background from Arizona State University and a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, Heather is currently shaping the future educators at Arizona State University. Her enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and empowering educators makes her webinars a profound experience for all attendees.

Symbolic Literacy: Designing Interactive ELA Activities with Smarty Symbols

This webinar invites educators, parents and whoever is ready to explore the transformative potential of incorporating Smarty Symbols into English Language Arts (ELA) activities. Discover how symbolic representation can enhance literacy skills, promote inclusivity, and create interactive learning experiences. Join us in this illuminating session to revolutionize your approach to teaching ELA and empower learners with a new dimension of understanding through the art of symbolic literacy.

  • Date: 08/03/2024

  • Time: 12:00 PM CST

  • Presenter: Heather Hall

About the Presenter: Miranda, an experienced Speech Language Specialist with an expertise in Assistive Technology, presented an in-depth overview of Smarty Symbols Studio.

Communication Kickoff: Back to school supports

As the new school year approaches, ensuring that students receive the communication support they need is crucial for their success. Designed specifically for SLPs and other educators on the Smarty Symbols platform which focuses on practical strategies and tools. We will create a make and take resource based on interests during this webinar.

  • Date: 08/08/2024

  • Time: 10:30 AM CST

  • Presenter: Miranda Van Dunk, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Past Events…

About the Presenter: Miranda, an experienced Speech Language Specialist with an expertise in Assistive Technology, presented an in-depth overview of Smarty Symbols Studio.

Developing Social Stories and Behavioral Supports with Smarty Symbols

Discover the power of Smarty Symbols in Miranda’s webinar! In this session, learn the art of creating engaging Social Stories and effective Behavioral Supports using Smarty Symbols. Dive into practical techniques and strategies to enhance communication and manage behaviors effectively. Join us as we explore the transformative potential of Smarty Symbols in empowering individuals. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionize your approach to social stories and behavior support!

  • Date: 04/11/2024

  • Time: 11:00 AM CST

  • Presenter: Miranda Van Dunk, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Smarty Symbols April 19 Webinar

About the Presenter: Heather Hall, a seasoned special education expert with over 16 years of hands-on experience, for an enriching webinar on Smarty Symbols in special education. With a robust academic background from Arizona State University and a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, Heather is currently shaping the future educators at Arizona State University. Her enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and empowering educators makes her webinars a profound experience for all attendees.

Visualizing Math Success: Creating Dynamic Tasks with Smarty Symbols

Embark on a journey of mathematical empowerment with our webinar, ‘Visualizing Math Success: Creating Dynamic Tasks with Smarty Symbols.’ Dive into the innovative use of Smarty Symbols to craft engaging and visually-rich tasks that make complex mathematical concepts come to life. Join us as we explore the intersection of visual learning and mathematical success, offering educators and learners alike valuable insights into harnessing the power of symbols for a more accessible and enjoyable math learning experience. Transform your approach to teaching and learning mathematics with this dynamic session.

  • Date: 04/19/2024

  • Time: 5:00 PM CST

  • Presenter: Heather Hall

About the Presenter: Meet Jenn, an avid educator and founder of Teach Love Autism. Boasting 16 years of experience across Pre-K to 12th grade, Jenn has significantly impacted many students. She’s navigated through different subjects and worked with diverse student groups, including those with disabilities. Recently, she moved from a self-contained autistic support classroom to become a Special Education Instructional Coach, assisting over 60 teachers in cyber charter school special education departments in Pennsylvania. Jenn views teaching as a calling, particularly in aiding those with autism. Her commitment led to creating Teach Love Autism, a comprehensive platform with a website, blog, and store, all aimed at equipping educators, professionals, and families with necessary resources. Jenn’s goal is to foster independence and success in students.

Creating Visuals to support Special Education students with Behavior in General Education Settings (First Then Boards, Token Boards, etc.)

This webinar explores the importance of visual supports in promoting self-regulation, enhancing communication, and reducing challenging behaviors. Through a combination of theory, research, and real-world examples, attendees discovered how visual strategies can empower students to navigate social expectations and academic tasks with confidence and independence.

  • Date: 04/26/2024

  • Time: 3:30 PM CST

  • Presenter: Jenn Adams

About the Presenter: Miranda, an experienced Speech Language Specialist with an expertise in Assistive Technology, presented an in-depth overview of Smarty Symbols Studio.

Smarty Symbols for Home: Supporting Communication at Home

In this webinar as she explores “Smarty Symbols for Home,” offering valuable advice for parents who want to help their children communicate better at home. Miranda will share easy tips and tools for parents to support their children’s communication effectively. This webinar will equip parents with the tools and knowledge needed to create an enriching communication environment at home, from fostering language development to leveraging visual aids effectively.

  • Date: 05/16/2024

  • Time: 8:30 AM CST

  • Presenter: Miranda Van Dunk, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP

About the Presenter: Remi Salami, our energetic National Communication Boards Sales Director. An experienced speech-language pathologist, she uses her passion for AAC tools to help organizations bring Smarty Symbols Communication boards to life. Having worked with diverse age groups and language learners, Remi has a keen understanding of unique communication needs. She’s not just selling communication boards, she’s equipping individuals with the power to express themselves. An active advocate for inclusion, Remi is a voice for all, she’s the enthusiastic heart driving our commitment to accessible communication in public spaces.

Funding Inclusive Communication: All-Angle Strategies for Communication Board Funding

Dive into a comprehensive session where Remi shared her wealth of knowledge and passion for AAC tools to guide participants through the multifaceted world of funding. With her hands-on experience in advocating for inclusive communication, Remi navigated attendees through innovative fundraising tactics, grant writing, leveraging community resources, and effectively communicating with stakeholders to bring the transformative power of Smarty Symbols Communication Boards into schools and public spaces. This webinar was a chance to turn advocacy into action and ensure that everyone had the opportunity to express themselves without barriers.

  • Date: 05/23/2024

  • Time: 5:00 PM CST

  • Presenter: Remi Salami

About the Presenter: Meet Jenn, an avid educator and founder of Teach Love Autism. Boasting 16 years of experience across Pre-K to 12th grade, Jenn has significantly impacted many students. She’s navigated through different subjects and worked with diverse student groups, including those with disabilities. Recently, she moved from a self-contained autistic support classroom to become a Special Education Instructional Coach, assisting over 60 teachers in cyber charter school special education departments in Pennsylvania. Jenn views teaching as a calling, particularly in aiding those with autism. Her commitment led to creating Teach Love Autism, a comprehensive platform with a website, blog, and store, all aimed at equipping educators, professionals, and families with necessary resources. Jenn’s goal is to foster independence and success in students.

Enhancing Functional Math Skills through Symbols and Visuals in Special Education

The session explored the vital role of symbols and visuals in teaching math to students with diverse learning needs. Practical examples covered topics like counting, basic operations, money, measurement, and time. Attendees learned how to create materials, implement strategies, and collaborate with others to empower students with functional math skills.

  • Date: 05/31/2024

  • Time: 3:30 PM CST

  • Presenter: Jenn Adams

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