Mindsight Inclusion offers workshops and certificate courses customised for schools and parent groups based on the desired training outcomes, age levels, and types of settings (mainstream, special education, or home settings). Each course also provides instructions in developing products (e.g., IEPs, social stories, teaching materials, Intervention Plans based on real cases) that can be immediately implemented.
Courses can be conducted in English or Mandarin upon request.
WORKSHOP TOPICS & DESCRIPTIONS
1. Special Needs and Developmental Delays
This workshop introduces the characteristics of students with various special needs (e.g., Intellectual disabilities, Learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Behavioural and emotional disorders, physical disabilities) as well as practical teaching strategies and accommodations for teachers and parents.
2. Advanced methods for teaching special needs children
This workshop focuses on advanced teaching techniques and pedagogy proven by decades of research in promoting learning outcomes for children with special needs. Research has shown that these strategies enhance the learning outcomes of typical children in thinking and learning. Examples of these approaches include (but are not limited to) cognitive strategies, direct instruction, collaborative learning and peer-mediated strategies, task analysis, and differentiated learning.
3. Behaviour management (Positive Behaviour Support)
This workshop provides educators practical teaching strategies on conducting Functional Behavioural Assessment (FBA) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans that foster positive outcomes for students who have problem behaviours (such as disrupting the lessons, walking around or talking to peers during lessons, stealing, fighting etc.).
4. Universal Design for Learning
This workshop focuses on teaching children with diverse learning needs (low achievers or children with delays) in mainstream classrooms.
Theory of Universal Design for Learning as well as practical teaching tool such as WebQuest, graphic organizers, differentiated tiered assignment) will be introduced and integrated into the existing school curriculum.
5. Differentiated Instruction
This workshop focuses on the theory of Differentiated Instruction as well as practical teaching techniques to accommodate different ability levels of students in a mainstream classroom. The strategies enhance the student participation, motivation as well as learning outcomes.
6. Research Methods
This workshop provides general research methods commonly used in the school settings and hands-on practice using statistics (quantitative analysis) and qualitative analysis. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with the skills to confidently identify a research problem, design a research study, obtain exposures to various research methods (both qualitative and quantitative methods), and conduct a basic repertoire of statistical data analyses using foundational level of SPSS statistical tests.
7. Data Driven Conversations
This workshop focuses on exploring different types of data to collect in school settings, as well as varies scientific ways to document and measure different types of data. Traditionally test scores are used to measure students’ learning outcomes. However, test scores alone are not sufficient in providing more comprehensive and constructive feedback to teaching and learning. Thus new ways of data definition and collection (such as attitude and learning behaviours) can provide teachers a more holistic ways of measuring learning for diverse learners.
8. Sensory and motor development
This workshop introduces the developmental milestones for motor and sensory development in young children (birth to 8 years of age). In addition, the importance of sensory and motor development and its impact on academic learning will be presented. Useful activities that parents and teachers can do to facilitate sensory processing integration and children’s brain development will be shared.
9. Early Intervention
This workshop focuses on the effect and benefits of early intervention as well as research-proven strategies for accommodating young children (birth to 8 years of age) in mainstream settings. The recommended ways to collaborate with families will also be addressed.
10. Autism and Executive Function
This workshop emphasizes on understanding the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and brain’s Executive Function in children with ASD in particular. Executive Function refers to brain’s ability to plan, predict consequence, impulse control, organize, and change behaviours. Some children, especially children with ASD, have challenges in Executive Function. Research-proven strategies will also be shared in this workshop.