Upcoming Events

We offer full day and half day workshops on a variety of topics for teachers, parents, schools, universities, and civic groups.  Please contact us for further information.
Kathy Oehler

 

Kathy Oehler, MS, CCC-SLP                  Cheryl Boucher, MS, OTR

Professional Development Workshops:

  1. “I HATE TO WRITE! INCREASING ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF RELUCTANT WRITERS”
  2. “I HATE TO WRITE! THE LINK BETWEEN WRITING AND BEHAVIOR”
  3. “SENSORY STRATEGIES FOR CLASSROOM SUCCESS”
  4. “I HATE TO WRITE!  EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING STRATEGIES TO HELP RELUCTANT WRITERS INCREASE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND IMPROVE BEHAVIOR”
  5. Other workshops available upon request

 

Keynote Presentation:

            “I HATE TO WRITE!  RESCUING OUR RELUCTANT WRITERS” 

All workshops available in full day or half day format.  For further information, contact:

          Kathy Oehler, MS, CCC-SLP: Kathy@ihatetowrite.com

          Cheryl Boucher, MSEd, OTR: Cheryl@ihatetowrite.com 

Target Audience: special ed / general ed teachers, SLPs, OTs, administrators, parents

Primary Beneficiaries: any student, with or without a disability, who struggles to meet Academic Standards due to writing challenges. Special focus on students with ASD.

Alignment: All information represents current research based / evidence based practices for special education, and is customized to align with Common Core or Academic Standards of the state where the workshop is offered.

Presenters: Kathy Oehler – MS, CCC-SLP, and Cheryl Boucher – MSEd, OTR, are coauthors of 

I Hate to Write – Tips for Helping Students wtih Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers.

 

Workshop Overview

Most students with autism hate to write. Even simple writing assignments require skills in language, organization, sensory, and visual motor areas. This session will help educators look at the writing process through the eyes of a student with autism. By focusing on the four aspects of writing that are most problematic for students with ASD: language, organization, sensory, and visual motor skills, teachers will learn new ways to help students with ASD and related disorders become happy, successful writers.

Writing is a high stakes skill, affecting both behavior and academic achievement. This session, presented by a Speech / Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist, will address the unique difficulties individuals with ASD and related disorders face when they are asked to write. Using an interactive format, the presenters will explore the organization, sensory, motor, and language challenges students experience during the writing process. The presenters will share frustrations frequently expressed by teachers as they try to help students meet the National Common Core Academic Standards for Writing: “He has good ideas but he just refuses to write!”, “He can’t seem to stay on topic”, “He shuts down every time he picks up a pencil”. Combining best practice strategies of an SLP and an OT, the presenters will offer specific, easy to use strategies to help teachers address writing challenges in the classroom. The afternoon session will focus on the use of computer based and IPad technology to facilitate writing skills in the classroom.

2017 Workshops and Speaking Engagements

February 6, 2017:  AANE Autism Webinar; “I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

February 8, 2017:  West Central Indiana Special Education Cooperative; “I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”, Kathy Oehler, MS, CCC-SLP

February 21, 22, 2017: Focus on Inclusion Conference, Indianapolis, IN….“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers” ; Sensory Strategies for Classroom Success;  “I Hate to Write! Executive Functioning Strategies to Help Reluctant Writers Achieve Classroom Success”

March 21, 2017:  Cayuga Onondaga BOCES, Auburn, NY; “I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

March 23, 2017: Indiana Resource Center for Autism Spring Training, Indianapolis, IN….“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

July 15 ,2017:  Milwaukee Wisconsin, 49th Annual Autism Society National Conference… ” I Hate To Write” Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

July 24, 2017: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; “I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

October 16, 2017: Plymouth Canton Educational Services; “I Hate to Write!  Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

 

2016 Workshops and Speaking Engagements

February 24, 2016: Focus on Inclusion Conference, Indianapolis, IN….“I Hate to Write! Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

March 21, 2016: Full Day training, Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell, Michigan….“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

June 22, 23, 2016:  Full day trainings, Rethink Possibilities Alt-Shift Summer Institute, Traverse City, Michigan….“I Hate to Write! Increasing Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”, “Sensory Strategies for ALL Students”, and “Executive Function and the Reluctant Writer”

July 14, 2016:  Autism Society of America National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana….“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

July 25, 2016: Full day training, Florida Atlantic University Summer Academy, Jupiter, Florida….”I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”  and  “Sensory Strategies for ALL Students”

August 12, 2016:  Full day training, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks, Alaska….“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers!” and “I Hate to Write! Strategies for Elementary Students” and “I Hate to Write! Strategies for Secondary Students” 

November 18, 2016: Full day training,  Region IV Assistive Technology Consortium, Detroit, Michigan….“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers!”

 

2014 / 2015 Workshops and Speaking Engagements

January 18,2014: Council on Autism and Related Disorders:  CARD Conference, Orlando Florida…”Strategies to Help Students with ASD Become Successful Writers”

January 23, 2014: 15th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Disabilities, Clearwater Beach, FL, CEC DADD (Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities)…..”I Hate to Write!  Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

March 7, 2014: Full Day training, Mishawaka School Corporation…..”I Hate to Write!  Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

March 25, 2014: OASIS, Fishers, IN…..”Autism – Top Ten Ways to Help Kids Learn”

July 25, 2014: Autism Society of America, Indianapolis, IN…..“I Hate to Write! Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

October – December, 2014: MSD Pike Township, Indianapolis, IN…..“I Hate to Write! The Link Between Writing and Behavior”

November 7, 2014: MSD Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN…..”Power of Priority – I Hate to Write!” Strategies to Help Kids with ASD Become Successful Writers

November 19, 2014: OCALICON,  Columbus, Ohio…..”I Hate to Write! Strategies to Help Kids With ASD Become Successful Writers

January 16-18/2015: Council on Autism and Related Disorders CARD Conference, Orlando, Florida…..I Hate to Write! Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

January 21-25, 2015: 16th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Disabilities, Clearwater Beach, FL, CEC DADD (Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities)…..”I Hate to Write!  Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

February 18, 2015: Learning Disabilities of America 52nd  Annual International Conference, Chicago, Illinois…..”I Hate to Write!  Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

April 4-11, 2015:  CEC 2015 (Council for Exceptional Children National Conference and Expo), San Diego, California…..”I Hate to Write!  Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

April 16-19, 2015: AOTA National Conference and Expo (American Occupational Therapy Association), Nashville, Tennessee…..”I Hate to Write!  Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Academic Achievement of Reluctant Writers”

May 21, 2015:  Indiana IEPResource  Center Spring Conference, Indianapolis, IN…….“I Hate to Write” and “Sensory Strategies for ALL Students”

September 16, 2015:  Indiana Association of School Psychologists Fall Conference, Indianapolis, IN…..“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”  and “Sensory Strategies for ALL Students”

September 22, 2015:  Early Childhood Administrators Conference, Indianapolis, IN…..“Evidence Based Practices in the Early Childhood Classroom”

October 9, 2015:  Rural Champaign County Special Education Cooperative, Champaign / Rantoul, IL…..full day workshop“I Hate to Write!”

October 13, 2015:  Clinton County RESA, St John, MI…..full day workshop“I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers”

October 15, 2015:  Kennedy Kreiger 15th Annual CARD Conference, Baltimore, MD…..“Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Increase Writing Skills of Reluctant Writers”

November 13, 2015:  Grant Wood School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa…….full day workshop “I Hate to Write”

November 20, 2015:  OCALI, Columbus, Ohio……“I Hate to Write! Strategies to Help Students with ASD Become Successful Writers”

 

2013 Workshops and Speaking Engagements

January 23 – 25:  CEC / DADD International Conference, Kona, Hawaii…..”I Hate to Write! Helping Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Become Successful Writers”

February 6: MSD Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN…..”Power of Priority – I Hate to Write!” Strategies to Help Kids with ASD Become Successful Writers

April 5: Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Indianapolis, IN…..”I Hate to Write! Strategies to Help Kids with ASD Become Successful Writers

April 13: IAEYC State Convention, Indianapolis, IN…..”Evidence Based Practices for Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom

June 10-13: Indiana School Health Network, Indianapolis, IN…..”Expanding Your Toolbox – Best Practice Strategies for Meeting the Health Needs of Students with ASD”

August 12, 13:  OASIS, Indianapolis, IN…..”Autism: Top Ten Ways to Help Kids Learn”

August 16: Randolph County Schools, Ashboro, NC…..”I Hate to Write! Strategies to Help Kids with ASD Become Successful Writers”

October 26:  Indiana Association of Occupational Therapists State Convention, Indianapolis, IN…..”I Hate to Write! Strategies to Help Kids with ASD Become Successful Writers”

November 8: National Association of Gifted Children National Conference, Indianapolis, IN…..”I Hate to Write!  Helping Students with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Abilities Achieve Success With the Writing Process”

November 20:  OCALICON, Columbus, Ohio…..”Strategies to Help Students with ASD Become Successful Writers”