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Using Active Learning with Older Students

As students get older, it is increasingly important to begin to focus on the skills that they will need for adult life. This should include functional skills that they need for everyday life, as well as recreational skills and participation in activities that bring them joy.  

The underlying question for all older students should be how current activities relate to future goals. When you get a student who is over the age of 14, everything you do needs to be focused on adult life and quality of life (both physical and mental health). This includes making choices, being actively engaged in one’s surroundings (rather than a passive observer), and developing meaningful recreational interests. It also includes hygiene and fashion, as well as self-care and independent living activities.

Read more about Transition Planning and Functional Activities.

To learn more about how to use an Active Learning approach with older learners, watch our webinar from November, 2018.  Get ideas for transition planning and functional activities!


New Videos on Active Learning Space!

A girl holds a plastic bottle while her teacher looks on.
This video of a recycling activity at Narbethong State Special School is a great example of a functional activity.
A girl holds a plastic bottle while her teacher looks on.
Watch 3 new videos from Penrickton demonstrating use of an Essef Board.
A boy makes a paper bag puppet with an adult.
This video is an example of Sharing the Work, which is one of the Five Phases of Educational Treatment.
A girl in a HOPSA dress wears tap shoes on a Resonance Board.
This video from Penrickton Center for Blind Children shows an older learner in a HOPSA dress wearing tap shoes on a Resonance Board.  
Demonstrations of using a loop turner to thread elastic.
Learn how to use a loop turner to thread elastic through plastic tubing in this video demonstration.
Watch this example of Consequence, Phase 5 of Educational Treatment.

Upcoming Events


Webinar:  Using an Active Learning Approach with Learners with CVI

Join us January 25 at 4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT!
This webinar is the 3rd in our series.  It's free, but you must register.

You can also register now for the remaining sessions:
Session 4:  March 29, 2018
Session 5:  May 17, 2018

This training event has been approved by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) and the State Board for Educator Certification based on the actual hours of the presentation not including breaks.

Active Learning Conference, Victoria, Texas

February 28-March 1, 2018
Victoria, Texas

Join Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., and learn how to increase functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors. This exciting conference will feature lecture, video and demonstrations. Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display throughout this conference.  This conference will help professionals and parents understand the theories of Active Learning, to facilitate simple ways to change the environment, and to create a daily curriculum that fosters independent and appropriate developmental learning.

Registration Cost: $25.00

For more information contact: Lottie Tomko 361-573-0731

Download the conference flyer.


Texas Focus 2018

March 2-3, 2018
Austin, Texas

Patty Obrzut will present two sessions at this year's Texas Focus Conference:  "It Is All Connected: Early Learning and Movement" and "Developing Comprehending Hands".


See the full list of all training events.

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