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Using Visuals To Build A Community For Students With Asd

Thursday, January 13, 2022
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Tampa Convention Center
Special Needs Students Pedagogical Techniques
Grade Levels
All Grade Levels
Sponsored By
Visuals for ASD 2022


Let me make your job a bit easier by using what we know about students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As we learned from Temple Grandin, “thinking in pictures” is an important communication pathway. During this session we will look at how video modeling, picture strategies, alternate notation, and applications help to reach students with ASD. These solutions will help us include students in the music community.

Dr. Christine Lapka 

Univ of Central Florida
Assistant Professor

Dr. Christine Lapka is committed to guiding teacher education candidates in the areas of exceptionalities in music, and elementary music methods at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Before UCF, Dr. Lapka was a professor of music at Western Illinois University. Throughout her career, she found her two undergraduate degrees invaluable to her teaching (Music Education & Music Therapy). She served the Illinois Music Educators Association, as the Learners with Exceptionalities Chair, for 15 years and received the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence.
As a leader in the area of disabilities in music, she presents across the country and has articles in music education journals. Her chapters are “Including Students with Disabilities in Instrumental Ensembles,” in Exceptional Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities: International Perspectives (Oxford University Press) and “Breaking Down Barriers for Students with Disabilities in Your Choir” in The Choral Conductor’s Companion (GIA).

Session Coordinator:
Ms Emma Burke

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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