Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Active Learning Conference Nov. 2018

This two-day Active Learning Conference will be held at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, Michigan November 5-6, 2018.

Given the opportunity, any child can learn! Active Learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, focuses on establishing motivating learning environments for children with multiple special needs. Join Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach. 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.

Conference Schedule

Monday – November 5, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Active Learning vs. Passive Learning

  • The history and philosophy of Active Learning
  • Establishing rich environments to encourage active learning vs. passive learning
  • The role of play as a developmental tool in learning
  • Understanding the dynamic learning circle and the role disability plays in disrupting this process
  • Identifying strategies to encourage developmental learning

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH – on your own

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Active Learning Equipment & Tools

  • Active learning as an instrument for decreasing self-injurious behavior, self-stimulatory behaviors or aggressive behaviors
  • Use and demonstration of equipment that facilitates an Active Learning environment: the Little Room, Resonance Board and the HOPSA-dress
  • Facilitating skills in spatial relations, object concept, increased muscle strength, weight bearing, unsupported sitting, standing and walking


Tuesday – November 6, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Active Learning Equipment & the Five Phases of Educational Treatment

  • Use and demonstration of equipment that facilitates an Active Learning environment: the Essef Board, Support Bench, Multi-Functional Table
  • Facilitating cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills, improving muscle strength and dexterity, improving weight bearing, unsupported sitting, and standing
  • Understanding and identifying the emotional and intellectual levels of the special needs child. Identifying the role of the adult in promoting skill development

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH – on your own

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. From Assessment to Curriculum

  • Assessing a child’s developmental level with the use of the Functional Scheme
  • Establishing a rich and appropriate Active Learning curriculum. Physical layouts for the classroom or playroom
  • Strategies for implementing Active Learning in the home, school and therapy environment
  • Community resources

Schedule Subject To Change

Contact Patty Obrzut for more information.

Active Learning flyer

Event Date: 

Nov 05, 2018 to Nov 06, 2018