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2018 Low Incidence Disabilities Active Learning Conference

Victoria College  - Emerging Technology Complex

7403 Lone Tree Road, Victoria, TX 77901

Presenter:  Patty Obrzut, Director, Penrickton Center for the Blind, Michigan

Register now through Region 3 Education Service Center


Given the opportunity, any child can learn!  Active learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen has reshaped educational programming.  Motivating and empowering those with multiple special needs to be engaged by their environment, instead of being controlled by it.      

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.

Individuals with multiple disabilities (cerebral palsy, visual impairment, cognitive impairment, autism, hearing impairment, etc.) are at great risk from developing reliance on others to interact with the world around them.  Active Learning recognizes that every child/adult with special needs is unique.  The programming and intervention for facilitating learning must reflect this individuality. Active Learning emphasizes creating a developmentally appropriate and enriched environment so that children and adults with multiple special needs become active learners. 

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.  

Learning Objectives for this Conference

Participants will be able to:

  • Establish rich environments to encourage active learning vs. passive learning
  • Identify the role of play as a developmental tool in learning
  • Understanding the dynamic learning circle and the role a disability plays in disrupting this process
  • Identify strategies to encourage developmental learning
  • Identify how to use Active learning as an instrument for decreasing self-injurious behavior, self-stimulatory behaviors or aggressive behaviors
  • Understand the purpose and use of equipment that facilitates an Active Learning environment including:  the Little Room, Resonance Board, HOPSA-dress, Support Bench, Multi-functional table and others.
  • Understand and identify the emotional and intellectual levels of the special needs child. 
  • Identifying the role of the adult in promoting skill development
  • Assess a child’s developmental level with the use of the Functional Scheme
  • Establish a rich and appropriate Active Learning curriculum by developing appropriate IEP goals.  

Our Speaker

Patricia Obrzut is the Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children, a private, non-profit organization serving blind, special needs children ages 1-12 years.  Located in Taylor, Michigan, Penrickton Center offers residential, daycare, and consultative programs at no charge to families.  Ms. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and received the permission of Dr. Lilli Nielsen in 2002 to provide Active Learning educational trainings. She is considered an expert in the use Active Learning strategies, equipment, techniques, assessment tool and curriculum, implementing programming for special needs children since 1992.

Registration Fee

This year the cost of registration is ONLY $25.

Register now!

Family Members of School-aged Children with Visual Impairments

Limited assistance is available for Texas family members of students with visual impairments or deafblindness.  Please contact your HHSC caseworker if you have an active case open about their ability to help with the cost of registration and travel before requesting assistance from TSBVI Outreach.  To request assistance from TSBVI Outreach contact Kate Hurst at u.

If you are not sure if this conference is for you, you may want to visit the Active Learning Space Website prior to attending this event.  There you will learn some of the basics about Active Learning.