Graduate Student of the Year interns at DSL

Kate Seader helps DSL participant C.J. create a new math worksheet on the computer.

Kate Seader knows what it’s like to fall through the cracks and not receive services when she needed them. She also knows it’s up to her to deal with it. 

“You have a responsibility to not give up,” she said. “You say OK, this happened, but now what do I need to do to cope with it?”

Seader, a 35-year-old graduate student in USU’s rehabilitation counseling program, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 at age 15. She lost her hearing three years later.

Seader is completing her final internship at the Developmental Skills Laboratory, which has been a new experience, but good.

“It’s a place where I can feel more involved,” she said. “I have experience already in state vocational rehabilitation office. I’ve already learned the ropes of procedures, but haven’t been very involved with people."

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CPD by the numbers

The Developmental Skills Lab serves 15 adult participants in Day Training, 8 participants in Respite and 9 participants in the Summer Program.

TAESE to provide high-tech coaching for teachers

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A coaching model for special education teachers based on the medical concept of doctors’ rounds is the highlight of a five-year contract awarded to the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) by the Utah State Office of Education.

According to David Forbush, associate director of TAESE and the project director for the Utah Professional Development and Technical Assistance (PD/TA) Network, special education teachers often don’t have a colleague to team up with, so the concept of “digital educational rounds” was created. 

Only about 5 percent of teachers will implement what they learn in professional development activities without coaching, Forbush said, so coaching will make up a large part of the service provided by TAESE.

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