Inservice & Training

District staff are encouraged to download and use the inservice resources in this section, developed by PISP staff.  Some inservice topics may include a couple of options/packages, which are similar in intent/content but differ in format.

High School Participation This workshop addresses the role of the classroom elective teacher in supporting and including students with severe multiple disabilities in their classroom activities.  Five areas are reviewed which can really make an impact for students.  All photos and videos used in this workshop are from high schools throughout B.C.
Switch On Participation
(Can be delivered by your OT, PT, SLP or resource teacher)
Switch 101 A variety of switches including simple voice output devices (e.g., Jellybean, AirLink, BIGmack, Step-by-Step) and the AbleNet Powerlink are explored in this hands-on workshop to increase your understanding of how they can work to help increase your student’s participation and provide simple voice output. Practical ideas can be shared by all for switch use in the classroom, school at large, playground, home and community.
Strategies for Enhancing Non-verbal Communication
(Can be delivered by your SLP)
Strategies for Enhancing Non-verbal Communication Communication strategies such as choice making, developing a Personal Dictionary, and a review of a hierarchy of augmentative and alternative communication skills can be discussed, using videos, demonstration and experiential formats.
Putting The Teacher In The Driver Seat
(Can be delivered by your resource teacher)
Putting The Teacher In The Driver Seat …From IEP’s to Classroom Activities
Participants can work through a sample curriculum development in groups using the students with severe multiple disabilities illustrated in the video “Integration – Meeting The Challenge”. This includes: identifying the student’s skills to be reinforced in activities; brainstorming functional routine activities within the classroom, school and community; identifying those factors that are motivating to specific students.
Reporting Progress
(Can be delivered by your resource teacher or SLP)
Reporting Progress Participants can share in groups how they currently determine progress with some of their low incidence students. Most progress with students with severe multiple disabilities is noted through the generalization of those skills as the skills themselves often do not change dramatically. Areas of generalization and examples can be explored in this workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring along samples of their reporting formats to share with others.
Excellent Activity Checklist
(Can be delivered by your resource teacher or therapist)
Excellent Activity Checklist …For The Classroom.
Participants can learn about useful strategies to assist with inclusion for students with severe multiple disabilities as illustrated in the video “Integration – Meeting The Challenge”. Activities and strategies from the areas of occupational and physio therapy can be shared as well as some basic educational and non-verbal communication strategies.
Recipes For Friendships
(Can be delivered by your resource teacher or SLP)
Recipes For Friendships This workshop involves participants in experiences which model activities and strategies that can be used with peers to facilitate inclusion and better understanding of the student. Some of these strategies may include: brainstorming mutual interests, sharing skills and other information about the student, peer support groups, friends of… clubs, calendars, inservice paired with journal writing, etc.
Writing Meaningful IEPs
(Can be delivered by your resource teacher)
Writing Meaningful IEPs This workshop addresses key areas in long range planning. Participants learn about writing comprehensive student focused long range goal statements that blend key therapy areas/needs with functional educational outcomes. The group can practice writing measurable IEP objectives that reflect the student’s actual active participation versus team related actions.
Gym Activities For Everyone
(Can be delivered by your OT, PT or resource teacher)
Gym Activities For Everyone …Elementary & Secondary Strategies.
This workshop guides participants through a variety of strategies to help them adapt and modify gym activities within both elementary and secondary grades. Participants can view students using their own skills to participate in ways that are meaningful to them by referring to the PISP video: PE Modifications. Active versus passive participation is emphasized.
Transition To Adulthood
(Can be delivered by your resource teacher)
Transition To Adulthood …Tools For Secondary Teachers.
This workshop considers the role of the high school resource teacher in helping students and families to plan for transition to adulthood. Participants explore transition tools such as PATH, Microboards and developing a social calendar to weave into the student’s school scheduling in the last year of school.
Classroom Inservices
(Adapt to age level, delivered by teacher or therapist)
Classroom Inservices The classroom inservices offered in this section include:

  • Using Our Senses
  • Personal Dictionary
  • General Disability Inservice
A Walk On The Wild Side

(Can be delivered by any school support staff)

This inservice will walk participants through some “wild” resources on the PISP website as well as share some other very useful website links for students with severe multiple disabilities (Internet access is needed for this workshop).
Participation Plus!

(Can be delivered by any school support staff)

This inservice will walk participants through the participation kits on the PISP website.  This includes jobs, leisure activities or clubs, and activities for parallel participation in core academic subjects as well as electives.  Come prepared to fill in a 6 week implementation plan for your student!
Sleuthing Your Student’s Comprehension

(Can be delivered by a SLP or teacher)

Determining the comprehension skills for students who have multiple disabilities can be challenging.  This workshop will explore different ways for helping to get a clearer understanding of what these students may comprehend.
Vision…What to Look For

(Can be delivered by a teacher of the visually impaired)

Understanding our student’s visual needs is not always easy.  This workshop is a general overview of the common vision difficulties, including cortical visual impairment, faced by many of our students, and some general strategies to address their visual needs.

Best Practises for Inclusion


This workshop will look at visual examples of inclusion for both elementary and secondary environments within B.C. in relation to O’Brien’s five indicators for successful inclusion.