Creating Visual Materials

Hands-on workshop focusing on Publisher & Google Slides

Target Audience

  • Intervention specialists

  • Related Service personnel

  • Anyone interested in learning or improving their use of graphics when making materials

  • Paraprofessionals working with students with disabilities

For the Computer Beginners

Workshop Overview

It is drilled into us that many students with disabilities need visuals to be successful. One of the main reasons that the visuals are not used consistently is that they can be difficult to make and personalize. This series of courses are for the computer beginners to gain confidence using various software options to create great visuals for their students. Intermediate level computer users may learn tips and shortcuts to speed up the process.

For Googles Slide sessions, be sure that you have access to this prior to the session, IT/administrator approval may be needed to activate

Laptops are required for these courses.


Oct 28 MS Publisher: Create a high interest student token board. MS Publisher required

Nov. 11 Google Slides – Create a high interest student token board and visual schedule.

Dec. 2 Boom Cards – What are they and how can I use and create them. No special software needed

Jan. 6 MS Publisher – Create visual schedules/work systems and picture icons. MS Publisher required

Feb. 10 Google Slides – Create interactive activities

March 3 MS Publisher – Creating visual recipes. MS Publisher required

April 7 Google Slides – Creating interactive visual recipes

May 12 Google Slides – Creating a visual resume

Workshop Essential Information


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Wednesday, January 6. 2021

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (sign-in starts 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop)

Location: The Madison-Champaign ESC

2200 S US Highway 68

Urbana, Ohio, 43078

Registration Fee:


$35.00 per person for employees of districts/agencies in Madison, Champaign, Clark, Hardin, Logan and Shelby counties

$50.00 per person for employees of districts/agencies in counties other than those listed above.

To Register: click on the REGISTER NOW image below


1 Personal Pizza, a soda, and cookie will be provided as part of the event.

Contact Hours

The ESC will provide 2 contact hours per session.

About the Presenter: Patricia Kauffman, OT/L

Patricia Kauffman, OT/L, is the LIFE Skills Lab Coordinator for Madison Champaign ESC in Urbana, OH. Kauffman has spent 28 years in the school setting and owned a private practice in Worthington, OH, for 7 years. She developed the LIFE Skills Lab at MCESC in 2016 and has significantly expanded the program as a recipient of an ODE grant in 2018-19. She has attended TEACCH trainings including the 5-day: Adolescents & Adults Transitioning to Vocational, Residential and Community Settings. She recently presented at SST6 Best Practice Showcase 2019, OCALICON 2019, and AOTA’s 2020 national virtual conference.

Keeping Healthy While Attending PD in the COVID-19 Era.