EdChat Events

What is an EdChat?

Interactive:EdChats are online presentations with an interactive element. Presenters will be speaking live along with a PowerPoint, and attendees are free to type questions to spark further detail and discussion.
Inclusive:EdChats are open to AECMN members - the intended audience is typically educators that work with children in the hospital setting, but are beneficial to all educators and pediatric hospital employees. 
Free:EdChats are completely free to sign up for, and can be attended from anywhere you have internet access.
Archived:EdChats are archived and accessible at any time, as long as you are an AECMN member. 

Spots are limited, so make sure to save your seat!

2017-18 EdChat Schedule:

Date Topic & Description  Facilitated By
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Brain Station: An Innovative Educational Program
Dr. Carrie Sakaino led an interactive discussion on Brain Station, a program that offers a “classroom atmosphere” at her hospital educational program in Hawaii. Brain Station provides a sense of normalcy/routine for student-patients as well as an environment that promotes a smooth transition from hospital-home-school. Activities/lessons are based around the pillars of Cognitive Rehabilitation (Concentration, Memory, Language & Executive Functions/Problem Solving) also integrating subject areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies). This discussion included sample activities, a calendar, as well as tips on initiating the concepts of this program into your educational services/supports. See EdChat Archive for resources! 
Carrie Sakaino
AECMN Secretary
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Hospital Setting
This EdChat focused on how to best serve our patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the hospital setting. Sara Midura provided an overview of ASD, guidance, and resources for best meeting educational goals while they are hospitalized. This EdChat focused on how to best serve these patients both on medical floors as well as the Behavioral Health setting. See EdChat Archive for resources!
Sara Midura
AECMN Communications and Media Coordinator
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Eating Disorders 101 for Educators
Eating disorders are complex, lethal conditions with emotional, physical, and cultural components. This interactive webinar focused on the causes of eating disorders (ED), treatment of adolescents with ED, and school-related issues for these students. Mindy is the head of the school programs at Veritas Collaborative, a behavioral health hospital system with facilities in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Veritas partners with the Duke Hospital School in Durham, NC. See EdChat Archive for resources! 
Mindy Elliott
AECMN Vice President
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Supporting Transgender Students
This EdChat explored through a series of case studies how to successfully navigate the transition from hospital to school for a transgendered student. We explored how to productively manage the critical conversations that go into support these students as they return. See EdChat Archive for resources! 

Brandon Sethi
AECMN Treasurer 

Thursday, March 15, 2018 Understanding the Implications of a Brain Injury Within a Classroom
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
Liz Gerdeman, MA / Director of Professional Programs
Cari Ledger, EdS, NCSP, CBIS / Youth Education Liaison

See EdChat Archive for resources!
Liz Gerdeman
Cari Ledger

Samantha Shea

AECMN President 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Mindful Presence:  One's Ideal Learning Space

Integrative Services are the complementary "mind-body-spirit" treatments offered to our patients and families along with standard care. This is a blooming field of care! Our services can help with anxiety of illness and the stresses that come with extended hospitalization. It can make the patient feel more comfortable and help to manage the side effects of their treatment, as well as the symptoms of the illness itself.

These holistic, more natural treatments are very gentle and are welcomed by many. Integrative modalities can also assists patients to cope with the responsibility of school. It has been observed that the student who is feeling more relaxed, less fatigued, with less pain and aches, has an easier time normalizing themselves during their school session. If you want to learn more about this type of care in the hospital setting, see the EdChat Archive for resources!

Joyce Wong

Carrie Sakaino

AECMN Secretary 


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