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Saturday 18 Nov 2017

Reading is Fundamental!!

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP

Start off the new school year with a plan for literacy instruction for your child. Many educators and parents struggle with finding the best ways to support literacy instruction for children with communication challenges.  Dr. Janice Light and Dr. David McNaughton have been working on a project to develop a comprehensive literacy program specifically designed for children with special needs.

To increase your knowledge of some strategies that have been proven to work, go check out the Penn State Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and Other Disabilities website.  You will find research-based guidelines for early intervention designed to maximize the language and communication development of young children with complex communication needs.  The curriculum is specifically designed for learners who have difficulty using speech to communicate.

On this website you will find:

  • Specific literacy skills to teach
  • How to teach these skills
  • Videotaped examples of instruction with learners with special needs
  • Student success stories
  • Research study results

 

Instruction addresses knowledge and skills in the following domains:

  • Language skills
  • Phonological awareness skills
  • Letter-sound correspondences
  • Decoding skills
  • Application of decoding
  • Recognition of sight words
  • Reading and understanding simple texts

 

References:

Penn State Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and Other Disabilities website

http://aacliteracy.psu.edu/index.php/page/show/id/1

 

Visit the AAC-RERC website for a free webcast:  Maximizing the literacy skills of individuals who require AAC by Janice Light and David McNaughton

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