Literacy Instruction for Children with Complex Communication Needs
Sally Clendon, PhD is a speech-language therapist with expertise in literacy instruction for children with complex communication and learning needs particularly those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Sally completed her PhD at the Centre for Literacy and Disability studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Since then Sally has held academic appointments in Australia and New Zealand, whilst also engaging in a variety of consulting work. Sally presents nationally and internationally and has worked with several schools across New Zealand to implement a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction for their students. Sally looks forward to sharing her passion for literacy and all that she has learned from working alongside teachers and students to ensure that ALL children have access to the communication and learning opportunities they need.
Day 1 – Literacy Instruction for Children who are Emergent Learners
The workshop will cover:
- The emergent literacy model
- Guiding principles for facilitating emergent literacy learning
- The importance of access to a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system for children with complex communication needs
- Specific strategies for creating print-rich environments, facilitating shared storybook reading interactions, providing emergent writing opportunities, and building important skill areas such as print concepts, phonological awareness, and alphabet knowledge
- Software, apps, and hardware available for supporting emergent literacy development
- Ideas for older students who are emergent learners.
Day 2 – Literacy Instruction for Children who are Early Conventional Learners
- The Whole-to-Part Literacy Model (Cunningham, 1993)
- Guiding principles for facilitating conventional literacy learning
- Specific strategies for supporting development in four key learning areas: comprehension strategies, word identification (decoding and sight words), self-selected reading, and writing
- Software, apps, and hardware available for supporting early conventional literacy development
- Ideas for older students who are early conventional learners
Attend 1 or both days.
Contact: Paula Shennan
(027) 474 4559