Assistive Technology Specialist &
Award Winning Author
National Speaker &
Award Winning Author
When: December 11-12, 2015
Where: Fountain Grove Inn, Hotel & Event Center
101 Fountain Grove Parkway
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Cost: $10 per seat (Deposit)
Note- In order to reserve your seat, you are required to pay a $10.00 deposit. You have the opportunity for reimbursement at check-in on the day of the event. You may also choose to donate the $10.00 to Down Syndrome Association North Bay to help cover some of the costs for this seminar. Thank you!
Day 1: Emergent Literacy
Day 2: Meet Their Needs And They Will Read
Day 1: Dr. Caroline Musselwhite
Emergent Balanced Literacy for Upper Elementary Through High School – Apps Included!
The prospect of teaching older students with significant disabilities to begin to read with comprehension and begin to write generatively can seem overwhelming. Often we decide to teach only ‘functional’ skills. But what is more functional that literacy? This presentation will cover: assessment for students who are difficult to assess, shared reading (developing a love of reading, and supporting language through reading), emergent writing (beginning to write with symbols, words, and the alphabet), self-selected story listening (listening to a range of engaging, age-respectful books), and an introduction to phonics (developing letter-sound connections) and phonemic awareness (understanding spoken language at the word, syllable, and letter level). Throughout the day, you will see student samples, videos, and creative use of apps. Use of age-respectful activities and materials will be considered for each section.
9:00– 9:45 Intro & Assessment Overview
9:45– 10:30 Shared Reading for Students
10:30– 10:45 Break
10:45– 12:00 Emergent Writing
12:00– 1:00 Lunch (included)
1:00– 1:30 Early Conventional Writing
1:30– 2:00 Self Selected Reading / Listening
2:00– 2:30 Intro To Phonics
2:30– 2:40 Break
2:40- 3:45 Interactive Phone / MIC Awareness
3:45– 4:00 Summary & Questions
4:00- 6:00 Social
Following Friday’s conference there
Friday’s Learning Outcomes:
1) Describe 3 assessment tools that can be used for students who are difficult to assess with standard tools
2) Identify at least 2 activities to support: shared reading, emergent writing, self-selected story listening, phonics, and phonemic awareness.
3) Describe at least 3 apps,and tell how you would use them interactively to support literacy learning.
4) Summarize at least two strategies for ensuring that activities and materials are age-respectful for older students.
Day 2: Natalie Hale
9:00– 11:30 Meet their needs and they will read
11:30– 11:45 Break
11:45– 12:45 “Best Practices” Down syndrome: for Parents and Educators
12:45-1:30 Lunch (included)
1:30-2:30 Personal Book Make-and-Take Workshop
2:30-3:15 Modifying Trade Books Workshop
3:15-3:30 Wrap-Up and opportunity to purchase materials
Saturday’s Presentation Goals:
1.)Step-by-step plan for teaching reading to individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental delays, regardless of age or secondary diagnoses.
2.) Immediately put strategies into practice.
3.) Understanding of how individuals with Down syndrome learn, including knowledge of learning weakness and strengths, and the best ways to work in accordance with them.
4.)Engaging the learner’s interest and willingness through high-interest material, followed by the essential techniques of designing brain-friendly formats and materials.
5.) Parents understand effective ways to communicate their child’s reading needs and current levels to educators.
6.) Educators and parents: “It’s never too late to learn to read,”enthusiasm, know-how, and tools.
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