Promoting Communication and Literacy Skills in Learners With Severe Disabilities

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Promoting Communication and Literacy Skills in Learners With Severe Disabilities

This program includes two recordings that lay out the challenges that interprofessional teams face when helping individuals with severe disabilities develop communication and literacy skills. The presenters propose solutions and practical strategies to combat these challenges. Participants will learn strategies for promoting the development of nonsymbolic communication skills, with the target of bridging learners' skills to intentional, symbolic communication. The program also describes comprehensive approaches to emergent and early conventional literacy that move beyond skill acquisition to skill application in meaningful print-rich contexts. These recordings originally appeared in the June 2014 online conference "Improving Communication of People With Severe Disabilities: Interprofessional Strategies."

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • describe the symbolization process
  • define touch cues and object cues that could be included in a signal dictionary, developed by an educational team for a learner who experiences multiple disabilities
  • identify the critical skills and understandings that indicate a learner is likely to be successful with comprehensive, conventional literacy instruction
  • identify the components of comprehensive instruction for emergent and conventional literacy learners

What is an eWorkshop?

An ASHA eWorkshop is an interactive, slide- and video-based workshop. Watch it at your leisure, and simply submit a completion form to earn CEUs.

System Requirements

To complete this program, you will need the following plugins:

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Reader

And one of the following browsers:

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or later, Netscape 7.x, Firefox 1.x or later, or Opera 7.11

Continuing Education

: 0.25 PDHs: 2.5
: 8/27/2014 to 6/11/2015
: Intermediate

Product Information

Item #(s): WEB14509
Client Age: All Ages
Format(s): eWorkshop
Language: English
Author: Susan M. Bruce, PhD, Susan M. Bashinski, EdD, Karen Erickson, PhD

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