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Maximizing the Literacy Skills of Individuals who Require AAC


Janice Light

Janice Light,
Penn State University

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Webcast Description

Literacy skills are critical for individuals who require AAC. Unfortunately, many individuals who require AAC experience significant difficulties in acquiring literacy skills.

This session will discuss effective evidence-based practices to maximize the literacy skills of individuals who require AAC. Case studies (including video) will be used to illustrate effective interventions to help student who require AAC:
(a) acquire phonological awareness skills,
(b) learn to read words,
(c) participate in shared reading activities with personalized books, and
(d) write their own stories.
With appropriate instruction, individuals who require AAC can achieve improved literacy skills and will be able to maximize their educational and vocational outcomes.

Additional Resources

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The AAC-RERC Literacy Website

This website provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners with complex communication needs

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CEUs are available from RESNA for this webcast.  RESNA CEUs are accepted by ASHA, AOTA, RESNA, and other IACET organizations.



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