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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Balanced Literacy Club FREE Overview Workshop: September 22, 2016, Phoenix, AZ

The prospect of teaching students with significant disabilities to read with comprehension and write generatively may seem daunting. This presentation will review a Balanced Literacy Club approach, working as a team to support all teachers, therapists, and aides.  This project included:  a full-day presentation, short monthly presentations including make-it projects, in-class modeling and coaching, and team celebration of successes.  So far, the clubs have spanned a dozen school districts and 100 + classrooms, and include a range of students include a range of students (with cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorders, physical impairments, and using AAC devices).  We will share:  assessment ideas, videos, data, specific strategies for all parts of balanced literacy (word study, guided reading, writing, and self-selected reading), and tips for getting EVERYONE onboard and excited about pushing for quality, research-based literacy instruction. For each area, you will see several apps and how to use those apps interactively.

WHERE:  Southwest Human Development
2850 N 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85340. 

WHO:  Presenters include:
Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Deanna K. Wagner

HOW:  This workshop if FREE but you must preregister as space is limited. 
Fill out the form below.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ready, Set, Write! Alternative Pencils and Writing for Students with the Most Significant Needs

WHAT:  Handout for a presentation at ISAAC in Toronto, August 8, 2016

WHERE:  Download the handout below

Download Ready Set Write

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Burning Man: The World's Biggest Playground - A great book!

WHAT:  Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground, by Peter Armenia
This book tells about Burning Man, ". . . a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance." http://burningman.org/event/
This book is created by Peter Armenia, who is clearly:
- A gifted photographer (truly fantastic photos of all elements of Black Rock City)
- A loving father, as this book was written for his daughter Veronica
- A person with an ear for child-friendly text (possibly showing some influence from his wife, Dr. Gretchen Hanser of emergent literacy fame)
- A master of design, making text POP via use of color, size, placement, and more
- An aficionado of the Burning Man event

WHY:  Burning Man - The World's Biggest Playground is a great book to support students who are emergent or early conventional readers because:
- The text and photos make it highly engaging
- It is age respectful for student of all ages
- The attention to text features and patterns make it a book that students can connect to

WHERE:  Find out more and order the book here:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Constructing Simple Eye-Gaze Frame with CPVC Pipe

WHAT:  This 33-page booklet by Dr. Carol Goossens, gives step-by-step instructions for constructing an eye gaze frame. 

This resource provides information on how to:

1) construct a simple eye-gaze frame using CPVC tubing and fittings;
2) construct a horseshoe communication display using clear PETG plastic;
3) construct 'permanent communication displays' for high frequency sets /activities;
4) construct displays with detachable symbols;
5) store detachable symbols in a format that promotes long range use by the entire school/agency.

Download the booklet for $5 at the link below:
Constructing an Eye Gaze Frame 


TPT Can We Chat: Co-Planned Sequenced Social Scripts

WHAT:  This book by Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite and Linda J. Burkhart describes strategies for developing co-planned sequenced social scripts for students who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) . Items covered include: WHO should use social scripts; WHAT topics are best; HOW to help students co-plan and deliver scripts; and WHEN to deliver scripts. Sample scripts are included.

WHERE:  Download this book for $5.99 from Teachers Pay Teachers at the link below:
Can We Chat Book

TPT: Out & About Book FREE

What:  Bookette describing how to set up a community outing program for students who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, including:
• WHO should be included in outings
• WHERE outings might take place
• WHAT activities can provide AAC support

Where:  Buy the bookette for $3.99 from Teachers Pay Teachers, using the link below:
Out & About Bookette

TPT: Communication Circles Book

Communication Circles:  With a Little Help From My Friends

What:  Bookette outlining setting up a Communication Circle to support students who use Augmentative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).  Gives ideas for setting up a peer circle to support target students in rehearsing, practicing, modeling, and using AAC with unfamiliar partners. 

Where:  Buy the bookette for $3.99 from Teachers Pay Teachers, using the link below:
Communication Circle Book