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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Emergent Balanced Literacy for Pre-K and Early Elementary – Apps Included!

Where:  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

When:  Friday, March 4, 8 am - 3:30 pm

What:  The prospect of teaching students with disabilities to begin to read with comprehension and begin to write generatively can seem overwhelming. 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 and interacting with books across a range of genre); and alphabet interaction and phonemic awareness (understanding spoken language at the word, syllable, and letter level).

And?  Attendees can earn .6 ASHA CEUs if they attend the entire Friday workshop.

Download Vanderbilt Flyer

Friday, January 15, 2016

Tarheel Reader Books for Older Students - Caution!!

As you likely know, the wonderful FREE website, Tarheel Reader has lots of books that are age-respectful and engaging for older students who are emergent readers. 
Tarheel Reader

But don't forget that you can search ONLY for those slightly edgy books, by changing the rating to C (caution).

And my current favorite 'book of the week'?  Another by Reed A. Booke:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Alphabet EVERYWHERE! (Including the Bathroom)

You just never know when you might need to use the alphabet, to spell a word, or just model first letter clues.  This is an example of a mockup of a student's Big Keys keyboard, printed in color, laminated, and placed around the house.  I took a picture of the one resting on the towel rack in the bathroom.

Quick and easy!!

Idea from Dr. Gretchen Hanser


Oregon Assistive Technology Conference, February 8 & 9

Where:  Salem Convention Center, Salem, OR

When:  February 8 & 9, 8 - 3:45 each day

Who:  Speakers include Gayl Bowser, Mike Marotta, and Caroline Musselwhite

How Much:  $190 for 2 day fee, or $125 for one day
Full-time college students or parents of children with disabilities:  2 day fee is only $125!
A limited number of Parent Scholarships are available!!

OTAP Save the Date Flyer

Conference Registration Page

Sunday, January 10, 2016

SHARED READING: It's All About the Interaction!

This FREE Webinar is part of the Angelman Communication Training series.

What:  60 minute interactive webinar will cover shared reading for students with disabilities, with a focus on students with Angelman Syndrome.  A key focus will be on connecting shared reading and using core language on AAC systems.

When:  Thursday, January 14, 2016, noon-1 EST

Who:  Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Link:  Shared Reading webinar registration

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Great Supports for AAC Modeling at Home

Dana Gaeckle Nieder has shared some great data forms, along with social networking, to support families in modeling AAC with their children.

Find her tips & tools here:
Uncommon Sense Blog: Data for Modeling

The photo below shows a sample data form.  It's very simple, but includes lots of information.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Core 5 Webinar: ME MAKE GET LOOK

Angelman Communication Training Series:
Core 5 Webinar

What:  This hour-long webinar introduces strategies for supporting set 5 of the top 40 core words (DLM™ list, from the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies).  Key ideas for this webinar are:
• Empowering students to direct their support, thereby promoting self-advocacy
• Connecting these high-frequency words to shared reading and phonemic awareness

Who:  Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite and Erin Sheldon

Where:  Follow this link to watch the webinar:
Core 5 Webinar

Find the related book here:  Get Set for a Pet

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

(Almost) Free Workshop in St. Louis - Balanced Lit Overview, January 29, 2016

Topic:  The Balanced Literacy Overview for Students with Disabilities - Apps Included!

Location:  St. Louis, Missouri

Sponsor:  Fontbonne University, Alexander Graham Bell Academy, College of Education and Allied Health Professions, Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

Date / Time:  January 29, 2016, 8:30 - 3:30

CEUs:  Alexander Graham Bell Academy and ASHA CEUs

Fee:  $10!!

Registration Link: