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Literacy Instruction for Students with Complex Support Needs

This is an in-person session.  This offering is FREE for Montgomery County public school districts.

The opportunity to learn to read and write should be afforded to ALL, regardless of ability or disability. In this two day interactive workshop, we will explore how to build a comprehensive literacy program that will develop reading and writing skills in students who have limited verbal abilities and other complex needs. Participants will learn a research-based framework that embodies a comprehensive approach to teaching reading and writing in an adapted way for our most complex learners.

We will discuss emergent and conventional literacy strategies and how to identify interventions that match students’ instructional levels. Participants will learn how to integrate foundational literacy skills into comprehensive literacy instruction so students learn to generalize these skills. Join this workshop to explore instructional strategies that build reading comprehension and vocabulary skills, expand decoding skills, and create meaningful reading and writing experiences. Together, we will connect best practices of literacy instruction to Assistive Technology and AAC (Aumentative and Alternative Communication) to ensure that stuents with limited verbal abilities have meaningful opportunities to engage in reading and writing.
Registered participants will receive a free copy of Comprehensive Literacy for All: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write by Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver.

Using AAC Effectively to Support Literacy Instruction

Students with limited verbal skills typically require some form of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).  AAC users may rely heavily on reading and writing skills for expressive communication; therefore, comprehensive literacy instruction is particularly important.  In this course, we will connect best practices of literacy instruction to AAC to ensure that non-speaking students have meaningful opportunities to engage in reading and writing.


This is the second post of a mini-series being presented by Julie Ortlieb.  Check the MCIU Learning Network throughout this year to see more posts from this series.