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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Friday, December 15 • 10:45am - 11:35am
Maximizing the Benefit of Storybook Reading to Increase Communication for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs with Severe Disabilities FILLING

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Over a decade of research has documented that a child's home environment influences emergent literacy skills in early childhood (Teals, 1987; Bennett et al., 2002). These skills that children develop early in life form the foundation for future success in reading. Accordingly, teachers, parents and other caregivers are instrumental in supporting their children's literacy development by providing them with opportunities to participate in activities that promote literacy and oral language in life. We will focus on one such context that has repeatedly been shown to relate to literacy outcomes: shared reading. Many children with disabilities will have difficulty participating and learning from shared reading activities without appropriate supports. In this session, presenters will provide practical, evidence-based strategies that caregivers, teachers, and other adults can immediately implement to increase the quantity and quality of shared reading experiences. In terms of specific content, we will demonstrate evidence based practices that are shown to improve literacy and communication outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs and have severe disabilities. The presenters will first discuss foundational strategies for creating a reading environment and establishing an appropriate routine around book reading ( Fleury, 2014). In addition, the presenters will demonstrate evidence-based methods for increasing compliance and active participation during book readings, which include selecting texts that appeal to children's interests; establishing (and teaching) expectations for book reading, question and prompting strategies that can be embedded during reading to increase children's engagement, and providing targeted feedback (Fleury, 2014; Fleury & Schwartz, 2016). Participants will learn how to take these strategies and implement them in the general education classroom in order to increase the success of communication and reading for individuals with disabilities. In addition, strategies will be given that focus on how to modify books and book reading activities for individuals that are English Learners. Finally, the presenters will explain and demonstrate a modified book reading strategy for children who have complex communication needs, which includes simple curricular adaptations such as highlighting key vocabulary with visual symbols and providing children with response boards to communicate (Fleury & Kemper, 2016). The examples that will be utilized can be used across the grade span, from early intervention to transition and adulthood. A variety of instructional strategies will be used to engage workshop attendees with the content and facilitate learning, to include: lecture, video examples, live demonstrations/modeling, and discussion.

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Veronica Fleury

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Veronica Fleury, Ph.D., BCBA-D Dr. Fleury is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as the coordinator for the autism teacher licensure and master’s degree program. Her research focuses on optimizing instruction for learners... Read More →

Friday December 15, 2017 10:45am - 11:35am EST
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