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teaching reading and writing to kids who can't talk
Mon Jun 1, 2015 14:49

The go-to resource for answers to this question is the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. There website is

  • High Expectations - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:19
    One thing I walked away with was the reminder of the importance of holding high expectations and to always keep the least dangerous assumption at the forefront of your mind. It is important to never... more
    • teaching reading and writing to kids who can't talk - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:49
    • High Expectations Reply - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 22:56
      I completely agree that holding high expectations for students is crucial for a successful classroom, especially in a Special Education Classroom. I have heard horror stories from professors about... more
    • Re: Stacy - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 18:57
      I definitely agree with this! I am glad that you have walked away with this reminder because I think that many people forget this fact and think that just because one way of teaching a student isn't... more
    • Reply to Stacy - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:38
      I totally agree with you. As a first year teacher I know that I will have preconceived ideas about my students based on their label. I want to be a teacher than reads "intellectual disability", and... more
      • teaching labels - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:51
        Hunter, I admire your goal. The point of providing you so many different kinds of videos was to help you see that ASD is not ASD is not ASD. Each person is an individual. You're absolutely right that ... more
    • Agreed! - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 18:37
      I couldn't agree more! It's so important for us to expect a lot out of our kids. We don't have the right to decide what our kids can and cannot do. I certainly want to make sure I don't place... more
    • Re: High Expectations - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:00
      Stacy, I completely agree with you and your point about holding high expectations. One thing I keep in mind is that everyone has a special ability that they are very good at. If a student is not... more
    • High Expectation/ Picture Communication - coxdm, Sat May 30 13:18
      I completely agree with you Stacy that it is important for us to hold our students to high expectations. I feel as if even when we push our students beyond what they believe they are capable of, they ... more
      • non-verbal students - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:57
        The current terminology is "students with complex communication needs." The field developed to address this complexity and develop ways to assist communication in people who cannot talk is... more
      • Reply to coxdm - Stacy huffman, Sat May 30 16:38
        I do use picture symbols daily in my room. My struggle is teaching my non-verbal students to read because the challenge lies in ensuring that they have a good phonemic awareness. This is difficult to ... more
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