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koppenhaverd
why special vs. regular ed?
Wed Jun 3, 2015 15:12
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First, I really like your addition of "observing" to the emergent literacy model (Speaking, listening, reading, writing). Excellent idea.

In answer to your question, I have a couple of thoughts, and would love to hear others:
• an awful lot of teachers, schools, and school systems teach to labels. They segregate students with ASD in separate classrooms and schools, and then attempt to teach them. If your mindset is that ASD is not a part of the normal continuum of human difference, and, in fact, these kids are so different that you have to segregate them to teach them, it makes sense that you would choose "special" methods and not draw on best practice in regular education. My colleagues and I obviously disagree with this view.
• the behaviors, communication difficulties, and comprehension challenges you have observed in the videos, experienced in classrooms, and read about, are often misinterpreted as learning potential. My experience (but keep in mind I work collaboratively with really smart, talented people from special education, speech-language, assistive technology, literacy education, occupational therapy, and other professions) is that every kid can learn. The challenge is figuring out what engages their interest, identifying and framing what they need to learn, and then providing it systematically enough to help them move forward.

  • I really enjoyed the reading, "Natural Emergent Literacy Supports for Preschoolers with Autism and Severe Communication Impairments by David A. Koppenhaver, PhD and Karen A. Erickson, PhD." It helped ... more
    • why special vs. regular ed? - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 3 15:12
      • every kid can learn - Cynthia Trickel, Thu Jun 4 20:23
        Love it! I agree! Too many times I hear teachers say that a certain student can not learn a certain skill, when in fact the question should be what do I need to do to change my way of teaching to... more
      • Re: Koppenhaverd - bennettmc, Thu Jun 4 09:43
        Dr. Koppenhaver, I agree with you response that schools are so quick to teach to labels. I wonder what are the most effective way of breaking these stereotypes and misunderstandings? Your research... more
        • labels - Cynthia Trickel, Thu Jun 4 20:33
          We should all wear a label! I dare say that not one of us can say we do not have some particular learning hindrance. Why are we so focused on ones that have a diagnosis or meet a certain criteria and ... more
    • Re: Emergent Lit at home does work for children - McKenzi Davis, Wed Jun 3 12:13
      This is a very interesting point that you brought up. I've always known how big of an effect early introductions to texts have on literacy development for children. Even when children cannot read at... more
      • the gap - Cynthia Trickel, Fri Jun 5 19:16
        Very interesting point...That reading to students with ASD can help to close the gap in their literacy skills. My mind goes back to the video of the mother reading and the child's reaction. It was... more
      • Response to McKenzi Davis - Navila Castro, Thu Jun 4 21:20
        McKenzi, you brought up a great point! Even with children with ASD, emergent literacy like shared reading interaction at home are good for literacy development. I personally enjoyed watching the... more
      • CROWD in the CAR - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 3 15:15
        McKenzi, early reading (and writing for that matter),is critical to learning more efficiently in school. You're dead right! That's also why structures like CAR or CROWD in the CAR are critical. They... more
      • Re: McKenzi Davis - bennettmc, Wed Jun 3 13:12
        I agree with you McKenzi. Your post even makes me think about how there are many other influences besides teachers. Although children may spend a lot of time with teachers, a large majority of the... more
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