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MAIER PD: Literacy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Part 1
October 5, 2015
Speakers: Dr. Christi Carnahan & Dr. Pam Williamson
Session begins at 9am and ends by 3:30pm. Sign-in opens at 8:30am
Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road, Brewer, ME 04412, United States
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Are you interested in learning more about the literacy needs of your students with autism spectrum disorder? Are you looking for instructional approaches to meet these learners’ needs? This day long, introductory workshop is for you! In a fast paced, engaging format, you will learn about the factors that influence reading and writing across the autism spectrum, develop a framework for thinking about literacy instruction, and be introduced to specific strategies for meeting these learners’ needs. A follow-up day will be scheduled for spring!
This professional development opportunity will be conducted by nationally recognized experts on literacy and ASD, Dr. Christi Carnahan and Dr. Pam Williamson. The content will focus on a balanced approach to literacy including instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing. Each aspect of literacy will be linked to the unique cognitive, social, and communication issues inherent in ASD.
Dr. Christi Carnahan is a former special education teacher in both elementary and middle school, and is currently an Associate Professor of Special Education at the Univer-sity of Cincinnati. Dr. Carnahan has expertise in students more impacted on the autism spectrum and brings the needed background and specialty of functional communication for students who have no language or limited language. She will address how to teach literacy to students on the entire continuum.
Dr. Pam Williamson is a former special education teacher in both elementary and middle school, and is currently an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She currently works with both pre service and inservice teachers, preparing them to deliver high quality literacy instruction. Dr. Williamson has expertise with students on the spectrum, with an emphasis on students primarily in general education, and will focus on literacy instruction for these students.
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