Participants will be able to:
- Understand the continuum of approaches to reading instruction for typical students and the way in which different approaches have been applied to students with developmental disabilities;
- Learn how to complete a specific assessment process to describe the current stage of reading development in six related areas for students with developmental disabilities;
- Select appropriate goal areas and component skills to match the student profile of relative strengths and challenges in reading;
- Apply criteria for choosing, adapting and creating books and other text materials to match a student’s stage of reading development;
- Plan for instruction that matches components of a comprehensive, balanced literacy approach;
- Incorporate selected literacy goals and objectives into the content, activities and ongoing routines of the classroom curriculum.
- Begin to apply theory to practice when examining planning frameworks from the perspective of their current professional roles and context/s.