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Students with Communication, Intellectual & Physical Challenges CAN Read - Phonics Instruction WITHOUT the Drill!

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Students with significant disabilities are frequently thought to be “sight word only” readers; however research in the past decade has documented that this population of students can successfully learn phonics. This session will provide a brief overview of the importance of phonics and the different phonics instructional approaches. We will describe effective research-based phonics instruction for students who have little or no speech, and/or intellectual and physical disabilities. The presentation will include lesson demonstration, student videos, and use of apps to support learning and enhance motivation. Informal assessment methods will also be shared. Come see how phonics can be taught – without the drill!

Author(s):

Gretchen Hanser    
Literacy, Learning & Communication
United States

Caroline Musselwhite    
AAC Intervention
United States

 

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