Presented by Barbara Wollak, CCC-SLP
Barbara Wollak has over 30 years experience as a speech and language pathologist as well as a literacy and assistive technology specialist. She currently co-teaches “Effective Literacy Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities” at the University of Saint Thomas as well as coordinating the Literacy Session at Camp Courage, which is under the direction of Drs. David Koppenhaver and Karen Erickson. Barb has presented at many regional and national conferences and has co-authored several articles with David Koppenhaver. Barb was awarded the ARC “Teacher of the Year” in 2009 and the STAR award for “Excellence in Assistive Technology” in 2007.
Fee: $50 Autism Society members; $75 non-members; parent stipends available upon request
Participants will learn the basics for teaching students with disabilities to read and write by providing comprehensive instruction, using scientifically based research and evidenced-based practices. Video and case studies will be presented along with demonstrations of how to teach working with words, guided reading, writing, and self-selected reading. An extensive resource list of mostly free technologies to support each component of comprehensive instruction will be given to everyone attending.
As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Identify the components of comprehensive instruction so that students are able to read silently with comprehension.
2. Identify at least one researched-based or evidenced-based strategy for working with each of the Four Blocks of comprehensive instruction
3. Identify at least one free resource to support teaching each of the components of comprehensive instruction