Supporting Reading and Communication in Learners with Diverse Needs

May 20, 2022 at 9:00AM PDT
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Students impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure often experience a variety of challenges, but they also possess diverse strengths, abilities, and resilience (Flannigan, Harding, Reid, 2018). Building our understanding and awareness of these challenges and appropriate FASD-informed supports is key to improving outcomes.

This 2 1/2 hour presentation will briefly describe the unique nature of FASD and its impact on learning, followed by two talented Speech and Language Pathologists who will share how we can support areas of difficulty in reading and communication.

"Science of Reading"

We read with our brains! This may not surprise you but the way in which it happens is fascinating.

In the “Science of Reading” (What does this mean for students with FASD?), Caroline Northey, a speech-language pathologist in SD57, hopes to provide participants with a deeper understanding of how we learn to read, what skills are involved, how these skills work together, and which parts of the brain are responsible for reading development.

She will also provide some insight into why the process of learning to read and reading to learn occurs at a slower rate for students diagnosed with FASD.

“Communication and the 8 Magic Keys”

How can we use the Eight Magic Keys to structure our language to support learners with FASD?

Nicole Haines, a speech-language pathologist, will share that for students with impairments in expressive, receptive, and social communication skills, the language world can be confusing and overwhelming. Let's explore how we can make it more manageable and tangible for our learners! Come away from the session with at least one strategy you can start using immediately.


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