2022 HELIX In-Person Experience: High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

35. Grow Your Toolbox: Leveraging Science to Improve Writing for Students with Complex Needs

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Session Dates

Wednesday November 16, 2022 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


The ability to write has enormous power for all students, especially those with complex learning needs. The good news is that decades of research across the world has given us a preponderance of evidence to inform how reading and writing develop. Given that the pandemic has resulted in significant reductions in instruction and student backslide, using science to increase instructional efficacy and efficiency, and optimize student outcome, is essential. Learn how all students, especially those with complex learning needs, can become authors when systematic, sequential and explicit instruction is anchored in the science of writing. This session will also show how the not-so-simple view of writing can help practitioners assess the knowledge, skills, and curriculum materials needed to improve evidence-based practice in written language. Classroom-based videos and student examples will be shared throughout the session. Participants will see how assessment data, partnered with high-quality instruction, enables changes in mindset that written language is an important form of communication for ALL individuals.

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply the not-so-simple view of writing to evaluate curricula for students with complex learning needs.
  • Describe the essential components of a science-based, comprehensive writing program.
  • List the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated reading and writing instruction for students with complex learning needs.


Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers, consultants, training and consulting staff, paraprofessionals, family members Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 810-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattankop.net.

Event Info

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Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Janet Sturm Ph.D. CCC-SLP BCS-CL

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta