2020 HELIX Revisited

18. Emergent Literacy Instruction: Practical Guidance for Families, Educators, and Clinicians


Session Dates

Sunday January 31, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online
Sunday February 28, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online


This session will offer practical, research-based approaches to teaching early language and literacy skills to students with significant disabilities. The focus will be on emergent literacy intervention strategies that can be applied in home or school settings including (a) shared reading, (b) predictable chart writing, (c) alphabet and phonological awareness activities, (d) independent reading and (e) independent writing. The presentation will include case examples to demonstrate the potential for students with complex needs to become more effective communicators, readers and writers.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify five instructional routines that promote emergent literacy.
  • Describe three key strategies to support meaningful interaction during shared reading.
  • List four assessment questions that determine an emphasis on emergent versus conventional literacy interventions.

Target Audience:

Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Target Audience

Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Topics Covered: Low Incidence

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 610-787-7211, or abauerlein@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Lori Geist

Event Contact:


Annette Bauerlein

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta

Additional Info

Registration for HELIX Revisited closes on February 19, 2021.