2020 HELIX Revisited

19. Using PPD with Shared Stories for Increased Comprehension


Session Dates

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


This session describes an easy to use strategy (PPD; Picture Plus Discussion) for increasing student access to grade-level read alouds. Use of text read alouds is an emerging tool for increasing access to instruction; however, students with intellectual disabilities often still require support for access to age-appropriate texts. The PPD intervention has been shown to increase student comprehension as measured by story retell, and this session will discuss the steps for implementation, including how to locate relevant representative images.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of unadapted text access.
  • Identify the steps to conducting the PPD intervention.
  • State the process for locating relevant representative images for PPD.

Target Audience:

Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Other (specifically those working with students who have ID or ASD)

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


Jordan Shurr

Event Contact:


Annette Bauerlein


Kristin Starosta

Additional Info

Registration for HELIX Revisited closes on February 19, 2021.