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

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Lori Geist, Ph.D.


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.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speaker biography: Lori Geist, Ph.D., is a speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lori has worked in direct service, consultation, and product development. She is currently co-PI and project director for a federally funded initiative called Building Bridges from Emergent to Conventional Literacy.

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