I've Completed the Communication Matrix, Now What? And How Does That Relate to Literacy?

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Nancy Steele


Communication is always a critical need for learners with complex needs. This session will provide many basic strategies for providing receptive communication in order to increase expressive communication. We will also explore how early literacy and early communication are closely related and provide a starting place and practical strategies for providing appropriate literacy instruction.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, ACVREP, Psych, Instructional Hours
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; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members

Speaker biography: Nancy Steele is an Educational Consultant, with expertise in children with significant disabilities. She was a Project Specialist for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness for 14 years. She served as the Lead on the Literacy Initiative, which included development of the website “All Children Can Read”. She also worked on the Open Hands, Open Access Intervener Modules. Prior to that, she taught deaf and deaf-blind children in Kentucky for 17 years. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Stuart. Together they have 7 children and 10 grandchildren.

E-mail: nancy.k.steele@gmail.com

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