Using PPD with Shared Stories for Increased Comprehension

Presentation Slides

Jordan Shurr, Ph.D.


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 increasestudent comprehension as measured by story retell, and this session will discuss the steps for implementation, including how to locate relevant representative images.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Other (specifically those working with students who have ID or ASD)

Speaker biography: Jordan Shurr, Ph.D., is an associate professor of special education at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Previously, Dr. Shurr has worked as a special education teacher and assistive technology and has recently served as president of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, of the Council for Exceptional Children. His research focuses on teaching students with significant support needs including both the support and retention of teachers and evidence-based instructional practices.

image of Jordan Shurr, Ph.D.