AAC & Literacy in the Early Childhood Special Education Classroom

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Presenters: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Diane Postman M.Ed
In this course, Michelle is joined by the dynamic Mrs. Diane Postman of Yorktown, VA to demystify how AAC and emergent literacy can work in an ECSE classroom with a “push-in” approach. We are not talking swapping out pictures for objects here folks, but data drive core-vocab with real-life examples! Hilarity, albeit in a geeky fashion, does occur in this most functional of discussions!

By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify and describe 2 examples of functional “push-in” approach in an ECSE classroom.
  2. Identify and describe 2 examples of functional AAC/AT use in an ECSE classroom.
  3. Identify and describe 2 ways that emergent literacy can be embedded into a ST session.
About Diane: Diane Postman holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Special Education. She spent 31 years in the public schools teaching early childhood and ECSE.  She has been a presenter for over 35 years.  Diane wears several hats in the field of education.  Her business, Training Wheels Consulting,  (http://www.trainingwheelsconsulting.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/TrainingWheelsConsulting/ )  provides staff development workshops for public and private schools, daycares, and agencies such as Head Start and the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network.  Secondly, Diane is a Professional Development Specialist for The Council for Professional Development, providing verification visits for candidates working towards a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA.)  Diane’s third “hat” is serving as an early literacy coach for Child Development Resources, an infant/toddler program serving children with special needs and their families, as well as preschool providers.

About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level)

Course Timeline:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss functional “push-in” methods

20-30: Discuss examples of functional AAC/AT use in the ECSE classroom

30-45: Discuss ways to embed emergent literacy in a ST session

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Diane Postman:

Financial: Diane Postman is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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