AAC, Literacy & the SLP

AACES Conference 2023 Session

The Critical Need for Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism

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Students with autism require emergent literacy instruction as a result of their weaknesses in language and literacy skills. Literacy instruction is critical in the early developing years where students with autism should have access to the same literacy opportunities as same-aged peers. Joint attention through a shared reading program with the use of visual supports can be implemented for students with autism in a public school environment.


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  • Natural & engaging webinar
  • Full year of on-demand access
  • CMH/PDH Certificate 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

Shared reading with support.

Learn how to support shared reading experiences for maximum learning.  
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Engaging experiences.  

Enhance your emergent literacy activities to maximize engagement for students with ASD. 
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What You'll Learn

  As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe at least two factors that exemplify the importance of literacy instruction for students with autism.
2.  Discuss at least two elements of the research and theories to support emergent literacy instruction for students with autism.
3.  Identify at least two techniques or interventions that can be implemented for literacy instruction with students with autism. 
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
1 certification maintenance hour (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH  (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page.  All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet YOUR instructor

Leslie Jefferson, MS, CCC-SLP 

Leslie Jefferson is a speech language pathologist on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she has practiced for sixteen years. Leslie began her career as a speech language pathologist in a non-public residential school for students with a variety of developmental disabilities. She has worked in the public schools for the past eleven years. She specializes in working with students with autism and significant disabilities and has extensive knowledge in the use of AAC for communication.
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Patrick Jones - Course author