Summer Literacy Institute July 21-23, 2015

Published: June 9th, 2015

Category: Calendar, In-Person, Training, Uncategorized


Summer Literacy Institute: Slaying the Reading Comprehension & Writing Composition Dragons

About the Presenters:
Catherine Zenko, MS, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Director of the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Florida Department of Speech Language-Hearing Sciences. She has served hundreds of persons with autism, their families, and caregivers; has conducted trainings on local, regional, and national levels on a wide range of topics related to ASD; and is the co-author of two books: Janzen & Zenko (2012) Understanding the Nature of Autism: A Guidebook to the Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3rd Edition, and Zenko & Hite (2013) Here’s How to Provide Balanced Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Michelle Hite, MS, CCC-SLP has worked as a speech language pathologist for more than 10 years, specializing in the areas of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and oral and written language disorders. She has worked with individuals with ASD and their families, school professionals, and community members in various settings. Michelle currently works as clinical faculty at the University of South Florida Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, where she provides clinical instruction to graduate students in speech language pathology and is the co-author of Zenko & Hite (2013) Here’s How to Provide Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Balanced Approach.

Training Description
ThisSummer Institute will focus on the unique learning styles of students with ASD and how it affects their academic performance, specifically in reading comprehension and writing composition. Each day will provide explanations of the underlying reasons why students with ASD struggle with Language Arts and provide a framework to create meaningful accommodations using a balance of lecture, discussion, activities, and planning. The course will be offered to a limited amount of participants both in-person and online via Adobe Connect where discussion and brainstorming will be encouraged. Participants who complete the 3 day training will receive a copy of Boucher & Oehler (2013) I Hate to Write: Tips for Helping Students with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers.

Participants will be able to:
1. Describe how the core symptoms of ASD and related cognitive learning characteristics negatively impact learning of FL Standards in the area of Language Arts (Speaking and Listening, Language Standards, Reading and Writing Standards domains)
2. Choose evidence based language and literacy strategies to support intervention for Language Arts Standards
3. Create various accommodations for students with ASD to help improve reading comprehension and writing composition tasks/activities.

Location: UF CARD Office in Gainesville, FL and ONLINE via Adobe Connect

If you have questions please email or call 352-271-0598.

ONLINE FLIER: UFG_SummerLiteracyInstittute_072115_Online ONLINE SESSION IS FULL!