Learning to Read with AAC: Emergent Literacy

This one-hour AAC implementation class focuses on pre-literacy instruction for children who use AAC. The first portion of the class defines emergent literacy, discusses its components and reviews goals for the emergent reader. The bulk and remainder of the class discusses strategies to use with an emergent reader, specifically shared reading practices. Practical examples and materials are provided in order for participants to begin literacy instruction with children who use AAC.  
This class is intended for people who educate students who use AAC in a classroom setting.

Mon, Feb 20, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eastern Standard Time

Advanced Beginner


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This class is taught in Eastern Standard Time

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  1. Define emergent literacy
  2. List three goals that address emergent literacy
  3. Provide two examples of emergent literacy activities
  4. State the main goal of shared reading


5 minutes - Introduction and housekeeping
10 minutes - Setting the stage – Expectations and the Role of the SLP
15 minutes - Emergent Literacy – Definition, Components and Goals
20 minutes - Emergent Literacy – Strategies and Shared Reading
10 minutes - Summary, Resources and Questions

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Beth Waite-Lafever, M.A., CCC/SLP-ATP

Beth Waite-Lafever has her Bachelors and Masters in speech-language pathology and over 30 years of experience working with individuals using AAC.  She has her RESNA ATP, which means she is certified as an assistive technology professional. Beth has worked in outpatient rehabilitation, public school, taught university courses and has presented on AAC at the national and international level.  Currently she is in private practice working directly with individuals with significant communication deficits, providing professional development for schools/agencies, and consulting with public schools regarding curriculum and services to support students using AAC.

Financial: Beth Waite-Lafever is contracted by the Prentke Romich Company.

Nonfinancial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.



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ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days.

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information:
The Prentke Romich Company (PRC) licenses a patented technology that is in PRC products trademarked as Accent, NuEye, ECO, ECOpoint, SpringBoard Lite, and Vantage Lite. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products.

This presentation will focus exclusively on Accent, NuEye, ECO, ECOpoint, SpringBoard Lite, or Vantage Lite and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication devices.
Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of the Prentke Romich Company. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


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  • Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 (Linux is not supported)
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  • Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®), OS X 10.5 (Leopard®), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)
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  • Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM or better recommended

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