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Special Reads for Special Needs

  • Church of the Good Shepherd 331 Lake Avenue Maitland, FL, 32751 United States (map)

Natalie Hale is an award-winning author, an innovative educator, parent of an adult son with Down syndrome, and for over 20 years, a national speaker on the topic of teaching reading to learners with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

In this day-long sequence of lectures and hands-on breakout sessions, Natalie Hale will lead through an effective plan to teach reading to learners of any age with Down syndrome, and provide immediately applicable teaching tools. The provided information is also relative to other diagnoses involving developmental delays, e.g.: ASD, PDD-NOS, and Autism. Natalie will cover in detail the most effective methods, materials, and motivational tools. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, current best practice, the optimal order of learning to read, sight word learning vs. phonemic awareness, teaching nonverbal children, teaching older non-readers, errorless testing techniques, how to engage and build motivation, the Fast Flash method, comprehension tips, and guidelines for creating personal books and modifying trade books.

We will be providing continental breakfast as well as lunch for this day long program. Limited child care is available. If you would like to sign up for child care, please be sure you let us know if your child is no longer attending as we get closer to the event. We often have waiting lists and would love to be able to provide child care services to everyone that is in need.


9:00-9:15 Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:15-12:15 Lecture “Whole Child Reading”

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Breakout Session 1, Make-and-Take Personal Books

2:00-3:00 Q & A + Breakout Session 2, How to Modify Trade Books

3:00-3:30 Wrap-Up and Opportunity to Purchase Materials

This seminar is a $100 value! We are providing $80 scholarships to all DSACF members.

Earlier Event: August 15
Music Therapy and Wellness