"Technologies" to Support Literacy Instruction

"Technologies" to Support Literacy Instruction
Janet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA-D
ABA Technologies/Center on Innovations in Learning
Friday, July 14th, 2017, 10:30am - 11:50am
1.5 BACB Type II CEUs (included in the price of registration)

With the premise that technology encompasses both tools and techniques, this presentation will focus on best practices in helping learners (especially those with autism spectrum and related disorders) acquire foundational literacy skills. Often educators and parents struggle to effectively teach functional reading skills to these learners who exhibit significantly limited language skills, narrow vocabulary, rapidly shifting attention, difficulties with delay, a tendency to focus on irrelevant stimuli, and other behaviors that can interfere with learning. Teaching any complex repertoire requires a thorough analysis of the behaviors that make up that repertoire. While most experts agree that reading involves deriving meaning from print, understanding a reading repertoire requires a component/composite analysis of essential antecedent-behavior-consequence relations (e.g., how speech sounds and print are related, deriving sound and meaning from print, fluently recognizing and comprehending increasing larger units of print comprehend print). The presenter will share specific strategies for teaching literacy to individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, or a history of difficulty in learning to read. The effective use digital technologies to support early literacy will also be incorporated.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Participants will become familiar the sometimes unique difficulties associated with teaching reading to learners in with autism spectrum disorders.
  2. Participants will become familiar with a component-composite analysis of early reading skills.
  3. Participants will become familiar with strategies and practices that have been empirically demonstrated effective in increasing reading repertoires.
  4. Participants will become familiar with how to adapt or present those strategies and practices to learners with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.
  5. Participants will become familiar with various technologies and materials that build or support early literacy skills for a variety of learners.

Session Materials

Janet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA, NYSLBAis a noted proponent of effective instruction and using technology to produce individual and system change. A career educator, she has been a preschool and elementary school teacher, a principal and administrator, and university professor. A sought after speaker nationally and internationally, Dr. Twyman has presented on leveraging new technologies for diverse learners and settings at the United Nations. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (chairing the Education Group) and PEER International (assisting township schools in Port Elizabeth, South Africa).  In 2007-08 she served as President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2014 was named an ABAI Fellow. Formerly the Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, & Implementation at Headsprout, currently Dr. Twyman is the V.P. of Learning Sciences and Technologies at ABA Technologies and serves as the Director of Innovation & Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education funded Center on Innovations in Learning. She also holds faculty appointments as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Full Professor of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has published and presented widely on instructional design, evidence-based innovations in education, and systems that produce meaningful differences in learners’ lives. In 2015 she received the Wing Award for her work in Evidence-based Education and in August 2017 will receive the American Psychological Association Division 25 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award for her distinguished contributions to educational research and practice.