2006 Conference General Sessions

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See It, Hear It, Feel It, Read It: A Multi Sensory Approach to Early Literacy

Presenter #1
Paula Justice
Alamance-Burlington School System
2610 Hill-N-Dale Drive
Greensboro
NC
27408

Day Phone: 336 314-5097
Fax: none
Email: pljustice45@earthlink.net


How can you provide hands-on and computer based materials / activities to expand learning opportunities when creating a thematic unit based on a repetitive line storybook as the anchor story? During this session, participants will have the opportunity see a variety of materials created for a multi-sensory unit, from tactile items to computer based activities.

All young children, especially children with disabilities should be provide the opportunity to have repeated exposures to functional, meaningful activities that address the content and/or skill areas of the concepts we are teaching, through a multi modal/sensory approach.
Many children need to be provided with, and experience, a variety of different sensory approaches to learning which may be different than their typically developing peers. This type of approach allows a child many opportunities to experience the concepts they are learning in a variety of ways.
One effective way to meet the challenge of providing these opportunities, especially in inclusive learning settings, is through the use of books and additional materials that support the emergent readerís interactions with the repeated reading materials.
There are multitudes of methods for creating materials that allow a child to be exposed to all the components of language and literacy related activities that can be utilized when developing no tech, low tech and even some high tech adaptations.
Children need the opportunity to be active participants in activities such as:
hearing and retelling stories, reading through pictures and words, manipulation of materials and objects, pretend play, music, singing and noise making, playing games, cooking, scribbling, writing, drawing, coloring and painting.
During this session, participants will have the opportunity see materials created for a multi-sensory unit, using a selected off the shelf book as the anchor story. This sessionís opportunities will include:
Modified print books with physical adaptations for access
Modified print versions of the anchor book in various formats/sizes for simplified reading Use of created and predesigned picture symbols for printed words
2 and 3 dimensional props
Modified game materials

AAC device overlays for reading the story book, repeated lines, choice making and commenting
Simple single switch activated book on the computer
Methods to incorporate other materials (besides the anchor book) to expand and enhance the thematic unit
Cooking and music activities
Summary
How can you provide hands-on and computer based materials / activities to expand learning opportunities when creating a thematic unit based on a repetitive line storybook as the anchor story?
During this session participants will learn how to develop materials that can be integrated into all areas of the early childhood classroom curriculum. Using no tech, low tech, up through high tech, see how a multi sensory approach can be provided to children/students by incorporating computers, software, assistive technology devices, and other items to develop a variety of materials for a multi- sensory thematic unit to create language rich, motivating materials that address each childís unique learning styles and sensory needs.
Learning Objectives:
Participants will:
1. learn ways to modify print materials to meet the needs of students with special needs.
2. learn a variety of ways to adapt curriculum materials to meet their studentsí individual needs.
3. learn why a multi-sensory approach to learning can benefit all students, not just those with special needs.


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