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Encouraging Interaction and Communication with our AAC Users During Shared Reading

Kelly Key, M.S.

Shared reading is an evidence based intervention for emergent literacy students and is a key context for language and literacy intervention.

Join this 45-minute session and learn how Kelly Key’s unit school district (ages 3-22) uses the shared reading approach to encourage engagement, interaction, and communication with her AAC users.  Kelly will share How-Tos to aid students and educators:

  • Prep for shared reading
  • Use the right partner skills during shared reading
  • Communicate beyond requests
  • Interact with reading material and people

Kelly will share many practical strategies that you will be able to implement right away. All attendees will receive access to sample Readtopia lessons.

About the Presenter

Kelly Key, M.S.

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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