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Encouraging Interaction with AAC Users During Shared Reading

On-Demand Webinar:
Encouraging Interaction and Communication with AAC Users During Shared Reading

Presented by Kelly Key, BA, MA, CAS, ATCAP

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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 provide practical strategies that can be implemented in any classroom which provides literacy instruction to students with complex learning needs.


About the Presenter

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Kelly Key, BA, MA, CAS, ATCAP

Kelly Key is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Barrington School District (EC-Transition) in Barrington, Illinois. She has worked in the field of special education for over 26 years.  Kelly has been in her current role (Assistive Technology Coordinator) for over 18 years.  She has also served as an administrator for 13 years as a Special Services Facilitator and Assistant Principal.  Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught special education students with multiple needs for 9 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership as well as an ATACP (Assistive Technology Applications Certificate). Kelly is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois for their Assistive Technology Department. Kelly presents at local, state, and national conferences and colleges on various assistive technology topics and she loves to share what is working with her students to be able to help more students outside of her district.

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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