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Is Scribbling a Form of Writing? The Answer May Surprise You!

Presented By :

Kelly Fonner, M.S.

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Have you ever seen a preschooler imitate writing? She scribbles on a piece of paper and tells you it’s a shopping list. Do you correct her saying, “That is not writing”? Of course not. You know that through hundreds (or thousands) of attempts, the child will learn to communicate in writing.

Now, consider your students with complex learning needs. Many may be:

  • Stuck in a scribbling stage after years of work
  • Struggling with idea generation
  • Writing only name and address without additional progress

Now’s the time to get the guidance and support you’ve been waiting for to teach writing to your students with complex learning needs. First Author™ is a pathway used to create a community of writers in thousands of classrooms across the country.

Kelly Fonner, M.S., has multiple years in supporting educators who have gotten started with First Author. First Author can become a major boost to the energy level of your writing time, giving students the lead, and feel confident in having a way to measure and guide their advancement from making marks to 3 paragraphs.

During this webinar, Kelly will share with you:

  • How to start integrating writing time into your classroom
  • Strategies to make writing engaging for students both in-person and remote
  • Tips and tricks to organize lessons and student writing
  • How to track student progress with Dr. Janet Sturm’s Developmental Writing Scale™

About the Presenter

Kelly Fonner, M.S.

is an Educational Assistive Technology Trainer and Consultant. She is a Special Educator and has a Masters in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education. Since 1986 she has presented to schools, universities & families in 46 states & internationally on augmentative communication, computer access & electronic literacy.

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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