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Enhancing Shared Reading with Print Referencing webinar

Date: October 10, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00

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Sofia Benson-Goldberg, M.S., CCC-SLPinternet 501

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Concepts about print is an often overlooked aspect of emergent literacy development. In order to acquire conventional literacy, children must understand that print carries meaning, that we read from left to right and top to bottom, and that letters correspond to sounds. Children with and without disabilities do not visually attend to the print in a book unless an adult does something to draw their attention to it. The focus on this webinar will be on how to embed print referencing into shared reading interactions, as well as how eye-tracking data have been used to demonstrate that even children with severe physical, cognitive, and sensory impairments respond to print referencing interventions.


By the end of the webinar participants will be able to:

(1) Describe 4 concepts about print that children acquire during emergent literacy development.

(2) Demonstrate 4 ways to reference print during shared reading.

(3) Describe how children’s visual attention to print changes after print referencing strategies are introduced.


Sofia Benson-Goldberg, M.S., CCC-SLP

Research Assistant, Center for Literacy and Disability Studies 

Doctoral Student, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences 

School of Medicine

University of North Carolina 


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