Alternative Pencil: Helping Students with Complex Bodies become writers webinar
Date: January 15, 2019
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|Heidi Brislin, OTR/L & AT Specialist||internet||99||1|
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Writing is an essential component of literacy instruction for all students. It becomes a significant challenge for students with complex bodies and communication needs. When inefficient handwriting is influencing the student’s ability to meet their educational goals, the team often tries to use universal or assistive tools such as keyboarding, word prediction or speech recognition. These tools often do not work for student’s with complex bodies and/or complex communication needs. To address this challenge the Center of Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill has developed a variety of “alternative pencils.” In this session, participants will learn the developmental progression of writing and learn to use Alternative Pencils to teach writing skills to students with complex needs.
1. Participants will be able to explain the developmental progression of writing and the importance for all learners to get the opportunity to progress through this sequence.
2. Participants will be able to describe how to use Alternative Pencils to teach a student authentic writing.
3. Participants will be able to describe the difference between firm and function of writing.
Heidi Brislin, OTR/L, AT Specialist