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Paula Kluth, Ph.D.

Beyond Sight Words: Access to the Literate Community for ALL
Paula Kluth, Ph.D.
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British Columbia is a leading jurisdiction in providing students with special needs with an inclusive education but are we educating them to their potential in our classrooms? In the US, public policy has been impacted by the work of several blue-ribbon commissions and the passage of new pieces of education-related legislation, leading to greater attention focused on literacy instruction for diverse learners.

During this interactive day, Dr. Paula Kluth will explore these trends and examine how more attention to literacy in schools can benefit students with ASD and other special needs. She will explain how many learners have been excluded from reading and writing experiences that are inclusive, rich, challenging, and meaningful. She will discuss trends in literacy instruction for students with special needs and examine how teachers can respond to communication differences, sensory differences, movement differences, and learning differences during literacy lessons in their inclusive classrooms.

Participants will also learn strategies for including and supporting students with significant disabilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Ideas for enhancing learning and skills in comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary will be highlighted.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2008, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Workshop Location: Vancouver
Harbour Centre, Downtown Campus SFU - 515 West Hastings Street
Workshop Schedule Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 
Morning Session One: 9:00 – 10:30
Break - Coffee Served: 10:30 – 10:45
Morning Session Two: 10:45 – 12:00
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 
Afternoon Session One: 1:00 – 2:30
Break - Refreshments Served: 2:30 – 2:45
Afternoon Session Two: 2:45  - 4:00
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Who Should Attend this Workshop?
This workshop is relevant for parents and professionals with an interest in enhancing literacy opportunities for children with ASD and other special needs.

The Speaker
Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar. Based in Illinois, Dr. Kluth has an international reputation for providing creative insights on how to provide responsive and engaging educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Her research and professional interests include differentiating instruction, and supporting students with autism and significant disabilities in inclusive classrooms. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher, consulting teacher, and inclusion facilitator. She works with teachers in K-12 schools, pre-schools, and early intervention programs.

Dr. Kluth is the author of "You're Going to Love This Kid": Educating Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms; the lead editor of Access to Academics: Critical Approaches to Inclusive Curriculum, Instruction, and Policy; and the co-author of four upcoming texts: A Land We Can Share: The Literate Lives of Students with Autism; Joyful Learning: Active and Collaborative Structures for the Inclusive Classroom; You're Welcome: 30 Innovative Ideas for Inclusive Schools; and Just Give Him the Whale: 20 Ways to Support & Honor the Passions & Interests of Students with Autism.

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