Ch 20: Developing Communication Skills for SPED Students

About This Chapter

In this chapter, we'll review practical techniques and strategies that teachers can use to help special education students develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

Developing Communication Skills for SPED Students - Chapter Summary

As a special education teacher, it is important to adapt your classroom and teaching methods to meet different communications needs and challenges. By working through this chapter, you'll review key methods, devices and strategies you can employ to ensure that all of your students overcome difficulties with communication, while developing appropriate and effective verbal and nonverbal skills.

This chapter covers topics in alternative communication and how to take a student's special needs into consideration when teaching. It covers evidence-based strategies you can use in the classroom, including lessons in writing instruction and working with English Language Learning (ELL) students. Upon completion of this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Define augmentative communication and alternative communication
  • Determine an appropriate alternative communication device for a student, based on individual needs and goals
  • Elaborate on evidence-based strategies used in teaching both verbal and nonverbal forms of communication
  • Discuss guidelines and methods used to develop English speaking skills in special education/ELL students
  • Describe the ways a teacher can differentiate writing instruction in a special education classroom
  • Detail techniques and exercises a special education teacher can use to help students learn how to write paragraphs

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6 Lessons in Chapter 20: Developing Communication Skills for SPED Students
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What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?

1. What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?

The ability to communicate with others is one of our most basic needs. Let's look at some examples of augmentative and alternative communication and how they support individuals who have trouble communicating verbally.

Evaluating Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices

2. Evaluating Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices

Finding the right augmentative and alternative communication device for a student can be a complex process. Find out some of the basic considerations in the evaluation process in this lesson.

Teaching Verbal & Nonverbal Communication Skills in SPED

3. Teaching Verbal & Nonverbal Communication Skills in SPED

As a special education teacher, one of your most serious obligations is helping students develop communication skills. This lesson discusses evidence-based strategies for teaching verbal and nonverbal communication.

Teaching Speaking Skills to ELL Students: Methods & Resources

4. Teaching Speaking Skills to ELL Students: Methods & Resources

Do you remember learning to speak English? Most native speakers don't, and this can make it hard to teach someone else speaking skills. In this lesson, we'll look at various forms of spoken language acquisition as well as guidelines for instruction.

How to Differentiate Writing Instruction for Students

5. How to Differentiate Writing Instruction for Students

How can teachers reach all learners during writing instruction? This lesson highlights several strategies to differentiate writing instruction and gives examples of how each is used in the classroom.

Teaching Special Ed Students How to Write a Paragraph

6. Teaching Special Ed Students How to Write a Paragraph

Writing a paragraph is an important skill for all students to master, but may be especially challenging for those with disabilities. This lesson will give you some ideas of how to help special education students practice writing paragraphs.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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