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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the OSAT Mild-Moderate Disabilities (CEOE) (129): Study Guide & Practice course
- The Development of Infants & Toddlers
- The Development of Preschoolers
- The Development of School-Aged Children
- The Development of Adolescents
- Developmental Delays & Disabilities
- Factors Affecting Development & Learning
- Characteristics of Disabilities
- Perceptual, Memory & Reasoning Disorders
- Behavioral, Social & Emotional Disorders
- Assessments & Eligibility for Special Education
- Screening & Referrals for Special Education
- Response to Intervention Strategies
- Classroom Design for SPED
- Adapting Instruction & Materials
- Assistive Technology for Special Education
- Evidence & Research Based Practices in Education
- Creating Culturally Inclusive Learning Environments
- Grouping Students in the Classroom
- Language Disorders
- Promoting Emergent Literacy
- Promoting Reading Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Written Expression for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Math Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Social Competence in Special Education
- Promoting Functional Living Skills in Special Education
- Developing & Implementing Behavioral Interventions
- Basics of Collaboration in Special Education
- Historical, Legal & Ethical Foundations of Special Education
- Ethical & Legal Standards in Education
- Professional & Ethical Responsibilities for SPED