Language and Literacy Instruction for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Explore recent research, a comprehensive approach to language literacy instruction and practical activities.

Even small, incremental improvements in independent reading and writing skills can have drastic effects on quality of life. Students who acquire even elementary language and literacy skills can access many more texts than a nonreader. Alone, functional literacy programs which focus on rote visual learning of words do not provide the skills needed to read text with understanding and write independently. Recent research has found comprehensive literacy programs focusing on word level reading and language comprehension skills are most effect for students with intellectual disabilities. In this training we will explore this recent research, what to include in a comprehensive approach to language literacy instruction and practical activities to implement tomorrow.

Intended Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Administrators


Friday, April 21, 2023 from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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About the Trainer

Janet McLellan has worked in the schools for over 30 years as a speech language pathologist, special education teacher, augmentative and alternative communication specialist, and administrator. She has a Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders and earned her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in Special Education and Literacy. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as augmentative and alternative communication, language, literacy, and school-based intervention. Her passion is promoting language and literacy learning for all students.