Language Learning Strategies for Emerging Readers/Writers with Autism and/or Language Processing Difficulties
This workshop is targeted at teachers who are teaching special needs students experiencing varying levels of difficulties with processing language. The language difficulties of these students can range from not being able to process single letters to longer texts. In this workshop, the trainer will delve into some of the possible causes in order to provide some understanding of the challenges faced by these students. More importantly, this workshop will introduce participants to hands-on strategies for reading, writing and speaking.
The objectives of this workshop are as follows:
- To identify the language processing challenges manifested by different types of students with special needs and the underlying causes;
- To explore practical hands-on strategies to circumvent language processing difficulties and help the students to acquire language; and
- To create visual texts to help students in their processing of speech, which is useful in helping them to cultivate conversational skills.
Section 1: Conceptual Presentation
For the first half of the presentation, the trainer will delve into the discussion of the topics:
- Identification of the language processing challenges of students with special needs and the underlying causes;
- Discussion and demonstration of hands-on strategies to circumvent language processing difficulties to help the students with the acquisition of language:
– Moving students from single letters to words;
– Moving students from words to sentences; and
– Moving students from sentences to text.
- Demonstration and provision of sample visual texts that can help students in their processing of speech, which is useful in helping them to cultivate conversational skills.
Section 2: Small-Group Discussion and Q & A Session
Working together in small groups, participants will discuss how the strategies addressed in this workshop can be applied to the specific language processing difficulties of their students.
About the trainer: Choo Kah Ying
Choo Kah Ying is an experienced workshop facilitator, who has trained teachers to design and implement curriculum in their schools. She is a published writer, editor, and educator who has been working in the writing and editing field since 1997. She has also worked as a freelance academic researcher, writer, and editor for seven years in Los Angeles for diverse clients ranging from university students to working professionals who were working on essays and thesis.
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.
Cancellation & Substitution
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.