Professional Development

Improving Students’ Performance by Modifying Teachers’ Instructional Communication **

Presented by Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, Ed.D , ASHA Fellow (Creative Strategies for Special Education) (3 Hours)

Children with disabilities often do not achieve their maximum potential within the classroom setting.  They often fail because they cannot follow the teacher’s directions, retain information, ask questions, respond to questions, navigate the classroom, access instructional materials, socialize with their peers, etc. etc. Student’s performance can often be improved if teachers were aware of how to modify the learning environment and their own communication during instructional interactions. This training presents a model of service delivery where the SLP, OT and/or PT coach teachers on how to effectively modify their classroom and instructional communication. Practical tools designed for coaching teachers to successfully integrate modifications and accommodations into their classrooms will be incorporated.