Additional Resources on the Literacy Curriculum
For more information about the literacy curriculum
- Visit AAC at Penn State for News; as well as for resources, presentations, and on-going updates on literacy.
- Free webcasts are available:
- Maximizing the literacy skills of individuals who require AAC by Janice Light and David McNaughton.
- Improving literacy outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and limited speech by Janice Light and David McNaughton.
- Visit DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, Inc. for the full curriculum including instructional materials:
- Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL): Evidence-based reading instruction for learners with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other disabilities by Janice Light and David McNaughton (2009).
See below for Recent Publications and Presentations.
The ALL Curriculum
- Assessment techniques
- Instructional goals, procedures, materials, and data collection forms to teach
- Sound blending
- Phoneme segmentation
- Letter-sound correspondences
- Shared book reading
- Sight word recognition
- Reading sentences and simple stories
- Reading comprehension
- Research evidence of the effectiveness
- Case examples
- Trouble shooting procedures
- Next steps in literacy instruction
The ALL curriculum is available in two formats
- Print version
- Software version (coming soon)
Additional information on literacy and learners with complex communication needs
For general information on literacy and learners who have complex communication needs:
- Click for a downloadable PDF of references on literacy and AAC.
Recent Publications and Presentations
Light, J. & McNaughton, D. (2012). Literacy intervention for individuals with complex communication needs. In D. Beukelman & P. Mirenda (Eds.) Augmentative and alternative communication: Supporting children and adults with complex communication needs. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Light, J. (2012, March). Improving Literacy Outcomes for Students with Complex Communication Needs. Presentation at Pennsylvania Department of Education Annual Conference, Hershey, PA. [Handout]
Light, J. & McNaughton, D. (2009). Meeting the demands of the curriculum for conventional and advanced readers and writers who require AAC. In G. Soto & C. Zangari (Eds.), Practically speaking: Language, literacy, and academic development for students with AAC needs. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.(Link)
Light, J. & McNaughton, D. (November, 2010). Evidence-based literacy intervention for individuals with autism. Presenation at the American Speech and Hearing Association, Phildelphia, PA. (Handout)
Light, J., McNaughton, D., Weyer, M., & Karg, L. (2008). Evidence-based literacy instruction for individuals who require augmentative and alternative communication: A case study of a student with multiple disabilities. Seminars in Speech and Language, 29, 120-32.(Abstract)
McNaughton, D. & Light, J. (September, 2009). Literacy program produces exciting results for children who struggle with speech. Exceptional Parent - OnLine (Article).
Last Updated: August 31, 2012