Essential Literacy Lessons for Children who are Deafblind: Experience Books and Shared Reading

Date: January 9, 2023
Time: 4-5 pm (ET)
Speaker: Dr. Susan Bruce
One (1) contact hour available
No cost

Program description: Literacy activities support communication and language development. This presentation will begin with an expanded definition of literacy that is inclusive of all learners. Key concepts, such as individualized and personalized literacy will be addressed. Most of the presentation will focus on how to develop an d implement two essential literacy lessons for children who are deafblind: experience books and shared reading. Instructional strategies and materials will be shared. This is the first of two professional learning sessions featuring Dr. Susan Bruce.

Guest speaker: Susan Bruce, PhD is a professor of special education at Boston College. She coordinates the Master’s Degree Programs in Special Education: Extensive Support Needs with an optional specialization in deafblindness Her research interests are communication and early language development in learners with multiple disabilities (and especially deafblindness), assessment, and collaborative action research. Dr. Bruce has published 61 articles and chapters that specifical ly address the learning of children who are deafblind. She is the mother of four adult children, including a daughter with multiple disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn key concepts, including the difference between individualized an d personalized literacy, and the importance of saliency to the development of experience books. •
  • Participants will learn how to develop and implement experience books.
  • Participants will be able to identify key instructional strategies for supporting shared reading with learners who are deafblind.


Questions? Contact Jodi Dowell, Research Associate, University of Cincinnati Systems Development


Jan 09 2023


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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