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Updated December 1
Happy to Accept New Participants – Games Night for Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Games Night for Adults on the Autism Spectrum is beginning at the Centre for Literacy in Edmonton! This program is to enable adults on the spectrum to engage in an evening of recreation with others by playing popular games like Dungeons and Dragons, Hive, etc. The program is now underway, and we are still happy to accept new participants. Sessions run every second Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:30. Session dates are as follows:
- December 16, 2017
- January 11 & 25, 2018
- February 8 and 22, 2018
- March 8 and 22, 2018
- April 5 and 19, 2018
- May 3, 17 and 31, 2018
- June 7 and 21, 2018
The evening with then run every second Thursday evening, with a short break over the Christmas/Winter Holiday. The cost is free to participants, but pre-registration is required. Contact the Centre for Literacy at 780-434-3698 to register or get more information. For more information, download our poster!
Volunteer Opportunities: We also have opportunities for interested individuals to work as Volunteers for ASD Games Night. If you are interested in this opportunity, please download our Volunteer Position Description poster.
Group Programs for Students
Designed for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and struggling students in Grade 2, Word Play reinforces foundational reading skills in a fun manner. Registration for the Fall Word Play is now closed. However, both Word Play 1 and 2 will begin on January 13th, 2018 on Saturday mornings. Word Play 2 will be at 9:30 am and Word Play 1 will be held at 11 am and 1 pm. The cost is $300 per 8 week session. A deposit of $50 is required to hold a spot in the Word Play Session.
Download the Poster: Word Play at the Centre 2018
Study Skills and Exam Strategies:
This popular series is again running at the Centre for LIteracy! Designed for all students in Junior and Senior High, this session reinforces how to study so it sticks, take charge of one’s education and prepare for exams to best demonstrate understanding of a subject area. This course also will provide attendees with strategies to overcome exam anxiety. The next class will be on Wednesday, February 6th and 13th, 2018 from 7 pm to 8:30. Cost: $75 for the two sessions. Save $15 off the combined fee of $150 when registering and paying for two participants at a time! Download the poster here.
Study Skills and Exam Strategies for Students in Grade 6
This series was added to Group Programs offered at the Centre because of parent request. Grade 6 is a time of huge transition for students. Junior High is on the horizon. This one evening session is designed to help students to take charge of their own studying and get organized for impending end of term exams and the increased responsibility of Junior High. The next session will be on Tuesday, January 23rd from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Cost is $40 plus GST. Save $10 off the combined fee when registering or paying for two participants at a time. Download the poster here.
Group Programs for Parents
Centre for Literacy will once again be offering a number of group programs for parents.
Parenting a Child with Learning Disorders:
This practical session is designed for parents with children with learning disabilities/disorders. Held over three consecutive evenings from 7-8:30 pm, this series is designed to empower parents with practical information. The Monday evening session attempts to demystify learning disabilities and testing. It sorts out vocabulary, provides parents with an overview of what learning disabilities are and are not, and the differences between screening, testing for the purposes of diagnosis and ongoing assessment for the purposes of intervention. The Tuesday evening focuses on intervention, how it differs from regular classroom instruction, and how parents can help their children at home. The Wednesday session focuses on the ABCs of Advocacy, including the Standards for Special Education, Individualized Program Plans and how to work with schools to build the more positive working relationship possible. This series is held approximately every two months. The next series is January 29, 30 and 31, 2018. The fee for all three evenings is $30. Download the poster here!
Group Programs for Professionals
The Professional Development opportunities designed for Centre for Literacy Teachers is now available to teachers and other professionals in our community. Teachers, educational assistants, speech language therapists and other individuals working in our community are warmly welcomed to take classes alongside our own staff. Sessions are normally held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. The cost for these sessions is $40 for an individual (one part) PD and $75 for a session held over two consecutive evenings. Download the poster here. Forthcoming sessions include:
Foundations in Reading Remediation
Fall: Wednesday, September 20 & 27, 2017, 7-9 pm (Completed)
Winter: Wednesday, February 21 & 28, 2018, 7-9 pm
Instructor: Marcia Langenberg, MEd
This session will provide an overview of the critical strategies which teachers can use to support students who are struggling to learn to read. The focus of this session will be on the use of evidence based multi–sensory strategies (hearing, seeing, and feeling) to build phonological and phonemic awareness to support a student to gain understanding of sound-symbol connections (the alphabetic principle). Secure understanding of phonological processes is a critical prerequisite for reading competency. Difficulty with phonological processes is the most common reason students struggle with literacy. Support will be provided in how to plan and deliver initial remediation strategies.
Introduction to the REWARDS Reading System
Fall: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7-9 pm (Completed) This class will be offered again in the winter 2018.
Instructor: Judy Craig, MEd
The REWARDS Reading System is a powerful tool to support Junior and Senior High Students who continue to struggle to read. The system can also be easily adapted to work with students in the late elementary grades. REWARDS uses a morphological approach to provide students with strategies to blend word sounds, identify common word parts, approximate pronunciation, understand common prefixes, suffixes and roots, and more. REWARDS is particularly potent as an age appropriate tool that builds upon reading strengths student may have already developed. It may be used as a singular strategy or in combination with other evidence based reading remediation strategies.
Metacognitive Strategies to Support Comprehension and Writing
Fall: Wednesday, November 15th and 22nd, 2017, 7-9 pm
Spring: May 9 & 16, 2018, 7-9 pm
Instructor: Yvonne Stern, MEd
Metacognitive strategies refer to methods used to help students understand the way they learn. It provides students with a structured process to think about their thinking. The National Reading Panel identifies metacognitive strategies as a critical best practice to support reading comprehension. Metacognitive strategies are highly powerful in supporting the writing process. This two part session will provide an overview on how to use Visualizing and Verbalizing, a meta-cognitive strategy developed by Nanci Bell, to support comprehension and writing in both one to one and classroom environments.
Using Games to Reinforce Reading Remediation for Students with Reading Disabilities
Fall/Winter: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7-9 pm
Instructor: Jenna Boschman, MA (Literacy)
Games can be used as a powerful tool to engage students and reinforce critical learning concepts. This session will place the use of games within the constructs of Universal Design for Learning. Purpose specific games and the adaptation of commercially available games will be highlighted. Specific focus will be placed on how to differentiate use of games for students with attention and executive function issues and the different types of reading disorders.
Learning Disabilities: Critical Concepts
Winter January 24, 2018, 7-9 pm
Instructor: Kathryn Burke, MA
This session will highlight new high quality research on learning disabilities (LD). It will provide an overview of the what learning disabilities are (and are not), conditions which may co-exist with LD, and what LDs look like at different stages in a student’ life. Testing and its interpretation will be discussed. A brief overview will be provided on the different types of reading and math disabilities, and common terminology that is used and sometimes misused in describing the different types of learning disabilities/disorders.
Strategies for Managing Challenging Student Behaviours
Winter: March 14, 2018
Instructor: Brittanie Boyd, BEd
This practical session will highlight strategies that can be employed to manage challenging student behaviours. Information will be provided on how to analyze the possible reasons for difficult behaviours, and in how to construct a behaviour plan with a student that reinforces good behaviours and minimizes the impact of challenging action. The desired outcome is for students to be highly engaged in the process, resulting in improved educational outcomes. The instructor has worked as a behavioural consultant with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Here are some valuable links for parents, teachers and other professionals about learning disorders and literacy.
Games for Teachers to enhance Phonemic Awareness and other Literacy Skills
- Florida Reading Centre: Games to play with preschool and kindergarten children to enhance reading readiness: Link to Search for Games by Topic
- Phonological Awareness – Games / activities from pre-school aged and along
From the National Reading Panel Study via the National Institute for Literacy
- Child Becomes a Reader: Birth through Preschool
- Child Becomes a Reader: Kindergarten through Grade 3
- Reading First: Helping Children Learn to Read – A Parent Guide
- Reading First – The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read
Great Videos to Help Inform:
- Decoding Dyslexia (New Zealand) Excellent short video on how the brain processes language
- What is Dyslexia: Neurodiversity from Ted Education
- Video FAQs on Learning Disabilities: Produced by the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta
- Meet Max: A video about learning disabilities designed for an audience from 8-12 years of age. Produced by the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta