Literacy and Autism

Presented by: Dr. Joanne M. Cafiero, Ph.D.

Practical, Research-Based Strategies in Literacy Learning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Using Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Naturalistic Learning

Parents and practitioners often find teaching and engaging individuals with ASD to be among the most challenging undertakings of their lives. Often, individuals with ASD are viewed as “too impaired” to participate in literacy learning. Because of the limited expectations of their caregivers and teachers, individuals with ASD often do not have the systematic, natural exposure to literacy that their peers enjoy. Ironically, literacy, reading and writing are the very tools that will open the door to communication for many individuals with ASD.

This full-day workshop will detail state-of-the-art strategies in literacy learning for children and adults with ASD. Each strategy will detail a curriculum that will “raise the bar” for individuals with ASD. These strategies will include the protocols for adapting and creating literature, adapting and creating writing tools and models for written language, and creating literacy-rich learning environments for individuals with ASD from 3 years of age to adulthood.

Each research-based strategy will include protocols, tools, and prompt hierarchies so that parents and practitioners can easily replicate them in their own homes and classrooms. Practitioner-friendly data collection systems will be included in every strategy.

Workshop participants will take home a wealth of information and tools to use in their homes and classrooms.





Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Teachers, Parents, Family Members, Case Managers and Other Specialists and Professionals who work with children and adults with ASD or related disorders.



Literacy and Autism - Friday, December 3, 2004

8:00 - 8:30 ………. Registration
8:30 - 12:00 ………. Morning Session
12:00 - 1:00 ………. Lunch on your own
1:00 - 4:00 ………. Afternoon Session



The Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
54th Street and 6th Avenue
New York, New York 10019

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2 blocks from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, 4 blocks from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Metropolitan Museum, H&M and Tiffany & Co., and 6 blocks from Times Square.


Registration fee is $175 per person on or before November 20, $200 after November 20. 





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What practitioners and parents say about Dr. Cafiero’s Workshops:

“Dr. Cafiero’s workshop was excellent. I can’t wait to try out these ideas in Morning Circle.” (Special Educators, Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD)

“There was so much info, and it was right on the money.” (Speech & Language Pathologist, PA )

“Dr. Cafiero is really entertaining.” (Occupational Therapist, CT)

“All the topics were great, very applicable.” (Special Educator, NY)

“Keep up the good work and please come back.” (Special Education Assistant, MD)

“These ideas are applicable to all kids, not just kids with ASD.” (Special Educator, CA)

“I got new ideas on how to reorganize my classroom. Thanks, I’m inspired.” (Special Educator, MD)

“Dr. Cafiero is contagious!” (25 year Special Educator, El Paso, TX)

“Very clear, organized, presentation.” (Parent of Child with ASD, FL)

“Excellent presenter, good clinical examples with video, slides and actual materials; one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended.” (Parent of Child with ASD and Occupational Therapist, CA)

“This workshop was a powerful mix of research and practical materials.” (Speech Pathologist attending Closing the GAP, MN)

“Finally a conference where I learn something new. I am re-motivated.” (Occupational Therapist, ND)

“Dr. Cafiero has such passion for her work.” (Special Educator, OH)