Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Early Childhood Corner: Center for Early Literacy Learning CELL

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is a research based technical assistance center funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

The goal of CELL is to promote the use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices by early childhood professionals and parents of young children birth to five years of age with disabilities.

The CELL website (www.earlyliteracylearning.org) has an extensive collection of best-practice activities to help parents and early childhood professionals develop important early literacy skills in their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. These practice guides can be used by parents to provide their little ones with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences and opportunities, or by practitioners who are working with parents to promote the use of literacy learning activities with their children.

Many of these activities can be adapted to include assistive technology strategies and devices. For example, in the practice guide section for preschoolers, the activity “Read It Again!” could be adapted to include a voice-output device. A parent could record the story into the device and the child could activate the device to read each page aloud. This would allow the child access to have the book read whenever he/she would like and to have each page read at his/her own pace.

Look for more CELL activities with assistive technology suggestions and adaptations in upcoming editions of STC Technotes. Technotes are electronically delivered once and month and carry information about upcoming workshops and Webinars, staff picks and much more. Subscribe to have helpful assistive technology information delivered to your inbox.

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