2-Day Virtual POPARD Super Workshop
February 17 & 18, 2022 9am-3pm
Reading and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Learning to read and becoming an engaged reader is an essential life skill that can lead to higher success in life. Reading instruction can be especially challenging for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How do I teach reading if my student is not interested? How can I support reading comprehension development? What if my student is minimally verbal? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this 2-day introductory workshop. By the end of the workshop, you will have strategies to plan and implement a comprehensive reading program to students with ASD.

Participants will:
  • Define reading and discuss reasons we read and learn to read.
  • Explain how the two core areas of deficit of ASD: social communication and restricted repetitive behaviours and interests can affect a student with ASD’s ability to learn to read.
  • Apply the general teaching process of assessment, goal selection, teaching, and evaluation to reading instruction.
  • Understand how motivation influences reading ability.
  • Compare and contrast the mechanics of reading with the value of reading.
  • Discuss strategies to teach the value of reading.
  • Describe strategies to increase motivation to learn to read.
  • Identify the key components of a successful evidenced-based reading program.
  • Examine skills needed before learning to read.
  • Describe the main areas of reading instruction as outlined by the National Reading Panel (NRP) report: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension.
  • Generate adaptations for each area of reading for students with ASD.
  • Compare and contrast strategies for each area of reading for different populations including, typical learners and students with ASD who are minimally verbal.
  • Design a plan for teaching reading.
Audience: This training is directed toward employees of BC school districts and independent schools. This includes teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educational staff supporting students with ASD at any grade level (K-12) in developing their social, academic, and adaptive skills.

February 17 - 18, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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About this Workshop
  • Participants will attend this training virtually via Zoom (go to Zoom's Download Page or click here to learn more about Zoom)
  • To use Zoom, you'll need a reliable internet connection and a device equipped with a webcam and microphone (laptop / computer are recommended; tablets and mobile phones may be used, but smaller screens may make viewing challenging) 
  • The Zoom link and workshop materials will be e-mailed to you a few days prior to the workshop
  • Participants are expected to attend both days of the workshop (certificate will only be issued if both days have been attended)
  • This workshop will be recorded by POPARD for use in future training sessions
  • Registration closes at noon on Feb 14, 2022
Super Workshop Fees, Cancellations & Refunds
  • Workshop Fees for all partipants: $25, payable upon registration  
  • Cancellations: Please email training_lib@autismoutreach.ca if you need to cancel
  • Refunds: The fee is refundable if written notice of cancellation (via email to training_lib@autismoutreach.ca) is received at least 3 weeks prior to start of the workshop
  • Registrations are non-transferable
POPARD's English Language Policy
Please note that proficiency in English language is required for POPARD training. You must be able to speak/listen and read/write English to a standard equivalent to Grade 10 high school English or better. View all of our training policies and terms here.

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Registration     Price Quantity

VIRTUAL Reading & ASD Super Workshop: Feb 17 & 18, 2022 9am-3pm

BC School Employee Rate     C$25.00
Parent/Guardian of child with ASD attending   
K-12 BC school
Others interested in ASD - limited seats     C$25.00

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