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05/09/2023, Book Madness 3: Fun Accessible Literacy for All

Date: 05/09/2023 Time: 4:30-6:30 pm Location: internet Type: Paid Class


This 3 part series will be jam-packed with practical examples of literacy and communication strategies for students with complex communication needs and complex bodies. Pairing these with engaging children’s books varied for age and interest, we will show you how you can implement your own student-directed,  March Book Madness theme any time of the year! Bringing fun and meaningful literacy activities to your students. We’ll talk about everything from using alternative pencils for writing, writing alternative story endings to embedding low tech eye-gaze into shared reading activities. You will leave with practical ideas, research-based constructs, and a comprehensive literacy plan for your own Book Madness season!

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will

  • Be able to describe the constructs of comprehensive literacy instruction for students with complex communication needs 
  • Be able to distinguish modifications that can be made for students with physical challenges to access literacy content.
  • Learn how to customize the activities presented to meet the needs of their own unique students. 


Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCC
Brenda Del Monte has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. Brenda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities since 2003. Brenda owns Technically Speaking, PLLC, a company that serves those who use AAC.  As an expert in AAC, Brenda contracts with Advanced Therapy Solutions to evaluate, train and treat those with multiple disabilities and complex medical conditions. 

Brenda serves as a practice scholar research mentor at Northern Arizona University’s OTD program. Brenda has taught courses for Central Washington University, Arizona State University Speech-Language Pathology SLP Master’s Program and Northern Arizona University Occupational Doctoral students.

Heidi G. Brislin, MS-OTR/L

Heidi is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist for the Special Education Technology Center,  Edmonds School District, and owns a private practice in Kingston, WA. Heidi has extensive experience in school-based practice, inpatient and outpatient adult rehab settings. She has degrees from Boston University and the University of Washington. Heidi is passionate about teaching teams to create authentic learning opportunities, improving literacy skills, switch access, power mobility and helping children become autonomous communicators. Heidi has presented Nationally and throughout Washington.

Sarah Kinsella, MA CCC-SLP

Sarah Kinsella is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and supporting students with complex communication needs. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and has worked in the public school setting for 11 years. She also served as the district Assistive Technology Specialist for 7 years, working with multidisciplinary teams and families to support students with a variety of Assistive Technology and AAC needs. She is passionate about her field and thankful for the students with whom she works as they help her learn and grow along the way.

Online Class fee, $45, for all 3 sessions


Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

The new clock hours link for the winter-spring webinar series has also been posted on the professional development page. One entry is all that is needed for the clock-hour portion of this training.