Participants will gain knowledge of the Edmark Reading Program that is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Edmark is a literacy curriculum that focuses on whole word functional sight word reading. Level 1 teaches students 150 words and level 2 teaches 200 words. Students read words in isolation, and then within phrases and sentences. Controlled text used: students are only presented with texts that contain words they have been taught in the program.
Used primarily with students with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism. Skill prerequisites for the program are few, including: pointing, matching, and sufficient receptive language to follow teacher cues. More importantly the student does not need to be verbal to participate.