Continuing and Innovative Education: Continuing & Innovative Education presents Informal Classes
Continuing and Innovative Education presents Informal Classes The University of Texas at Austin
MaryAnn Finegan Instructor:
MaryAnn Finegan

Reintroduction to Reading for Adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

We are going to take a FUN approach to reading by performing Readers Theater!  It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines.  The student’s goal is to read a script aloud and effectively so the audience can visualize the action. Performers (students) bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and gestures.  Readers Theater helps to develop fluency through repeated exposure to text, increase comprehension, engage students, increase reading motivation, create confidence and improve self-image of students, provide a real reason for reading, and provides an opportunity for cooperative learning, AND IT’S FUN! 

Students may be dropped off at the UT Littlefield Café at 5:30 p.m. to socialize for 30 minutes with each other and volunteer students from UT. Students will then participate in an interactive discussion.  Here they can follow along with handouts of class slides and bring in their homework to discuss with their peers.  All classes are located in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) building across from the Littlefield Café.  Families can pick up their student by the café at 7:30 p.m.


There will be no class on Monday, June 30th.

This course is aimed at promoting life-long learning of mature topics for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) while providing an opportunity to connect socially with adult peers with and without IDD on the University of Texas at Austin campus.  Enrollment requires permission from the instructor to confirm that student has an intellectual or developmental disability.  Students new to our program are required to attend a pre-course orientation for student and family member.  Please contact Jon Pierce-Shimomura at (512) 232-4137, for details about the course and registration.Students must be age 19 or older.

Class #: IC14744
Date: June 9-July 21
Day: Monday, 6 meetings EXCEPT June 30th
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building, Room 2.110 (click for map)
Price: $120.00
Class limit: 12
Current enrollment: 10
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