Literacy is a person’s ability to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on spoken, written and multimodal texts across a range of contexts.
At Bayside SDS, we use the approaches supported by Jane Farrall’s Comprehensive Literacy for students with complex communication needs in our literacy teaching and learning. Comprehensive Literacy supports the learning needs of all students, from learners with emergent reading and writing abilities, to those engaging with more conventional literacy instruction. In addition, the program recognises the critical link between literacy and language development, and effectively integrates literacy learning with the use of school based and individualised augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and supports.
At Bayside SDS we know that progress in literacy skills increases each student’s ability to engage with their broader curriculum, develops their communicative competence, and supports their growing independence and self-confidence at school, at home and in the community.