First Bite #9 – August 07, 2018

AAC and ECSE and Literacy…those three words can be in the same sentence fragment?

(.1 ASHA CEU) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the dynamic Mrs. Diane Postman of Yorktown, VA to demystify how AAC and emergent literacy can work in an ECSE classroom with a “push-in” approach. We are not talking swapping out pictures for objects here folks, but data drive core-vocab with real-life examples! Hilarity, albeit in a geeky fashion, does occur in this most functional of discussions!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • 2 examples of functional “push-in” approach in an ECSE classroom.
  • 2 examples of functional AAC/AT use in an ECSE classroom.
  • 2 ways that emergent literacy can be embedded into a ST session.


Diane Postman

Diane Postman holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Special Education. She spent 31 years in the public schools teaching early childhood and ECSE. She has been a presenter for over 35 years. Diane wears several hats in the field of education. Her business, Training Wheels Consulting, ( ; ) provides staff development workshops for public and private schools, daycares, and agencies such as Head Start and the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network.

Secondly, Diane is a Professional Development Specialist for The Council for Professional Development, providing verification visits for candidates working towards a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA.) Diane’s third “hat” is serving as an early literacy coach for Child Development Resources, an infant/toddler program serving children with special needs and their families, as well as preschool providers.