Stages Book with PDF disk
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A framework to design learning and select materials for individuals with cognitive or language delay

This book details Madalaine Pugliese’s systematic framework and presents seven stages of a learner’s cognitive and language development. Each stage is outlined with learner considerations, relevant issues, communication strategies, tips for evaluating software, and an Observable Skills Checklist for moving on to the next stage. Also included are references for research and other published articles, plus recommendations for software, apps, and manipulative materials. 

Stages Book is available with or without the App Bundle described below. Also sold as an eBook. Stages Book includes a disc with PDFs of the book, Observable Skills Checklist, and references providing links to research articles. The book pdf provides links to software publishers’ websites and the app store.

ProductItem No.PriceQty.
Stages BookSG-F02W
Stages Book and Apps PackageSG-F10W
Stages eBookEB-SG-F02W


The seven stages are developmental and systematic. They are competency-based, rather than on age or grade. Stages One through Three are sequential and focus on Language Foundations. Stages Four through Seven, which are not sequential, focus on Academic Discovery to assess competencies within interconnected skills.

By combining cognition and language skills, the framework’s strategies provide common ground for IEP teams. Use these strategies to assess and select appropriate learning materials.

Book by Madalaine Pugliese, MS, EdS, Spiralbound, 222 pages, Includes PDF disk for printouts.

The 7 Stages of Cognitive and Language Development
  1. Cause and Effect
  2. Language Readiness
  3. Emerging Language
  4. Early Concepts
  5. Advanced Concepts and Communication
  6. Functional Learning
  7. Written Expression

Stages iPad app bundle is comprised of nine apps from the book's recommendations lists:


is available for reading on your iPad. Purchase and download the eBook edition directly to the iBooks* shelf on your iPad, or buy multiple downloads and send an access code to your students or teachers.

The Attainment Bookshelf
eBooks are delivered directly to your iPad from the Attainment Bookshelf – no file attachments or disks, and no need for side-loading your book onto your iPad through iTunes. After making an eBook purchase, you will receive an email message with a simple download link for placing the book on your iPad. When you buy multiple downloads for an eBook title, an email message gives you easy instructions for providing download links to each of your students or teachers. At the Attainment Bookshelf website, an account login allows you to see who has downloaded their book, and shows how many downloads are still available.

* iBooks is a free iPad app. It must be loaded from the Apple App Store before eBooks can be downloaded to your iPad.