Including Children with Special Needs in Literacy Activities


We know that parent involvement is straight connected to academic achievement as properly as aids to help the improvement of Social &amp Emotional Learning (SEL) abilities. In addition to just reading to young children, parents are also encouraged to take an active part in producing story time more interactive.  These contain recommendations such as pointing to each and every word as it is study, asking, and identifying more information in illustrations (what colour is the bird, exactly where is the cat hiding? and so on.). Modeling fluency when reading aids young children create what is termed affective or emotional prosody i.e. understanding the verbal and nonverbal cues of feelings such as content, angry, sad, and so on.  Great storytellers use this ability properly to preserve readers/listeners engaged and on job.

For students with specific requirements, eliciting participation and engagement may well take a bit more creativity. Here are a handful of suggestions:

1.) Use a low-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) or Speech Generating Device (SGD) for students that are non-verbal or have more serious cognitive/expressive language abilities.  

  • Bluebee Pals are Bluetooth enabled and can be paired with any iOS and Android app that has a narrative. Patented technologies enables Bluebee’s mouth and head to move when reading stories, teaching via educational games, communicating via speech/AAC apps, finding out a language, and singing songs. The plush and loveable characters like Sammy the Bear or Hudson the Puppy are confident to preserve young children engaged when creating language and cognitive lead to/impact abilities.
  • GoTalk is a group of programmable devices that operate from battery energy. The GoTalk4 may well be a great alternative for younger young children and/or these with more serious intellectual disabilities. It involves 4.25 total minutes of recording time. Be confident to get the corresponding software to build the image communication symbols or customize and add your personal photos or photographs to help a present story. 
  • More transportable and super price range friendly alternatives contain the Go Talk Light Weight Slim Message Talker with a 10 second record time or the TickiT Sound Bank Mirror with 30 seconds of record time. Have a single of the child’s peers pre-record the sentence and/or a web page from a favourite book, then when it is the child’s turn to study aspect of the story the device can be activated with the push of a button to “speak” the lines. This keeps the activity age acceptable with voice modulation and promotes inclusive peer activity.

2.) If focus, interest and/or engagement are an situation, attempt utilizing a visual timer to designate the allotted story time.  For younger young children and/or these with specific requirements, begin with shorter reads (a.k.a. more photographs vs. words!) then raise time, length, and complexity as the youngster progresses. The Time Timer Mod is a tough and transportable alternative that functions a visual show of the time elapsing/remaining.  This is valuable for students who struggle with analog or digital time clocks or are also sound sensitive to use a regular kitchen timer. 

3.) For young children with visual and/or cognitive impairments, big books may well be beneficial.  Large print books may well assistance a youngster with mild to moderate vision loss find out the globe of books and make tracking the words less difficult.  Adding more help tools like hand puppets, may well boost the story line and market far better engagement.

4.) Create a sensory quiet space or reading corner. The Abilitations Reading Canopy hung more than a corner bean bag chair or the Childcraft Corner Reading Nook with pillows, a weighted lap pad or weighted stuffed animal like Mia the Monkey are great alternatives. These sensory tools assistance market spatial boundary definition and deep touch stress input for calming which can contribute to a relaxing enjoyable reading expertise.

With just a handful of adaptations, young children with specific requirements can be integrated in story time, an vital help tool for loved ones engagement. Visit our web-site for more goods to assistance help young children of all skills.

Cecilia Cruse

Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L has a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, and her Master’s degree in Education from Georgia State University. She is SIPT certified and has more than 25 years’ expertise in pediatrics with college-primarily based services, acute care, and outpatient pediatric settings.
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Originally published in blog.schoolspecialty.com