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Using Adaptive Book with Younger Students

Using Adaptive Book with Younger Students

When using adapted books with preschools or young elementary students I pick out adapted books which help build on their current skill set.  If the language in the book is too difficult and advanced for the student then the book will not benefit the student.  You...

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Intro to Adapted Books

Intro to Adapted Books

What are adapted books and why should I use them?   Adapted books are books that have been modified in some way and often make it easier for students with disabilities to use but I also find adapted books are more engaging for all students to read and target so many...

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Teaching Categorization Skills

Teaching Categorization Skills

Another important concept for our students to understand is categorization.  This requires our students to recognize and differentiate objects before they can categorize the objects into different groups.  Categorization is the act of sorting and organizing...

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Building Expressive Vocabulary

Building Expressive Vocabulary

For kids that have emerging verbal skills, we want to get them talking as much as possible and help build that vocabulary. And that can't be done only through requesting. If your student is going to use all of their great expressive language skills only for asking for...

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Building Receptive Vocabulary

Building Receptive Vocabulary

Receptive language refers to the ability to understand/comprehend language heard or read.  This is evident with our students in their ability to follow directions and recognize names of familiar people, object, and toys.  Initially a child’s receptive language skills...

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Using Visuals to Answer “Wh” Questions

Using Visuals to Answer “Wh” Questions

Answering "wh" questions is another important and challenging goal to target with our students.  Answering “wh” questions requires both receptive and expressive language skills.  The student needs to understand and process the different “wh” questions terms and then...

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Teaching Following Directions

Teaching Following Directions

So much of our academic instruction involves following directions. Every time you say something simple like "take out your pencil" or "find page 62" that's following directions. Getting more advanced, when you say things like "do the first 20 problems" or "write 3...

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Building Imitation Skills

Building Imitation Skills

I know, I know - you were excited for a summer's worth of literacy post and here I go squeezing in something that doesn't seem literacy related. Yesterday we talked about all of those essential prerequisite attending skills (i.e. things you need to know how to do...

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Attending Skills & Getting Them to the Table

Attending Skills & Getting Them to the Table

Before we jump into reading comprehension or paragraph writing, let's scale WAY back. Let's do a quick refresher on where to begin. There are a few important steps to take before we start increasing the complexity of the literacy tasks we are working on with our...

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