Ultimate Guided Reading Resource for Special Education

I made this massive resource a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to post about it yet! I absolutely love teaching reading. I think literacy for children with autism is an extremely under-researched area with very limited supports, curriculum, and resources. That being said – I also think that teaching children with autism to read is possible! Reading instruction for children with autism is successful when using the same strategies that we know are successful with our students: visuals, structure, and routine.

I do guided reading in my classroom when teaching reading. Guided reading is small group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated reading supports. This small group approach is ideal for children with autism because it allows us to target specific skills and areas of need. I have gotten a lot of emails about how I run reading groups, what materials I use, and if I recommend any specific curriculum sets. I haven’t found a curriculum I love because my students have such splintered skills that I need an individualized approach with each group.

I created this resource – the Ultimate Guided Reading Resource for Special Education – to guide your planning and instruction process for using a guided reading approach with children with special needs or autism. This packet contains schedules templates, lesson plan forms, reading activities, visual question prompts, academic visuals, and more! It has everything and anything you need! It’s over 80 pages of ready to go materials, easy to implement interventions, visuals, data sheets, student work, and more!

Here is everything included:

The Autism Helper - Reading

The Autism Helper - Reading

You know I am visual! On to some pictures:

Guided Reading Teacher Resources: data sheets, planning forms, templates, and more

The Autism Helper - Reading

Independent Reading Center Ideas and Materials

The Autism Helper - Reading

TONS of student activities and assessments {structured & visual}

The Autism Helper - Reading

Academic & Behavior Visuals for use during Guided Reading Groups

The Autism Helper - Reading

Visual Question Cards {laminate and keep near your reading table}

The Autism Helper - Reading

Visual Schedule for Guided Reading Groups {essential behavior management strategy}

The Autism Helper - Reading

and  – of course – the video product preview:

 

Check out this product on TpT – the Ultimate Guided Reading Resources for Special Education. I have gotten some really great feedback on it!

8 Comments

  1. I think I watch your videos too much-I just watched the video to this and my husband said “Hey, that’s the Autism teacher! I recognize her voice!” 🙂

    This is definitely next on my to buy list!

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  2. Omigosh this comment made my night! Haha! Glad you are not sick of my voice yet 🙂

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  3. How do you pick the books to read?

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  4. Based on their Guided Reading Level + interests 🙂

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  5. Can you talk about what guided reading looks like with your students who are pre-A?

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  6. We are really focusing on pre-academics like letter recognition, categorization, book experiences, letter sounds, rhyming, creating blends, etc. We do a lot adapted books, DTT, and fluency instruction to build up these skills !

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  7. I’m a 6th grade special day class teacher, how can I incorporate a whole class novel 6th grade level that the general education classes use so that my students feel they are on level with the school — or is this not possible? My co-teacher really likes to do this but most of the time the material is over their heads. Would love an honest opinion….

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  8. What reading level are the students on? If they are on a similar reading level you can break down the booking into smaller sections and work on the same book. If students are on lower reading levels, you can sometimes find the same book with easier text. That way the students are working on the same content but at their level. I think the goal should always be to be addressing students’ needs and current skill level while using similar themes, content, etc as gen counterparts when possible.

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