Environmental print materials are easily accessible and affordable. Materials can include fast food menus, cereal boxes, food and drink labels, product packaging, catalogs, and common signs like those found on restroom doors. Choose items that capture children’s attention and are relevant to their age and interests. Research Printed materials that are part of a… Read More Developing Early Literacy Skills Using Environmental Print
Current research demonstrates the potential for reading ability in all students, including those with intellectual disabilities (ID). Consequently, teachers of students with ID should provide instruction that is comprehensive, and not limited to sight word memorization (Allor, Mathes, Jones, Champlin, & Cheatham, 2010). Research Much of the research on reading instruction for students with… Read More Literacy Instruction Strategies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Create an inviting, literacy rich, and motivating classroom that supports reading, while students actively engage with text, peers, and others. Engineer your classroom as an environment where students are enticed to learn to read, discuss their reading, and consequently, become motivated by their own reading successes. Research To improve reading skills, students must read. Students… Read More Invitation to Read: A Classroom that Supports Reading for Every Student
Literacy skills are essential for learning new information. According to Ulusoy & Dedeoglu (2011), the ability to read is critical to the success of a student in any subject area. Writing can also play an important role in learning across content areas. Research With the introduction of Writing ASOLs last year, many teachers expressed… Read More Literacy Across The Content Areas
Writing and reading are related processes. Engaging in one enhances the development of the other (Langer & Flihan, 2000). Consider the following suggestions for writing instruction. Stages of Writing. Make Writing Accessible. Write Every Day. Why should we teach writing skills to students with intellectual disabilities? Research At times, we may be tempted to… Read More The Right To Write
Many commonly-taught functional skills can be easily paired with an existing Aligned Standard of Learning(ASOL). It is generally accepted that there is a link between life skills acquisition and life quality. It makes sense to teach academics and functional skills to students with significant intellectual disabilities. But how? And when? . Research What constitutes… Read More Academic Standards or Functional Skills: Why Not Both?
One of the most important steps in the writing process is the organizing or prewriting step, yet it can be problematic for some students. When you consider the importance of non-linguistic representation, the use of graphic organizers (GO) can be key to helping students produce good writing. Research One of the most important steps… Read More GO(e)s with Writing