Adapted books are engaging and fun. Students WANT to interact with them, so we need to make sure we are integrating them into IEP goals. Here are 6 goals that you can address through adapted books.
Attending & Interacting With Text
First and foremost, for students to make good progress in reading they need to be able to sustain attention with the text. Using interactive or adapted books help develop positive experiences with literacy. Many times, students that come to me have had numerous negative experiences with reading. It is important to help students see books and reading as a positive thing.
Increase Labeling & Commenting
Students work on building language skills through adapted books. Students work on labeling pictures when they move the picture square on each page.
These adapted books help students develop commenting skills. Commenting skills are an important language skill that is often incorporated into conversations. The text pattern repeats on each page which is essential for beginning readers to develop fluency and confidence
Teach Sequencing & Number Concepts
With math interactive books I can teach and reinforce number sequencing, before and after, addition, subtraction and counting.
Read more… The blog post, How To Use Interactive Books To Teach Math, discusses how to teach money skills, time awareness, etc.
Teaching students safety skills is a crucial component of special education programs. Safety interactive books help break down the concepts while adding visual supports. These books are a great start to safety discussions.
Read more… The blog post, Teaching Students With Disabilities About Safety, gives you more tips on how to teach safety skills.
Vital Life Skills
Most students in special education programs have a difficult time easily learning and generalizing functional life skills. These interactive books help students learn and sequence life skills.
These life skills books will help students learn how to take care of their bodies, develop time awareness, money skills and community skills.
In general, interactive or adapted books are ideal for teaching students who need visual supports to learn. The books in my Teachers Pay Teachers store also have predictable text, so you can also target reading skills with students.
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