Looking for books that your students will find irresistible? Look no further than e-publishing sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish. These sites allow users to create polished, colorful, and customized language experience stories, ABC books, communication books, “all about me” portfolios and more. I have created several different types of books for learners with and without disabilities. This is a Wheel of Fortune ABC book, for instance, created for a learner who loves game shows. Text can be very simple (single words) or very complex based on the needs of the student and your objective in creating the book.
And here is a photo story I created for my own kids when they were emerging readers. I made up a story about a missing pool toy and had family members pose for corresponding pictures. Books like these with images of family and friends can be highly motivating for learners on the spectrum. Most kids are especially delighted if they are the main character in the tale.
What could you create to inspire a student with autism? Do you have a student who loves cooking and would be thrilled to read a cookbook of this or her own recipes? Do you know an artistic student who might want to illustrate his or her own picture dictionary? How about making a yearbook for a student who may want to “see” his peers over summer break?
When I create books for kids, I use Shutterfly but you can publish with Snapfish or any of the other available e-publishing sites.