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Idea #7: Record a book

Posted on April 07, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Recordable books are now available everywhere and on so many topics. These personalized texts are ideal for students with disabilities for many reasons. One of my favorite ways to use recordable books is to motivate learners to engage in repeated readings (so helpful to support students on reading fluency).

They can get the story “just perfect” by reading it a few times over, adding sound effects, and trying out different voices for each character. Recordable books are also ideal for learners who may not be…

Idea #6: Frame a poem

Posted on April 06, 2013 in Autism

All students need daily opportunities to both read and write. Some students, however, do not have the ability or the experience to compose without some support. Some of these individuals may find success working from frames. Frames can be used to create entire stories, whole paragraphs, and sentences.

Frames can also be used to create first poems. Students can collaborate on these or learners can use the…

Idea #5: Tape-up text

Posted on April 05, 2013 in Autism

Today’s idea and the five that follow are inspired by my book on literacy and autism—A Land We Can Share. This project was a collaboration with my colleague, Kelly Chandler-Olcott, and it features dozens if not hundreds of ideas for creating inclusive literacy experiences for learners with autism and Asperger syndrome.

There are so many ways to adapt books to make them more accessible and appealing to students with autism. One of the easiest ways is to…

Idea #4: Create creative crayons

Posted on April 04, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

Many young learners need alternative materials for coloring and writing. You can certainly purchase crayons in other shapes (my very favorite are these irresistible and brightly colored crayon rocks that come in a dandy red velvet bag), but you can also make your very own for home or the classroom.

There are many tutorials on the web to make your own, but the basic…

Idea #3: Teach collaborative art

Posted on April 03, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

One adaptation that inspires both creativity and peer connection is collaborative artwork. Murals, quilts, and large-scale paintings can all be done collaboratively, but so can smaller pieces. As an on-the-spot adaptation, this preschool teacher had her students pass their pictures around the table and asked each child to add something new to each picture.

One student with autism could not draw with markers or crayons, but she…

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