Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Tip 12: Professionally “Publish” a Personalized Book

Posted on April 12, 2012 in Autism, Literacy, News

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.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

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.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

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.


  1. From Julie Vanderwagen on 12 Apr 2012

    Thank you Paula for all these great ideas this month! I am thinking of making a book for a student to “get to know” his classmates over the summer. Once we have the class list, I can take pictures of the students to put into a book. This will also help me get to know my students’ names before they walk in on the first day. Who doesn’t love being greeted by someone by name?

  2. From Erin Sheldon on 12 Apr 2012

    I love this idea. My daughter is fairly rough on traditional books so we make her personalized books in PowerPoint and then print and laminate them in hard copy. She always has a book about herself that is available for herself or classmates to choose for reading, and it would be awesome to have a professionally-published book like this for that purpose. Maggie has books in Pictello as well, made on her iPad. Increasingly, we’re using KeyNote to publish books onto her iPad or print hard-copy and then laminate; its even easier than PowerPoint. What I love about publishing books directly into her iPad (such as with Pictello) is that her friends can record their own voices along with the pictures they take. Maggie LOVES to both see and hear her friends and classmates. Pictello is so simple that Maggie’s grade 3 classmates can make a Pictello book in as little time as it takes to do something like a classroom experiment, so they make her books in their own voices recording everything from science experiments to social studies field trips. I love how, when Maggie’s friends and classmates write her Pictello stories, its academically challenging and relevant for them while preparing wonderful materials to support Maggie’s learning as well.