I've spent a good deal of my adult life guiding, supporting and helping others find the joy and wonder in the printed word. Sometimes, learning to read appears to happen like magic; however, there were years of experiences that serve as a foundation to the miracle of reading!
Sometimes, learning to read is hard; however, if parents and teachers carefully analyze a student's relative strengths and needs, all students can learn to read.
For many students, the "need" is opportunities to learn the phonetic code. Programs like Fundations have made their fortune out of teaching the code. Learning the complex ways that sounds can work in English offers all of us the means to read words and ideas we do not yet know. While that may not seem like something we need, it does allow us to read scientific terms as well as names and the ideas of others outside of our experiences. Some findings suggest students with language, speech and articulation difficulties, including apraxia of speech, may benefit from this type of approach.
Other students just find comfort in the predictable and repeated words that are found in sight word based programs such as these.
Someresources to think about as we all prepare to return to school and face the need to teach ALL children to be readers!
- Supporting Individuals with Down syndrome and other ... - DSAW
- READING PROGRAMS/HELPFUL WEBSITES ... and for older non-verbal children ... grades 1-3 and 4-6 with games, sight words, teacher links, kids links and
[PPT]Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome