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3 of 8 Essential Elements for Adapting Instruction to Facilitate Beginning Reading Success for Children with Special Needs

3. Children with special needs benefit from instruction that includes opportunities to maintain and transfer (generalize) the skills and strategies learned

Children with special needs benefit from activities that allow them to use their newly learned reading skills and strategies during independent practice activities (maintenance) and with a variety of materials, in different settings, and with different people (generalization). Different setting might include the special and general education teachers, the teaching assistant, and the family. Activities that promote maintenance and generalization include:

  • Application of word recognition skills to word games, different texts, spelling activities, and reading in different content areas.
  • Application of previously taught vocabulary in activities across the curriculum, with vocabulary games, and as part of homework.
  • Comprehension strategies used with both listening and reading such as learning how to identify the parts of a story or the main idea, or how to stop and ask questions to check their understanding.
  • Reminders of previously taught reading strategies posted in the classroom, presented on cue cards, and reinforced by teachers and parents.
  • Reading instruction using texts at children’s reading level whether in general education, special education, or other special programs.
Join me on Wednesday as we explore how children with special needs benefit from instruction in which their progress is monitored regularly and adjustments made as needed.
 

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