Literacy for Students with Special Needs

This list includes materials on developing literacy skills in students with special needs. It doesn't include all materials on teaching braille. You can search the library catalog to find what we have, or please contact me directly.

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"I hate to write!" : tips for helping students with autism spectrum and related disorders increase achievement, meet academic standards, and become happy, successful writers Cheryl Boucher, MSEd, OTR, and Kathy Oehler, MS, CC-SLP.
AAPC Publishing, [2013]
Description: Writing strategies developed specifically to address the issues faced by individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders.--Publisher.

"Just give him the whale!" : 20 ways to use fascinations, areas of expertise, and strengths to support students with autism Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz.
Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2008.
Description: "When learners with autism have deep, consuming fascinations (trains, triangles, basketballs, whales)teachers often wonder what to do. This concise, highly practical guidebook gives educators across grade levels a powerful new way to think about students' "obsessions": as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate, and improve learning. ... this guide is brimming with easy tips and strategies for folding students' special interests, strengths, and areas of expertise into classroom lessons and routines. Teachers will discover how making the most of fascinations can help their students: learn standards-based academic content, boost literacy learning and mathematics skills, develop social connections, expand communication skills, minimize anxiety ..."--Publisher's website.

Aligning IEPs to academic standards : for students with moderate and severe disabilities Ginevra Courtade-Little, Diane M. Browder ; [ed., Tom Kinney].
IEP Resources, c2005.
Description: What does alignment to academic standards mean? -- Further understanding alignment -- Selecting IEP goals to promote alignment -- IEP creates access to the curriculum -- Writing measurable IEP objectives -- Developing short term objectives -- Writing measurable goals -- Active objectives for academic learning -- Strategies for alignment to state standards -- Promote broad skills in literacy and mathematics -- Promoting literacy skills -- Present level of performance -- Promoting mathematics skills -- Focus on self-determination -- Components of self-determination -- Incorporating self-determination -- Expanding academic objectives to include self-determination -- Using assistive technology -- Reading scenarios -- Writing scenarios -- Math scenarios -- Using a functional activity to help make the standard meaningful -- Example of functional applications of geometry skills -- Practicing alignment to state standards -- Aligning language arts objectives -- Aligning math objectives -- Case study example.

Assessment of braille literacy skills (ABLS) [compiled by Alan J. Koenig, Carol Farrenkopf, in collaboration with Region 4 Education Service Center]
Region 4 Education Service Center, c1994, 2004.
Description: An assessment for braille literacy skills.

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Attainment's ELSB early literacy skills builder [kit] : scientifically based literacy program Diane Browder ... [et al.]
Attainment Co., c2007.
Description: A language-rich, research based curriculum, with systematic instruction to teach both print and phonemic awareness. It is a multi-year program with seven distinct levels and ongoing assessments so students progress at their own pace. Ages 5-10, with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.
Kit is divided into parts to loan separately. Box 1 (labeled V1A) contains: Getting Started DVD -- All about Moe / Susan Gibbs bound tete-beche with Oh my, apple pie / Angel Lee -- Implementation guide / Diane Browder, et al. -- Student materials level one, level A -- Student assessment level one, level A -- Teacher's manual level one, level A -- 1 magnetic board, 15 sight word flashcards, 8 magnetic stars, 1 pad of post-it flags, 1 magnetic rectangle. All other sets (level 2-3, level 4, level 5, level 6, level 7) have three volumes each: Student materials -- Student assessment -- Teacher's manual.

Balanced literacy [electronic resource].
IntelliTools, c2005.
Description: This program provides a balanced approach to early literacy instruction for beginning readers. It integrates guided reading, supported writing, and word study or phonics activities. Nine units, built around animal themes, engage students in a year-long program designed to support and supplement their classroom language arts curriculum.

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Autism & reading comprehension : ready-to-use lessons for teachers Joseph Porter
Future Horizons, c2011
Description: "The predictable format, repetition, and routine of these lessons will create a relaxed learning environment, while the variations in the topics will hold studentsÕ attention and help them generalize the reading skills they need to succeed! Starting with Level 1 (The Cat) and ending with Level 9 (The Lizard), special-educator Joseph Porter has developed an amazing 90 hours of animal-themed, whole-group instruction. There are two student worksheets for each of nine animals, totaling eighteen worksheets. Each worksheet has four variations, and there is a ready-to-go lesson plan for each one! There are also two sentence-building exercises for each animal theme, which will build studentsÕ observation skills and help them transform those skills into conversation and written language. In addition to the step-by-step lesson plans, Joseph provides a detailed description of what the lessons will look and feel like in the classroom, complete with valuable, first-hand advice. In the back, youÕll find an appendix with numerous suggestions for complementary activities for each animal theme, so you can supplement on the ÒoffÓ days with art projects, music, books, and videos. There is even a section containing Data-Collection Sheets, assessment forms that will help you record studentsÕ progress, per IEP standards. And the companion CD contains all of the worksheets, lesson plans, visual tools, and assessment forms for quick-and-easy print!"--Publisher's website.

Basic reading inventory Jerry L. Johns.
Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, [2012]
Description: "This book will be very helpful if you are looking to learn how to create responsive reading instruction for your kids. The assessments lets you assess their sight word recognition, comprehension, reading rate and listening level. From these assessments you can see what phonemes they have trouble with, their reading behaviors (omitting, substituting, reversals), and their reading levels (independent, instructional, and frustration). Has assessments for pre-primer to twelve grade."--RhondaMarie,
Becoming bilingual : facilitating English literacy development using ASL in preschool Lynne Erting and Judy Pfau.
Gallaudet University, Pre-College National Mission Programs, c1997.
Description: "This paper discusses ways to facilitate the emerging literacy of deaf children by encouraging bilingualism in American Sign Language and English within the context of what is known from research and practice about emerging literacy in hearing and deaf children. This approach focuses on enrichment by the addition of a second language (English) while supporting the primary language (ASL) as the language of instruction. Three broad topics are emphasized: (1) developing metalinguistic awareness of the two languages; (2) shared storybook experiences; and (3) writing development. Other factors, such as the importance of fingerspelling, social interaction, and the use of environmental print are addressed within the three areas of focus. (Contains 58 references.) (DB)"--ERIC.

Beginning with braille : firsthand experiences with a balanced approach to literacy Anna M. Swenson.
American Foundation for the Blind, c1999.
Description: "...provides a wealth of effective activities for promoting literacy at the early stages of braille isntruction. Includes tips on designing worksheets, teaching the use of a braillewriter, and facilitating the braille writing process."

Braille literacy : a functional approach Diane P. Wormsley.
AFB Press, 2004.
Description: "...presents a straightforward, step-by-step approach to teaching the reading and writing of braille to students who are challenged by learning through traditional methods. This clearly written guide uses a functional approach based on key vocabulary that is meaningful to the student who is at-risk."--publisher's website.

Building blocks for teaching preschoolers with special needs Susan R. Sandall and Ilene S. Schwartz ; with Gail E. Joseph ... [et al.]. 2nd ed.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2008.
Description: " educators three types of practical, research-based inclusion strategies that promote progress in critical areas like behavior, emergent literacy, and peer relationships. A must for professional development, this revised edition helps teachers thrive in the era of accountability with NEW material that reflects the six years of changes in early education since the first edition. Teachers will: discover how the Building Blocks approach aligns with OSEP outcomes to help teachers meet the federal requirements for special education ; learn everything they need to know about evidence-based practice and how to apply it in their classrooms ; print more than a dozen helpful forms—including classroom assessments, planning worksheets, and child evaluation forms—with the convenient NEW CD-ROM. Through clear and instructive vignettes woven throughout the book, teachers will also meet four young children from diverse backgrounds and learn from their teachers' examples of successful interventions. A perfect training tool for teachers and an ideal textbook for college and university courses, this revised bestseller will help today's preschool educators start all their students on the road to lasting school success. Promote inclusion and improve child outcomes through: curriculum modifications that allow all children to participate ; embedded learning opportunities used in typical classroom activities ; child-focused instructional strategies that help students with individual learning objectives"-

Color photo games: early literacy, grades PK-K, special learners : 18 full-color games that reinforce essential early literacy skills Pamela K. Hill.
Key Education, c2012.
Description: Instill a love of language in special-education students in grades PK-K using Early Literacy! This 160-page book provides simple, fun, and engaging games that are easy to assemble, fun to play, and designed for individual or small-group use. The book reinforces the concepts of same and different, opposites, syllables, rhyming, matching, uppercase and lowercase letters, and identifying beginning sounds. Each game includes photographic artwork, game strategies with differentiated instruction. The book supports NAEYC standards--Publisher's description. This book supports: special learning needs; English language development; reading difficulties; early childhood; communication--P. [4] of cover.

The creative curriculum for preschool in action [videorecording (DVD)] content advisors Diane Trister Dodge, Toni Bickart, and Cate Heroman ; written and directed by Judy Jablon and Charlotte Stetson ; produced by Shaun Johnsen.
Teaching Strategies, Inc., 2007.
Description: This new DVD provides an in-depth examination of The Creative Curriculumª for Preschool and shows how teachers use The Creative Curriculum to guide their thinking and decision making about teaching and learning. After a brief introduction from Diane Trister Dodge, eight 10- to 20-minute segments delve into the learning environment, a day in the life of The Creative Curriculum preschool classroom, intentional teaching in prekindergarten, planning for literacy, planning for mathematics, integrating learning through studies, using The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5 to observe and assess children's learning, and building partnerships with families. Filmed in a variety of Head Start and child care settings, each segment is ideal for use at parent workshops and for ongoing teacher study groups.---Teaching Strategies Website.

Drawing a blank : improving comprehension for readers on the autism spectrum Emily Iland ; foreword by Brenda Smith Myles.
AAPC, 2011.
Description: "Although they may be fluent readers -- indeed, many have very precocious reading skills -- individuals with autism spectrum disorders often need support for comprehension. Comprehension difficulties in readers with ASD can be subtle and difficult to tease out. As a result, their substantial level of risk for reading comprehension problems is often overlooked or unaddressed, and many students struggle in silence. ... This practical and well-researched resource provides educational professionals and parents with the tools to improve comprehension for good decoders who have reading comprehension difficulties, as well as readers who struggle with both decoding and comprehension. In keeping with current standards, the book emphasizes the importance of using evidence-based and promising practices based on thorough assessment of students' needs."--Publisher's website.

Educating deaf students : from research to practice Marc Marschark, Harry G. Lang, John A. Albertini.
Oxford University Press, 2002.
Description: "Over the past decade there has been a significant increase in interest from educators and the general public about deafness, special education, and the development of children with special needs. The education of deaf children in the United States has been seen as a remarkable success story around the world, even while it continues to engender domestic debate. ... Marc Marschark, Harry G. Lang, and John A. Albertini set aside the politics, rhetoric, and confusion that often accompany discussions of deaf education. Instead they offer an accessible evaluation of the research literature on the needs and strengths of deaf children and on the methods that have been used-successfully and unsuccessfully-to teach both deaf and hearing children. The authors lay out the common assumptions that have driven deaf education for many years, revealing some of them to be based on questionable methods, conclusions, or interpretations, while others have been lost in the cacophony of alternative educational philosophies. They accompany their historical consideration of how this came to pass with an evaluation of the legal and social conditions surrounding deaf education today. By evaluating what we know, what we do not know, and what we thought we knew about learning among deaf children, the authors provide parents, teachers, and administrators valuable new insights into educating deaf students and others with special needs."
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Edmark reading program. Level 1 and Level 2
Pro-Ed, c2002.
Description: Contains a sequenced, highly repetitive sight-word approach to reading that can be used with preschool students, elementary students having difficulty with traditional classroom reading materials, adults, ESL students, and many special education students. Teaches 150 basic sight words plus endings (-s, -ed, -ing) and takes a nonreader to approximately a 1.0 level. For grades K-1.

EEEs into writing : standards-based exercises for teaching emergent, early, and elementary writing skills Molly Lyle Brown ; edited by Becky L. Spivey.
Super Duper Publications, c2006.
Description: "Activities aligned to McRel literacy standards PreK-2 for writing."

ELLA [kit] : Emerging Literacy & Language Assessment.
Super Duper Publications, c2006.
Description: "Evaluates the skills children need to become proficient readers. The ELLA meets Early Reading First requirements for educators needing to use evidence-based diagnostic tools to identify children at risk for reading failure. The manual includes a Curriculum and Classroom Connection for each of the 22 subtests and case studies to help you establish treatment and IEP goals"--Http://

Emergent literacy success : merging technology and whole language for students with disabilities Caroline Musselwhite, Pati King-DeBaun.
Creative Communicating ; Southeast Augmentative Communication Conference, c1997.
Description: "This comprehensive book is a compilation of current theory and practical applications of strategies. It’s designed to support and empower students in their quest for literacy. Each section includes reviews of literature for students who are typically developing, as well as students with various disabilities and risk factors. Emergent Literacy Success includes an assortment of checklists, lists, and magic tricks for duplication. Hundreds of illustrations and mini-case examples help make information easily accessible to readers. "--publisher's website.

Encouraging language development in early childhood settings [compiled by Janice Greenberg].
Hanen Centre, c2004.
Description: Introduction -- Children's different conversational styles -- Roles teachers play -- The stages of language development -- Letting go of the lead -- Six steps to follow the child's lead -- Taking turns together -- Encourage interactions in group situations -- My action plan.

Equity and full participation for individuals with severe disabilities : a vision for the future edited by Martin Agran, Ph.D., Fredda Brown, Ph.D., Carolyn Hughes, Ph.D., Carol Quirk, Ed.D., and Diane Ryndak, Ph.D.
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., [2014]
Description: What key issues and challenges affect the lives of people with severe disabilities today -- and what should tomorrow's professionals do to address them? Aligned with the core values and agenda of TASH, this visionary text prepares professionals to strengthen supports and services for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Readers will fully examine more than a dozen critical topics in the lives of people with severe disabilities; explore necessary reforms to policy and practice; and set clear goals and priorities for improving early intervention, education, health care, behavior supports, and social services. Whether used as a textbook or a professional reference, this innovative volume will help usher in a new era of services that support full inclusion and quality of life for people with severe disabilities. -- Provided by publisher.

Foundations of braille literacy Evelyn J. Rex ... [et al.]
American Federation for the Blind c1994
Description: "The first and only text to address the teaching of braille reading and writing in the context of literacy in general, the whole language approach, and the way in which print reading and writing are taught. Both a theoretical framework and practical applications for instruction in braille literacy are provided. Designed for use by university training programs and practicing educators of children and adults who are visually impaired, this book is an important resource for regular reading and literacy educators, administrators, parents, and transcribers as well."--publisher's website.

From tutor scripts to talking sticks : 100 ways to differentiate instruction in K-12 inclusive classrooms Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2010.
Description: "Differentiated instruction engages students of all abilities as active learners, decision-makers, and problem solvers—making educational experiences more meaningful for all. This one-of-a-kind book proves that designing differentiated instruction can be simple and fun! Packed with creative adaptation ideas like fidget bags, doodle notes, and choice boards, this book gives K-12 educators 100 teacher-designed, kid- tested strategies they can use to meet the needs of all students in inclusive classrooms. Ideal for helping students who need extra support, scaffolding, reminders, organization, or enrichment, this book gives general and special educators. Easy adaptations in 10 key areas: organization; environment and sensory; technology; communication and participation; behavior and motivation; teaching and learning; literacy; math; study and review; and assessment. A user-friendly layout with a description, materials list, directions, an example, references, and vendors for every entry. Full-color illustrations of each strategy. Practical advice from expert educators. Lists of resources and references to back up every entry. These ready-to-use, research-based adaptations enhance motivation and improve achievement for all children—including English-language learners and students with autism, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities and other special needs. Everyone in the classroom will benefit from this timely, ultra-practical guidebook— the go-to resource for any teacher who has ever had a doubt that differentiated instruction can be simple and fun! Adapations in 10 key areas of student need: organization ; environment and sensory ; technology communication and participation ; behavior and motivation ; teaching and learning ; literacy ; math ; study and review ; assessment"-- publisher's website.
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Hooked on Phonics series of materials from kindergarten to second grade
Smarterville Productions, LLC.
Description: Tools for learning to read.

How difficult can this be? [videorecording (DVD)] : understanding learning disabilities : frustration, anxiety, tension, the F.A.T. city workshop produced and directed by Peter Rosen ; workshop designed and presented by Richard D. Lavoie ; produced for Eagle Hill School Outreach by Peter Rosen Productions, Inc.
Artworks PBS, c2004.
Description: A group experiences life the way a learning disabled student does and learns methods of teaching and helping such students.

How do I teach this kid to read? : teaching literacy skills to young children with autism, from phonics to fluency Kimberly A. Henry.
Future Horizons, c2010.
Description: "Reading provides personal enjoyment, access to information, and opens doors to opportunities throughout life, both recreational and occupational. Reading helps us grow and vicariously experience things we are curious about, and dream about. But for many young children with autism, reading is often a factual memorization of letters and words. The playful, imaginative qualities of reading may be missed in favor of the repetitive, predictable alphabet and visual appearance of words on a page. This book presents simple instructional strategies that can be used to help develop early literacy skills in young children with autism. Award-winning author Kimberly Henry provides dozens of fine-tuned, easily adaptable activities that teachers and parents can implement separately or in infinite combinations. Included are units on phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Kim also lists numerous other resources you can use to supplement the lessons. É this book comes with a FREE CD of printable, visual tools, such as: ABC books; text-picture matches; songs, chants, and poems; word webs; visual organizers; sentence builders, and many more!"--Publisher. Grade levels K-3.

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Inclusion in practice : educating children with Down syndrome at primary school [videorecording (DVD)] script, Gillian Bird ... [et al.] ; a Downsed production.
Down Syndrome Educational Trust, c2006.
Description: Shows students with Down syndrome in the classroom. Interviews with parents and educators.

Instructional strategies for braille literacy Diane P. Wormsley & Frances Mary D'Andrea, editors.
AFB Press, c1997.
Description: "... provides instructors with specific creative strategies and methodologies for teaching braille. Intended to help pre-service and in-service teachers develop their instructional literacy and braille skills, this comprehensive manual provides a wealth of information on working with children with congenital or adventitious visual impairments as well as students with additional disabilities or who are speakers of English as a second language."--Publisher's website.

The intentional teacher : choosing the best strategies for young children's learning Ann S. Epstein.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2007.
Description: "Planful, intentional teachers keep in mind the key goals for children's learning and development in all domains by creating supportive environments, planning curriculum, and selecting from a variety of teaching strategies those that best promote each child's thinking and skills. The Intentional Teacher considers how and when each type of learning (child- guided, adult-guided, or a combination) is most effective, and what teachers can do to support them."


Ladders to literacy.
A preschool activity book
(Angela Notari-Syverson)
A kindergarten activity book (Rollanda E. O'Connor)
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c1998.
Description: "... a supplemental early literacy curriculum .... The program targets children at different levels and from diverse cultural backgrounds. The activities are organized into three sections with about 20 activities each: print awareness, phonological awareness skills, and oral language skills."

A land we can share : teaching literacy to students with autism Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott.
P.H. Brookes Pub., c2008.
Description: "... moves beyond "sight words" and other functional literacy skills and provides the know- how for bringing quality, meaningful literacy instruction to students with autism. ... focuses specifically on ways in which educators can improve literacy outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders in Grades K–12 classrooms. Teachers will learn: research-based practices in reading and writing instruction, including those consistent with the recommendations of Reading First ; ideas for planning lessons, differentiating instruction, and designing a classroom environment that promotes literacy learning while addressing the individual needs of learners with autism ; techniques for assessing students who do not or cannot show their literacy learning in traditional ways due to communication or learning differences ; strategies for including students with autism in a wide range of classroom literacy activities ; teaching tips from the words and experiences of people with autism spectrum labels and from the authors' own extensive classroom experience. ... brings cutting-edge literacy concepts to special educators who are already familiar with autism but may not have specific training in teaching reading skills and is an essential "literacy meets autism" primer for general educators and reading specialists. For all readers, the book underscores the ways in which literacy can help every learner achieve a more fulfilling, rich, and inclusive academic life."--publisher's website.

Language, literacy and children with special needs Sally M. Rogow.
Pippin Publishing, c1997.
Description: "As children with special needs become integrated into the educational mainstream, it's important to welcome and support them so that they can truly participate and share in the whole group's activities. Sally Rogow spices her often moving and inspiring story with anecdotes drawn from the experiences of real children and real teachers in real classrooms, outlining a variety of successful approaches that will help teachers ensure that good learning happens for everyone."
Audience: A book for parents seeking encouragement, hope and practical advice, and for teachers who find themselves teaching a disabled child as part of their regular classes, and who need support and advice, too.

Learning language and loving it : a guide to promoting children's social, language and literacy development in early childhood settings Elaine Weitzman and Janice Greenberg.
Hanen Centre, c2002.
Description: "This guidebook provides a comprehensive, easy to follow guide to creating an enriched and inclusive environment that fosters the social, language and literacy development of preschool children in child care settings. This is an outstanding resource with practical strategies for teachers, speech-language pathologists and other professionals who work with young children and who are responsible for creating learning environments that maximize children's language, social and literacy skills."--Publisher's website.

Learning language--and loving it! [videorecording (DVD)] written and directed by Janice Greenberg and Elaine Weitzman ; produced by Granger Digital.
Hanen Program, c2007.
Description: Drawn from the Hanen Language Program for Early Childhood Educators the program serves to illustrate how teachers in early childhood settings implement or fail to implement strategies considered crucial to the promotion of children's social, language, and literacy development. It provides real life examples of teachers using responsive strategies in play and daily activities to create cognitively stimulating, interactive language-learning environments.

Let language lead the way to literacy [compiled by Janice Greenberg].
Hanen Centre, c2004.
Description: "A companion workbook to Learning language and loving it : a guide to promoting children's social, language, and literacy development in early childhood settings (2nd ed., Weitzman & Greenberg, 2002)"--Cover.

Letting your child's literate side out : raising a child who loves to learn : birth to age 12, dual-sensory impairments [videorecording (DVD)] [narrated by] Graciela Tiscareno-Sato.
Gracefully Global, c2015.
Description: "This parent-created DVD is a unique and important tool for service providers serving families with children who are blind, including children who are blind and hearing impaired (as the child in the DVD is both.) It is filled with in-home philosophies, strategies, creativity and resources, coupled with IEP strategies and resources, utilized by tenacious parents intent on ensuring their daughter with dual-sensory impairments would achieve literacy. It includes raw discussion of parents' emotional journey - from grief and loss at first learning of her blindness and later of severe hearing impairments to a thirst for knowledge, action and advocacy. Follow along and learn what Dad and Mom did at home to learn, and then help teach, Braille and continuous learning to their daughter."--publisher's website.

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Literacy through Unity : word study Karen Erickson, Gretchen Hanser ; Center for Literacy and Disability Studies.
The Center, [2006?]
Description: Designed to teach word recognition, decoding, spelling and icon sequencing using Unity. A beginning systematic, sequential phonics instructional program that also teaches core icon sequences. Teaches strategies for reading, spelling and pronouncing unfamiliar words.

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Looking for words : community, school, home [computer file] v. 2.5.1
Attainment Co., 2001.
Description: Reading and literacy enrichment; student can explore locations, search for words on a list, and create activities.

Looking to learn : promoting literacy for students with low vision Frances Mary D'Andrea and Carol Farrenkopf, editors.
AFB Press, c2000.
Description: This handbook provides teachers with practical tips and advice on improving literacy skills for students with low vision. The book provides easy-to-understand explanations of vital topics such as interpreting eye reports, performing functional vision assessments, working with low vision service providers, and more. The valuable resource section, tables, sample reports and sidebars offer essential information on assessing low vision students and helping them use their vision effectively.
Music mania [electronic resource] : take and teach language kit.
Aimee Solutions, c2003.
Description: "Up to 4 weeks of language instruction at your fingertips; Thematic Learning Unit format provides multiple opportunities for repetition and practice; Proven instructional strategies conform to Universal Design for Learning; Easily adapted materials encourage student independence and success; Can be used by all members of the educational team; Each component addresses State Learning Standards."--Publisher's website.
For students with moderate to severe language and learning challenges.

Next Chapter Book Club : a model community literacy program for people with intellectual disabilities Thomas R. Fish, Paula Rabidoux ; with Jillian Ober and Vicki L.W. Graff.
Woodbine House, 2009.
Description: "All aspects of sponsoring, organizing and implementing a book club in any community are covered. Facilitators learn how to manage their group, use strategies to initiate or improve reading skills, and encourage social interaction. NCBC also provides ongoing training and support to program coordinators and facilitators. A handy CD-ROM included in the book provides several dozen key forms and templates, such as Member and Facilitator Intake Forms, End-of-Book Survey, and Five-Level Scale of Literacy Skills. It also includes 57 strategies and activities that book clubs use."--Publisher's website.

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Nurturing narratives : story-based language intervention for children with language impairments that are complicated by other developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders Lauren Franke and Christine Durbin ; foreword by Brenda Smith Myles.
AAPS Pub., c2011.
Description: "Children with complex learning problems (CLP) need to learn important language and academic skills. These children are often in situations that may not be meaningful to them and hence are too complex for learning to occur. Due to the importance of understanding and telling stories for all children, Nurturing Narratives was developed as a story-based language intervention for children. The model emphasizes comprehension, ÒtailorsÓ language to the childÕs developmental level and stresses social engagement. The acquisition of language and literacy skills is embedded in a variety of story-related activities. The book includes: ¥ A detailed description of the model ¥ Guidelines for implementing the intervention ¥ Instructions for creating materials ¥ Supportive materials such as goals and sample stories "--Publisher's website.

On the way to literacy : early experiences for visually impaired children Josephine M. Stratton and Suzette Wright.
American Printing House for the Blind, c1991.
Description: This handbook provides basic information and activities to enhance the development of literacy in young children who are blind or visually impaired. It consists of a print handbook for parents and teachers and ten tactile/visual storybooks to be read to young children. The storybooks are in braille and print, and feature tactile as well as visual illustrations. The handbook is organized and color-coded by developmental levels (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers) and by skill areas within each developmental level (communication, hand skills/tactual exploration, concepts, and book experiences). An initial introduction defines and explores the beginnings of literacy and offers "read-aloud reminders." The storybooks included in this program introduce visually impaired youngsters to tactile illustrations which add information and enjoyment to the story and provide practice in refining finger and hand skills. Some handbook activities can be used from birth. The tactile/visual storybooks are appropriate for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. The handbook also includes suggested readings, books and songs for each developmental stage, references and appendices. The appendices provide recommendations for sources of information, sources of print/braille books, and a bibliography of tactile/visual story books developed as part of the project. The handbook is well-organized, very readable, filled with helpful information, and delightfully illustrated.The storybooks are in braille and print, and feature tactile as well as visual illustrations. Some of the handbook activities can be used from birth; the tactile/visual storybook are appropriate for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years.

PixWriter [electronic resource]. V. 3.2
Slater Software, c1998-2010.
Description: PixWriter is a computer program that allows users to add picture symbols to the words a person types. The program automatically places the appropriate word above or below the words. Individuals with learning or cognitive disabilities.

Pragmatic activities for language intervention (PALI) : semantics, syntax, and emerging literacy Rhea Paul.
Communication Skill Builders, Ã1992.
Description: "Lessons involve real conversational language in a variety of activities including crafts, role-playing, puppetry, and more! Use three developmentally organized sections to: Develop early words, semantic relations, and word combinations with young children ; Teach preschoolers syntax, vocabulary, and concepts needed for communication and school readiness ; Help older children make the transition from oral language to literacy with metalinguistic activities and complex language forms and concepts ; Detailed "scripts" help you carefully control all linguistic stimuli so language elicited in lessons is pragmatically appropriate and informative. Every lesson plan provides: Language Goal Developmental stage, Linguistic Stimuli Script and Procedure Corrective Feedback, List of readily available props and materials used, Variations for extending the activity to other forms and concepts. You'll also have IEP goals, data collection sheets, information on normative data for each developmental level, and a well-organized developmental sequence of activities reflecting current philosophies. Reproduce and give these materials to classroom teachers or paraprofessionals - concise instructions make activities easy! " For ages 2-12.

Quality literacy instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders edited by Christina Carnahan, and Pamela Williamson ; foreword by Kathleen Quill.
AAPC Textbooks, 2010.
Description: "Having effective literacy skills enhances the quality of life of all individuals, including those with autism spectrum disorders. Bringing together experts from both the autism and reading fields, this textbook supports professionals and families alike in building lifelong literacy instruction geared to the needs of students on the autism spectrum. Using case examples, the textbook brings theory and research to practice, thus meeting the mandate for evidence-based practice."--Publisher's website.

R A P S : Reading Activities Projects for older Students Southwest Human Development, Inc. ; editor, Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite ; illustrations, Teresa Delisi.
Southwest Human Development, Inc. , c1993.
Description: Ten symbolized stories intended as a resource for special education teachers to use with children ages 8-13 who have significant developmental delays

Read it again and again [videorecording (DVD)] /producer/writer, David R. Schleper ; director, Stephanie Joyner ; produced by Pre-College National Mission Programs.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, c2007.
Description: "In this DVD and the accompanying manual, educators explore the benefits of reading a book over and over again on successive days--a technique used by parents for generations--to accomplish classroom goals and promote ASL and English literacy"--Disc surface.

Read, write, grow! [electronic resource] : e-literacy & assessment.
AbleNet, Inc., c2008.
Description: "... a comprehensive electronic literacy and assessment software program for students with disabilities ... developed in a partnership between AbleNet, Inc. and SoftTouch and was specifically designed for the needs of special education students. In addition to level-appropriate content ... allows students to read and write using non-traditional methods including switches, picture-symbols, speech generating devices like BIGmack, Step-by-Step, Supertalker and a variety of software access options. Key features: Dozens of educational e-Books, Writing for students of any ability, Complete system including e-reading, e-writing, and e-testing, Customizable options for each student, Integrated assistive technology options"--Publisher's website.
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Reading assessment and assistive technology [videorecording (DVD)] /Karen A. Erickson, Stephanie A. Spadorcia.
Center for Literacy & Disability Studies ; Tinley Park, IL ; distributed by Infinitec, c2003.
Description: Addressing the literacy and literacy-related technology needs of struggling readers does not have to be based on trial and error. This three-part video begins with a framework for understanding what is required for successful silent reading comprehension. In the second part, viewers will learn specific strategies to determine an individual student's reading instructional needs. Finally, the third part provides guiding questions that link individual student strengths and weaknesses in reading with assistive technology decision making.

Sign to learn : American Sign Language in the early childhood classroom Kirsten Dennis & Tressa Azpiri.
Redleaf Press, 2005.
Description: History of American Sign Language -- Research on teaching sign language to hearing children -- Guiding principles of the American Sign Language curriculum -- Teaching and learning about American Sign Language and deaf culture -- American Sign Language in an early childhood literacy program -- American Sign Language for classroom management -- Thematic lesson plans.
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The Simtech early literacy bundle [electronic resource] : Everybody has feet ; Sharon won't share ; I hate peas. Marblesoft-Simtech, c2001-2010.
Description: "In Sing-Along mode the player learns to start and stop the music and animation while they sing along. In Explore-A-Story mode the player explores and controls the story as it is read aloud, either word-by-word or line-by-line. Stories can be played using text or Picture Communication Symbols. Each story includes printable PDF story books, coloring books and sheet music. Everybody Has Feet is a funny story that teaches us that everybody does have feet - well, almost everybody! Sharon Won't Share teaches the result of sharing with others - or not. I Hate Peas is a funny story about three kids who will eat anything you put on their plate, except peas."--publisher's website.

Sound out series. Exceptional Teaching, Inc., c2008.
Description: Talking chapter books in uncontracted braille. Print books are replicated on braille sheets in folder. Some pages show pictures, which are are described ; includes 6 print books. Target audience: level 2 readers using braille; works on decoding skills, one-syllable words with short and long vowels.Requires a Talking Tactile Tablet, TTT unit.

Starting with assessment : a developmental approach to deaf children's literacy Martha M. French.
Pre-College National Mission Programs, Gallaudet University, c1999.

Also available: The Toolkit.
Description: For use with: The toolkit: appendices for Starting with assessment. Based on the premise that effective instruction must be geared toward each student's learning needs, this landmark text provides in-depth discussion of research-based principles for assessing deaf children's skills and areas of need. Literacy instruction and planning are discussed. Reproducible checklists and assessment tools in such areas as reading, writing, conversational language competence, student self-assessment, and parental input are included. A must-read manual for administrators, teachers, teachers-in-training, literacy specialists, support staff, and parents.

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Storytime : stories, symbols and emergent literacy activities for young children with disabilities Pati King-DeBaun.
Creative Communicating, 1999.
Description: Intended as a resource for special education teachers, speech language pathologists and parents to use with handicapped children.

Storytime : stories, symbols and emergent literacy activities for young, special needs children Pati King-DeBaun.
Mayer and Johnson Co., c1990.

Successful adaptations for learning to use touch effectively : interacting with children who are deaf-blind or visually impaired and have additional disabilities Deborah Chen ... [et al.].
California State University, Northridge, Dept. of Special Education., c2005.
Description: Introduction -- 1. Sense of touch -- 2. Supporting interactions through touch -- 3. Assessing tactile skills and planning interventions -- 4. Tactile interaction strategies -- 5. Making communication accessible -- 6. Adaptations to manual signs -- 7. Emergent literacy -- 8. Selecting tactile strategies and problem solving -- Frequently asked questions -- Selected resources - Selected definitions -- References.

Tactile strategies for children who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities : promoting communication and learning skills Deborah Chen, June E. Downing.
AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind, c2006.
Description: Lessons learned from Project Salute : an introduction -- The sense of touch -- Supporting interactions through touch -- Assessing tactile skills and planning interventions -- Focusing on tactile strategies -- Considering multiple communication options -- Adapting manual signs to meet a child's needs -- Selecting appropriate tactile strategies -- Encouraging emergent literacy.

Teaching language arts, math, & science to students with significant cognitive disabilities edited by Diane M. Browder and Fred Spooner.
P.H. Brookes Pub., c2006.
Description: Why teach the general curriculum? / Fred Spooner and Diane M. Browder -- Promoting access to the general curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities / Michael L. Wehmeyer and Martin Agran -- Building literacy for students at the presymbolic and early symbolic levels / June Downing -- From sight words to emerging literacy / Diane M. Browder, Ginevra Courtade-Little, Shawnee Wakeman, and Robert J. Rickelman -- Learning to read / Debby Houston, Stephanie Al Otaiba, and Joseph K. Torgesen -- Balanced literacy and embedded instruction for students with severe disabilities : literacy for all in the age of school reform / Terri Ward, Cheryl A. Van de Mark, and Diane Lea Ryndak -- Enhancing numeracy / Diane M. Browder, Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell, David K. Pugalee, and Bree A. Jimenez -- Addressing math standards and functional math / Belva C. Collins, Harold L. Kleinert, and Lou Ann E. Land -- Science standards and functional skills : finding the links / Fred Spooner, Warren Di Biase, and Ginevra Courtade-Little -- Developing math and science skills in general education contexts / Karena Cooper-Duffy and Daniel G. Perlmutter -- How students demonstrate academic performance in portfolio assessment / Jacqueline Kearns, Michael D. Burdge, Jean Clayton, Anne P. Denham, and Harold L. Kleinert -- Promoting the alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction / Claudia Flowers, Diane M. Browder, Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell, and Fred Spooner.

Teaching reading to children with Down syndrome : a guide for parents and teachers Patricia Logan Oelwein
Woodbine House, 1995.
Description: Activities: writing descriptive text; identifying main ideas; writing supporting details; revising and editing text; journaling in response to literature; writing sequential text; writing comparative text; writing haiku poetry; writing request letters; writing journalism articles.
Teaching writing with Write:OutLoud and Co:Writer 4000 : Classroom activities
Don Johnston Learning, c2002.
Description: Activities: writing descriptive text; identifying main ideas; writing supporting details; revising and editing text; journaling in response to literature; writing sequential text; writing comparative text; writing haiku poetry; writing request letters; writing journalism articles.

Using assistive technology to meet literacy standards : for grades 7-12 Sherry L. Purcell, Debbie Grant.
IEP Resources, c2007.
Description: "...provide[s] AT solutions and sample IEP goals, and cover a wide range of AT options, from digital talkers to slide-on pencil grips. Curriculum areas include reading, writing, written and oral composition, listening and speaking."--publisher's website.


You make the difference in helping your child learn Ayala Manolson with Barb Wark and Nancy Dodington.
Hanen Centre, c1995.
Description: "... designed to support parents of typically developing children, birth to 5 years, who would like to learn more about fostering and enriching their childÕs early language, social and literacy development during positive everyday interactions. It can also provide support to vulnerable families whose children's learning may be at risk due to environmental and / or societal challenges. For those parents who have limited communication skills or who may feel isolated and have limited social networks, ... helps parents connect with other families and resources in their community."--publisher's website.

You make the difference in helping your child learn : an aboriginal adaptation Ayala Manolson with Barb Ward and Nancy Dodington.
Hanen Centre, c1998.
Description: "... designed to support parents of typically developing children, birth to 5 years, who would like to learn more about fostering and enriching their child's early language, social and literacy development during positive everyday interactions. It can also provide support to vulnerable families whose children's learning may be at risk due to environmental and / or societal challenges. For those parents who have limited communication skills or who may feel isolated and have limited social networks, ... helps parents connect with other families and resources in their community."--publisher's website.
  Reading sets and series:
  MEville to WEville.
Description: "...based on the belief that students with significant disabilities can, and deserve the opportunity to, develop generalizable literacy skills that can be applied in novel contexts, on assessments, and in every day life. ... provides the type of scaffolding necessary for students to achieve this goal. ... a research proven multi-year literacy curriculum for beginning readers with significant disabilities in grades k-5. This curriculum helps teachers accelerate student outcomes by building generalizable literacy skills. Key features: provides age-appropriate lessons for older students; helps develop additional generalizable literacy skills; literacy lessons in: word ID, comprehension, writing, and application; utilizes the unique literacy of start to finish E-T-C books (Enrichment, Transitional, Conventional)"--Publisher's website.
MD Reserve SFTW Start to finish literacy starters.
Don Johnston, Inc.
Description: Each title in this series has a kit with a CD, vocabulary cards, reading books and a teacher's guide.
Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see a full list of titles in this system.
SFTW Start-to-finish books.
Don Johnston, Inc.
Description: Each title in this series has a CD with software, a CD with an audio book, a reading book and a teacher's guide.
Click here to see a full list of titles in this system.

Building on Patterns.
American Printing House for the Blind.
Description: This is a series of materials for kindergarten through second grade reading instruction for braille readers.

BRAILLE On the way to literacy.
On the way to literacy II.
American Printing House for the Blind.
Description: Print books with a plastic overlay that has braille and raised illustrations.
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Multi-media literacy kits for emergent literacy students. Created by Pati King-DeBaun. Published by Creative Communicating.

Interactive storybooks by Beth E. Breakstone. Published by Special Editions Press.
There's a variety of titles. These story books have die-cut pieces, communication board and story board. Includes suggestions for use. Child can participate in reading by placing the velcro pieces on the story board, and returning them to the correct page of the book.

updated 11/2016