Ch 17: Promoting Reading Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities

About This Chapter

This chapter is designed to help you build a deeper understanding of teaching strategies used in areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for students with learning disabilities. Use this chapter as a professional development tool or to help you prepare for teacher certification exams.

Promoting Reading Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide overviews of reading strategies, inclusion practices, reading difficulties and assessment methods for students with learning disabilities. You will learn more about developing and implementing strategies to help students improve skills in spelling, word recognition, vocabulary and decoding.

In addition, you will review details about teaching students to read in different content areas, the use of assistive technology in the reading classroom and methods for recognizing symptoms of reading difficulties. Once you are finished with this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify signs of reading difficulties
  • Define dyslexia
  • Outline teaching strategies used to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and decoding
  • Develop strategies for teaching content-area literacy
  • Implement methods to meet the needs of students with reading disabilities in the classroom
  • Explain inclusion strategies that are effective for students with reading disabilities
  • Understand and use assistive technology for students who struggle with reading
  • Select assessment methods for students with reading disabilities

Brief video and text lessons take only minutes to review and offer expert instruction in each subject. Study is self-paced, with lessons accessible at all times from any device. Take the assessment quizzes in each lesson to determine if you're ready to move on to the next topic.

14 Lessons in Chapter 17: Promoting Reading Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
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Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

1. Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

This lesson introduces the signs and symptoms often displayed by early elementary age students who are having difficulty with reading. Specific signs at each grade level are identified and discussed.

What Is Dyslexia in Children? - Symptoms, Definition & Treatment

2. What Is Dyslexia in Children? - Symptoms, Definition & Treatment

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects between five and 17 percent of children in the United States. Learn about dyslexia, its symptoms, how it is treated, and more.

Teaching Strategies for Word Recognition & Spelling

3. Teaching Strategies for Word Recognition & Spelling

Teaching word recognition and spelling skills can be complicated, but don't worry. This lesson gives an overview of techniques teachers can use to teach word recognition and spelling skills and gives a few examples of each.

Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

4. Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction is an essential component in language development. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including vocabulary journals, foldables, word walls, and games, helps teachers increase student engagement and vocabulary retention.

Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

5. Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

Learning how to decode properly is a key aspect of learning to read. This lesson introduces you to some of the fundamentals of teaching children how to decode when reading.

How to Teach Reading Comprehension

6. How to Teach Reading Comprehension

Teaching reading comprehension requires instilling in the learner the use of several strategies and skills. This lesson will focus on cognitive skills and notation strategies that will enhance reading comprehension.

Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

7. Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

Learning to read includes more than just decoding words. Students need to build fluency to be solid readers. How can teachers help? This lesson outlines several strategies to help students improve fluency in reading.

Content Area Literacy: Definition & Instructional Practices

8. Content Area Literacy: Definition & Instructional Practices

Learning to read in different content areas is a skill that serves students well. Content-area literacy does not necessarily come naturally, so this lesson gives you some ideas for helping students read well across the content areas.

Meeting the Needs of Learners with Reading Disabilities

9. Meeting the Needs of Learners with Reading Disabilities

All students, including those diagnosed with reading disabilities, have unique needs. This lesson outlines methods teachers can use to meet the needs of learners with reading disabilities and shows how to use them in classroom instruction.

Reading Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

10. Reading Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

We'll define the terms decoding, fluency, and comprehension. We'll also list common errors that students with reading disabilities make with these skills, and address direct instruction methods teachers can use to assist these students.

Helping Special Education Students Learn Through Reading

11. Helping Special Education Students Learn Through Reading

Learning to read can make a huge difference in the acquisition of new knowledge. In this lesson, you will develop some strategies for helping students with disabilities continue their learning through reading.

Inclusion Strategies for Learning Disabilities in Reading

12. Inclusion Strategies for Learning Disabilities in Reading

How does a teacher effectively promote reading comprehension among students with different learning styles? In this lesson, we'll learn about inclusion strategies for students with learning disabilities in reading.

Assistive Technology for Reading in the Classroom

13. Assistive Technology for Reading in the Classroom

Children of all ages may struggle with reading skills in the classroom, but various forms of assistive technology can both aid in learning and also increase motivation and confidence.

Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

14. Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

Assessment is a crucial aspect of literacy instruction, but choosing the right assessment makes all the difference. This lesson will cover how to select appropriate assessments for students.

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