About This Chapter
Supporting Literacy for Young Children with Special Needs - Chapter Summary
Developing reading skills can be challenging for students of all ages, no matter their educational needs. The challenge can be greater, however, for young children with special needs. Use this chapter to make sure that you have the tools you need to recognize signs of reading difficulty in your students and are prepared to help them improve their literacy. Topics covered in the lessons include the following:
- How to identify early signs of reading difficulty
- Programs for early reading intervention
- Strategies and programs for reading intervention
- Ways to use reading to help special education students learn
- Instruction methods and reading strategies for students with learning disabilities
- Reading programs that assist students with special needs
- Instructional practices for content area literacy
Use the teaching resources in this chapter to develop your lesson plans, and access them in the classroom to strengthen your discussions and interactions with students. Review these materials on any computer, smartphone or tablet.
How It Helps
- Aids in prevention and intervention: This chapter ensures you're able to see the signs of reading difficulty early and know how to intervene and support literacy.
- Offers tools and resources: You'll discover additional resources that can aid in your efforts to improve students' reading skills.
- Addresses several special needs categories: Resources in this chapter ensure you're prepared to work with students with a variety of special needs.
Once you've reviewed this chapter's resources, you will be prepared to:
- Pinpoint early reading struggles in your students
- Turn to programs that support students at risk of failing in reading
- Utilize strategies that help students with reading difficulties
- Help students acquire new knowledge by improving their reading skills
- Incorporate reading strategies for students with learning disabilities
- Differentiate between approaches for students with special reading needs and students in a developmental reading program
- Enhance your instructional practices to assist students with reading across different content areas
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.
2. Early Reading Intervention: Programs & Purpose
This lesson highlights early reading intervention programs designed to support students who are at risk for failure in reading. It also discusses why intervention is important.
3. Reading Intervention: Programs, Strategies and Activities
This lesson highlights programs, strategies and activities that can be used for students with reading difficulties. A short quiz follows to test your knowledge on these reading intervention techniques.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Reading Programs for Students With Special Needs
Teaching students with disabilities presents many challenges, mostly because of the diversity of your learners. When creating or selecting a reading program, it is important that teachers understand the most important areas of reading instruction.
7. 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.
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Other chapters within the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education course
- Basics of Early Childhood Special Education
- Developing Individual Intervention Plans for Young Children
- Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
- Planning Instruction for Early Childhood Special Education
- Early Childhood Special Education Learning Environments
- Students with Individual Disabilities, Disorders & Impairments
- Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Language Delays & Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Sensory Disorders
- The Early Childhood Special Education Professional