Ch 9: Teaching Reading Comprehension & Fluency to Students with Special Needs

About This Chapter

Educating special needs students requires the use of different approaches, especially when teaching reading comprehension and fluency in the classroom. This chapter discusses techniques you can easily implement to improve student reading skills.

Teaching Reading Comprehension & Fluency to Students with Special Needs - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, our instructors offer you recommendations and strategies concerning how to teach reading comprehension and fluency skills to special needs students. Among other concepts, you will learn about the following:

  • The fundamentals of differentiated instruction and reading comprehension
  • How to use research-based instructional strategies to best benefit students
  • Psycholinguistic, whole-to-part, and reader-based instructional approaches
  • Factors that influence reading comprehension
  • Guides for teaching reading comprehension and fluency with cognitive skills and notation strategies
  • Circumstances that impact reading fluency
  • Reading fluency improvement strategies
  • IEP goals and reading comprehension

Although teaching about reading comprehension and fluency covers a lot of information, our instructors have found a way to go over these concepts in a way that meets your needs. For instance, the chapter has been separated into a multitude of short and manageable lessons. Each lesson addresses a single main concept, giving you the time and ability to learn everything about that topic. You can go through all of the lessons in the chapter, or focus on only a handful of lessons, depending on your needs.

How It Helps

  • Builds awareness: If you have not had much training with special needs students, our teaching resources can get you up to speed with an overview of current approaches concerning instructional methodology.
  • Teaches new strategies: Even if you have been teaching students for many years, learning new strategies may help you better address classroom issues that have been problematic in the past.
  • Increases student confidence: Students get frustrated if they can't accomplish classroom goals, which can lead to behavioral problems, but you may be able to use these strategies to help you figure out how to best reach your students.

Skills Covered

At the end of this chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Describe differentiated instruction in relation to reading comprehension
  • Understand research-based instructional strategies
  • Identify three of the major instructional approaches to reading
  • Analyze key factors that hinder and/or help reading comprehension
  • Integrate different techniques for teaching reading comprehension
  • Improve reading comprehension through teaching reading fluency
  • Implement the different factors that impact reading fluency
  • Define which strategies benefit students' reading fluency
  • Create IEP goals for reading comprehension

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: Teaching Reading Comprehension & Fluency to Students with Special Needs
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Reading Comprehension & Differentiated Instruction

1. Reading Comprehension & Differentiated Instruction

This lesson discusses identifying and applying differentiation strategies that address the needs of individual students. Our focus will be on reading comprehension, as well as the use of comprehension strategies.

Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Reading

2. Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Reading

When teachers use research-based instructional strategies, students have the best chance to learn to read or improve their reading skills. Effective instructional strategies will include the key areas of word knowledge and comprehension.

Whole-to-Part, Reader-Based & Psycholinguistic Instructional Approaches

3. Whole-to-Part, Reader-Based & Psycholinguistic Instructional Approaches

In this lesson, we'll examine how to teach reading using whole-to-part strategies, including what psycholinguistics says about the ways words differ from each other.

What Factors Help & Hinder Reading Comprehension?

4. What Factors Help & Hinder Reading Comprehension?

Being able to understand what we read is center to a solid reading program. What kinds of things help or hinder us from comprehending? This lesson will explain these factors and help you understand how they impact reading development.

How to Teach Reading Comprehension

5. 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.

Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

6. Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

Fluency is one of the key pillars of good reading instruction. This lesson will give you some ideas about teaching fluency and explain how fluency enhances reading comprehension.

Factors That Influence Reading Fluency

7. Factors That Influence Reading Fluency

Many things go into making a good reader, from word recognition to fluency. How does fluency factor in? This lesson defines and outlines the components of a fluent reader and shows how fluency changes in different situations.

Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

8. 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.

Sample Reading Comprehension IEP Goals

9. Sample Reading Comprehension IEP Goals

This lesson will teach you how to write reading comprehension goals for individualized education programs (IEPs). The lesson includes several examples, a breakdown of required components, and a goal writing checklist.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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