Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Reading Programs for Special Needs Students

Most of this post is from June 7, 2008.

June is National Audiobook Month, did you know that?  As part of their "Get Caught Reading Campaign" the National Publishers Association has launched a "Get Caught Listening" Campaign for June.  It is the perfect tie in to a Special Needs Summer Reading Program or a Summer Literacy through Listening Program.  Teacher can order Get Caught Listening Posters and review Get Caught Listening for Teachers.

Summer reading programs are a staple in schools. They are also often sponsored by local libraries, book stores and other programs. As I have written before such programs can be adapted to our learners. An article on LD Online suggests the possibility of developing a summer listening program for learners with special needs. I love this idea and all of the suggestions on how to do it. From e-books with text-to-speech, to parents reading to children, to downloaded MP3 audio books and audio books from the library on a CD player. Also there are interactive books like Silly Books, TumbleBooks, and Bookflix. (Our local library website for access before purchasing)

Sites and Articles about Summer Book Programs
Where to Find Summer Book Programs (There is no reason a student with a disability should not be able to count books listened to instead of read)
Free Recorded Books for Those with Disabilities
Download Audiobooks
Electronic Books
  • Tumblebooks ($ubscription, many libraries offer)
  • Bookflix ($ubscription, many libraries offer)
  • Silly Books
  • RAZ Kids ($ubscription)
  • Kid Thing (purchase individual books)
  • Also E-books for e-readers with text-to-speech (Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iPad)
  • Don't forget books adapted for Boardmaker Plus, Clicker and Classroom Suite at their sharing sites or the Accessible Book Collection
Websites to Share with Parents
Audiobooks in the Classroom
Worksheets
Books About Children/Young Adults with Disabilities

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