"My ability is stronger than my disability."
Connecting to LITERACY Standards
Reading is a critical part of learning! Learning literacy skills is crucial for life-long learning and achieving. If your student is struggling with reading, there are ways you can help at home. Just remember, our kids learn by watching us so if you read, read to them, or let them read to you, this is the best resource you can provide. Here are some things to keep in mind when reading with your child.
- Not all books are appropriate for all children: When thinking about book choices, keep in mind all aspects from color to content. Is the story theme interesting? Are the illustrations enough, too much, etc.? Is the book too long, too short, or too big for them to hold? Even consider the texture of the cover and pages if your child has sensory needs.
- Be mindful of attention span: How long can your child listen to a story without becoming distracted? Keep the story you choose within that time frame. If your child takes longer to process the story, build that time in when considering the book.
- Vary pitch and tone while reading: Mixing this up makes in more interesting for the child listening. It also helps to show the different components to a story such as dialogue, emotion, different characters, and even the setting. Include body language and sound if it applies. Keeping your child engaged will help them with comprehension.
- Ask questions as you read: Children learn more when they are actively participating, it encourages conversational skills, helps processing of the story content, and builds confidence in comprehension skills. Include questions about the character, setting, problem and solving it, and what they think will happen next or why something happened. These are often challenging components so building it in, will help develop this.
Tips for Working on LITERACY
Online LITERACY Resources
Family Fun Night: after hours program for kids with disabilities
Where: Marbles Museum
Time: 5:30-8 pm
When: January 8th, March 9th, June 14th
Sensory Friendly Movies: Lights are soft, sound is lower
Where: AMC Theatres
Time: 10 am
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and Saturdays
Defy Gravity Special Needs Night: lower music, less people
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 5-7 pm
Cost: $7 per jumper, per hour
Sensory Friendly Movies at IMAX
Where: IMAX at Marbles Museum
Time: 10 am
When: Select Saturdays
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