Whole Child Reading: A Quick-Start Guide to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Delays

Whole Child Reading: A Quick-Start Guide to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Delays

by Natalie Hale


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Discover the keys to teaching children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities how to read for meaning. Written for today's busy parents and teachers, this easy-to-use guide explains how to "go in through the heart" to hook beginning and struggling readers with high-interest, individualized materials—flashcards, personal books, and modified trade books. The simple strategies described are designed to "teach to the brain" and are based on research about how we learn most easily and naturally.

The methods in the book can be adapted for learners of any age who are reading at a third grade level or below. One of the main strategies is "Fast Flash," which involves making flash cards of the words the child is learning and then showing them to him or her as quickly as possible. Another strategy is "Sandwich Style," a motivating method of alternating fun reading activities with less-fun, but equally important ones.

The crux of the instructional method described in Whole Child Reading is to teach the child to sight read for content before focusing on phonetics. The book emphasizes providing new or struggling readers with books that are intensely interesting to them about topics they love in order to get them excited about reading. With the help of plentiful illustrations, author Natalie Hale explains how best to motivate new readers using a combination of home-made and adapted materials.

Whether or not you have any formal teaching experience, you can easily work the reading activities described in Whole Child Reading into your child's routine at home. If you have at least five minutes a day to spend on reading, you have enough time to get started using Whole Child Reading!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606132838
Publisher: Woodbine House
Publication date: 11/17/2016
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 611,077
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Natalie Hale is the mother of an adult son with Down syndrome. A national speaker on the topic of teaching reading to learners with Down syndrome for the last 24 years, she founded Special Reads for Special Needs in 2000. She lives in Los Angeles and continues to travel, speak, and teach across the United States and across borders.

Table of Contents

Foreword iv

Chapter 1 Start Here 1

Chapter 2 You Have Only Two Options 9

Chapter 3 A Few Short Truths 13

Chapter 4 Personal Books: The Magic Door 17

Chapter 5 Designing for the Brain 37

Chapter 6 Teaching to the Brain 43

Chapter 7 Modifying Trade Books 65

Chapter 8 Fast Flash Technique 79

Chapter 9 Sandwich Style Teaching 89

Chapter 10 Phonics 95

Chapter 11 Comprehension and Fluency 111

Chapter 12 Errorless Testing and Fear of Failure 125

Chapter 13 Teaching Learners with Autism or Apraxia of Speech 131

Chapter 14 Materials for Teaching Reading 145

Chapter 15 Scaffold for Teaching, Step by Step 161

Chapter 16 The Backstory 173

References and Resources 177

Index 181

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