Sunday, April 22, 2018

Teaching Reading to Students with Complex Communication Needs? Why not?

We just do not spend sufficient time teaching literacy skills to student with Complex Communication Needs (CCN); not anywhere near the amount of time devoted to teaching reading in general education classes and even less than students in general education classes who are struggling readers and who receive additional support in the resource room.

A recently published article by Barton-Hulsey, Sevcik, and Romski (2018) examined the relationship between receptive and expressive language skills and phonological awareness skills in children with development disabilities.  They attempted to help us understand how children with developmental disabilities and minimal speech develop reading skills; specifically phonological awareness skills.



The National Reading Panel has reported that instruction in phonics and phonological awareness is very effective.  In fact research has shown that, while taking significantly more time than neurotypical peers to acquire literacy skills, the relationship between phonological awareness and reading skills is the same in both groups. (The Institute for Educational Sciences - IES, 2014).
Children’s understanding about the sound structure of language plays a significant role in their understanding of how speech and reading support each other (Frost et al, 2009).  Contrary to widespread belief, letters do not actually represent the sounds in a word; rather they represent the underlying phonology (Liberman, Shankweiler, & Liberman, 1989).
While there have been a number of studies exploring the relationship between speech sound disorders and development of phonological awareness skills, little has been done to explore this relationship in students with minimal speech with filtered variables.  There have been some studies exploring reading development in individuals with motor speech impairments but no significant impairment in cognitive skills.  However, there are very limited studies that have looked at the development of reading skills in children with intellectual impairment.
In one study (Card & Dodd, 2006) it was found that children who could speak performed better on some tasks of PA (phoneme manipulation & visual rhyme), but not in other tasks (segmenting syllables, spoken rhyming words, and reading nonwords).  If development of PA skills is not dependent upon the ability to speak, then we should be able to develop these skills in AAC users.


This newest study looked at the relationships between receptive language, speech ability, early literacy skills and phonological awareness in children with developmental disabilities.  The results suggest that “…speech ability does not play a significant role in PA for those children.”

“Speech ability and letter-sound knowledge we found to have a small, nonsignificant correlation.”  Similar to the 2006 study by Card & Dodd, the findings suggest that limited speech does not result necessarily in limitations on tasks of PA.

The study concludes that the “ability to speak may not be an important component in the linguistic knowledge necessary for PA…”  While significant modification may be necessary for reading tasks for students who use AAC, there is nothing to suggest that we cannot teach them to read.

If you're looking for some literacy resources for your special education students with significant language disorders, try my "Shared Reading" Units; 4 resources (or 1 big bundle) written around favorite folk tales that offer vocabulary, phonological awareness and phonemic awareness activities, book creation activities for students, lots of picture assisted text, but with text-only activities with lots of guidance and support. There are reading and writing activities, sequencing, retelling, and more!

You might also like my phonological awareness bundle, for teaching these skills with visual cues.

As David Yoder said (ISAAC, 2002): No child is too anything to learn to read!


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Troll Emergent Reader Troll Centers Free Literacy Book Colors”

by Lodrew
Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten


I hope you and your students enjoy this free troll emergent reader! For kindergarten, preschool, SPED, child care, homeschool, or any early childhood setting.

Troll Trouble! Emergent Reader

1] 'Troll Trouble!' – (color words) – 8 pages – Repetitive and cumulative text except for the last page. Sight words include I, see, a, an, and, and 6 different color words (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).

This book has 2 versions:
a] 'Troll Trouble!' in color
b] 'Troll Trouble!' in b/w – This version will have students coloring and reading sentences.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Place Value-Grade 3 (Great for Test Review!)


*** This set is also available in a Place Value BUNDLE! 

Here's the link: Place Value BUNDLE

Place Value-Grade 3 (Great for Test Review!)

This is a colorful set of 24 task cards to practice place value. This set is a wonderful addition to your lessons! 

I've included a recording sheet and answer key, too!

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These activities would work for grade 3 or 2nd graders who need enrichment or 4th graders who need some review! 
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Here are some possible uses for these in your classroom:

✿ early finishers
✿ tutoring
✿ sub tubs
✿ math stations/centers
✿ holiday work
✿ small group
✿ end of unit quick assessments 
✿ homework
✿ reinforcement
✿ enrichment

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★★★What teachers are saying about this resource:

✎"These cards are complex enough for thought provoking work, but simple enough that the students can work at their own pace and still feel challenged.
Thank you." Debra S.

✎"Love this resource. Students will love it." Misty J.

✎"This is a good resource to continue to practice place value throughout the year. I use it with my SpEd students as a review in centers throughout the year. Thank you!"

✎"Great resource, my students loved it!" Holly P.

✎"Great resource! Thank you so much!" Cassandra H.

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Here are some other math resources you might to check out: 

Growing Bundle for Grade 3 Math Daily Work or Homework

Grade 3 Math Bundle

Measurement-Correct unit of measure

Measurement-ounces and pounds

Measurement- cups, pints, quarts, gallons

Telling Time Task Cards nearest 5 minutes

Telling Time Practice-24 PAGES! NO Prep!

Word Problem Task Cards -Set A

Word Problem Task Cards -Set B

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Alphabet Scavenger Hunt”

by Denise Hill
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade


Free Alphabet Scavenger Hunt Printable!





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Friday, April 20, 2018

Beach Themed Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

by Kathy Babineau
Grades Pre-k - Kindergarten



Super Fun Beach Themed Activities. Ready to go Center Activities, Songs, B/W Printables and more! 

*28 full page colorful pictures of beach and sea creature related items (for vocabulary discussion at circle time or in small groups)
* Easy reader, repetitive text b/w book for easy printing for each student to color and keep
*“Living Things” and “Non-living Things” sorting mats with 24 colorful items to sort and a “living things” definition poster
*Syllable sorting mat with 24 colorful pictures to sort into 1,2 and 3 syllable words
*“Things found on land” and “Things found in the ocean” sorting mats with 24 colorful items to sort.
*“Big Shells” and “Little Shells” sorting mat with 24 colorful shells to sort
*“Big Shells” and “Little Shells” black/white printable 2 page independent cut-apart, sort and glue activity
*4 colorful pages of beach themed songs
*2 coloring pages
*4 pages (16 cards) of question cards related to the beach for discussion
*Beach themed book recommendations

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Kathy Babineau MS, CCC-SLP


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Word Problems for Third Grade-Sets A-C BUNDLE


Word Problems for Third Grade-Sets A-C BUNDLE



Save by buying this BUNDLE of word problems!

Note: These cards are also available in individual sets and bundle set of two sets together.

Some are straight forward computation and others are multi-step!

You will love having these handy to just print and use!

Table of Contents and answer keys are included! 
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Some of the skills covered:

✔money
✔addition
✔subtraction
✔multiplication
✔division
✔fractions
✔multi-step with real life connections

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These activities would work for third graders, high achieving second graders or fourth graders who could use some review! 
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★★★What teachers are saying about this resource:

✎"These are great for our "Word Problem Wednesdays"! They cover all of our skills and provide easy practice."

✎"Can't wait to use this in my class."

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Here are some possible uses for these in your classroom:

✿ early finishers
✿ tutoring
✿ sub tubs
✿ math stations/centers
✿ holiday work
✿ small group
✿ end of unit quick assessments 
✿ homework
✿ reinforcement
✿ enrichment

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Here are some other math resources you might to check out: 










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