Tips from a Tutor About Reading
When we think about educating our children, special needs children included, there is no more important skill than being able to read. Reading helps us understand the world around us and is one of the most necessary tasks to accomplish independence. And, although it appears to be simple and achieved naturally, for most, it is actually one of the more complicated skills we develop over our lifetime. Because reading is not just about being able to join sounds together to make words. Being a reader means you can speak (verbalize), hear (listen), write (spell, grammar) and understand (comprehend) language.
The following are some tips you can follow to help your children ~ and maybe yourself ~ improve this big skill called reading:
Identify reachable reading goals based on current level of achievement and strengths
This is always needed when putting effort toward “” learning any skill. You have to know what the skill level is and what you wish to accomplish. Your efforts will be significantly different for a new reader, an emerging reader, a non-reader, a child, a teen or an adult. Just as someone who is blind needs braille to read words, some of our special needs children will need pictures instead of words. Identify what will help your child understand their world and be independent.
Practice makes perfect
Again, this is a necessity for learning or bettering any skill. Whatever you are working on, there must be practice involved in a variety of settings and with a myriad of presentations. Help your child learn letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, books…by seeing, reading, writing, explaining or describing, and hearing them.as well as playing with them using computers/smartphones, educational materials, and even games.
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