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At the risk of sounding a bit dim ( I think I'm rusty) any ideas on how to teach reading to children with speech and languge needs (some of whom cannot say their sounds let alone recognise them!).

 

I ask as I am starting a new post working with children with specific communication needs in a first school and have just found out that they have a half hour reading session every morning. There are 12 children 5 - 8 yrs old and they use the Oxford Reading Tree. And before you ask, I have been teaching Nursery children for the past 5 tears, hence the rustiness!!!! :o The teacher who's leaving says that she does flash cards which I hate the thought of. Am so used to going with the children's interests.

 

I feel stuck.

 

PS there are 11 boys and 1 girl

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Are there any other books apart from ORT? as they aren't ideal for beginner readers

It will be difficult for children with communication difficulties depending on what those difficulties are

 

for most children learning phonics can help with speech sound development

 

http://www.phonicsinternational.com/unit1.html has some great resources

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ some good games and resources

 

http://www.lcfclubs.com/englishzone/ has some great songs and games but they have moved to subscription only (free trial available)

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I wouldnt be scared by the activities that you can do although I agree the timetable title could be a little scary. Im sure it will all come back to you Kate.

 

I think I'd go with teaching phonics during this session and maybe some guided reading activities to teach book skills- talking about the books and the story, turning the pages, recognising words and tracking print.

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We have floppy phonics and songbirds and they are both great for reading using phonics. We have the old ORT books too but they aren't as suitable until children are reading more words by sight.

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At the risk of sounding a bit dim ( I think I'm rusty) any ideas on how to teach reading to children with speech and languge needs (some of whom cannot say their sounds let alone recognise them!).

 

I ask as I am starting a new post working with children with specific communication needs in a first school and have just found out that they have a half hour reading session every morning. There are 12 children 5 - 8 yrs old and they use the Oxford Reading Tree. And before you ask, I have been teaching Nursery children for the past 5 tears, hence the rustiness!!!! :o The teacher who's leaving says that she does flash cards which I hate the thought of. Am so used to going with the children's interests.

 

I feel stuck.

 

PS there are 11 boys and 1 girl

 

Hi Kate

 

Although my teaching specialism is Early Years I am also a foster carer to a 12 year old with a reading age of about 7. She is aware that she finds reading difficult and therefore is reluctant to try or do anything.

 

After much asking around I came across 'Toe by Toe' which is a phonetic programme for children and adults with reading difficulties. It starts at a VERY basic level but works with a lot of nonsense aswell as real words which takes some of the feeling of 'faliure' away.

 

I am not an expert in this field and I have not tried a number of intervention stratergies, but this has had brilliant results for her over the past 5 weeks. We do it every day for 10 mins or so from the book and then I plan other activities based on the methods we are using with a few of my own chucked in for good measure!

 

Def. worth a look!

 

Alistair

abcdoes.typepad.com

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