Adapting Literacy Activities for Young Children


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This article describes the importance of active participation in reading for all young children and introducing children to a wide variety of print . Active involvement of children in literacy is a challenge for children with disabilities. Children who have physical and cognitive limitations may miss valuable opportunities to develop literacy in the same ways other children do.

This article gives suggestions for assistive technology that can provide environmental support for children with disabilities to participate in literacy activities. Low tech adaptations , such as page turners, book holders, communication boards, and tactile materials allow children to actively participate in storybook reading. Adaptations in materials and the environment help families and educators meet the challenge of assisting young children in gaining early literacy skills.

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This resource is helpful for parents and teachers of preschoolers with disabilities. This article gives low tech suggestions for visual adaptations , page turners, communication display and book holders.