Use the complete set of 16 Interactive Reading books to meet your IEP goals! This set was created by an autism specialist with years of classroom experience to help you teach your special students a wide variety of concepts. Each book was developed after interviews with Speech and Language Pathologists across the US.
Interactive Reading Books utilize the power of visual strategies so beginning readers can learn to associate pictures with words. Students move and attach picture cards with hook and loop fasteners to
match, identify, label, sequence and create sentences while learning to read. The books are fun and rewarding for children with and without special needs. Teachers, therapists, assistants and family
members can all use the books with their students or children. The books can be used in a group, 1:1 or as an independent activity.
How to Use Interactive Reading Books.
Begin by removing the library of picture pages from the front of the book and lay them out on your work space. Leave the sentence pages on the binding rings.
- Activity 1: Matching- Remove the picture cards from the library pages and have the students return them by matching picture-to-picture.
- Activity 2: Picture Identification- Ask the student to give you or point to a named picture.
- Activity 3: Picture Labeling- Hold up a picture and ask the student(s) “What is it?”
- Activity 4: Ask and Answer Questions based on the individual book- What do you do when you are hungry? (eat) Where is the dog? (In front of the log.) Who can lick the ice cream? (She can lick the ice cream.) Why is he climbing the ladder? (To get the box)
- Activity 5: Sequencing pictures into sentences with assistance-Read sentences aloud while pointing to the words and point to the squares where the pictures should go. Remove the picture cards for the sentence you have just read and give the pictures to the student to put in the correct sequence. Assist as needed. Re-read the sentence together.
- Activity 6: Sequence pictures into sentences independently- Read a sentence aloud and ask a student to locate and place a picture on the appropriate square. Ask the student to read the picture sentence to you, if non-verbal, re-read the sentence to reinforce receptive language.
- Activity 7: Have student read the whole book with pictures.
- Activity 8: Have student read book without pictures.
- Activity 9: When the student can consistently read each sentence, take the sentence pages off the rings and rearrange their order. Ask them to read the book with new order.
- Activity 10: When you are done, have the student return the pictures cards o the library pages by matching pictures to picture.
Learning Goals/Topics of 16 books are included in this set:
- How Many? Student will: Match number to quantity/ quantity to number; will read number words 1-12. (How Many? Two Shoes)
- -What Color is It? Teaches color concepts, reading color words, sequencing language and reading sentences. (“The hat is green”)
- I Go to School. Sequence picture/word cards to create and read simple sentences based on a young child's school day. (“I read books”)
- Things I Do At Home-Use picture/word cards to create and read simple sentences based on a young child's day at home. (“I play with toys”)
- Action-Teaches action verbs and pronouns by posing questions about Who? What? And Where? (“Where can he dig?” Create and read answer, “He can dig in the sandbox.”)
- Sounds Good to Me!- All the letters of the alphabet and identifying beginning sounds in words. (“The letter “B” sounds like balloon.”)
- The Ups and Downs of Opposites- Pictures teach and visually demonstrate the concept of opposites. (“The dishes were dirty” “The dishes were clean.”
- How Do I Feel?-Teaches children the vocabulary to identify and label their emotions. Sample sentences allow child to fill in and express their feelings. Blank pages are used to create sentences based on individual child's experiences. (“ I feel _____ when I go someplace new.”)
- I Have Feelings, Too-Allows older individuals such as teenagers, adults and seniors to express their feelings, too. (I feel _____when you say you will come, and you don't.”)
- What Happened and Why?-Look at pictures and make inferences and reason what might have happened and why. Each page asks a question, then provides an explanation. (“What did she bake?” “She baked the cookies.”)
- Pigs in Space-Teaches prepositions, animals and rhyming words. (“The mouse is in the house” “The dog is in front of the log.”)
- Who' On First? -What happens first, next and last? Sequence the pictures and read the sentences. (First: “She is running in the race.” Next: “She is crossing the finish line.” Last: “She is getting an award.”)
- Meet the Word Family-Identify and label rhyming words. (rug/bug/mug; bat/mat/hat)
- What's it For? Teaches the function of objects and categorizes. (“Where did I sit?” “I sat on a bench, a couch and a chair.”) The function of the objects is to sit, the category is furniture.
- What Do I Say? Teaches appropriate social responses. (Someone says, “You look very nice today!” What do I say? “Thank-you!”)
- What Do I Do? Teaches children appropriate school behavior. (I need to go to the bathroom. What do I do? “I ask the teacher if I can go. I come right back to class when I am done.”)
- Show Me a Sign-Not only teaches what the safety signs mean, but also why they are important. (The R/R sign means railroad, but seeing the sign means you need to look out for trains coming!)
- What Do They Really Mean? Idioms can be confusing. (“When I say you crack me up, I really mean that you are funny!”)
Great for developing communication, speech, reading skills and more.
- Interactive Reading Books are in compliance with and have met educational standards.
- The books are considered supplemental curriculum materials and can be purchased with classroom and/or district educational funds.
- They were created to address common IEP goals in the areas of speech and language, academic and social emotional development.
- They are developmentally based and developmentally appropriate.
- The 7 levels of activities allow for a range of ages and abilities.
- Written instructions are written on the inside cover of each book.
- The books capitalize on visual learning styles which are helpful to many children, especially those on the autism spectrum and children with other developmental disabilities.
- The books are helpful to English Language Learners and Deaf and Hard of Hearing students since the pictures and sentences provide visual vocabulary and syntax information.
- Individuals who are shy, English language learners, deaf, non-verbal or language delayed can use pictures to demonstrate knowledge non-verbally.
- Books can be used in a large group, small group, 1:1 or as an independent activity.
- Interactive Reading Books can be used by parents, teachers, instructional aids, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Therapists and Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapists.
- These books can be used in schools, homes, centers or home-based programs.
Each high quality book is laminated for years of use in the classroom or clinic and features Velcro-backed, full color 2" x 2" picture cards. The front cover includes helpful teaching suggestions and activities the SLP, teacher or parent will appreciate.