By Robin Parker
A version of this article was originally published on the PrAACtical AAC blog.
To integrate reading and writing into communication and language learning we need to have lots of books that are easily accessible. Books should be accessible physically as well as through content and interest. This holds true for ALL learners even those that don’t like books. We have made literacy accessible for a young girl who only liked elevators, a boy who only liked balls, and a young adult who liked Barney books but not much else. It holds true for ALL disabilities, and ALL levels of reading and writing.
For this post, we wanted to share the abundance of resources for making adapted books. Because when we have great adapted books, literacy is more accessible. Check out these awesome resources for making your own adapted books and for printing out already created adapted books and lessons. We love early literacy adapted books as much as we love adapted chapter books. We have found time and time again, that adapted books are the foundation of opening up a world of literacy for ALL of our learners. Enjoy and feel free to share any other resources you use.
Handout on Adapting Books by Pam Harris– Explicit instruction for preparing adapted books
5 Ways to Make Page Fluffers & Spacers– Accessibility for turning pages
Verbs, Verbs, Verbs (Printable Adapted Books Collection) by Ruth Morgan at Chapel Hill Snippets– Wonderful collection of adapted books
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities- Adapted Literature – Resource for adapted chapter books, lessons, and more
New York City Department of Education: Adapted Books – Great collection of adapted books
Baltimore City Schools- Book Specific Communication Boards– Communication boards to go with adapted books
Dade County Public Schools ESE- Interactive Storybooks– Awesome collection of adapted books
Tar Heel Reader– Adapted books searchable by a wide range of topics and also a resource for writing books. Just read the books first as these adapted books are for ALL ages
SETT BC- Accessible Books– Great collection of adapted books
SLP Corner- Adapted Books by Peg Hutsonp Nechkash at Pedia Staff– Thoughts and resources on adapted books
Adapted Books- Autism Helper– Collection of adapted books and lessons
Accessible & Adapted Books- LiveBinders– Resources on adapted books and writing
Adapted Books Room Eighty Three on Pinterest– Nice curated resources for adapted books
Adapted Books and Related Materials by Special Education Service Agency– Resource for adapted books and related materials
Adaptive Book Fun– Thoughts on adapted books
Robin Parker is a professor of speech language pathology who has loved supporting the communication and language of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders for more than 20 years. One of her professional passions is spreading the word about PrAACtical AAC. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
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