2 Reading – Low Tech, Mid Tech, High Tech Predictable BooksChanges in text size, spacing, color, backgroundBook adapted for page turningUse of pictures/symbols with textTalking electronic device to speak challenging wordsSingle word scannersScanner with Optical Character Recogition and talking word processorElectronic books
3 Low Tech Predictable Books Predictable books are a standard for early readers. Predictable books repeat patterns and use sing-song rhymes and rhythms to help students acquire reading skills.See the Monroe County Library site in Indiana for lists of predictable books.For older students lyrics of popular songs could be a possibility.
4 Changes in text size, spacing, color, background Big books offer large size print and spacing. Most publishers have big books they publish.
5 Changes in text size, spacing, color, background In order to change background color on a page, color overlays are available.Some students find it helpful to use this low tech alternative.To read more on this topic visit: Using Colors to Meet Special Needs as reported by Don Johnston at:Read more on color overlays at: The Irlen Method color overlays at: The Irlen Methodlow techAdd colorwithoverlays
6 Books adapted for page turning Adapted Books from Adapted Creations (Mayer-Johnson Co.) offers an exciting series of adapted books for children with physical disabilities and augmentative communication needs. The books have:Laminated pagesPage adaptation for easy turningMayer-Johnson Picture Communication SymbolsAugmentative communication overlaysLearning activitiesThe books come in a variety of topics including: Science & Math Concepts
7 Books adapted for page turning To learn more on this topic visit some of these sites:Mayer-Johnson Co.Page Turning Excerpt – Augmentative CommunicationExploration – Johnny Pages
8 Use of picture symbols with text Using picture symbols with text was first made known by the rebus method for teaching reading.Visit rebus rhymes from enchanted learning.comPicture from The Handbook of Augmentative Communication.
9 Talking electronic device to speak challenging words Mid Tech Franklin Speak and Spell devices – visit Franklin.com
10 Single word scanners – Mid Tech/High Tech Reading pensAssistive Technology for K-12 studentsQuicktionary Reading Pen II - Read About It Here!Dictionary online site to read wordsCD romsPlanon Docu Pen
11 Single word scanners Reading Pen II Reading Pen II - Oxford EnglishPlatformIndependentA revolutionary aid, the Reading Pen II is the world's only handheld scanning device that enables users with learning disabilities to improve reading comprehension.Retains a history of the last 80 words scanned for easy reviewEnables users to hear a single word or a full line of text spoken aloud in secondsDisplays words in large font on the LCD screenShows scanned words divided into syllablesContains over 240,000 definitions from the Concise Oxford EnglishDefines words within the definition using a cross-reference featureReads or spells words or dictionary definitions aloud with built-in text-to-speech capability Not recommended for persons with low vision or impaired fine motor control.Visit Franklin.com to see more devices
12 Books on Tape Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic RFB&D have been available for quite some time. Visit the RFB&D website atAs of December, 2005 the traditional playback device will no longer be available. It is being replaced by a cassette device that plays CD’s. For further explanation visit:
13 Scanner with Optical Character Recogition and talking word processor Hi Tech Read the research.Screen Readers and Optical Character Recognition from SchwabLearning.orgListening to the printed page – from Closing the GapBuilding Independence – High Tech devices that have changed people’s lives.The Alliance for Technology Access