Month: March 2017

Adapted Book Kit – Bill the Duck and the Ladybug (CVI)

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I recently saw an awesome post on the Paths to Literacy Website from Deena Recker about books for students in different CVI phases. Check it out here.  It’s a great post as she outlines different characteristics for Phases I, II, and III.  She also provides free downloadable books to be used for students with CVI.  I downloaded this fun one, Bill the Duck and the Ladybug. My SLP intern and I decided to make this into one of our adapted book kits!

We adapted/ included a few things in this kit.  First, my intern put the story on a black background.  Next we found a rubber duck and a light up ladybug (it’s Easter time so CVS is packed with tons of little spring light up toys like this).  My intern has been reading this with one of our students who has characteristics of CVI Phase I.  He’s been very clearly looking at the pictures in the book and saying “turn” to ask her to turn the page with his talker!  She also reenacts the story using the story props.

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Next we made a simple counting book to go along with the story.  We followed the same guidelines and kept the text on one page and the picture on the other.  We kept the background black, used bright text, and added some glitter to our spots to make them more visually attractive.  On the last page of the book, we made a ladybug with removable spots.  The Velcro on the ladybug is painted red so that it blends in.  We did this so that it would not get confusing when counting “spots” on the ladybug if there were less than 5 black spots on.  Then we made black spots with some glitter on them (again to make them more visually attractive).

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We provided teachers with a few ways to work on numbers and counting while using this interactive activity.  We included ideas for labeling numbers on a student’s talker, following directions with numbers, and counting.

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You can find the PowerPoint with the instructions for our adapted book kit here.  Enjoy!

Adapted Book Kit – Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

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It’s been forever since I posted!  Things have been pretty crazy this school year but I think I’m finally getting back on track.  More posts to come 🙂  I recently have been doing a lot of individual sessions with some of my more complex kiddos with a focus on AAC and literacy.  I frequently use the Bridge Protocol to assess where my students are with regards to emergent literacy.  I love this tool because it really breaks down emergent literacy skills and allows you see progress in smaller increments.  It also has helped the teachers and paraprofessionals that I work with to have a better of idea of where their students are at and what skills they need to provide more opportunities for.  (I was getting pretty sick of everyone only writing goals for “turning the page” as an emergent literacy skill with NO other ideas!)

A few weeks ago, I was at Barnes and Noble I spotted this sound story version of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.  I am in love with it because it has a cute, quick story that goes along with the sounds on the side.  So often, sounds books are either short (in pages)and have no real story line or they have a story line that makes sense with the sound symbols but it is SO LONG.  This one is perfect!

I looked at the Foundations of Reading and Oral Language areas of the Bridge Protocol to keep myself on track while adapting.  I really wanted to work on how my students handle/interact with books and increase their engagement.

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With that in mind, I decided to texture adapt the sound symbols to give students (with and without vision impairment) something more to interact with.  My SLP intern and I tried to be very purposeful with what we chose and worked hard to make sure the textures make sense with what the symbol represents.  Here’s what we came up with.

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We also decided to include the plush toy that goes along with the book to encourage interaction for some of our students who have not yet discovered a love for reading!

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You can find the PowerPoint that goes along with the adapted book kit here.  Enjoy!