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