How Adapted Books Help In Learning
Adapted books are books that are modified so that it is easy for students with special needs to use. Adapted books help students to participate in targetting and reading different language skills. They are created in such a way that they are motivating and interactive. Students feel part of the adapted book they are reading because they are supposed to move or add pieces in the book. This is a brief overview of what adapted books are and why it is important to use them.
Adapted books are different in skillset levels that is why they can be used by students who have different literacy skills sets. As an example, there are some adapted books which are repetitive in a way that they increase participation and repetition in students to help them in retaining new information. These adapted books have pictures associated with the vocabulary terms so they provide visual support to help students to know the verbal message. As the levels of the adapted books increase students depend on written words and not on pictures.
There are some adapted books where the student has to match bugs to the right school supply items using the pictures provided at the bottom of the page. To normal students, this may sound easy but it not easy for students with low function levels. To use such an adapted book the target should be on different language skills. Students are expected to participate in the book, differentiate various pictures and understand the auditory message. In adapted books, students should be able to turn the page and name various items as well as the point on the pictures that are related to the words on that page.
Other adapted books require of the student to get the right color item and put add it on the book. One an example is the book known as the what is the snowman wearing, where the student should find the snowman and be able to match the description. The student can be encouraged to point the text box each time you verbalize the words and you will find eventually they can also utter the words. Since the books are so repetitive in nature, the students are able to speak out the topic of the book.
The number concept is also found in some adapted books where the student is requested to point out the correct number of items and match their description. One example is the book what is on the grill where the student should show what is on the grill and match the right food item.
Finally, there are other target books that aim at prepositional concepts. In this students should place the correct targeted item in the right location. Building on vocabulary skills is something that is not easy for students that is why the prepositional concept is in place.