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Below are strategies posts related to Struggling Readers.



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Christmas Ideas for Children with Visual Impairments

These creative holiday activities for Christmas or Hanukkah for children who are blind or visually impaired encourage the development of basic skills and social interaction, while having fun!
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Using Braille in the Kitchen!

This activity uses braille labels and tactile symbols to create a braille recipe for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
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Daily Desk Schedule for Child Who Is Deafblind

Create a tactile schedule using object symbols, print and braille for learners who are blind, deafblind, visually impaired or with multiple disabilities.
Mrs. Gringling

Keywords from Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Introduce keywords to beginning braille readers using tactile materials to develop braille literacy skills
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Breaking Down the Sentence

Tips to break down sentences for beginning braille readers who are struggling on the path to braille literacy
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Tactile Quilt with Fish and Birds

Students who are blind or visually impaired work on braille literacy, while also creating tactile quilt squares, in this interdisciplinary activity.
Mom and little girl share a book with print and braille

Shared Reading Activity

Shared reading activity for fall with a book about apples with braille labels
The braille words I, cheese, pizza, and like and a period are on small plastic tiles on a black felt board from APH.

"Can We Do Oreo Reading Now?” # 2 – Making Sentences Activity

Activity to provide practice to braille readers in making sentences using motivating materials
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“Can We Do Oreo Reading Now?” #1 Key Word Books

Create books for braille readers using key words of interest to them to provide motivation.
'S' words

Adapting a Literacy Lesson of the letter "S" for Braille Readers

Adapting reading lesson of the letter "s" for braille students
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Word Bank Binder

This activity helps students to match uncontracted braille to the contracted form.
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Creating Braille Board Games

Braille board games are a great way to practice skills at all different levels, while also working on social skills, counting, and more!
Photo: Student at table working on his braillewriter

Motivating Older Adolescents Who Are Emerging Readers

This strategy from a speech therapist is designed to help teachers find appropriate literacy instruction for students who have significant multiple disabilities in addition to their visual impairment.
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Chris Woodin Math Facts

Tips for teaching math to students who have learning disabilities
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Using Objects to Reinforce Consonant Sounds

Activity to use objects to reinforce consonant sounds with beginning braille readers
Modified page of The Garden with tactile flowers

Using Textures to Adapt Simple Books

Guidelines to adapt simple books for children who are blind or visually impaired
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Understanding Tactile Graphics: Tactile Treasures and Real Objects

Teaching students who are blind or visually impaired to make the transition from real objects to tactile graphics using the APH Tactile Treasures kit
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Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket

Activity to motivate beginning readers in a play setting, using braille or print cards
Object box and word cards for Feely Meely game

Feely Meely: Game to Match Braille to Objects

Simple game for children who are blind or visually impaired to match braille or print word cards to objects
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Tack-Tiles

Beginning braille instruction using Tack-Tiles

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