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I work in a self-contained, low functioning classroom with students who have autism. The school supplies the reading program of Fundations but I feel like this reading program is too high for these students. Most of my students are non-verbal and 50% cannot write. I'm trying to water down the material but I feel like it is still A LOT more than they can handle at times. Does anyone have any suggestions or any great reading programs that might help? Thanks!

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bkoepke 02-02-2012 03:00 PM

I have been a sped teacher for11 years along with 27 years in reg. Ed. I use fundations which kit are you using? Level 1 is meant for K-1. If that is too high then maybe Edmark would work. Talk with your pre-K teacher for additional ideas

PuzzleMeTeac 01-29-2012 10:52 AM

Thank you, thank you!!! I have been trying to go off of their IEPs but the program doesn't always go towards their goals. Thank you for all the suggestions.

SDT 01-26-2012 04:21 PM

There are two research based programs that are appropriate for your population: Meville to Weville and the Early Literacy Skill Builders. The ELSB is really for younger kids. Meville to Weville is also for younger kids, but it's easier to adapt to make it age appropriate. Meville to Weville is based on 4 Blocks Literacy modified for students with significant disabilities and autism. It has a heavy emphasis on language development. The ELSB is more structured, in fact, I think it may be scripted. It has less of a language emphasis. Both are designed for kids who are non-verbal and non-writers.

Meville to Weville websites:

http://www.donjohnston.com/products/MEville_to_WEvill_Start_to_Fini sh_Literacy_Starters/index.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bhGClQSg9c

Early Literacy Skills Builder websites:

http://www.attainmentcompany.com/pro...roductid=16526
http://www.attainmentcompany.com/pdf...ceBaseELSB.pdf

To work on writing skills, you may also want to check out using Alternate Pencils and using Predictable Chart Writing. You can find more information on these two websites:

Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies
Significant Disabilities Access Guide (check out the webinars tab at the top)

rwinters 01-25-2012 04:04 AM

What does your data tell you they need? I would look at what they don't know and then create or find the programing they need. You many need to create something instead of using Fundations or another boxed program. Hope this helps. Good luck.

PuzzleMeTeac 01-24-2012 07:15 PM

I work in a self-contained, low functioning classroom with students who have autism. The school supplies the reading program of Fundations but I feel like this reading program is too high for these students. Most of my students are non-verbal and 50% cannot write. I'm trying to water down the material but I feel like it is still A LOT more than they can handle at times. Does anyone have any suggestions or any great reading programs that might help? Thanks!



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