Books That Special Needs Students Love Reading In Educational Therapy
Reading is an important skill for all students to master, but it can be especially beneficial for children with special needs. Reading helps these children to better improve their communication skills, grow their vocabularies, and develop a better understanding of the world around them.
However, students with special needs often have a hard time finding educational books that are both enjoyable and appropriate for their level of reading. So, what type of books should you read to your child during educational therapy or your free time? Here are three types of books to consider for students with special needs that can help promote a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
1. Read simple books with large print and bright colours
Books with large print and bright colours are always a hit with special needs students, especially if they have lots of colourful illustrations. The large print will be easy for your child to see, while the bright colours will help to hold his attention and prevent him from becoming overwhelmed. Look for books with short sentences and clear illustrations to help your child better follow the story and make the educational therapy or reading experience as enjoyable as possible.
2. Read books with familiar text, characters, and settings
Other than simple picture books, stories with familiar characters and settings can be especially comforting for students with autism or other special needs. If your child has a favourite TV show or movie, look for books that are based on them. Reading about characters that he already knows and loves will help to keep him more engaged.
Alternatively, find a book that matches your child’s life stage. If he is working on potty training, look for one that tells a story about a character who is learning to use the toilet. Helping your child learn new skills through reading can make the experience even more enjoyable and rewarding. Another way is to find storybooks that provide short, simple narratives about specific situations or tasks. They can teach students about social skills, such as how to make friends or how to deal with difficult emotions.
Meanwhile, children with developmental delays or speech impairments benefit from reading books that contain rhymes or repetition. This is because these types of books help to develop phonemic awareness and improve oral language skills. They also make an enjoyable read as they contain catchy rhythms and humorous words.
3. Read books that highlight sensory experiences
Many special needs students are drawn to books that highlight sensory experiences. For example, books with tactile elements like felt or fabric pages are an excellent choice for children who have sensory processing disorders. These books typically have different textures on each page, which allows them to explore the different sensations. For children who enjoy sounds, try finding books with built-in effects or music.
Interactive books are another great option for special needs students. Look for books with pop-up elements, removable pieces, or lift-the-flap illustrations to encourage your child to participate in the story. By choosing books that appeal to your child's senses, you're sure to create a reading experience that he will love.
Support Your Child’s Learning Journey With Educational Therapy From MindChamps Allied Care
Choose books that appeal to your child's senses, interests, and skill level to create an enjoyable reading experience. If you wish to go a step further to support your child’s learning, why not consider enrolling him for educational therapy from MindChamps Allied Care? With one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, and tailored classroom accommodations, our trained therapists and teachers can help your child overcome the difficulties he faces in reading and writing. Book a visit to our centre or find an Allied Care educational therapy centre across Singapore to learn more about our services now!