Given the challenges students with disabilities face with language, it is difficult to find a ‘tips on reading' sheet for parents that fit well with our cohort. Throughout her search, Sally Jones, a teacher from Errington Special Education Centre, found some excellent tips that are relevant for all populations.
The following guidelines are pertinent to students with disabilities or learning difficulties and their participation in the Premier's Reading Challenge:
9. Books chosen from the Challenge booklist can be from the booklist for their year level and from booklists for year levels above their own. Guidance may be required for students in their choice of titles from booklists for older students.
12. The Premier's Reading Challenge should be inclusive for all students who are willing to take up the challenge to read 12 books. At the teacher's discretion, students may read more than four books not on the booklist (Reception - Year 7) or more than eight books not on the booklist (Year 8 - 9).
13. Students with disabilities may read books that are at an appropriate literacy level for them and/or use texts that have been adapted to meet their individual learning and literacy needs including Braille texts, talking books, e-books, and books on tape, DVD or CD.
14. Students can read books at an appropriate level for their language proficiency to achieve the Premier's Reading Challenge for their 'own choice' books. The challenge of reading books in other languages may appeal to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are learning English as a second language and those involved in First Language Maintenance and Development Programs. (eg: students with special needs, ESL students).