Literacy Corner: Visual Literacy Supports for Students with Disabilities
[Source: Reading Rockets]
Many learners with disability labels are visual learners and are best able to understand and remember content when they can see it represented in some way; in other words, they need to “see what we mean.” Three visual supports helpful for teaching and supporting literacy development are described here: picture books, graphic notes, and story kits. Some of these ideas may be effective for working with some students with disabilities and each may be used as catalyst for designing literacy lessons that are appropriate and challenging for learners in the inclusive classroom.
Picture books combine words and pictures to tell a story. Typically, in these texts, the pictures don’t just supplement the text; they are as important or central as the text. Picture books are often used in the early elementary grades but they can actually be incredibly effective for students in older grades including high school.
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