It's Wednesday, so here is Video #5!
Natalie Hale is an international speaker on Down Syndrome Reading, an award-winning author, educator, consultant, and mom to an adult son with DS.
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In 1990, a little 5-year old with Down syndrome and ADHD learned to read. His world opened up, and the school system’s expectations of him shot up as well.
It wasn’t easy. His mom--me--had to create all of his books and flash cards herself, seeing as how there were none available designed for his interests (drums, trains, music, his sister) that were also designed to accommodate his learning strengths and weaknesses.
Jonathan, now 34, grew into an independent reader by age 8 or 9, and I realized that my job was over. It was a glorious feeling.
I began to be invited to give reading workshops, and I saw firsthand that parents were in need of a series of reading books for their children; unlike me, they didn’t have the graphics and illustration background--nor the time--to do what I had done.
So Special Reads for Special Needs was born. Fast forward 19 years, and I’m happy to now provide a reading program that takes a learner (of any age) from ground zero reading ability through first grade level fluency and readiness for second grade reading level.
My methodology can be summed up in the premise of my latest book with Woodbine House, “Whole Child Reading:” that we teach our children/teens/young adults to read by going “In through the heart and teaching to the brain.”
A high interest, brain-based reading program simply works. Once we approach our learners with materials on topics they love, and design those materials in a way that is brain-friendly, we’re on the road to success.