Down Syndrome Reading with Natalie Hale
Natalie Hale is an international speaker on Down Syndrome Reading, an award-winning author, educator, consultant, and mom to an adult son with DS.
Down Syndrome Reading with Natalie Hale
PART 3: CAN ANYONE WITH DS LEARN TO READ?
DEALING WITH ADD/ADHD
Taking a look at hidden reasons learning to read can get derailed, I've talked about the first 2 stumbling blocks to reading in Parts 1 and 2: Undiagnosed Autism and Undiagnosed Vision Problems. (Scroll back to find them.) Today we'll tackle DS + ADD/ADHD (2 of my grown son's 3 diagnoses!)
PART 2: CAN ANYONE WITH DOWN SYNDROME LEARN TO READ? THIS WEEK: UNDIAGNOSED VISION PROBLEMS
Last week I said there are 4 possible stumbling blocks for our learners when it comes to reading. Last week (scroll down to read it) I talked about Undiagnosed autism/ASD. This week we'll look at #2: Undiagnosed Vision Issues and the story of Imilee...
FREE! 6 DIFFERENT LOTTO GAME SETS UNTIL MAY 31--WITH PURCHASE OF THE EMERGENT BUNDLE OR THE 3-IN-1 BUNDLE
Until the last hour of May, we will ship this $59 Lotto Reading Game set as a special bonus with either the EMERGENT BUNDLE or the 3-in-1 BUNDLE. Put both the Lotto Set and the Bundle in your cart; at checkout, just type MAYLOTTO in the "voucher" box, click "recalculate," and the $59 charge will disappear!
www.specialreads.com >Books and Bundles
CAN ANYONE WITH DS LEARN TO READ? WHY? WHY NOT? WHAT INFLUENCES THAT ANSWER?
Parents often ask me, when they use my Special Reads curriculum, "How long will it take for my child/teen to master this? And CAN he learn to read?" The answer is twofold: that depends on the learner, and that depends on you. The "you" part of it is fairly simple; the "learner" part is more complex, and there are 4 possible stumbling blocks...
IS THERE A MAGIC BULLET FOR TURNING A RELUCTANT READER INTO A "THIS IS MINE!" READER? YES!
If you’ve read my latest book, “Whole Child Reading,” you know that my premise for teaching reading to our offspring with Down syndrome is “Go in through the heart and teach to the brain.” In the beginning, we offer reading material that totally floats their boat.
BUT DOES IT WORK? Here's one story...
I NEED YOUR OPINION! In 9 weeks, I’ll be at the NDSC Conference in Pittsburg, exhibiting as usual. Yay! (Stop by my booth to chat!) I want to create a new display banner that will let passing parents know “this is what we do.”
I’d love your input to help me decide on a new message for the display banner. NO ONE has time at the conference! Folks are overwhelmed and their schedules are crammed.
HERE’S THE QUESTION: What would COMMUNICATE most clearly to YOU as you’re passing by my booth?
Will you pick one of these ideas and comment below? Or add one of your own ideas?
* The heading, “A High Interest, Brain-Based Reading
Program That WORKS.”
* A world map of the countries who have ordered my
Reading Program (see the pic below)
• A US map of the states where schools use my Reading
• Pictures of kids reading Special Reads books
• Pictures of Natalie doing parent/educator workshops
• A flyer with testimonials from parents and educators
who use the program
THANKS for your opinion! And I hope to see you there!
From dear Patti McVay, one of Inclusion's most beloved voices in the US...
Don’t ever forget it. 💛
I just posted a new video on my YouTube channel. Here's another way to stop the "guessing game" in learning new words. Sometimes kids just don't want to slow down and LOOK...
This is a great way to stop the "wild guessing" problem with our learners. They learn to LOOK at the word and not "guess and grab." It helps them slow down a...
TEACH THEM TO READ WITH WHAT THEY LOVE
Here’s one for the books (pun intended)...
My "significant other" seriously disliked reading as a child. He avoided it. Then in third grade, he discovered Mad Magazine. OMG! The door to reading exploded open for him. He grew up to be an educator and – wait for it – a librarian.
The door to reading can open for our kids with DS in the same way. Take Thomas, for instance…
This student is reading one of the Primer books from my High Frequency Word List series. This chapter is all about ketchup and fries!
"PRETEND READING" IN STUDENTS: NIP IT IN THE BUD!
A toddler pretending to read a favorite book is fine; a student who does "wild guessing" for an unknown word and races on as if nothing is amiss? That's different. Here's a way to handle it...
BACK TO BASICS! THE BIG 3 FOR TEACHING READING...OR ANYTHING ELSE!
No matter which reading or teaching method you follow, if you keep these 3 BASICS in mind, you’re off to the best start. Drop any one of these three, and you’ll be looking at roadblocks. So here they are...
Happy World Down Syndrome Day! Grateful for the depth of growth and love we have all experienced...
"NEXT CHAPTER BOOK CLUBS" FOR OUR ADULTS, BOTH READERS & NON-READERS
Hoping that many of you know that these exist, but in case you don't, check this out...
We offer a unique community-based book club program for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our members (including some who cannot read) love books for the same reasons most people do. They enjoy being transported t...
DON'T MISS THIS super-short INCLUSION "CG" FILM.
I don't usually post special ed topics other than reading on this page, but this is so beautifully done, I want EVERYONE to see it...
“Ian” is a short, animated film inspired by the real-life Ian, a boy with a disability determined to get to the playground despite his playmates bullying him. This film sets out to show that children with disabilities can and should be included.
MY YOUTUBE VIDEOS...HELPING YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ.
For a super clear idea of using Fast Flash and more strategies, my YouTube channel can help bring it home:
I TRIED "FAST FLASH," BUT MY CHILD WON'T LOOK AT THE CARDS! NOW WHAT?
My students throw me curve balls all the time, since that's part of the game. Here's how I work around the won't-look-at-the-cards scenario...
TO MY SURPRISE, I just recently learned from a mom that many parents don't know that my primary work is traveling to give Reading Workshops! For over 25 years, I've spoken across the country and beyond (Bulgaria, India, Canada) spreading the "how to" of teaching our learners with DS to read.
So for those of you who want their group/association to bring me in for a day, here's a link to information that will help you do that!
I’VE GOT JUST 15 MINUTES IN MY DAY TO TEACH MY CHILD TO READ. THAT’S IT. DO YOU HAVE ANY GUIDELINES?
YES! I’ve just prepared a Guide Sheet for my workshop tomorrow in Rancho Cucamonga, and I’m happy to share it as a download.
I often forget to post my upcoming workshops, but in the nick of time, I'm letting everyone know that tomorrow I'll be giving an all-day READING WORKSHOP in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, for the Down Syndrome Family Resource Center there! We'll have a great day together!
(Contact: Denise English, 909.286.4460)
“SPLINTER SKILLS”? OR IS THIS MY CHILD SHINING THROUGH?
…I'm following up on my last night’s post about Andrew, the extraordinary UK dancer with Down syndrome.
Apologies to all of us who have to use the term in our dealings with therapies, but I question the concept of “splinter skills” in our children with DS.
Those of you who’ve read my book, “Down Syndrome Parenting 101” know about the Yellow Raincoat Theory, which I explain in the opening chapters:
Our children all wear the same yellow raincoat called Down syndrome; but I theorize that there are clear patches in this raincoat through which we see the REAL child shining through. Skills, abilities, qualities that so often we wish we ourselves had. Qualities and abilities unique to that individual.
Read that Chapter 1 again if you need a refresher to “see into” your child through those clear patches in the yellow raincoat. To see and marvel and know that this is the true individual.
So back to Andrew in the UK and his stunning performance…
Can my son Jonathan dance like this? No.
Can my son tell you the different parts of the oboe, all about the instruments in an orchestra, and who the lighting designers were for many Disney movies? Yes.
Is this any different from the varying talents you and I have? No.
I adore watching Andrew’s dancing again and again…real dancing, skilled, beautiful dancing, spot on the rhythm. I am awed.
Another great work training/opportunity for our adults with DS, again from across The Pond....
Six women who have Down Syndrome are ready to work in hair salons after they completed their training and employment programme.
"I NEED TO SEE IT!"
If a picture's worth a 1,000 words, then a video's worth much more. I've got 14 videos on my YouTube channel that will help you understand some of the strategies I explain in my book "Whole Child Reading." Here's the link!
I’LL SAY IT AGAIN…PERSONAL PAGES ARE THE BOMB. Free, easy-peasy, takes 5 minutes, kids love them, fabulous tool for generalizing vocabulary…what more can I say? Plenty, as it turns out. Here are some more TIPS and FAQs...
I'VE BEEN SHY ABOUT POSTING TESTIMONIALS OF ANY KIND, BUT I'M GOING TO START SHARING THEM, HOPING IT MIGHT BE OF VALUE TO YOU.
So here goes! This one is about my book, "WHOLE CHILD READING."
“I think your book is miraculous. If I could give it 10,000 stars, I would. It’s a roadmap, and makes everything so simple. I’ve given it to all of my son’s teachers, and my family as well…my (typical) grandchildren are learning to read by this book!”
Where can you get it? Amazon, or my site (free shipping): https://specialreads.com/ds-parenting-siblings-money-management-for-teens/whole-child-reading/
Hahaha. From my librarian friend Lizzie...
Eduardo is the real deal. So is his mom. He is a reading champ in my book!
A RESOURCE FOR YOU: A KIND OF ONLINE DOWN SYNDROME CLINIC FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO ONE.
This is a must-know-about! Dr. Brian Skotko alerted me to this project in July at the NDSC Conference. I only just now took a moment to follow his tip. The team of researchers includes Dr. Skotko and the equally well-known Dr. Chicoine. Here's a bit from their home page:
Current estimates suggest that over 95% of individuals with Down syndrome do not have access to a Down syndrome specialty clinic. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have created DSC2U as a way to address this need and are evaluating how it works.
We need your help in testing this service!
You may be eligible to participate in this research if you meet all of the following:
You live in the United States.
You have a child or dependent with Down syndrome.
Your child or dependent is one year or older.
Your child or dependent will have an annual well visit with their doctor or primary care provider before September 30, 2018.
Your child or dependent has not been seen at a Down syndrome specialty clinic within the past 3 years.
IT'S "WORKSHOP WEEKEND" FOR ME IN THE BAY AREA!
I'm giving full-day reading workshops in Foster City tomorrow and Danville on Sunday. It's wonderful to be back in my old neighborhood of Redwoods and green hills! Thanks to the DS Connection of the Bay Area for bringing me back! www.dsconnection.org
Spot on. Especially with my students who are challenged by the DS/ASD dual diagnosis. Even though my teaching office is small, it's overwhelmingly distracting for many of our kids. One of my favorite solutions when it comes to teaching reading is to head for a corner and tape the assignment to the wall. Presto! There is zero in the visual field except what the student is being asked to read. I'll add a pic below in comments...
Researchers hope some new findings may eventually generate guidelines to help teachers optimally design classrooms.
Down Syndrome Reading with Natalie Hale's cover photo
A BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIFT FOR YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER...OR FOR YOU! A $20 OFF COUPON. Code: TEACH20
School is just getting underway. Our children with Down syndrome CAN learn to read, and the reading bundles I've created for them can help them get there.
So I'm offering a $20 OFF COUPON for teachers--or parents!--who want to purchase either the 3-IN-1 READING BUNDLE or the EMERGENT READER BUNDLE as the school year starts rolling. Just tell them to use the coupon code TEACH20 at checkout. That's it! Go to www.specialreads.com; those two bundles are right on the home page.
TEACH20 coupon code expires October 31. Go for it...our kids CAN do it!
FAREWELL TO LOTTOS...$59 for all SIX SETS.
I CUT the price by $30, YOU CUT some cards.
When parents asked me to design lotto/matching games and make them available on my site, I did. I love to supply teaching needs! In my own work teaching our learners with DS, I find lottos indispensable for working with beginning readers, toddlers, and nonverbal learners.
So I created high-quality lotto boards. I was happy. The sun was shining. I thought everyone was happy!
But then...storm clouds...even at a bare-bones selling price, those lotto sets are sitting in my storage. I want to move on and get them out of storage. How?
The labor of us cutting boards into cards was driving up the price, so here's the idea: I'll take off $30 and YOU cut the cards! (In each of the six sets, 2 boards need to be cut into delineated cards; 2 boards don't). And teaching instructions are included in each set.
All you need at checkout on www.specialreads.com is this VOUCHER CODE: LOTTOCLEAR. That's it. $30 is automatically taken off your cost. Instead of paying $89, you'll be charged $59 with free shipping. This will NOT be advertised on my site. Just put the LOTTOCLEAR code in and click "recalulate." On my site, you'll find the Lottos under "Books and Bundles" on the top menu bar. It's the second item listed.
I love these sets--they're sturdy, glossy, with professional photographs--not clipart! I hope YOU love using them! Want to see how? YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hovQNQhylfE&t=69s
SPEECH WORRIES: IS IT APRAXIA, OR IS IT JUST "TOO MUCH TROUBLE" SYNDROME?
At the NDSC Dallas conference last weekend, so many parents talked to me about their worries over speech delays and possible apraxia (CAS), that I want to talk about “what’s what” with you. Not only “What’s what,” but what to do about it...
Many thanks to all the wonderful people who visited with me at my booth this conference weekend. You’re the BEST!!!!!
Connecting with my publisher, Woodbine House, exhibiting near me here at the NDSC conference. Pretending to be almost as tall as my editor, Susan Stokes. (I’m on tiptoe) Susan and Anjum have been as busy as I’ve been. Now we’re just starting the last day of exhibiting! It’s been a fun, busy conference!
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