Shared Reading for Language Development

September 2, 2016 | By jmitchell | Filed in: Communication, Early Literacy, Language.

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A primary goal for shared reading is to increase language.   Secondary goals can include joint attention, increase participation, and picture representation. For children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal, you can easily make it interactive by inserting target vocabulary in the story using AAC.  For example, when reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Bill Martin Jr., the teacher could pause before the target word and then model the use of AAC to include the word in the story.  On the second reading, the teacher would assist the child to include the word and on subsequent readings, the child may independently embed the word in the story using AAC.  Teach using the “I do, we do, you do” model. Other strategies include using a doll or puppet to model the use of AAC and video self-modelling.  You can also use books with repeated phrases.

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