View Full Version : How does FIAR look with your SN student?

Christi in OH
08-17-2011, 06:07 PM
I am using FIAR this year with Veronica. Or at least B4FIAR. I am just wondering how others have used/modified things for a SN student.

I am certain Veronica understands more than I realize since her language delays are do large. I know she will benefit from life skills and reading lots of nice picture books. She is a bit of a screen time hound and needs that cut out of her day.

Thanks for any ideas you can share.

08-26-2011, 08:54 AM
This is such a hard question to answer because everyone's child is so different. For special needs children, it's a matter of assessing your child's current abilities and then setting goals for what you would like to accomplish in the coming year.

I don't have a child with Down Syn, but I have adapted the curriculum to fit the needs of my student by simply starting with the book itself.

How long will she sit and listen to a story? Maybe you can build on it.

When doing the maps, try and relate it to her world. For example, with Madeline, you can discuss that in Madeline's neighborhood there are ______. And in Veronica's neighborhood there are ______. Use magazine pictures to make a collage, naming different things in the neighborhood.

Just try to bring everything back to her world so she is learning the personal goals you have set for her.

I hope that helps a little.

Hollie in SC
08-26-2011, 10:35 AM
Christi, I haven't done much Before w/Noah but have planned some. I generally sat down and made idea lists as I ran through the lessons and added some therapy type things as well. Then I thought of ways to teach what he was ready to learn. If she is fairly hands-on like many T21 learners are (at least that is what I hear and what we see w/Noah) I'd probably use a lot of pecs to make books, worksheets, games, etc. to apply. We have Boardmaker, but this site is supposed to be good as well: http://mrsriley.com/home

For instance, at one point I was working on Yellow Ball and made a preposition book--ball is on the table, under the table, etc. on different pages. You could also draw a table. Cut out a yellow circle and add some velcro on the page to move the ball to different locations to learn the positions.

Noah's in a new school this year, but at the school he was in before they used a curriculum that was FIAR-ish called Read It Once Again (http://www.readitonceagain.com/). It is pricey and I'm not suggesting it at all..., but you might skim through and see some samples to give you ideas and spark your imagination. DLTK kids (http://www.dltk-kids.com/) is a great site and so is this one (http://www.childcareland.com/free.html) for finding some hands on projects to go along with Before and prob. FIAR.

Noah's new school/classroom is very electronic with tons of computers and a wonderful "Smart Board" which takes a dry erase board and makes it like a HUGE computer touch screen. Adds a lot of fine motor/gross motor movements that way. On Fridays they play a lot of learning games. The main site they love is http://www.funbrain.com I haven't really looked at it, but you might see if you could tie in any activities with them. I think it is free.

So much just depends on where she is and what she is ready to learn next and identifying it. Praying for you as you work with her.:group: