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Angie Helton
Fri Jun 12, 2015 13:55

Dr. Koppenhaver, I enjoyed reading your reply on finger pointing to words. I would've thought that it was appropriate to have the ASD student point to the words as they read them. I understand that it can be a habit that would have to be broken later on. I like the idea you have about putting more space between words and lines, using larger books, and projecting it on the wall. I am wondering though, in one of the videos I watched, the teacher had the student 'block' the word. Using both pointer fingers, put one on each side of the word, as to block out the words beside it. What do you think about that, Dr. Koppenhaver?

  • a minor modification - koppenhaverd, Fri Jun 12 12:59
    Good idea not to teach finger point reading to kids with ASD. They internalize that as the only way to read unless they have widely varying experiences with print. Then they cannot become fluent... more
    • Re: A Minor Modification - Hayden Porter, Sun Jun 14 08:22
      What a good point - I hadn't considered that. Thanks for clarifying that strategy and explaining how it works with students with ASD. Thanks!
    • Fluency - Angie Helton, Fri Jun 12 13:55
      • when to use fingers for reading - koppenhaverd, Fri Jun 12 18:17
        Hey, Angie, Great question. It is reasonable to point to a word or highlight part of a word by blocking other parts with your fingers. At the single word level. It helps kids know what you are... more
        • Thank you for clarification - Angie Helton, Sat Jun 13 09:21
          Dr. Koppenhaver, Thank you for clarification on this. I understand the difference now, I think. Maybe if there are two to three words on the page it would be okay to block, but as the text becomes... more
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