Adapting Existing Materials
The adaptation of existing materials is called for when the materials are judged to be appropriate, but need some simple modifications to make them more accessible. Existing materials are physically altered to make them more sensitive to learning needs.
You can rewrite, reorganize, add to, or recast the information so that the student can access regular curriculum material independently. For example, you can prepare an audiotape and study guide for the student to use while other students read the text material. To see the complete article on each adaptation to existing materials, click on the title link below.The Assignment Routine
This two-part adaptation was developed to be useful across subject-matter areas. It can help you plan and present assignments that all students in the class can complete, as well as help students record and complete the assignments.
Differentiated Textbook Instruction
Due to poor reading and study skills, many students who have learning disabilities (or who are otherwise low-achieving academically) are unable to read their assigned textbooks with the proficiency required to abstract and assimilate new information. This article describes how to apply the diagnostic-prescriptive approach to individualizing textbook instruction.
S.O.S. Survey, Obtain Information, Self-Test
This adaptation was created to overcome the shortcomings of traditional audiotaping practices. It is useful across subject-matter areas.
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