Adapted Books: 10 Reasons Why We Should Be Using Them!


The Importance of Adapted Books:

Teaching in a self-contained special education classroom demands a unique approach that caters to the diverse learning needs of every student. Among the array of strategies available, incorporating adapted books into your curriculum can be a game-changer.

These specially designed books go beyond conventional teaching methods and offer an array of benefits that foster engagement, comprehension, and skill development. If you're wondering why you should bother using adapted books, let's delve into the plethora of advantages they bring to your classroom.


1. Differentiated Learning:

Adapted books provide a bridge between various skill levels and learning styles in a self-contained classroom. With multiple versions of vocabulary cards, graphic organizers, and assessments, you can tailor your lessons to cater to individual needs, ensuring that every student has a chance to thrive.


2. Multi-Sensory Engagement:

Special education classrooms thrive on multi-sensory learning experiences. Adapted books use visual aids, interactive components, and hands-on activities to stimulate multiple senses. This engagement helps students with various disabilities grasp and retain information more effectively.


3. Enhanced Comprehension:

The diverse range of visual aids, graphic organizers, and comprehension assessments that I include in my adapted books equips students with tools to understand and internalize complex concepts. These resources break down information into manageable parts, making comprehension more achievable for special education students.

student using graphic organizer for adapted book

4. Language Development:

Adapted books can promote language development by offering high-frequency flashcards and vocabulary cards that are included in my adapted book units. Through repeated exposure and interactive engagement, students can expand their vocabulary and improve their language skills in a meaningful context.


5. Progress Monitoring:

Assessments that I have included in my Adapted Book Units, include things like running records and comprehension tests, that enable you to track student progress accurately. This data-driven approach lets you make informed decisions about instructional adjustments and personalized interventions.

6. Structured Lessons:

I have included some guided lesson outlines, complete with suggested state standards, to provide a solid structure for your teaching. This not only makes planning easier for you but also ensures that your curriculum aligns with educational guidelines and is really easy to follow.

7. Inclusive Classrooms:

Adapted books serve as a cornerstone of inclusive classrooms by accommodating diverse learning needs and promoting engagement. With their wide range of resources, students of all abilities are empowered to actively participate in discussions, activities, and assessments. These books not only provide multiple entry points for learning but also foster an environment where every student feels valued and supported, contributing to a more inclusive and enriching educational experience. Through interactive elements and varied assessment tools, adapted books encourage collaboration, empathy, and a sense of community among students, reinforcing the principles of inclusive education.

Using Adapted Books in small groups

8. Parental Involvement:

In my adapted book units, I have included the black and white versions of the books that can be sent home, encouraging parental involvement in their child's education. Parents can work on these books together with their children, reinforcing learning outside the classroom.


9. Seasonal and Thematic Learning

My collection of over 60 adapted books, each aligned with a specific month of the year, adds a touch of excitement and relevance to your curriculum. Seasonal themes keep students engaged and curious about the world around them.  If you want to read more about my adapted book units, you can read that blog here: Using Adapted Books in Small Groups.

Elevating Learning with Multimedia Engagement:

Integrating multimedia through BoomCards from the Boom Learning website enhances the already compelling advantages of adapted books. My digital-adapted books infuse interactive elements, instant feedback, and multi-sensory experiences into the learning process. By incorporating clickable features, drag-and-drop interactions, and dynamic visuals, Boom Cards cater to diverse learning styles, fostering active participation and motivation.

This digital dimension not only offers personalized learning paths and flexibility but also equips students with essential multimedia skills, preparing them for a technology-driven world.

Incorporating these adapted books into your self-contained classroom is more than just a strategy; it's a commitment to nurturing the potential of every student, regardless of their abilities. The benefits of using adapted books ripple through your classroom, creating an inclusive and dynamic learning environment that empowers all learners. Looking for a free sample of an adapted book? Grab my Savannah Adapted Book Unit here for FREE!

I am a High School, self-contained Autism teacher from Central New York, who is passionate about individualizing student learning. I am a mommy of three, lover of all things Disney, married to my best friend and addicted to chocolate!! I hope that you find great ideas and inspiration here, so welcome!!

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