Signed Stories in the SEN classroom

With children who have special educational needs,  it’s important to raise their motivation and enjoyment of reading as well as teaching language. Together, get to know a core of books really well. Choose stories you think the children will enjoy, that they will be able to relate to and which offer extended activities after reading.

Develop concentration
For children who find it difficult to concentrate, short fun stories with memorable words are ideal to introduce them to reading. Build on these gradually with longer and more complex stories.

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Mix up the delivery of stories
You could read a story in class, either to the group or as individuals.Ask children to read a story to you, or you can all sit together to watch a story on the site.

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Expressing emotion
Children with severe learning difficulties may find it difficult to express themselves and their emotions. Stories can help you teach them expressive language and signs. And remember, when you can, to refer to the stories you tell in other lessons.

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Explaining social situations
Some stories in particular offer children an insight into social situations – and can help children understand what will happen to them and why they should behave in a certain way.

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Extend reading with activities
Try our resources section for story-related worksheets and activities.

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