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Storyboxes and Literacy Kits 
Grant Project funded by 
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound 
Presented by Bethany Tinsley, M...
My class 
• 4 students 
• Ages 6, 12, 13, 13 
• All have severe, multiple disabilities 
• All use AAC 
• Visual impairment...
Goal of Project 
• Provide students with severe multiple 
disabilities, including visual impairments, the 
opportunity to ...
Storyboxes 
• Adapted grade level Reading materials from 
“Treasures” reading program for Elementary and 
“Bridges to Lite...
Adaptations Included 
• Braille added 
– Key word(s) chosen for each page 
• Switch adapted stories created for Smartboard...
Objects for “A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes”
Thematic Unit on dogs 
Objects, word cards, adapted book, game, vocabulary book
“Feathers for Lunch” by Lois Ehlert 
Student made tactile books, objects, word cards
Beach theme and “Nate the Great and the Boring Beach 
Bag” 
Objects, activities and word cards
Dog Unit 
Homemade dog biscuits as sensory activity
Dog Unit 
Pets on Wheels brought in a real dog for us to meet
Student made book about Fall
Student made book about Fall
Student made book about Fall 
Apples: Real object, apple prints, vocabulary card for Fall
Horse theme: cowboy hat, sound making horse toy, real 
saddle over therapy bench, 
Also had real horseshoe, horse brush, s...
Horse theme: holding horse toy, listening to horse 
sounds on iPad
What’s next? 
• Working on a Cooking theme 
• Will continue to adapt curriculum materials 
• Adding a technology grant to ...
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Storyboxes and Literacy Kits -- Bethany Tinsley

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Storyboxes and Literacy Kits -- Bethany Tinsley

  1. 1. Storyboxes and Literacy Kits Grant Project funded by Connections Beyond Sight and Sound Presented by Bethany Tinsley, M.Ed.
  2. 2. My class • 4 students • Ages 6, 12, 13, 13 • All have severe, multiple disabilities • All use AAC • Visual impairments: 1 blind, 2 with CVI, 1 with myopia • Etiologies: Canavan syndrome, Down’s syndrome, Schizencephaly, Cerebral Palsy
  3. 3. Goal of Project • Provide students with severe multiple disabilities, including visual impairments, the opportunity to increase interaction and understanding during Reading and Language Arts Activities. My plan is to create boxes of materials including books and related objects, tactile symbols, story boards, auditory devices and expansion activities that will increase communication and active engagement with Reading activities
  4. 4. Storyboxes • Adapted grade level Reading materials from “Treasures” reading program for Elementary and “Bridges to Literature” text books for Middle • Thematic Units: Birds, Gardens, Beach, Dogs, Horses, Cooking • Specific Books: “A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes” by Elizabeth Scanlon, “Feathers for Lunch” by Lois Ehlert , “Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag” by Marjorie Sharmat • Student made books: “Signs of Fall”, “Friends and Teachers”, Tactile version of “Feathers for Lunch”
  5. 5. Adaptations Included • Braille added – Key word(s) chosen for each page • Switch adapted stories created for Smartboard using Powerpoint • Tactile representations added to pages • Object symbols collected • Word cards and vocabulary books with large, simple photos and Braille • iPad activities with tactile overlays • Switch adapted toys and materials • AAC incorporated with Big Macs, Auditory Scanning devices, etc. • Switch adapted computer activities
  6. 6. Objects for “A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes”
  7. 7. Thematic Unit on dogs Objects, word cards, adapted book, game, vocabulary book
  8. 8. “Feathers for Lunch” by Lois Ehlert Student made tactile books, objects, word cards
  9. 9. Beach theme and “Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag” Objects, activities and word cards
  10. 10. Dog Unit Homemade dog biscuits as sensory activity
  11. 11. Dog Unit Pets on Wheels brought in a real dog for us to meet
  12. 12. Student made book about Fall
  13. 13. Student made book about Fall
  14. 14. Student made book about Fall Apples: Real object, apple prints, vocabulary card for Fall
  15. 15. Horse theme: cowboy hat, sound making horse toy, real saddle over therapy bench, Also had real horseshoe, horse brush, switch adapted horse toy, etc.
  16. 16. Horse theme: holding horse toy, listening to horse sounds on iPad
  17. 17. What’s next? • Working on a Cooking theme • Will continue to adapt curriculum materials • Adding a technology grant to our resources: iPad mount, Apps and overlays, iPad projector, etc.

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