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Reading Comprehension

What are reading comprehension skills?

Learners must be able to read the text and understand it.

Reading comprehension skills require the learner to

Why is it important to learn reading comprehension skills?

Learners must be able to make use of what they read to expand their knowledge in subjects at school such as social studies, math, and science.

They must be able to understand and make use of the information that they read for a variety of purposes.

Instruction to build reading comprehension

Learners with complex communication needs are at risk for difficulties with reading comprehension.

The National Reading Panel recommends instruction in strategies to support reading comprehension.

Reading comprehension strategies include

Instructional procedures

The instructor teaches reading comprehension strategies using the following procedures

Student example

Gareth is 5 years old in this video

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Start to build comprehension skills very early on, even before learners can read sentences and stories independently.

This literacy curriculum was developed and evaluated through a research grant (#H133E030018) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) as part of the AAC-RERC. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDRR.