Student with disabilities

They have a few special needs
An education is one of them
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5 components of reading

of Reading

Basic vocabulary


Students with Disabilities

Imagine Learning is an engaging language and literacy software program that helps students maximize their potential. With tutorials, explicit instruction, continual assessment, and lots of repetition, students learn to build on their strengths.

How Imagine Learning Helps

  • Enhances explicit instruction
  • Demonstrates student-to-student modeling
  • Provides multi-sensory practice
  • Offers continual assessment
  • Delivers automatic placement

Case Study

In 2008, only 6.3% of students with disabilities at Noralto Elementary met AYP. Then they started using Imagine Learning.

TO 54.1%


(That’s 9X more students meeting AYP.)

Five key components of reading

Five Key Components of Reading

No more roadblocks to reading.

Students with disabilities often struggle to acquire basic reading skills. Research indicates that these students benefit from instruction that is explicit and sequenced, ensuring that key prerequisite skills are met before more complex tasks are required. Imagine Learning provides explicit instruction in five basic reading skills: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Whether students are working to overcome comprehension deficits or processing deficits—or any number of roadblocks—Imagine Learning’s made-to-fit sequence of instructional activities reinforces the foundational skills that will best help them achieve literacy.

  • Turn the corner on reading
    • Explicit instruction in
    • phonological awareness
    • phonics
    • fluency
    • vocabulary
    • comprehension
  • Sample activity
  • Sample activity
Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary Development

A better way to learn the lingo.

Vocabulary knowledge directly influences comprehension, so students with disabilities who struggle with comprehension need all the extra vocabulary instruction they can get. Imagine Learning provides a solution with explicit, contextualized instruction in basic, academic, and content-specific vocabulary, which enriches and supports oral language and helps students read better and understand more. For example, students are shown the same vocabulary word used in three different situations to fully illustrate each word. Peer-aged actors provide extra context so students can determine the meaning of a word. Also, students interact with the new words in multifaceted ways, such as completing cloze sentences, guessing the word with the help of successive clues, and completing crossword puzzles.

  • The right word for the right occasion
    • Contextualized instruction in
    • basic vocabulary
    • academic vocabulary
    • content-specific vocabulary
  • Sample activity
Five key components of reading

Listening Comprehension

Help students develop an ear for understanding.

Many students with disabilities experience difficulty in processing language. In the classroom, they may have a hard time understanding the tasks required of them. Imagine Learning helps these students interpret language by providing explicit, direct instruction in listening comprehension. Specifically, students are taught how to identify certain words and phrases (e.g., nouns, verbs, and adjectives) to develop good listening comprehension skills. The program scaffolds the instruction, so as the students work through the activities, they see images along with words so they can connect what they’re learning. Listening comprehension strategies, such as the metacognitive strategy of selective attention, are modeled for students. And detailed, informative feedback provides additional support and encouragement.

  • Turn the corner on reading
    • Students learn through
    • selective listening
    • verbal and non-verbal cues
    • specific words and phrases
  • Sample activity
  • Sample activity
Speaking (songs, chants, conversations)

Speaking (Songs, Chants, Conversations)

A real conversation starter.

Students with disabilities may have a hard time expressing themselves or interacting with peers at school. With social skills deficits, students have trouble making inferences and picking up on the nuances of language. To overcome these obstacles, students with disabilities must observe the appropriate use of language in social interactions. That’s why Imagine Learning uses visual and auditory cues to illustrate how to act in social settings. Videos depict peers modeling important conversational phrases in home and school settings, which provides key context and helps those with disabilities learn, practice, and improve their social competence. Interactive speaking activities also include music, recordings, and audio feedback to fully engage each learner.

  • Something to say
    • Practice makes perfect
    • listen to the phrase
    • say the phrase and record it
    • listen to the recording
  • Sample activity
Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards

Developmentally appropriate. Fundamentally awesome.

Like their peers, students with disabilities are expected to meet grade-level standards. This is especially difficult if they lack the necessary skills for reading and understanding grade-level material. Imagine Learning makes up the difference with hundreds of activities built specifically to address standards in the Common Core. Many of the activities give students with disabilities access to grade-level passages by providing material at proficient, basic, and below-basic levels. A variety of e-texts, such as presentational, navigational, translational, and explanatory, act as useful tools for students and teach them how to move within a document or between them. This allows special needs students to be assigned curriculum that’s developmentally appropriate while still challenging them to advance their skills. The result? A diverse classroom where students can achieve grade-level standards at their own pace.

  • Built for the common core
    • grammar
    • spelling
    • phonological awareness
    • information and literary texts
  • Sample activity

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