Reading Horizons Reading Program for Students with Special Needs
Easily differentiate reading instruction for unique needs:
Simply Meet Diverse Student Needs
Finding a reading program that works for special education students is a significant challenge. What works in mainstream classrooms doesn’t always work for special education students. Cognitive, behavioral, and physical disabilities create unique problems that are difficult to address.
How Can Reading Horizons Help?
The simple and research-based approach of Reading Horizons addresses many of the challenges that arise when teaching reading to students with special needs.
The Reading Horizons Discovery products are endorsed by The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) for use in special education settings.
As defined on CASE’s website, “The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.” The organization promotes the right of students “to a quality education which will enable them to develop to their maximum potential.”
Addressing the Common Challenges of Special Education:
Solution: Reading Horizons easily provides differentiated instruction to students with special needs (Tiers II and III of the RTI model) through a blend of software and direct teacher instruction. When using the software, students are assessed after each lesson, chapter, and comprehension exercise to ensure proficiency.
In response to student performance, the software automatically adjusts the pacing and reinforcement activities to address the needs of each individual student. Teachers can then review the software assessment data to cater the content of their direct instruction to the specific skills that are preventing students from making reading progress.
Solution: Although progress is slower for students with severe disabilities, Reading Horizons provides them with their best chance at success. Through individualized, multi-sensory instruction, the specific weaknesses of students with severe disabilities are easily targeted – resolving the issues that prevent them from making progress in reading.
Solution: Reading Horizons provides instruction that addresses each area needed for reading success: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The method starts by teaching the most basic reading skills and shows students how each skill builds upon the other. Students are taught how to transfer decoding skills to complex words and reading tasks.
Solution: Reading Horizons caters its effective methodology to meet the needs of different age groups. For younger students, the method is enhanced with games and characters. For older students, lesson material is presented in an engaging but mature manner.
Solution: Reading Horizons uses high-engagement instruction that is easy to understand. Short, 20-to-30 minute lessons hold student attention through multi-sensory activities that help students make new brain connections and quickly grasp each new concept.
Solution: Because Reading Horizons is so streamlined and focused on each student’s individual progress, students are able to make quick gains. Each new skill helps build student confidence and motivation. After just 40-to-60 hours of instruction, most students see gains of two-to-three reading levels.