Like Ed Laquidara, Founder of Animal Adventures:

  • Ask questions and use comparisons to help children remember new information
  • Don't lecture – put lessons in story form
  • Create fun and factual stories together
  • Visit the library before getting a pet
  • Remember, responsibility begins with knowledge
  • Review common knowledge before introducing new information
  • Give hints with questions that lead to accurate conclusions
  • Include oral repetition to teach vocabulary
  • Choose developmentally appropriate vocabulary
  • Use children's interests to introduce new words
  • Test assumptions with hands-on exploration
  • Have fun doing research together
  • Try to engage a variety of senses with special needs children
  • Use animals to stimulate communication with special needs children


Laurie Joy Haas, Executive Producer of Words that Cook!™ and co-author of Read it Aloud! A parent's guide to sharing books with young children, and Chip the Cookie-Bookie Bear suggest you:


  • Use pictures to stimulate discussion
  • Build stories around new vocabulary
  • Choose pictures that lead to an adventure


Second Grade Teacher Heather Blanchard recommends that you:

  • Explore non-fiction books with young children
  • Point to words while you're reading
  • Pick out big words and explain them
  • Use repetition to reinforce learning
  • Enable kids to communicate feelings and ideas on paper


Like Brian's mom, Kathy Brophy:


  • Encourage learning to promote confidence


Laura Pica, Recreation Supervisor at New England Pediatric Care, finds it's important to:

  • Recognize physical communication and respond to it
  • Do follow-up activities that reinforce reading
  • Respect the age and cognitive abilities of special needs individuals


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