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This could cause intense frustration because she doesn’t have the ability to fully express herself in those mediums. I think it would be important to find ways to continue stimulating her intellectual development and creating ways for her to continue developing her oral literacy skills while scaffolding her reading and writing to gradually catch up. I think a big danger is to “dumb down” material to the existing level of her reading and writing skills. This can cause disengagement and frustration. Instead, the challenge is to scaffold and find adaptations that can meet her at her intellectual level despite the lagging skills. Some ideas might be: using audio books (mentioned elsewhere as effective); a scribe or voice-to-text program; multimodal literacy projects and opportunities for using visual or other multimedia forms for demonstrating understanding; ample opportunity for classroom discussion in which Jane can use her strong vocabulary and verbal language students to be a leader amongst her peers.



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