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Literacy for Visual Learners

Literacy for Visual Learners

Teaching Children with Learning Differences to Read, Write, Communicate and Create

Adele Devine, illustrated by Quentin Devine

Quick Overview

This book provides exciting new strategies for teaching literacy to children with special educational needs. Keeping the strengths of visual learners at the heart of each strategy, the author shares tried-and tested ways to develop key reading, writing, comprehension and communication skills.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 9.76in x 7.09in / 248mm x 180mm, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-598-7
2015, PDF, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-054-2
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This book takes a fresh look at approaches to teaching reading, writing and communication skills. It presents a wealth of innovative ideas specifically designed to support visual learners, including those with autism spectrum conditions and special educational needs.

Some children are more responsive to visual stimulation than spoken words, and this book shows how to engage these children in literacy lessons by using strategies that cover everything from the latest assistive technology to getting creative on a limited budget. There are tips for sharing stories with children who find it hard to sit still, supporting reluctant writers, enabling the pre-verbal child to answer questions and helping the child who never stops talking to develop listening skills. The strategies are supported by practical resources, examples and case studies, to show how to instil in children the confidence to create and share their thoughts.

This is a must-have resource for special education teachers and coordinators, as well as speech and language therapists, looking for new strategies for teaching literacy.


'From the opening of Adele's book you know you are dealing with a very committed, passionate and talented teacher. She sets out her philosophy clearly and provides teachers with a wealth of activities. She also supplies very useful advice on many aspects of the difficulties visual learners have. A book for every staffroom!'
- Dr Lesley Hendy, Retired Senior Lecturer in Educational Drama and Early Years Education, University of Cambridge

'Adele has the ability to see the world through a child's eyes and explain it to adults. She can simplify the most complex learning needs and transform their differences into creativity and fun. Her genius is showing the rest of us their brilliance. A perfect book for parents demoralised by negative school reports for their quirky child and a must have for teachers who believe all children have the potential to shine.'
- Clare Walker, Early Years Co-ordinator

'The author is a passionate and dedicated advocate for providing quality educational experiences for children with learning differences. The way in which she writes encourages teachers and those working in schools to look at the individual needs of the child and adapt to each child's unique strengths. This is a book that would be helpful as a general good practice text for someone starting out in a school setting for children with complex needs or for parents/carers who would like to know more about the types of interventions used in school settings.'
- Good Autism Practice (GAP)

'This book's title gives a few clues to the broad range of its content. In fact, the author also includes topics such as how best to motivate and engage pupils, as well as how to maximise their abilities to listen, communicate, read and write. Mrs Devine shares her experiences of teaching pupils with severe learning difficulties and works indefatigably to show how every child has the potential to shine. In the current climate of every changing goalposts and the relentless drive to fulfill targets, her passion and philosophy are breath of fresh air.'
- Saira Pester


By (author): Adele Devine
Illustrated by: Quentin Devine


Click here for a ZIP file of the PDF resources. The file is quite large so may take some time to download.

The resources are to be used in conjunction with the text:


  • SEN Assist characters – vehicles, animals, fantasy, people
  • SEN Assist tokens – fantasy, vehicles, people and animals



  • Pre-writing worksheets
  • Overwriting Alphabet – Large uppercase
  • Overwriting Alphabet – Medium uppercase
  • Overwriting Alphabet – Small uppercase
  • Overwriting Alphabet – Large lowercase
  • Overwriting Alphabet – Medium lowercase
  • Overwriting Alphabet – Small lowercase



  • High Frequency Words – Reading (the learner masters a new word set at each
  • level building a bank of words that they can read)
  • First 100 High Frequency Words – Levels 1–8
  • High Frequency Words Recording Sheet
  • Fish Resource
  • Read, build, write – Level 1, Yellow (I, up, on, go, we, off)
  • Read, build, write – Level 2, Orange (in, can, see, a, mum, want)
  • Read, build, write – Level 3, Red (get, it, for, me, she, said)
  • Read, build, write – Level 4, Pink (look, went, at, day, no, yes)
  • Read, build, write – Level 5, Purple (and, cat, dog, dad, the, big)
  • Read, build, write – Level 6, Blue (am, he, is, to, play, all)
  • Read, build, write – Level 7, Green (was, of, like, they, you, are)
  • Read, build, write – Level 8, Grey (going, away, this, my, help, come)


Speaking and Listening

  • Volume control
  • Red Riding Hood Resources – Matching, spelling, sequencing, pronouns,
  • prepositions, comprehension and masks
  • The Three Pigs Resources – Matching, spelling, sequencing, pronouns,
  • prepositions, comprehension and masks
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Resources – Matching, spelling, sequencing, pronouns,
  • prepositions, comprehension and masks
  • The Billy Goats Gruff Resources – Matching, spelling, sequencing, pronouns,
  • prepositions, comprehension and masks
  • The Gingerbread Man Resources – Matching, spelling, sequencing, pronouns,
  • prepositions, comprehension and masks
  • The Three Bears Resources – Matching, spelling, sequencing, pronouns,
  • prepositions, comprehension and masks
  • Hot seating resources
  • Rules for Listening poster