Reading About Me
Reading About Me! (RAM) is a beginning reading program specifically designed to hold the interest of visual learners and can be used by parents, teachers or anyone interested to teach individuals of all ages to read. Success is maximized when the approach is fun and personalized to the interests of the learner.
- Fully customizable with individualized content
- Lessons personalized to interests of the learner
- Designed to hold the interest of visual learners
- Proven to work with a variety of learning abilities
How it Began…
Reading About Me! was developed by the Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon (DSASO) in conjunction with Patricia Oelwein, author of Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome and co-author of Literacy Skill Development for Students with Special Learning Needs: A Strength-Based Approach, in order to provide individuals who have not typically been successful readers in school a chance to show that many can successfully learn to read.
From 2003 to 2006, DSASO, under the direction of Ms. Oelwein and reading instructor, Joyce Rogers, piloted a one-to-one reading program in southern Oregon. Working with students ages three to forty-three, and with a variety of intellectual disabilities, Ms. Rogers was able to successfully work with more than 30 individuals, personalizing the experience for each. By following the lead of the learner and concentrating on making reading FUN with high interest words, both reading vocabulary and expressive verbalization was increased.
Out of that program, DSASO developed the Reading About Me! Notebook which was a collection of lessons and materials designed to be used by any interested person—parent, teacher or significant other. The RAM! Notebook coupled personal words with preset lessons, creating a fun, high interest approach to teaching reading. Using Ms. Oelwein’s “match”, “select” and “name” method of acquiring new words and letters, along with worksheets, games and lots of praise, the RAM! Notebook has been successfully used by student teachers, special educators, regular educators, parents and peers in school districts, private schools, households and as part of the education curriculum at Southern Oregon University.
Spurred by feedback from users, DSASO in 2010 began raising funds and developing the prototype to convert the RAM! Notebook to an online, subscription-based program. Utilizing world renown software developer, Project A (creators of the award-winning “Art Authority for iPad”), the current online version of Reading About Me! was launched in 2013 making this unique approach to teaching reading available to many more who can benefit. With online access, RAM became a program that educators and families could easily access on their own.
“RAM centers on the personal and visual aspect of teaching that works so well for children experiencing Autism. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing your child, who has struggled with traditional approaches, read entire sentences and books!” – Kelly Dempsey, Kindergarten Teacher and Parent
“Reading About Me was his foundation to reading. Stephen wouldn’t be where he is today as far as reading goes. I was in a meeting and we recorded Stephen reading and they told me kids with Down syndrome can’t read. He is going to learn how to read. Because of this program, I am going to be able to teach him.” – Lauri Eisenhauer, Parent
If you are interested in utilizing the Reading About Me Program, please visit readingaboutme.org to learn more information and to purchase a subscription.
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