Adapted Books and Related Materials

Definition of adapted books: Any book that has been modified in some way that makes it more accessible to a student who has difficulty with typical books. Adaptations can include: fluffers, extenders, contrast, braille, simplified text, age appropriate text adaptation, glare, and tactile additions. Adding Boardmaker symbols and props, match and press, touch and feel, scratch and sniff are all adaptations. Using books on CD-ROM with adapted keyboards, single switch or a TouchWindow is another method.

These materials are more for emergent and early literacy, rather than the NIMAS textbook adaptations.

For more details and availability: Search the Library Catalog on the Web

Interactive Books | Sound Effects Books | Creative Communicating's Adapted Stories | Co:Writer | Clicker5 | PixWriter | Balanced Literacy | Start to Finish Literacy Starters | MEville to WEville | Another Helpful Note

Interactive Books
Description: Story book with die-cut pieces, communication board and story board. Includes suggestions for use. Child can participate in reading by placing the velcro pieces on the story board, and returning them to the correct page of the book, or in other ways.

Author: Beth E. Breakstone
All around the busy town
A cold and snowy day
Happy Birthday to Me
Here and there and everywhere with Mother Goose’s friends
If you're happy and you know it!
Let’s get ready for school
Old McDonald had a farm
This old man!
The three little pigs

Author: Joan Green.
Action! : an interactive reading book of verbs with Who? What? and Where? questions
How do I feel? : an interactive reading book of emotions
How many? : an interactive reading book about numbers
I go to school : an interactive reading book
Meet the word family : an interactive reading book of word families
Sounds good to me! : an interactive reading book with phonics and the alphabet
Things I do at home : an interactive reading book
The ups and downs of opposites : an interactive reading book
What color is it? : an interactive reading book
What do I do? : an interactive reading book about appropriate school behaviors
What do I say? : an interactive reading book of appropriate social responses
What’s it for? : an interactive reading book for function and categorizing

Sound Effects Books
Description: Various publishers have created books with buttons to play sounds. “Play-a-sound” series is one example.


Bracken, Carlyn. Busy house. Lincolnwood, IL : Publications International, 2000.
Elmo. Lincolnwood, IL : Publications International, 2001.
Kidd, Ronald. The little mermaid. Racine, WI : Western Publishing Co., 1991.
O’Brien, Tim. Father time’s cuckoo clock shop. New York : Western Pub., 1994.
Reber, Deborah. Blue’s clues. Lincolnwood, IL : Publications International, 1999.
Rhodes, Michelle. Scooby-Doo! Lincolnwood, IL : Publications International, 2000.
Richter, Dana. Arthur’s puppy problems. Lincolnwood, IL : Publications International, 2001.

Creative Communicating’s Adapted Stories

Description: Contents for all of these kits will vary. They usually have a book, communication boards, CD-ROM, pull-off cards, vocabulary sheets, activities and songs. The multimedia kits are designed for students who need extra support with language and early literacy skills. These are created by Pati King-DeBaun and Caroline Musselwhite. See:

Series in the SESA Library:

Older students series 1 (middle school to high school emergent literacy students):

Early Childhood I (ages birth to 7):
At the party
At School
EIEIO (Farm)
Happy, happy holidays!
The hungry lion (Zoo)
Monster happy (Emotions)
Snow! Snow! Snow!
Stirring the brew (Halloween)
Valentines! Valentines!

Co:Writer (Don Johnston,

Co:Writer is a word prediction program. As you type, it gives a list of words from which to choose. It can be set to speak as you select each word, and it will speak the completed sentence. You can change the voice, or you can turn it off. You can change the background color, the text color and the cursor color so the student can see the screen easier. It is possible to save new words in the dictionary so that vocabulary related to topical units, such as one on the Iditarod, can be available to the student. The dictionaries can be edited. You can arrange the guesses (suggested words) either horizontally or vertically; and alphabetically or dynamically (changing as you type). The user's guide is easy to use and has some specific recommendations based on student needs.

There's a tutorial available on-line:

A useful item to go with Co:Writer:
Teaching writing with Write:OutLoud and Co:Writer 4000 : essential interventions : classroom activities. (2002) Volo, IL : Don Johnston Learning.

Clicker 5 (Crick Software,

Clicker 5 is software for writing support, with pictures, words to select, and voice output. The grid at the bottom can be customized. Control-click (Mac) or right-click on a word to hear it spoken. The program comes with pictures that appear as they are entered into the grid, and you can also add your own pictures. The pictures can be animated. There are additional resources available online, including a video presentation. There is a new version out now, Clicker 7.

PixWriter (Attainment Company. originally developed by Slater Software,

PixWriter is software for writing support that can be customized for each student and for particular vocabulary uses. You can create a vocabulary set-up for a student and his or her project. It doesn't predict the words as you type them, but it does create buttons at the bottom of the screen that the student can choose while writing. Most words will have a picture to give a visual prompt. You can import other pictures if you want. The manual has activities for students of different ages and abilities. These activities will be appropriate for different skill levels. You can also set up scanning for a student who needs to use a switch or other alternative input (switch, TouchWindow, alternative keyboards). The voice can be changed and you can choose how many buttons are available (16, 32 or 64), or you can make the buttons invisible. The program is simple to set up and to use.

Balanced Literacy (Intellitools,

This program has nine lessons, each with an anchor book that has a theme for the supporting activities. The books can be read on the computer, and use songs to emphasize sounds. There are review questions to work with reading comprehension, games for practice, and patterned language. Text size can be changed for students with lower vision. There are overlays for the IntelliKeys (alternate keyboard).

Other materials by IntelliTools:
Classroom Suite
IntelliKeys (keyboard)
Overlay Maker

Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters (Don Johnston,

These books are high interest and age appropriate, and can be used for different levels of beginning readers. Each kit includes three books, a teacher's guide, vocabulary cards and two CDs. One CD has teacher materials; the other has digital versions of the books. The books can be used at three different levels (enrichment, transitional and conventional). The teacher materials include planning tools, vocabulary cards and activities; there are also some communication displays for non-verbal students.

You can see a list of all the Start-to-Finish books in the SESA Library on this page (scroll down to the bottom; the titles at the top are another type of Start-to-Finish book):

MEville to WEville (Ablenet,

This isn't a computer program, but it is a literacy program. It works on communication while integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Another helpful note:
Creating Sticky Software by Byron Wilkes

Updated November 2016