Use Audiobooks & Sensory Techniques to Teach Children How to Read When you’ve a child who is learning disabled you will know how difficult it is for them to be able to read, spell, write and perhaps learn their times tables. No amount of software or audio will beat the 1-2-1 tuition of loving parents, although they’re the perfect tools for teaching your children to read and to make doing it a lot easier. Younger children enjoy being read to therefore pointing to the words as you read them out loud, will help to give your child a positive attitude for reading. If you can't spare the time to do this, then abridged audio books are a good substitute. Kids recognise words easily when they have heard them previously. Reading to your children introduces them to vocabulary that they cannot read by themselves and helps the learning disabled keep up with their peer groups. Train your children to listen when you read out loud by offering encouragement. When you’ve finished reading, it'd be helpful to them if you open a discussion about what you’ve just read, so that you can make certain they understood what the book was all about. There is certainly no need to stop reading bedtime stories simply because he or she's getting older. Keep on reading for as long as your children want you to. School children often are required to read books set for them by their tutors so there’s no reason why you can't exchange the usual bedtime stories for them. You’re not cheating, these might be books your children have not heard or seen already and so can't read them without difficulty. Older children could prefer to take advantage of children’s audio CD books other than being read to by a parent. Where possible you could purchase the school reading books in unabridged audio books so that your children will still see the text whilst they’re listening. On the subject of writing and spelling, children can often have to write a word a few times so they can learn it. A child who has dyslexia might write a different spelling of the word every time, which might lead to a certain amount of frustration on your part and your child’s. At this point, it can be helpful if instead of rewriting the word you get your child to make it. Make up a box for storing a variety of items that have different smells, colours and/or textures designed to stimulate the senses, for instance: crayons or felt tips; fabrics; glitter glue; sandpaper and coloured paper and pencils. Through the use of these and/or loads of other household items, your children will cut out the shape of the letter, then listen to you speak the sound and also the name of the letter. Your child will then repeat the sound and also the name and physically make the specific letter and by doing so these audio-visual actions can form thoughts and images that will be used to help retain the letter information. Yet another excellent idea is to write with a “smelly pen” or crayon and your children can link the number, word or letter with the stinky pen purely by relying on their very own sense of smell. An efficient and fun way of learning! Beginning with the sense of sound you could read aloud or play children’s audio books to introduce your child to the world of words. However, the more senses you make use of the best chance your children will have of recollecting the information. By using these and also other sensory techniques together with Audio Books on CD, your children won't have to stress about letters and numbers. Working together can take time, patience and a little imagination nevertheless the results will be well worth it.