Using picturesymbols to help develop vocabulary for special needs students to learn how to read

The purpose for this intervention was to implement a strategy to help students that are English Language Learners with special needs struggling to read. This paper discusses the Picture Communication System (PCS) and how it benefits the visual learner in an educational approach that emphasizes a visual approach to learning how to read. Two students enrolled in a non-severe special day classroom in a public school served as participants. The students were introduced to common words and the 300 high frequency sight words which were represented on picture/symbol cards in a notebook. Students were instructed to use their notebooks to help them figure out unfamiliar words while reading and writing. This approach is most effective in enhancing the reading process for students with special needs. Keywords: Picture Exchange Communication System, Picture Communication Symbols, Reading Disabilities, Learning Disability, Cognition, English Language Leaners