July 24, 2011

MakeBeliefsComix.com Starts New Feature to Help Special Needs Teachers, Students

MakeBeliefsComix.com, the free online comic strip generator, has launched a new Special Needs Section to help educators, educational therapists and parents use the site to enable children with a wide array of disabilities communicate more effectively and express their ideas by creating comic strips online. (See http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Special-Needs )

Creating comic strips is a fun way to encourage writing and reading. The new section provides examples of how educators use the site with children who are on the Autism Spectrum, who are deaf/hearing impaired, who have head injuries/brain tumors, stutter, are struggling writers, or have physical and mental disabilities. The content is based on suggestions and input from users who share what they have learned in using the site.

The site also provides a Teacher Resources section (http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Educators ) that offers educators 21 ideas on how to use comic strips in the classroom to improve student writing and English skills. There are blank comic templates that can be printed and completed by hand, in addition to more than 100 printables on a variety of subjects. In addition to English, comic strips can also be written in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, German and Italian, offering and a useful tool for students who know or are learning new languages.

Zimmerman, B. [moretprs] MakeBeliefsComix.com Starts New Feature to Help Special Needs Teachers, Students. MoreTPRS listserv (moretprs@yahoogroups.com, 22 Jul 2011).

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