Facilitate and Simplify Text Books

Adapting curriculum contents for inclusion

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 20x27

Pages: 352, in color

ISBN: 978-88-590-1436-2

Publication date: 01/11/2017


The series “The Guides” is born from the experience of the Erickson Study Centre with the goal of providing teachers with a series of complete volumes regarding the fundamental aspects of the various forms of Special Educational Needs present in our schools.

Thanks to its theoretical-functional layout, the Guide to Facilitate and Simplify Text Books provides useful information for how to make the subject textbook a real reference tool for collaborative learning in class, with the help of a rich set of practical examples, strategies and models of adaptations from different text typologies that teachers can use within the different classroom contexts in which they work.

The volume is divided into two sections that guide the reader through the different phases that characterize the students’ work:

  • ADAPTATION AS A STRATEGY FOR INCLUSION: the difficulties that students have with using the adopted text books is examined; the most significant phases of the adaptation process at the content, linguistic and graphical level are presented, providing some guidelines for defining an operating model for facilitating and simplifying the textbook.
  • STRATEGIES AND EXAMPLES FOR EFFECTIVE ADAPTATION: examples and templates with indications for the adaptation of exercises, tests, and reference aids are given.

In every chapter, you will find:

a concept map that gives an organized overview of the contents

-insights from scientific research

-tips on classroom instruction

– practical examples, strategies and adaptation models

-a summary of the contents presented in the chapter

“The student can’t read….what do they need a text book for?”

For inclusive didactics

SECTION I – Adoption of a text book as a strategy for inclusion

The text book:  from a possible element of difficulty to an instrument for inclusion

Guidelines for the adaptation of a text book in class

SECTION I I– Strategies and models for effective adaptation

Adaptations of texts

Facilitation and simplification of exercises and tests

A special kind of adaptation: reference aids


Erickson Guides


«Erickson Guides», the outcome of the work of the greatest Italian experts in these fields, represent the most complete tools for intervention in schools. They not only provide an exhaustive framework of thecharacteristics peculiar to the various disorders and their consequences at school, but also strategies to deal with them, assessment tools and didactic intervention.


KNOWING, OBSERVING, EVALUATING Clear and exhaustive definition of the disorder, diagnostic criteria, integration of children in class, the evaluation process

PLANNING AND PUTTING INTO ACTION Strategies and practical interventions to be enacted at school to deal effectively with teaching and educational special needs

REFLECTING ON AND UNDERSTANDING Consequences in the spheres of emotions, relationships, self-esteem and self-perception

JOINING FORCES AND SHARING Strategies to act synergically and involve school and family to improve the child’s wellbeing


a sequential time line which illustrates in which phase the practical indications given in the chapter are placed

a conceptual map that illustrates the main contents and how they are related

presentation of case examples, through short descriptions, portraying children in their daily typical situations

questions and key points alongside each paragraph to tell the reader what it is talked about


interviews with experts on the most debated and current aspects of the disturbs

in-depths explanations of meaningful concepts and terms

final summary box of the main contents dealt with in the chapter