The CAR strategy (Notari‐Syverson, Maddox, and Cole, 1999) encourages adults to support students during shared reading by ‘following the car’:
• Comment on what the student is doing (then wait 5 seconds)
• Ask questions (then wait 5 seconds)
• Respond by adding more
That strategy is equally successful for older students who are building their interactive language, to support communication and literacy.
For more information about the CAR strategy, follow this link:
A video set, Language is the Key is available from Washington Learning Systems, to support training for parents, parapros, teachers, and therapists. This set includes two videos, available in Mandarin, Vietnamese, English, and Spanish. The videos are
Talking & Play and Talking & Books (which includes demonstration of the CAR strategy).
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