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Help with special youth
Perhaps this isn't the right web forum to post this to, but this is one I've used much and found help through...
My wife and I are new at directing a youth group within our church (a little over a month now). A new youth joined us last week who cannot read (13 year old).
Any advice on how to go with the flow? We can't avoid group lessons with Bible reading or even lesson reading. The only thing I can think of is to not call on the child to read out loud.
Maybe you could provide audio recordings of the materials? Or you could also have him partnered up with another youth and the other youth can read out loud with him.
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Reading out loud with them...
I kinda like the reading out loud with them idea. Simply because it would be nice if we could help reinforce/teach them how to read. We could do an audio version too, but I'm afraid that could get boring. It really livens things up when they read themselves.
Last week I had the first person to raise their hand begin reading as the narrator. Then when it got to a part where somebody spoke (i.e. Luke says "...") the narrator chose who did the part of Luke, and then so on. It broke up the monotony and made it a little fun too.
Perhaps get one or several of the other youth together,
make sure at least one of them is near by to him,
and reading out aloud.
But you might have to be subtle about it
because of pride issues.
But if you explain it carefully to the others so they understand,
and they take into account pride,
it can work.
Pride is awefully powerful
and can be a real problem if you are not prepared for it.