This semantic map for improving vocabulary can be used as a powerful learning tool for students with disabilities or ones who are struggling with words and language. The map displays a concept and connects it to various related terms. For instance, the concept word in this map is baseball. Various related words such as baseball equipment, fans, innings, uniform, types of hits, player positions, etc., are linked to the concept word to help learners understand that these terms are related.
The map helps the students learn new words and make meaningful connections as they are mapped or linked to related terms. Misconceptions and fragmentary knowledge are common problems in students with learning disabilities. By graphically representing the concepts and words, the map makes it easier for them to understand how different terms or concepts are related to each other.