Reading and Autism

Reading and Autism: Research studies have shown that although individuals with Autism have varying learning styles (visual, auditory and tactile) there are common areas of need that prevail with regard to education.

According to Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., Director of Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina, the following learning characteristics have been identified in students with regard to reading and Autism: difficulty with organization, a strong need for routine and systematic habits, difficulty with sequencing, understanding generalizations and overall distractibility.

The eReadingPro system for teaching reading addresses all of the aforementioned issues! Our program 'For Individuals who Learn Differently' is the perfect solution for reading and Autism. It offers parents and educators an organized plan for teaching an individual (or groups of up to five children) to read in a systematic, repetitive, sequential manner. Each learning session lasts from approximately 2 seconds to 15 seconds and is therefore ideal for children with a short attention span. In fact the total time required throughout the day is no more than 10 minutes

The vocabulary that is introduced in eReadingPro contains names, foods, actions, colors, opposites, belongings, animals and environment words. Words are introduced first as single words, then as couplets, phrases and sentences. This gradual progression ensures that the individual is locking in comprehension as they move forward. A full 14-month presentation schedule is provided to ensure that no steps are missed! Fun games are incorporated in addition to the flashing of the word cards. Children love it! In fact, they are having so much fun they do not even realize they are learning!

Suggested Learning Strategies for individuals with Autism (Based on the Ministry of Education of Ontario recommendations):

  • Use short, clear phrases;
  • Model correct language format;
  • Use Visual cues to support understanding;
  • Use Visual supports to reinforce concepts;
  • Divide instruction into small, sequential steps;
  • Color code materials;
  • Divide instruction into small, sequential steps;
  • Present new concepts in a concrete manner;
  • Use rote learning methods.

Take a look at the program we suggest for reading and Autism.

Reading and Autism