Although many children with autism are able to read, some parents find that comprehension can be an area of concern. Many special education teachers and parents of autistic children believe that children with autism learn best with hands-on or very colorful activities. Books with pictures, audio books, and touch and feel books all work well. We’ve received positive feedback from many parents of children with autism who used our visual and kinesthetic products. The Easy-for-Me™ Reading Program specifically addresses the need for hands-on practice, visuals, explicit phonics instruction, and sight word recognition via visuals—all strategies critical to the learning process for children with autism.
What are some good teaching strategies for children with autism and Asperger’s?
Children with autism and Asperger's need to be purposefully taught in areas in which they are less strong, using visuals as often as possible. They need highly structured learning experiences, and as they tend to think in pictures, need plentiful visuals and concrete objects used in their learning.
Why are images so important for children with autism learning to read?
We have come to the point in our society where every child seems to need a label and one that details specifically how he learns or doesn’t learn. We have visual learner, tactile learner, dyslexic learner, autistic, and many, many other labels. The implication is that each of those types of learners requires a specific set of directions for how to teach them successfully. In doing research, however, and as I have read the experts in each of the most common areas of disability, one element keeps on showing up: the fact that so many of these non-traditional learners learn best through pictures and hands-on lessons.
Why is a multisensory teaching approach best and what does one look like?
What does it really mean when we say multisensory? The accepted, traditional teaching techniques typically used in the classroom meet the needs of (left-brained) sequential learners. Concepts are introduced in a step by step sequence and are practiced and reviewed using drill and memorization; children must also show evidence of their learning in a particular time frame. This is all very good for children who are left-brained or sequential learners. The problem is, of course, that while the approach to teaching is great for those children who are sequential, every learner is taught this way and this traditional approach is ineffective at best for all the non-sequential learners.
Try before you buy: FREE SnapWords™ to download
We have free samples of our sight word cards available for download on our website. Try them out with your students before investing in the complete resources!
List of sight words for kindergarten (and up) to download
We’ve created an index of which sight words are in each of our lists so you can compare to which words your child already knows or your district requirements and see which lists would be the best fit for you.
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