We have recently been able to review an innovative online reading program designed to help autistic students learn to read and write. ASD Reading is ideal for children aged 4-15 to teach them to read and write to a 3rd grade level (750 Lexile).
The program is easy to set up, and easy to log in. I really like that aspect. The idea is to use this program at least 4 days a week, 1-2 sessions a day, for maximum benefit. It is not recommended to over exert the use of the program, otherwise the child may not retain what they need to retain. If the parent needs to provide elbow support for the typing portions, that’s totally OK and even encouraged.
The program features a LOT of repeated sounds and words. For example, your child will spend all of their time in one book learning the words swim and swims. They will do a variety of activities such as typing the words, choosing the words, and even clicking on words to form a sentence using one of these words. This is really great since many children on the spectrum have difficulty distinguishing like sounds. Swims and Swim could sound the same to them, or even look the same if attention to detail is an issue.
Through the lessons, your child will also learn language arts skills as well as keyboarding skills. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of the keyboarding skills, and how much that really helped Mr. B!
It’s also very easy for Mr. B to navigate on his own. I help him log in, and then I’m able to get a few other things finished while he works on this. This would be great for students who are developing their task completion without redirection skills. It’s pretty straight forward. And once you are in your lesson session, there’s no other deviations to be made.
Overall, this is a really great tool for kids on the spectrum. I’d highly recommend this to others who have autistic children in search of an online reading program!
The innovative content and methods of ASD Reading enable the children to achieve success – even when they are non-verbal (i.e., non-speaking). Sign up today for a free 30 day trial.