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Over the years I have used various methods to teach my children to read, but I have not yet tried an online reading system. As an experienced homeschool mother with five children, I tried so many methods and programs that I can’t even remember them all. However, it was so difficult to teach my son to read with autism. Jack-Jack is 15 and reads in 2nd grade. I was thrilled when I got the chance to try it out ASD reading.
What is ASD reading??
ASD Reading is a reading system based on online subscriptions that has been specially developed for autistic children and children with other disabilities. It can be used for both verbal and non-verbal children.
ASD Reading and its sister site Reading Kingdom help children read with 6 skills: sequencing, writing, sounds, meaning, grammar and understanding.
ASD Reading can be used for children aged 4 to 12 years (my son is 15 years old but is not yet reading in 3rd grade).
WHAT DOES ASD READ UNIQUE READING?
First, off ASD Reading is the ONLY system that teaches all 6 skills required for reading and writing success. It is also based on a patented reading system that was developed by Dr. Marion Blank.
Traditional teaching methods are often based on phonics. Phonics-based systems, however, don’t teach everything a child needs to know about reading.
Phonics needs spoken language to apply to reading. If your child is non-verbal, phonics is very difficult to teach. I remember feeling helpless years ago because I couldn’t teach Jack-Jack the names of the letters and the sounds they made because he was non-verbal. We didn’t have access to a program like ASD Reading.
With ASD Reading, your child will learn the spelling of the word, its meaning, its relationship to other words, its placement in the sentence and much more.
Since ASD Reading is video based and uses colorful graphics, my son is engaged and focused on the entire lesson. Video is how he learns best.
This is not a reading app, but a complete reading system.
HOW DO I KNOW WHERE I CAN TEACH AUTISM TO READ FOR MY CHILD?
With ASD Reading, it’s easy to know where to teach your autistic child to read. Simply start with the placement test. You must be present for the test.
As you can see, the online dashboard keeps track of the level you are at. When I click on the level, I can also easily see the focus for each lesson.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ASD
My favorite thing at ASD Reading is that I have to teach my child with autism to read. Jack-Jack loves to use the program. There are so many advantages to teaching a child with autism at home, but one of the biggest disadvantages was the lack of products available for teaching a child with autism – until now!
Another helpful feature, especially for parents who need a little more support, are online tracking, videos, tutorials and easy contact with the company. This type of parenting support makes teaching an autistic child reading a lot more enjoyable!
How many days a week do I teach my child ASD reading?
It is recommended to use this program 4-5 days a week.
OTHER LARGE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ASD READING
Another thing that I loved about this program is the ease of adjusting the level you teach. When Jack-Jack passed the assessment test for the first time, he was tired. I should have waited until the next day. He made some simple mistakes in words that I knew he understood and could spell.
It was classified at level 2, but after a week of working through the level, I realized that it needed to be reassessed. I easily found the way to do this and he repeated the placement test. This time he was rested and focused. He placed himself on level 4, which suits him better.
Now that he’s at a level that is challenging but not too difficult for him, he also focuses more on each lesson. While I stay by his side most of the lessons, he can do it alone in 10-15 minutes a day. This is a reading program that is a hit in this household!
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