ASD Reading Review: “ASD Reading has definitely given her more confidence in her decoding work struggle areas.”

“Caty has had some delay in reading, spelling, and comprehension due to her learning disabilities.  She loves computer programs for learning, so I was very excited to get the opportunity to review ASD Reading from the creators of Reading Kingdom.

The ASD Reading program from Dr. Marion Blank helps students who are struggling with reading to catch up.  It can be used with any child who is on the spectrum that is struggling.  They can be verbal or non-verbal and experience benefits from ASD Reading.  

If you are not sure if ASD Reading is a good fit for your student, ASD Reading has a PDF file that parents can download to see if this will work for your child.  You can start this program as early as 4 years old, if your child is ready for using computer/tablet technology.  You can sit with them.

Upon the finish of using ASD Reading, your student should be at a 3rd grade reading level.  It takes students roughly 12 – 18 months to complete the program, depending on their skill levels at the start and how much time they spend on ASD Reading.  But ASD Reading includes so many more skills than just reading.  Students are also learning several other important skills such as decoding and even writing skills. 

Caty has been using the program for a few weeks now.  She wasn’t a fan of the initial placement test.  But I reminded her that it was checking where she was at.  ASD Reading has helped her with the decoding issues that she has been having.  Decoding issues cause her to struggle with writing and spelling. Her spelling has not been progressing well, and even her letter writing skills are a struggle.  I wasn’t sure if ASD Reading would actually help with these areas.  But it was definitely worth it to try, to help her with her frustration levels on writing simple sentences even.

After the initial test, Caty was fine.  She loves earning her points, and I am very shocked at how fast she is flying through the program.  Lesson length is perfect for her attention span on most days.  In fact, there are days where she will sit and work on three to four lessons at a time.  She just props her feet up and starts “playing”.

I had stopped her simple sentence writing with Caty the last couple months.  She had been struggling so bad, and the frustration was too much for both of us.  Last week, I pulled out her simple 2nd grade Sentence Writing book.  One of the next activities was to take a list of adjectives and create a short story about a make-believe pet.  This would have sent Caty into a fit a few weeks ago.  She would have been screaming that she could not make sentences.  But surprisingly (and even to HER own surprise), she was able to write a simple paragraph using the adjectives provided!!! 

ASD Reading has definitely given her more confidence in her decoding work struggle areas.  She has decided that she wants to write more, and I’m not fighting with her to work on her spelling. 

I know that Dr. Marion Blank has created a proven program.  I would definitely recommend ASD Reading to parents if their student is struggling with learning delays.”

Renita Kuehner