ASD Reading Review: “One of the best reading programs I have seen is ASD Reading.”

“It used to be that there really were no good options for special needs students to school at home.  Enter the digital age and we now have more options for our children.  One of the best reading programs I have seen is ASD Reading.  This program is perfectly designed for students that struggle with phonics, like my daughter.  ASD Reading is an internet-based reading program developed for students with Autism and other disabilities that may have difficulty with a typical reading program.  Since this is not based in phonics, like other programs, it can work for students with speech delays or even non-verbal children.

The program begins with an assessment to determine where your child should start.  Once your child begins, you will want to watch how they perform for at least the first lesson.  The queues and prompts were set too fast for my daughter at first.  This was an easy adjustment from the parent screen, and after that, my daughter was pretty independent with the lessons.

Your child will be excited to know that the lessons are game-based, so it does not really feel like your student is actually learning.  Although it may seem like your child is just playing games, trust me, the program is watching your child’s progress.  If the student does not meet the criteria for that lesson, they are asked to repeat it until they have it mastered.  I find that my daughter wants to continue the fun even once she has completed her lessons for the day.  The reason we were attracted to this reading program in the first place, was because my daughter has cerebral palsy with a very distinct speech impairment.  Phonics programs simply frustrate her, because she cannot sound out the words.  This program works with all the letters in the word so that students can begin to see the subtle differences between words.

We are using this as her main reading program currently.  I love the independence this gives her, and the immediate feedback motivates her to continue.  She knows when she is done for the day, because the program tells her.

I love how interactive this program is.  It really takes a person who has zero reading skills and provides them the foundations to begin reading.

— Christine Howard

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