ASD Reading Review: The confidence that Garrett has achieved in word recognition has really become apparent as he progresses through the program

“Due to his Autism, one thing Garrett has always struggled with is reading.  Originally, we weren’t sure if he would ever be able to read due to his ASD but over the years he has worked hard and does read.  However, he ‘s still not at the level of reading that I think he could be at, even with his diagnosis.

We’ve been working hard on reading with the kids, mostly focusing on phonics. But let’s admit it, when it comes to phonics, English is confusing for kids. Why is BIND pronounced B-EYE-ND but WIND is pronounced WAHY-ND and how do we explain to them when these changes in vowel sounds occur?  We try to teach them to sound out words but this only works if the word follows the set rules and can be sounded out. Many words just don’t follow the norm.

ASD Reading is a browser-based reading that understands that phonics and sounding out words will work only with limited success.  It is designed by Dr Marion Blank who is a world-renowned expert on literacy. ASD Reading requires no prerequisite skills – even those who are nonverbal can use the program and provides customized instructions that adapt to your child’s skills to read, write and comprehend the written language…. this program seems like a great addition to any reading curriculum for autistic students. The confidence that Garrett has achieved in word recognition has really become apparent as he progresses through the program as well as in his classwork when he has to read aloud with our other curriculum.”

        Brenda Prince