Ask Reading Kingdom: How can teachers accommodate autism in the classroom?


Greg (Technology Professional) asks:

How do we accommodate autism in the classroom?

Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of answers:

The good news is that there are solutions; the less good news is that implementation of those solutions is rarely taking place. Along with two colleagues (Suzanne Goh a pediatrician and Susan Deland the mother of a child on the spectrum) I have recently written a book titled Spectacular Bond.  It outlines a program that enables parents and professionals to implement techniques that help to diminish and often eliminate a wide range of problematic behaviors associated with autism, such as meltdowns, “stimming,” lack of focus, avoidance of social contact, etc.

When behaviors such as these are under control, children can far more easily deal with the demands they steadily face in the mainstream classroom. A key to the Spectacular Bond program is the focus on inhibition. That concept receives almost no attention in the literature on autism but its attainment is key to all effective functioning. Instead the focus is almost solely on the learning that the children should be attaining in memory, language, motor development and the like. Fortunately the realm of inhibition is beginning to receive more attention. It is, for example, central to the idea of mindfulness that is becoming increasingly popular. So I am optimistic about the potential for “accommodating autism in the classroom.” I am somewhat less optimistic about our shifting our perspective so that this potential can be realized.

With some key modifications, Reading Kingdom provides an excellent way to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) how to read.

The program fosters not only reading, but the vital element of comprehension that can be so elusive for children with ASD.   Sign up for a free 30 day trial and see how we can help your children today.  We’ll see you soon!