Teaching Your Child with Autism How to Read

While autism presents itself differently in every child who has it, some will struggle to learn how to read, while others won't. #autismparenting #autism #reading

Autism comes with a broad range of challenges, especially around the topic of learning. While autism presents itself differently in every child who has it, some will struggle to learn how to read, while others won’t.

Teaching Your Child with Autism How to Read

In fact, it’s less about the child’s ability to learn and more about how they learn. When it comes time to help your autistic child learn how to read, educating yourself on how they learn is vital. Let’s take a look at the best tools for teaching your child with autism how to read.

While autism presents itself differently in every child who has it, some will struggle to learn how to read, while others won't. #autismparenting #autism #reading

Be Direct with Your Instructions

Most of the time, children with autism learn better when given clear, concise instructions that can’t be misunderstood. This way, their lessons become explicit and nicely sequenced. When you communicate with your child, you tell them exactly what they need to know to learn.

When you sit down to a lesson with your child, remember first to recap what you learned yesterday. Once you’ve done this, implement the new concept you’re going to be learning about and show them how to do it through direct instruction.

Consider a Reading Program

When it comes to learning how to read, it can be a struggle for the best of us. Every child, autistic or not, can find learning to read a hard thing to achieve, which is why it’s essential to equip them with the best tools so that they don’t get overwhelmed, and disinterested.

One great way to help your child with autism learn how to read is to implement a reading program into your daily lesson. The best reading programs can gently prompt them, and cue when they’ve come to a bump in the road to overcome it without feeling anxious or stressed.

Be Logical with Your Lessons

Just like it’s essential to make sure that your child understands the lesson and its instructions from the beginning, it’s also important to be logical with how you’re instructing them. An autistic child will need you to break down the skill that they’re learning into baby steps a lot of the time.

Once you’ve done this, you can present the lesson to them in a logical order. Make sure to help your child through each step. Ensure that each step is a step up from the previous one to improve their skill.

Use Multiple Senses

Because every child with autism learns slightly differently, it’s important to get creative with your lessons and find a way to implement more than one sense. Try teaching them every lesson using touch, sound, and sight.

Naturally, children that learn visually like to see what they’re learning, while auditory learners like to hear your instructions and then engage in a discussion to get through the lesson. Practical learners prefer to be able to apply a hands-on approach to their learning, where they can touch objects.

Teaching Your Child with Autism How to Read

Often, children with autism struggle to learn in a more traditional setting, which is why it’s important to find the right tools to succeed along with their peers.

By TheMomKind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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