Students with autism can read fluently with expression and with full comprehension!

Sadly, while the recognition of the autism has grown, the recognition of viable alternatives for treating the educational issues caused by autism has been extremely quite slow. This is especially true in teaching students with autism to read for meaning. Sadly, most reading approaches simply attempt to rely on methods that do not easily work for students with autism. When these approaches fail, or are quite slow to demonstrate progress, the unique learning needs of the student with autism is usually seen as the source of the problem. In other words, there is a tendency to blame the victim.


I simply do not believe this. My philosophy is quite simple. I believe we are underestimating the ability of our lowest performing students – regardless of age or label. More importantly, I further believe that all students (those with autism included) carry instructional strengths. The real enemy does not lie within the student or child. The real enemy lies within the inappropriateness of the instructional approach and its corresponding materials.


Thirty years and over 2,000,000 hours of direct hands on instruction have proved this notion to be correct. For the past thirty years, I have traveled across the nation giving live demonstrations showing what can happen to the reading ability of lowest literacy students when you change the instructional approach. I have seen hundreds of students of all ages and labels read with much greater comprehension and fluency right before my very eyes. And I have also seen parents; teachers and administrators cry because they never thought their student or child could read so quickly with expression and comprehension.


Reaching the chronically failing student is my mission. I seek to give hope to those who no longer believe (student, parent and teacher). More importantly, I want you to know that it’s never too late to accelerate the reading ability of all chronically failing students including your student or child with autism.


Students with autism can read fluently with expression and with full comprehension commensurate with their developmental age. Why do I mention developmental age? Autism covers a broad spectrum that includes students ranging from those with Asperger’s to those with significant cognitive disabilities. I firmly believe that students with autism (regardless of chronological age) must have a developmental age of between five to six years old to read for meaning with fluency on their developmental level.


For example, one of my best success stories pertaining to developmental age concerns a young teenage girl with Down syndrome. The girl was a virtual nonreader. She started my program when she was fourteen years old. She was not however fourteen years cognitively. Her cognitive age was closer to that of a seven-year-old. Her mother had tried a variety of different reading approaches from beginning phonics to flashcards.


Sadly, all failed.


Finally, the mother tried my Failure Free Reading approach. She told me that my approach was her last desperate attempt to get her child to read meaning and expression. She felt that she had tried all the other recognized reading approaches and they all failed.


What did she have to lose?


The mother was amazed. The change in the young girl’s expressive fluency and comprehension was dramatic. Her daughter started to read for meaning for the first time in her life right before her very eyes.


Was her daughter reading on her chronological grade level? Absolutely not! Her chronological age simply did not match her developmental age.


However, was she reading with comprehension and expression (as opposed to simply saying words aloud while not pausing at commas or stopping at periods)?


Absolutely yes!


The change in her daughter’s confidence was also dramatic. She couldn’t wait for her reading time. She read to anyone who was within earshot. She was so proud of her reading ability.


This is what you are going to do today. You are going to start to teach your child/student/adult with autism how to read for meaning and expression from actual passages and stories using the very same approach -Failure Free Reading – that is used by hundreds of professionals to serve thousands of previous non-readers daily.


Today you will start to change a life!


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