Autistic children need special attention when it comes to learning techniques. As with all children, learning to read is simply an exercise in following proven formulas for success. However, autistic children in particular need to follow a process when it comes to learning.
The top 3 ways to teach autistic children to read are:
1. Present material visually. Autistic children are visual learners, and their learning environments need to contain visual cues.
2. Allow them to progress on their own. Students with autism do better with simple, concise and minimal instructions for completing a task; instead, let them lead.
3. Keep it simple. Many autistic children do well with simple, phonics-based learning that is presented visually.
Visual learning is an extremely important part of autism, as many autistic people have shared that they think in pictures, instead of language. Therefore, picture and symbol recognition can go a long way to connecting concepts for an autistic child.
In addition, autistic children tend to have shortened attention spans, which means that their learning media needs to be hyper-interactive in order to fuel their curiosity and keep them engaged. The best thing for a child with any special learning requirements is to design a program that is fun and visually stimulating.
When you look at the visual and sensory needs of a child with autism, it is clear that the use of a computer or tablet can solve many of these issues at once. In fact, computers are so effective at addressing the needs of autism that some autistic children are using computers to communicate as they never could before. Computers – and their related software – represent a powerful way to engage an autistic child while learning new skills.
When we designed the iKnow Series, we took into account the greatest combination of multisensory learning devices that could reach the greatest number of children. Today, we’re proud that our eBooks are helping children with autism among other special learning requirements!