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How can I help a child with autism to improve his reading?

Dear Let's Go Learn, My son is autistic. He has been diagnosed w/ aspergers syndrome. He is in the 3rd grade but is just now learning long vowel sounds and starting to be able to read. Is there anything we can do to help him to try to catch up to his grade level?

Hello, Thanks for your email. Yes, autistic kids can learn to read. If you haven't already, you should contact the CAN (Cure Autism Now) organization. I met their founder, Dr. Ricki Robinson, at a reading conference and she is a dynamo. Their website, http://www.cureautismnow.org is one of the best I've seen for autism. That website is full of good resources.

Tags: autism, reading instruction, reading assessment

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