"The reading comprehension problems of individuals with autism are often masked by their strengths in understanding of concrete information" (Osterling, 2011) and this is true with my 4-year old students with autism. Reading books with pictures alone won't always meet their needs.
My students are in a public classroom setting.
Our school district, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, pioneered a program called "Together Let's Grow" this school year. It is an inclusion setting with 7 pre-kindergarten students with autism spectrum disorder and 7 typical 4-year-old peers with me as a certified teacher in both special education and early childhood education.
Most of my students can already read some words but make little to no connections and most of the time appear to be on a different planet. Getting them focused is very difficult. They often just sit down, play with their shoes or anything that they can manipulate, and they usually echo when asked questions about the story instead of responding the right answers. Aside from these concerns, we need big books with tactile objects for them to manipulate while reading the story. Providing them more motivating and concrete learning experiences will help them comprehend the story. They also need a story telling glove and a story-telling lapboard.
According to Dorothy S.
Strickland, Ph.D., the importance of early literacy programs early in life will set our children up for efficiency in learning. Starting on an early childhood reading program gives them the tools necessary to instill a lifelong love of learning. I will continue to look for resources to provide an excellent learning experience to my 4-year old students with autism. This includes reaching out to the community to be with me in providing the intervention that they deserved.Read More
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