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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Autism Reading Program

We have a son with Autism; he was in school here in Texas for 5 years. He is high functioning and is verbal. Yet, the school's (he attended 9 schools here) here in Texas could not do anything with him. When he was 10 years old we sent him to live with family in New Mexico. At the time my husband had found out about a program in New Mexico for children with Autism and with us getting not being able to get him the services that he needed here, we felt that sending him to NM was the best thing. He was not reading at all, he could recognize words but could not "read" them. The school's and the local ISD "professional's" told me that he would never read at best he would sight read.

Well, after he started school in NM we found out about the Wilson Reading Method through a family member who is a Special Education teacher. He started the program at school and a home with a tutor. WOW, viola!!! He began to read, I mean really read and understand. He is now 15 and reading almost at a 4th grade level. Hopefully, some day he will be reading at the level that he should be at for his age. But, even a 4th grade level is a lot better than nothing at all.

Here are some links that I have found for the Wilson Reading Method. I just learned that it is used for dyslexia, poor spellers, ESL (English as Second Language) students among others.

I will add more links as I find them. Hope this is helpful =)

Here are some new links:


Lavender said...

Hi! My son has autism, too and we also live in texas. Did you know its a law, federal I think, that if the public schools can't provide for your child that they pay for private school?

Our son finally learned to read becaues of video games. We refused to read everything to him so he had to figure it out. He is below level too! I am glad you found a program for him!

txmedicalfreak said...

Hi, thank you for the post. Yes, it is federal law that they provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) it falls under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Here is a link to FAPE defined.

You would think that the law would be very “black and white” however, this in not always the case. From what I have learned from talking with other Texas parents, mainly with Autistic children and some with conduct type disorders, many times it depends on which school district you are in and the size of the district. The larger the ISD, the more likely you are to come up against a brick wall. Also, some ISD’s are worse than others about not providing FAPE.

Another thing that is hard to prove that your child is not getting is that the school is complying with your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). If your child can’t tell you what is going on at school, you only have your own gut feeling to go on. My child is more of a “high functioning” autistic and is quite verbal but, he still could not verbalize to me what he did at school. To tell you the truth, I sometimes wonder if he ever did anything at school?

Here is a really good link to Autism and IDEA information from the Autism Society of America. I used to have a lot of really good Texas recourses but, I will have to find them again. If you have any good links feel free to post them.

Taylor said...

I've been using a reading program called eReadingPro. It has been so good for my daughter! She is 8 years old, and was really struggling with reading. I noticed a difference within a few days of using this program - and she loves it! I highly recommend it!