Help for Hyperlexia: Great Reading Tips for Children with Autism

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Education info for learners with Autism


As a speech and language pathologist, it might seem that speech therapy is important for only spoken language (saying the words, making the sounds, putting words together) however, written language is an essential component of language development as well. I’m often asked how children with Autism can read so well, but understand so poorly. Often, children with Autism exhibit reading skills called “Hyperlexia” – fluent decoding and reading but trouble understanding what they’ve just read. It’s not hard to see why this can create a host of challenges for successful participation in school-particularly language arts.

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Practical Advice for Parents of an Autistic Child: An Interview with Tim Tucker

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Autism can cause a wide range of symptoms, from sensory issues to communication difficulties. Kids with autism often require speech therapy to encourage vocalizations. This week we’re talking with Tim Tucker of Both Hands and a Flashlight about his advice for parents of an autistic child. Tim and his wife, Mary, have two adorable little boys. Jonas (aka J-Man) is 7 and Eli (aka Dale Jr.) is 3 ½ years old. Jonas was diagnosed with autism, and like most parents of an autistic child, Tim and Mary initially struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis. But despite the challenges, Tim advises parents to develop positive affirmations, to embrace the identity of being the parent of an autistic child. Read on to find out Jonas’ speech therapy techniques, and check out Tim’s free e-book, “I Am An Autism Parent.”

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Autism Advocacy: How Temple Grandin Conquered Her Diagnosis

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Autism Advocacy - Temple Grandin

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Autism advocacy and awareness has received a boost in the U.S. in recent years. There has also been an alarming rise in autism diagnoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by the age of 8. Although we know more about autism than ever before, much still remains a mystery. Many parents would give anything to be able to communicate with their nonverbal children and ask them how they perceive the world around them. This is one of the many reasons why Temple Grandin is such an influential hero in the autism community.

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An Interview with Deborah Luetkenhoelter, MA,CCC-SLP

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Deborah Luetkenhoelter

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Deborah Luetkenhoelter is a certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Deborah works with schools and families in a collaborative environment to address communication needs. Today, she’s sharing her expert knowledge regarding the challenges that autistic children frequently encounter, as well as some of the evaluation measures that she uses in her practice. Deborah emphasizes that it is critical to improve communication, whether verbal or nonverbal, in children with autism in order to reduce inappropriate behaviors.

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